This seminar offers students the opportunity to read very recent theories of art and visual culture from the Americas, published in the last decade or so. Instead of a thematically based course, the range of approaches will allow us to analyze current directions in theoretical work on the visual, and to discuss directions for future research, especially potential dissertation topics that engage critical theory, art, and/or visual culture.
Certain recurrent questions do emerge in the texts we will read: the status of the “visual” in art and visual studies; frameworks for the inclusion of visual production by communities of African and indigenous descent in disciplines that have excluded them; feminism outside the Euro-US context; affect and emotion as forms of knowledge; new media & technology and old myths of modernity; violence and the image; and collective research and political organizing in/as/through art. The seminar will participate in activities at the FHI-Global Brazil Lab, and meet with visiting scholars and artists. Authors include: Luis Camnitzer, Cristina Híjar, Virginia Pérez Ratton, Nestor García Canclini, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Laura Pérez, Eduardo Kac, André Mesquita, Roberto Conduru, and Claudia Calirman.
This seminar welcomes all students interested in recent theoretical methods and concepts emerging outside the dominant U.S. and European academies. Please contact the instructor with any questions regarding your background or interests.