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Visual Culture Studies

Visual Culture Studies
Interviews with Key Thinkers

First Edition
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June 2008 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Visual Culture Studies presents 13 engaging and detailed interviews with some of the most influential intellectuals working today on the objects, subjects, media and environments of visual culture.

Exploring historical and theoretical questions of vision, the visual and visuality, this collection reveals the provocative insights of these thinkers as they have contributed in exhilarating ways to disturbing the parameters of more traditional areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In so doing they have key roles in establishing Visual Culture Studies as a significant field of inquiry.

Each interview draws out the interests and commitments of the interviewee to critically interrogate the past, present and future possibilities of Visual Culture Studies and visual culture itself. The discussions concentrate on three broad areas of deliberation: 
  • The intellectual and institutional status of Visual Culture Studies.
  • The histories, genealogies and archaeologies of visual culture and its study.
  • The diverse ways in which the experiences of vision, and the visual, can be articulated and mobilized to political, aesthetic and ethical ends.

This book demonstrates the intellectual significance of Visual Culture Studies, and the ongoing importance of the study of the visual.

Marquard Smith is Reader in Visual and Material Culture at Kingston University, London, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture.

Introduction: Visual Culture Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Interview with Nicholas Mirzoeff
Visual Culture, Everyday Life, Difference and Visual Literacy
Interview with W.J.T. Mitchell
Mixing it up: The Media, the Senses and Global Politics
Interview with Susan Buck-Morss in conversation with Laura Mulvey and Marquard Smith
Globalization, cosmopolitanism, politics and the citizen
Interview with Paul Gilroy
On the State of Cultural Studies
Interview with Lennard J. Davis
Disability Studies, the Humanities and the Limits of the Visible
Interview with Lisa Cartwright
Naming, Networks and Scientific Regimes of Vision
Interview with Vivian Sobchack
Phenomenology, Mass Media and Being-in-the-World
Interview with Peggy Phelan
Performance, live Culture and Things of the Heart
Interview with Giuliana Bruno
Cultural Cartography, Materiality and the Fashioning of Emotion
Mark A. Cheetham, Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxe in Conversation
Visual Studies, Historiography and Aesthetics
Interview with Martin Jay
That Visual Turn: The Advent of Visual Culture
Interview with Hal Foster
Polemics, Postmodernism, Immersion, Militarized Space
Interview with Mieke Bal
The Object of Visual Culture Studies and Preposterous History

By its survey or overview nature, it would need to be a supplemental text in a course.

Professor David Beard
Composition Dept, University of Minnesota - Duluth
November 4, 2009

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Chapter Nine

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