Dr. Funk - Material Culture.
I was fortunate to study with Dr. Funk last semester. The topic of the course was material culture and urban spaces. I knew nothing about material culture prior to taking the course and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the study was so vast and could include so many subjects. I am very interested in the research Dr. Funk has done on the correspondence learning and distance education phenomenon. I think this stems from my time as an administrator at fine arts college. The way we negotiated and transferred credits was such a labor intensive fruitless process. It seemed almost arbitrary at time which credits were applied towards a degree and which credits were not applied. Currently I am taking Dr. Smith-Shank's course in material culture which has invigorated an interest in a semiotic look at objects. Recently the work of Karen Barad and other readings on the agency of objects has peaked my interest.
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Ramya N. Ravisankar
This blog is for the Colloquium course in the Art Education department at the Ohio State University