Visual Culture in and out of Crisis
Two-Day International Symposium, Fall 2017 (Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20)
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, College Avenue Campus
Sponsored by the SAS J&R Pane Fund and the Department of Italian
Co-sponsors: AMESALL; Art History; Cinema Studies; Comparative Literature; English; French; German, Slavic, and East European Languages and Literatures; SAS Honors Program; Spanish & Portuguese; Center for African Studies; Center for European Studies
"Crisis is an omnipresent sign in almost all forms of narrative today; it is mobilized as the defining category of historical situations, past and present. […] [W]hen crisis is posited as the very condition of contemporary situations, is it not the case that certain questions become possible while others are foreclosed?"
"[A] dialectical concept of visual culture cannot rest content with a definition of its object as the social construction of the visual field, but must insist on exploring the chiastic reversal of this proposition, the visual construction of the social field. It is not just that we see the way we do because we are social animals, but also that our social arrangements take the forms they do because we are seeing animals."
Today, crisis abounds. From the US presidency to ecological disaster, state violence, economic collapse, and the mass migration of millions of vulnerable people, we are living in what Paul Rabinow has called a “crisis epoch.”