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Peter Erickson and Clark Hulse
  • Date(s): Thursday, 9/26 4:00 PM to Thursday, 9/26 6:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan Street
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email: huminst@uic.edu
  • Website: http://huminst.las.uic.edu
  • Phone: 312-996-6354
“Visual Cultural Studies:  From Beginning to Now”



Since the mid-1990’s, the study of visual culture has influenced the disciplines of literature, history, art history, photography, film studies, critical race theory, visual anthropology, and urban studies. Peter Erickson and Clark Hulse will initiate a discussion of the theory and practice of visual cultural studies over the course of its development.  Opening with a reflection on the genesis of their pioneering volume from 2000, Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race and Empire, they will trace the trajectories of their own subsequent work, and invite a group conversation about the current state and future direction of the field.

Clark Hulse is Professor Emeritus of English and Art History at UIC.

Peter Erickson is Senior Lecturer in Theater and African-American Studies at Northwestern University. Previously he held appointments at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute.

Recommended Readings:

Erickson, Peter and Clark Hulse.  “Introduction.”  Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race, and Empire in Renaissance England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000):  1-14.

Erickson, Peter. "Invisibility Speaks: Servants and Portraits in Early Modern Visual Culture." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies Spring/Summer 9.1 (2009): 23-61.

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