Welcome to the Department of Art History & Communication Studies.
The Department of Art History & Communication Studies embraces the interdisciplinary and transcultural study of art, culture and communications, and the technologies of information, image, and sound through a broad range of historical and theoretical approaches.
The Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Art History, undergraduate degrees in Art History (major, minor, honours), and an undergraduate minor in Communication Studies.
As well as respecting the specific traditions of each discipline, the Department further encourages those fields of research currently emerging at the intersection of Art History & Communication. These include the analysis of visual and material culture, studies of new media, the history of technology, eco-critical approaches, analyses of identity in art and communications, and questions of gender, sexuality, race, globalism, and nationhood.
Within the Department, the Art History stream of study promotes the history of art, architecture, visual and material culture from the Ancient to the Contemporary periods and examines the development of art historical methodologies and critical theories of the discipline. The expertise offered by this stream includes the histories of medicine, science, technology, and new media; global and transcultural perspectives; museums, exhibitions, patronage, and collecting; gender, sexuality, and feminist studies; postcolonial and critical race studies. Areas of concentration include Indigenous, East Asian, African diaspora, Byzantine, Canadian, European, Early Modern, 18th century, 19th century, and Contemporary art, media, and culture.
The Communication Studies stream is concerned with the history of media communication, more specifically the social and cultural dimensions of communication media, processes and technologies. Areas of expertise include the historical relationships between communication media and knowledge, cultural and media policy, technology and democracy, the role of media in diasporic cultures, communication, media and gender, the history of sound in media, medical technology and media, discourses of trauma and victimology in journalism.