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2018 Visual Culture Symposium

Conference Program - March 30, 2018

*Subject to change

9:30 – 10:45

Panel #1 – The Effect/Affect of Images: Selfies, Memes, and Drag Queens

Sean Milligan – “’Feels Good Man’: Pepe and Zaniness”

Peter Marra – “Killer Queens: Horror, Resistance, and the Queer Art of Drag”

Molli Spalter – “A Selfie Ethics for Manipulative Cyborg Bitches: When OOF Meets the Nude”


10:45 – 12:15

Panel #2 – The Politics of Looking: Exposing Race in Text, Television, and Photography

John Brooks – “Demanding Perspectives: Visual Abstractionism in the Photography of Roy DeCarava”

Isaac Pickell – “Making Objects at the Surface of the Symptom”

Avery Ware – “Art Imitates Death: Black Bodies for White, Capitalist Consumption”


12:15 – 1:15



1:15 – 2:45

Panel #3 – “Post-Truth” in the Present: The End of Genres, History, and Humanity

Lujine Nasralla – “The Sublimity of Contemplating Ruins and Atemporal Environments: Romanticism in ‘Ozymandias’ and Blade Runner 2049

Diana Rosenberger – “Stuck in the Middlemarch: Why Media Theory Needs the Victorian Narrator”

Ella Tucan – “Do Androids Dream of Clothes?: Nonhuman Bodies, Nudity and Knowledge in Westworld


3:00 – 5:00

Screening & Roundtable Discussion

Professor renée hoogland – English department

Professor Dora Apel – Art & Art History department

Professor Melba Boyd - African-American Studies department

Ella Tucan - Ph.D. student, Film 


5:00 – 6:15

Keynote Speaker

Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) - "Photographic Remains: Sally Mann at Antietam"