Private Parts in Public Spaces

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Private Parts in Public Spaces

Spring 2020

Taught By: Elizabeth Morano

Section: A

CRN: 3234

Credits: 3

In this course, we will investigate historical and contemporary cross-cultural ideas about the body and how it functions in society. We begin with the evolution of scientific understandings of the healthy and the diseased body and the cultural interpretation of illness. We then explore the socialization of body function control and practices (such as bathing) and the establishment of boundaries between the self and others. We focus on the growth of cities and establishments of social hierarchies and norms through etiquette and manners, including the increasingly complicated negotiation of the body in public spaces as well as the need to reassess notions of privacy and display. In this context, we explore acceptable and subversive public bodies and gestures. We also seek to understand issues around the concealment and revelation of the body, particularly as it applies to gender.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:26am 6/3/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: Z100

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020