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.

On the State of Cultural Studies1

On the State of Cultural Studies1

On the state of cultural studies1


A deep concern for the politics and ethics of diaspora and difference in music, media, and the art runs through the writings of Paul Gilroy. Attention to these pressing matters has been visible since at least the publication of his crucial co-authored The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (1982), and in early affiliations with the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. Gilroy is a cultural practitioner, a DJ, and, having returned in 2005 from Yale University where he was Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, now holds the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at the London School of Economics. Along with ...

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