Becoming Visible

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Becoming Visible

Spring 2022

Taught By: Gina Walker

Section: A

CRN: 9730

Credits: 3

This course engages with ongoing research into the historical, technical, and gendered contexts of textile production that now make it possible to speculate about the lives of named women workers and their innovations across geographies and cultures. Producing the stuff of civilization was historically considered to be “women’s work” and formed an essential part of global trade. The legions of female workers were invisible in all times and places. During the transition from Bronze Age to Iron Age economy, women’s economic power was erased from collective memory. The reasons for this shift are not yet clear. The myth was perpetuated that men adventure while women stay stationary and perform undifferentiated “women’s work.” Such undervaluation continues today. New multi-disciplinary research provides evidence of individual women and their accomplishments from the past. For example, translations of recently excavated cuneiform letters from the 19th Century BCE reveal details of the experiences of named female weavers, managers, colleagues, wives, and mothers, some of these written by the women themselves. We learn that even then women were denied equal recognition as “professionals” with their male collaborators. Students will have the opportunity to interrogate what can be known about these figures and their creations, devising ways to make them visible for the first time, using approaches and media of their choice.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

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: 9:59pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022