Spring 2023 Art History GU4093 section 001

Sacred Space in South Asia

Sacred Space in South Asi

Call Number 15144
Day & Time
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
612 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Subhashini Kaligotla
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

“Sacred” space in the Indian subcontinent was at the epicenter of human experience. This course presents Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Jain spaces and the variety of ways in which people experienced them. Moving from the monumental stone pillars of the early centuries BCE to nineteenth century colonial India, we learn how the organization and imagery of these spaces supported devotional activity and piety. We discuss too how temples, monasteries, tombs, and shrines supported the pursuit of pleasure, amusement, sociability, and other worldly interests. We also explore the symbiotic relationship between Indic religions and kingship, and the complex ways in which politics and court culture shaped sacred environments. The course concludes with European representations of South Asia’s religions and religious places.

Web Site Vergil
Department Art History and Archaeology
Enrollment 17 students (45 max) as of 8:10PM Friday, December 1, 2023
Subject Art History
Number GU4093
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231AHIS4093W001