Dr. de Stecher's research engages with narratives of contact and cultural continuity in a decolonizing framework, in the study of Indigenous visual arts and material culture and exhibition practices. Her areas of expertise include museum studies and material culture studies. Dr. de Stecher's book manuscript, Culture Keepers: Women's Arts of the Wendat First Nation is now in the review process at McGill-Queen's University Press. Her current research takes a fresh look at 18C intercultural engagement and trade silver, a project to decolonize colonial archives and center Indigenous voice. In museum studies, Dr. de Stecher's new project looks at recent exhibitions (2017 - 2019) in Canada and institutional change, to strong Indigenous presence. Dr.de Stecher's study considers the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report's Calls to Action on museum practices.
Critical museology and museum studies, material culture studies, Indigenous art histories, materiality, decolonizing and settler colonialism theories and methodologies, women's histories, Canadian art history, gender studies, Indigenous diplomatic histories
ARTH 1300 - History of World Art 1
Surveys major art styles from the Paleolithic period through the Renaissance, including European, Asian, and the Pre-Columbian/Islamic world. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 1400 - History of World Art 2
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Surveys major art styles from about 1600 to the present, including Europe, Asia, the Islamic world, the Americas and Africa. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
ARTH 6929 - Seminar: Theories of Art History
Provides a systematic critical overview of the development of art history as a discipline beginning with 18th century theories of aesthetics and ending with current interdisciplinary models of critical interpretation. Weekly readings, discussions, reports, and written papers constitute the format of this seminar in methodology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours within a term. Required for MA (art history) students.