Visual Culture Studies presents 13 engaging and detailed interviews with some of the most influential intellectuals working today on the objects, subjects, media, and environments of visual culture. Exploring historical and theoretical questions of vision, the visual, and visuality, this collection reveals the provocative insights of these thinkers, as they have contributed in exhilarating ways to disturbing the parameters of more traditional areas of study across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In so doing they have key roles in establishing visual culture studies as a significant field of inquiry. Each interview draws out the interests and commitments of the interviewee to critically interrogate the past, present, and future possibilities of visual culture studies and visual culture itself.

Mixing It Up: The Media, the Senses, and Global Politics

Mixing It Up: The Media, the Senses, and Global Politics

Mixing it up: The media, the senses, and global politics


W.J.T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor for English and Art History, The University of Chicago. Editor of Critical Inquiry, he is the author of many books including The Language of Images (1980); Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology (1986); Picture Theory (1994); The Last Dinosaur Book (1998); and What Do Pictures Want? (2005b). Here Mitchell raises a series of questions that are key to any historical, political, and institutional consideration of Visual Culture Studies and to the ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics of the visual. He also addresses carefully the relations between language and visuality, between vision and the other senses, and between different media. (Hence ...

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