About

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) at the University of Michigan is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop composed of faculty and graduate students with an academic interest in some aspect of visual culture,  including (but not limited to) photography, performance, painting, comics, digital media, print technologies, film, architecture, and curatorial modes. Participants’ interests have spanned a wide variety of historical contexts and disciplinary fields, and their home departments/programs/schools have included American Culture, Anthropology, CAAS, English, History, History of Art, Judaic Studies, Museum Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Screen Arts and Cultures, Sociology, Women’s Studies, the School of Art & Design, and the School of Information. Since its foundation in 2006, the VCW has aimed to bring together such divergent fields to explore the place of images and visuality in each, and to raise questions about shared models and methods across disciplines. The group plans academic events throughout the academic year such as guest lectures, panels, workshops of writing-in-progress, and exhibition trips.