James Elkins: Farewell to Visual Studies

On November 15th in Chapel Hill, a lecture by JamesĀ Elkins: “Farewell to Visual Studies.”

“Visual studies continues to grow very rapidly; it has at least four different forms in North America and the UK, in Scandinavia and German-speaking countries, in Latin America, and in China and Taiwan. Yet it has not fulfilled its initial promise as a place to study visuality and visual practices of all sorts, and it has not consolidated a common set of purposes or methods. In this talk James Elkins surveys the original purposes of the field and its current condition, and suggests several reasons why it may be time to say farewell to visual studies.”