Knowing Women — Exploring New Forms of Knowledge Through Historiography and Design

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Knowing Women

Spring 2021

Taught By: Lisa Strausfeld and Gina Walker

Section: A

CRN: 7640

Credits: 3

This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the ways in which we build new forms of knowledge-ordering systems through the integration of critical thinking, historical research, and design. Building off of a collaborative platform that historian Gina Luria Walker and information architect Lisa Strausfeld have been developing—called Knowing Women—students working in small teams will collaboratively investigate, develop, sketch and propose new knowledge systems that attempt to represent women’s missing place in history. In this experimental course, students will combine readings in critical history, visual analysis of timelines, encyclopedias, and other knowledge-ordering systems, and spatial design practices to ask a simple but fundamental question: by what means do we represent “missing” women when the systems we have in place have been built to represent the lives of men? This course in collaborative co-production and cross-disciplinary research is not simply an opportunity to translate historical research into a visual medium. Instead, and along the way, we will use design and critical reflection to challenge the norms and forms of historical research -- even the making of History itself -- to foreground “female biography” as a vehicle to interrogate what it means to explore and represent the past. The course does not presuppose knowledge in women’s history or in data visualization, but instead assumes that students from a variety of disciplines and practices will want to roll up their sleeves and work through the complex challenges of visualizing women’s history differently than conventional History, mainly by, for, and about men.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 11

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 3:42am 7/12/2020 EDT