Netherlands, Nijmegen

Visual Culture: Seeing is Believing / Seeing is Deceiving

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 490

“Visual practice” is a term that refers to looking and seeing as activities governed by cultural conventions. Scholarly interest in the role of the visual in contemporary society has been increasing ever since the early 1990s. As a field of study Visual Culture offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of visuality in diverse cultural contexts and raises fundamental questions about practices of looking and seeing, as well as the cultural dimensions of rapidly developing imaging technologies. Visual practices have undergone tremendous change over the recent decades. The increasing digitalization in every walk of our lives has radically transformed the way we engage with images on a daily basis. This course invites you to engage with the rich body of theoretical texts that constitute the backbone of Visual Culture and use them creatively and critically to unpack the visual dynamics of artworks and a variety of cultural phenomena. The scope of our case studies will come from fields as diverse as advertising, photography, film, literature, computer games, and architecture. The classes will entail lectures, screenings, discussions, and field trips. Our goal is to learn to engage visual practices critically and to trace their dynamics not only in works of art but also in the practice of everyday life.

Course leader

Dr. L. Munteán
Assistant Professor
Cultural Studies (ACW)
Radboud University

Target group

The course caters to a wide range of students interested in the role of visuality in society. Students with a background in the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences will equally benefit from the course.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- reflect critically on diverse practices of looking in art and popular culture.
- identify the role of power relations in acts of looking
- apply theoretical perspectives on visuality to diverse cultural contexts.
- raise questions and articulate problems pertinent to the field of Visual Culture

Fee info

EUR 490: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)