James Elkins: Visual Practices Across the University

On September 28th in Rochester, a talk by James Elkins: “Visual Practices Across the University.” Description:

Renowned art historian James Elkins will discuss the wide range of image interpreting practices that take place across the departments of a university: lawyers, doctors, scientists, engineers, humanists, and social scientists all produce images and make arguments about them in different ways. This talk assesses the state of scholarship on links between art and science, arguing that it is possible to consider images in various fields without using tropes from the humanities or social sciences as explanatory tools—in other words, by letting the different disciplines speak in their own languages. This talk also explores the model of a university-wide course on visual experience, which would act as a corrective to the almost exclusively humanities-based perspective of existing “visual culture” courses, while also acknowledging the visual nature of much of contemporary research and experience over and against the emphasis in most curricula on words and equations.