Thematic Presentations

The “thematic presentation” assignment asks students to collaborate with a partner on a short oral presentation accompanied by PowerPoint slides.

With your partner(s), select a group of three to four works connected by a thematic strand (see the list of strands below , or come up with one of your own). We will sort this out in class on January 30. Presentations will take place in class on February 15.

Consider these questions

  • What are the common stylistic, formal, or iconographic elements that unite the works in your selection, and are these commonalities coincidental or meaningful?
  • What shared visual or representational properties of these works make them identifiably a group?
  • How do these works, as an ensemble, inform us about medieval conceptions of the thematic strand you have chosen, either within a specific cultural milieu or across cultures?

Prepare a five-minute Powerpoint-based presentation in which you both speak for approximately equal time, and in which your slides allow you to perform some visual analysis related to these questions.

Slides should include high-quality images with captions. You must have a written script so that you can stay on topic and on time.

Turn in your PPT (as a PDF) and script on Canvas by 6 pm on February 15 (upload the PPT and script below). 

Please consult the rubric!

Themes:

1. Patronage (this could be more specific: patronage by women, patronage by princes,
patronage by courtiers)
2. Representing Paradise
3. Concepts of courtliness
4. Translating history (especially in reference to antiquity)
5. Cultural appropriation (borrowing forms or ideas from another culture for new
purposes)
6. Animal symbolism
7. Pattern as expressive/symbolic form
8. Architectural forms and sacred spaces
9. Human bodies
10. The sacred letter (calligraphy, epigraphy, other word-based art forms)
11. Competing for prestige
12. Materiality (how the choice and use of materials comes about, including trade, technical
process, value, illusion)
Rubric:
Quality of powerpoint presentation

High-quality, sharp images, informative, error-free captions
This area will be used by the assessor to leave comments related to this criterion.
8.0 pts
Quality of script

Clear, thematically relevant points such as stylistic, formal, iconographic analysis, cultural contextualization included, tied to PPT presentation. Theme clearly articulated.
This area will be used by the assessor to leave comments related to this criterion.
8.0 pts
Presentation quality

Partners share equally in the public-speaking role, and the presentation has a polished, rehearsed character; smooth transitions and audience engagement
This area will be used by the assessor to leave comments related to this criterion.
8.0 pts
Quality of research

List of sources consulted includes scholarly sources and these are integrated into the presentation.
This area will be used by the assessor to leave comments related to this criterion.
6.0 pts

Evalee Campbell and Scott Price, Paradise Gardens

 

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