Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Disability Representation in the Cultural Institutions

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Faculty:

Course Schedule:

10 weeks (February 15 - April 18),Thursday 5:50pm - 7:10pm (Berlin (UTC + 2)

Professor: Vera Shengeliya
Semester:
Spring 2024
Course Level:
300
Subject:
HR
Number of Bard Credits:
1
Course Title:
Disability Representation in the Cultural Institutions
Max Enrollment:
22
Schedule and dates:
10 weeks (February 15 – April 18), Thursday 5:50 – 7:10 (Berlin (UTC + 2)
Cross-Listing(s):
no
Language of Instruction:
Russian


The goal of this course is to investigate current changes in the societies’ perception of disability from a medical perspective to the social context and their reflection by museum collections, exhibition displays, and artwork. We will study the key tools for creating physical and digital accessibility for visitors with disabilities on cultural sites and follow representations of disability-related topics at various venues, from Cabinets of Curiosity to performances of contemporary artists with disabilities. Students will be introduced to the main ethical dilemmas in the field as well as challenged to discover and organize their own moral principles to work on this subject.