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!
Quality of powerpoint presentation
High-quality, sharp images, informative, error-free captions
Quality of script
Clear, thematically relevant points such as stylistic, formal, iconographic analysis, cultural contextualization included, tied to PPT presentation. Theme clearly articulated.
Partners share equally in the public-speaking role, and the presentation has a polished, rehearsed character; smooth transitions and audience engagement
Quality of research
List of sources consulted includes scholarly sources and these are integrated into the presentation.