Francisco González Castro (1984) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy & the Arts and Director of The Global Center for Advanced Studies -- South American Collective (Santiago, Chile). He is an artist, curator and researcher. B.A. in Art (2006) M.A. in Arts (2009) and Ph.D. in Arts (2017) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Title: PAP510 The Category of Art as a Capitalist Product

Dates April 5, 12, 19, 26 [Live online] 2019

Academic Level: Year 1 MA

Credits: 5

In this course we will review how the category of Art was constituted in the history of the West, from the hand of incipient capitalism. We will try to give arguments to place the category of Art as a clearly capitalist product, where its characteristics are completely twinned and in function of capitalism, reviewing the coincidences in their structures.
This will be opposed to the development of artistic practices in other cultures, prior to the category of Art, which have been called Art, but are not.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in GCAS College Dublin MA Program or authorized by the Chancellor

Required Texts: TBA

Learning and Teaching Methods:

Blended Learning (online/ in person) consisting of lectures, discussions, small group work, supervising, peer-group, student presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

-   Ability to understanding the basic structure and articulation of the critique of art as a capitalist object.

-  Ability to engage texts and conversation critically and coherently

- Ability to communicate clearly and analytically about all the major subjects and figures that comprise this course


The student will be assessed in all aspects of this course through the following means:

  1. Presentation

  2. Interactive Video/Written Forum

  3. Research Examination