What is the course about?
Come and learn about one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico as revealed by archaeological and textual sources.
Max Carocci has been working at the intersection between anthropology, art and museums since 2002. He conducted fieldwork among Native North Americans and continues to work with them on issues of art and museums. He has taught and programmed courses for a variety of Universities and colleges among which Birkbeck College (Art history, Museum cultures), UCL Department of Anthropology, Chelsea College’s MA Museum and Curating, the American University Richmond. He is currently lecturing on Art, Anthropology, Museums and Globalisation at Goldsmiths College (2018-ongoing) in the Department of Anthropology.
Max has nearly ten year experience as curator in the UK and abroad and served as consultant and researcher in museums in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Presently Max is working on two books on ethnographic representations and drawings with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Nation).
What will we cover?
The Aztecs of central Mexico, during the 14th and 15th centuries was Central America's largest and most powerful empire. After examining the origins and evolution of the Aztec state, we turn our attention to its remarkable political and economic organization.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of the Aztec culture and religion
- Explain the symbolism beyond Aztec sacrifices
- remember names of Aztec gods and goddesses and their characteristics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience with archaeology or anthropology is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The format of the class will vary from week to week, but will include PowerPoint presentations, video clips, readings and follow-up discussions. You are encouraged to read outside the course on particular topics you find interesting and would like to discuss in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Classical Civilisations course from September.
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