Farewell to Visual Studies

Farewell to Visual Studies

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Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another's work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and "unpredictable conversation" on knotty and provocative issues about art.

This fifth and final volume in the series focuses on the identity, nature, and future of visual studies, discussing critical questions about its history, objects, and methods. The contributors question the canon of literature of visual studies and the place of visual studies with relation to theories of vision, visuality, epistemology, politics, and art history, giving voice to a variety of inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. Rather than dismissing visual studies, as its provocative title might suggest, this volume aims to engage a critical discussion of the state of visual studies today, how it might move forward, and what it might leave behind to evolve in productive ways.

The contributors are Emmanuel Alloa, Nell Andrew, Linda Baez Rubi, Martin A. Berger, Hans Dam Christensen, Isabelle Decobecq, Bernhard J. Dotzler, Johanna Drucker, James Elkins, Michele Emmer, Yolaine Escande, Gustav Frank, Theodore Gracyk, Asbjorn Gronstad, Stephan Gunzel, Charles W. Haxthausen, Miguel A. Hernandez-Navarro, Tom Holert, Kivanc Kilinc, Charlotte Klonk, Tirza True Latimer, Mark Linder, Sunil Manghani, Anna Notaro, Julia Orell, Mark Reinhardt, Vanessa R. Schwartz, Bernd Stiegler, Oyvind Vagnes, Sjoukje van der Meulen, Terri Weissman, Lisa Zaher, and Marta Zarzycka.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 20mm | 567g
  • University Park, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 0271070781
  • 9780271070780
  • 1,795,808

Table of contents


Series Preface


First Introduction: Starting Points

James Elkins

Second Introduction: Affect, Agency, and Aporia: An Indiscipline with Endemic Ambivalences and a Lack of Pictures

Gustav Frank

Third Introduction: Visual Studies, or, This is Not a Diagram

Sunil Manghani

The Seminars

1 Histories: Visuelle Kultur

2 Histories: Anglo-American Visual Studies, 1989-1999

3 Histories: 2000-2010

4 Histories: The Present Decade

5 Histories: Bildwissenschaft

6 Image, Meaning, and Power

7 A General Theory of Visual Culture

8 The Political

9 Science Studies

10 The Place of the Image

11 Envoi



Sunil Manghani

Hans Dam Christensen

Emmanuel Alloa

Nell Andrew

Martin A. Berger

Marta Zarzycka

Theodore Gracyk

Tom Holert

Julia Orell

Kivanc Kilinc

Mark Linder

Michele Emmer

Terri Weissman

Johanna Drucker

Vanessa R. Schwartz

Bernd Stiegler

Lisa Zaher

Stephan Gunzel

Bernhard J. Dotzler

Sjoukje van der Meulen

Charles W. Haxthausen

Asbjorn Gronstad

Oyvind Vagnes

Mark Reinhardt

Charlotte Klonk

Yolaine Escande

Linda Baez Rubi

Miguel A. Hernandez-Navarro

Isabelle Decobecq

Tirza True Latimer

Anna Notaro

Notes on the Contributors

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Review quote

"Farewell to Visual Studies is astonishing and impressive. It opens the field to self-critical questions about its history, objects, and methods (in contrast to art history and German Bildwissenschaft). The statements of the editors at the beginning, the open-minded and self-critical discussion among the participants in the Chicago Seminars, and the contributions of the experts at the end deliver a deep impression of how such a self-assessment may lead to new shores."

-Martina Sauer, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Semiotik (DGS) "In looking back at the whole field of visual studies, the collection offers a lively contribution to the history of the inter/trans/in/discipline. It is a wonderful example of how understanding and new thinking are produced by performing intellectual clarification and innovation on the page, giving readers the sense of mediated participation in the Stone Center Seminars."

-Jon Simons, Indiana University Bloomington
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About James Elkins

James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gustav Frank is Professor of German at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Sunil Manghani is Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at the University of Southampton.
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