Sophomore Seminars

Art in the Metropolis

Please note: This seminar has a special application process and deadline. See bolded section on seminar page.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with the annual "Arts Immersion" trip to New York that takes place over spring break and is organized by the Stanford Arts Institute. Participation in the trip (March 21 – March 28, 2020) is a requirement for taking part in the seminar (and vice versa). The trip is designed to provide a group of students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City, guided by Professor Jisha Menon. Students will experience a broad range and variety of art forms (visual arts, theater, opera, dance, etc.) and will meet with prominent arts administrators and practitioners, some of whom are Stanford alumni.

In the seminar, we will reflect on the plethora of experiences the trip affords and develop individual projects related to particular works of art, exhibitions, and performances encountered during the stay in New York. The urban setting in which the various forms of art are created, presented, and received will form a special point of focus. A principal aim of the seminar will be to develop aesthetic sensibilities through writing critically about the art that interests and engages us. After developing their projects with the seminar leader and instructors from other art departments, students will have a chance to present their work in the symposium with which the course will conclude.

The Arts Immersion trip is subsidized by an Arts Institute endowment, but students are responsible for a portion of travel costs. Financial aid is available.


Please visit the Arts Immersion website to apply and subscribe to the Arts Update for information about our upcoming info sessions at Roble Arts Gym at 12:30 PM on Friday, October 25 and Wednesday, November 20.

Apply by December 2, 2019 (9:00 AM) to be considered for enrollment in Spring Quarter. If accepted, reserve 3 units of space on your Spring Quarter study list. Acceptance Notification: mid-December. Check Arts Immersion for more information.

Travel to New York: Saturday, March 21 – Saturday, March 28, 2020.


Meet the Instructor(s)

Jisha Menon

Jisha Menon is assistant professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford and her M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is the author of The Performance of Nationalism: India, Pakistan, and the Memory of Partition(Cambridge University Press, 2013) and co-editor, along with Patrick Anderson, of Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.) She is currently at work on two concurrent projects: she is completing the manuscript of her second monograph, Pedestrian Acts: Performing the City in Neoliberal India. She is also co-editing, along with Milija Gluhovic, Rethinking the Secular: Performance, Religion and the Public Sphere.