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Projects: Visual Culture Studies in Europe

Visual Culture Studies in Europe

The Center for Visual Studies has been invited to participate in a scientific research project entitled Visual Culture Studies in Europe. This is the first systematic initiative set out to define the status and reach of visual studies on the Old Continent and join the most modern forms of research of visual phenomena today. This call was prompted, on the one hand, by the unimagined development of mediatized visual expressions and the ever stronger domination of the American school of visual studies, and, on the other hand, by the Center's present and past projects which prove it to be an able collaborator.

The project initiator is Marquard Smith of London's Kingston University, Editor-in-Chief of the influential Journal of Visual Culture and author of numerous books, among which a recent collection of interviews on the topic of visual culture and visual studies led with leading figures of the field, such as W.J.T. Mitchell, Martin Jay, Mieke Bal, Hal Foster, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Lisa Cartwright and others (Visual Culture Studies - Interviews with Key Thinkers). As research institution in the field of visual media, the Center for Visual Studies has been invited to contribute specific insights into the current state and the possibilities of development of this relatively young discipline, insufficiently known in the Southeast European region as well as in the integration processes in scholarly fields of the entire European continent.

In his initial call, Marquard Smith briefly defined the objectives of this pan-European research porject.

The project will create a collaborative network composed of established and rising scholars across a dozen or so European universities, colleges, and centres with a commitment to Visual Culture Studies in Europe, and the study of visual culture. (I am well aware of the importance of many of the individual and collaborative projects you have all driven in the past, hence this invitation.)

The plan is for us to get together in order to:

The outcomes from this project I'm anticipating provisionally are:

List of Proposed Participants