Summer 2017 Course Descriptions

Summer 2017 HC 421H: Digital Humanities

Course Dates: July 24 – August 13, 2017

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen and Helen Southworth

4 credits

• CRN 41000: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:50 @ ANS 192

This course will introduce students to the Digital Humanities, an emerging field of study that includes projects in the arts that exploit digital resources. As part of their final project, students will have a chance to contribute to the Professors’ own Digital Humanities projects: MAPP, Modernist Archives Publishing Project, is a collaboratively built digital resource which covers twentieth-century publishing houses; Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive is creating a comprehensive archive of nineteenth-century author Mary Russell Mitford’s correspondence, poetry, plays, and prose fiction. Read More


Summer 2017 HC 421H: The Literary Lives of Animals

Course Dates: July 24 – August 13, 2017

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

• CRN 42447: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ PLC 353

We have all stood before the eyes of a non-human animal and wondered about the intimate meaning of that look, the only partially accessible worlds in those eyes as well as what they see in us. What does it mean to inhabit the mind of a non-human animal in literature? Is this pure speculative fancy or can we actually experience something of what it is like to be embodied in a completely different kind of species-being? What are the motives and meanings to which the inhabitation of non-human animals are put in literary history? Read More


Summer 2017 HC 424H/431H: Holy War: The Crusades and their Legacy

Course Dates: June 26 – July 23, 2017

Professor: Michael Pexioto

4 credits

• CRN 42445: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ ANS 192

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

Warfare in the name of religion was nothing new in the pre-modern world. In this class, we will study the concept of Holy War and some of the most important moments of its manifestation in the distant past. Then, focusing in particular on the crusades, the class will explore how ideas and justifications of Holy War were formulated in the eleventh century, important changes to the European experience of Holy War, and the response to these Christian incursions by the targets of crusading, whether Muslim, Jewish, Byzantine, or fellow Catholic. Read More


Summer 2017 HC 434H/431H: Experiment

Course Dates: June 26 – August 20, 2017

Professor: Vera Keller

4 credits

• CRN 42492: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ WSB 152 (White Stag Building, Portland)

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

This course explores the origins of experimental science in early modern Europe (15th to 18th centuries). We will question the role of art, craft, alchemy, magic, law, travel, collecting, entertainment, the church, and universities in changing practices and epistemologies of natural philosophy. We will engage with recent debates in the historiography of science concerning the relationship between science and locality, society, gender, professionalization, communication and technology. Read More