There is no social system that is not first and foremost a visual system. Thus, processes of social transformation necessarily transpire within the visual arena. Visuality serves to introduce change--new creative models, new political paradigms, new relational possibilities, new poetic forms--into social contexts. This is what makes the ability to interpret visual information and promote critical revisioning so crucial during periods of transformation. The Visual and Critical Studies program trains students to deeply engage visual culture by refining written and oral presentation abilities, sharpening critical faculties, fostering research skills, expanding methodological options, and furthering the development of both creative and traditional modes of critical expression.
This year’s cohort presents innovative and transformative research in the field of visual studies at the program’s capstone event, the 2009 VCS Symposium. In this daylong public symposium, nine graduate candidates in the program will interrogate the politics and poetics of visual culture. We hope you will join us.
Visual and Critical Studies 2009 Symposium
Saturday, April 4th
Timken Lecture Hall
10 a.m. 4 p.m.
For additional information, including presentation abstracts and program of the day's events, please visit: http://sites.cca.edu/currents/events/symposium.html