Professor: Joo Yun Lee
HAD-551 01/02 SPRING 2019: East Asian Contemporary Art and Media Culture
Final Paper Assignment: Research Paper
Due: Paper Abstract: March 18 in class (hard copy)
Final Paper due: May 6 in class (hard copy & e-file via email)
Form: 8-10 pages for undergrad students / 10-15 pages for grad students
* Double spaced, 12 point Times
* Please use Chicago Style footnotes & works for citation
* No cover page is necessary and double-sided print is preferred.
Grading: 40% of your final grade.
1. Final Paper Abstract: 150-200 words with one-page bibliography and annotations
of major sources (2-3 pages in length)
This should set out the framework for your topic and proposed areas of research, including a
one-page bibliography identifying any key sources on the subject matter as well as any relevant
texts you propose to use in framing your paper. While you may not have developed a focus for
your final argument, you should use this exercise to get a head start on research for the final
paper and to attempt to identify what you think are the key stakes in looking at the subject. The
more detail you provide, the more specific feedback I can offer.
* In addition to bibliography you are to write short, 5-7 sentence annotations about major
sources (2-3 sources for undergrad students / 3-5 sources for grad students) These
annotations should roughly correspond to the abstracts of articles you would find in e.g. Jstor.
* Feel free to refer to the readings on syllabus, or to notes you’ve taken in class. You can use
books, articles, interviews, artist’s statement, reviews (when possible), and other credible
sources. (You may use Wikipedia or other online resource for background, but not as an official
** How to write an excellent abstract:
A good paper proposal will clearly and succinctly identify several key elements: 1) The scholarly
context of the paper’s thesis and/or intervention. How does this paper forward previous
understanding? Why is it important? This means mentioning previous work in the area and
discussing how scholars have framed the issue before. 2) The methodology of the
research/analysis. How will this paper accomplish its goals? This latter point might entail
identifying new evidence or a new methodology. 3) The thesis of the argument or research to be
presented. What is your argument?
2. Final Paper
The aim of the final paper is to demonstrate your ability to employ significant independent
research and relate to a historical and/or theoretical issue in East Asian art and visual culture.
Your paper should contain a directed analysis of the formal properties of any work you choose
and it should demonstrate an understanding of the thematic issues and historical context (social,
technical, political, aesthetic) that inform the work or works you are examining as well as any
reception it/they might have given rise to. Thus the aim is not to discuss a wide-range of artistic
practices in East Asia since the 1960s, but to choose a specific focus and clear problematic to
work through with reference to selected work. This is not to say that your paper should not
implicitly or explicitly demonstrate a familiarity with the larger body of material and historical
context discussed in this class but rather that it is important to identify a primary topic that you
can research. As with any paper you should avoid broad generalizations and support the
arguments you make with reference to the work itself or its reception. A clear focus and
problematic is the first step towards deciding what to include, as well as towards structuring your
argument and making your points.
The choice of topic is up to you but your examples should be related to an aspect of the lectures,
readings or class discussion. Your focus can be as narrow as an intensive study of a particular
work, or a series of works by a particular movement, or it could take the form of an analysis of a
specific problematic. If your topic is to be organized around such a larger theme or problematic,
you should choose a limited number of primary examples through which to make your argument.
Never underestimate the importance not only of coherent and accurate prose but also of a clearly
structured and argued presentation of issues. A complex point can be made in very
straightforward language. And always try to avoid simple mistakes such as spelling errors, typos,
and incorrect bibliographic information. These may seem unimportant but can effect the
reception of any piece of written work.
My preference for footnotes is Chicago Manual of Style (CMS, see below), but MLS citations in
the text, supplemented by a bibliography at the end, is also acceptable. If you need assistance
with bibliographic citation formats, or with your research topic or direction, please feel free to
Citation Guide (includes footnotes)
*The Writing and Tutorial Center can assist those who need to improve their writing skills and
those who have language (English) difficulties. Their website: www.pratt.edu/academics/liberalarts-and-sciences/writing-and-tutorial-cente
- Why is this particular topic important to understanding and/or reducing prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination?