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 2013 VCS Symposium.
Visual and Critical Studies 2013 Symposium
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Timken Lecture Hall
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with reception to follow in the Graduate Center