This seminar explores the site of Persepolis, heartland capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, as a social space. It emphasizes current research in archaeology, iconography, and performativity of place. Student readings, dialogues, and projects will be Stage One in a series of Working Group Collaboratives toward a major Kelsey Museum Exhibition in Fall 2013 tentatively titled Ancient Animations. Experiencing Visual + Social Expression in the Persian Empire. The show will feature international loan artifacts in tandem with a program of interactive electronic technologies for experiential "gaming" and digital graffiti. Participation is By Permission of the Instructor. Background reading will be front-loaded so that creative efforts can proceed. Graduate students in, e.g., Museum Studies, Engineering, Architecture, Art and Design, and Information Science are encouraged to apply along with those in historically-based disciplines. Strongly motivated undergraduates are also invited to inquire. Please contact Professor Root by email, including your UM i.d. number in your inquiry.
Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100. MSP Cognate; MS Minor Elective by Petition