NEW FALL COURSE AVAILABLE: Sociology of Art and Culture

SOCI/MCST449: Sociology of Art and Culture
Fall 2018      F 2:00 – 5:00
Dr. Anne E. Bowler
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

What does it mean to take a sociological perspective on the arts? This course will introduce students to ideas about art as a form of collective action, the role of culture and the arts in the creation and legitimation of social inequality, and the dynamics of the cultural field. For the Fall 2018 semester, we will be collaborating with Creative Vision Factory (CVF), a community arts organization located in downtown Wilmington that provides work and exhibition space to individuals on the behavioral health spectrum. Working with UD’s newly formed Wilmington Archive Project, students will assist with the creation of a digital archive of CVF members’ work. Readings and discussion in this part of the seminar will focus on the meaning and practice of community arts, the social uses of art in urban gentrification, and the rise of a market for self-taught art, also known as Outsider art. The course will include site visits to CVF, a class trip to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, training in digital archive work, and guest lectures. (3 credits)

Permission of instructor required. Email abowler@udel.edu