I’ve put together a list of syllabi regarding visual culture and identity based on my interests in the topics that encompass visual culture and identity in the digital age, new media, design research, and branding that explore both personal and organizational identities in visual culture.
- Matteo Bittanti: Introduction to Visual Studies
Course focuses on theoretical and practical study of Visual Culture and includes the effects of consumer culture on our habits and surroundings; the impact of communication technologies such as the internet, smartphones, and television on our understanding of the world; the question of identity in subcultures as it is expressed in visual media; the effect of the politics of art production, display, and criticism on contemporary artists.
- NYU Steinhardt: Media and Identity
Course focuses on how identity is formed, maintained, and represented, understand identity through history, and how individuals use traditional and new media to reflect their identities.
- Dr. Laura DeNardis: Digital Media and Culture
Digital media provide the structures in which individual identity is formed, social relations manifest, political discourse occurs, and economic power flows.
- Gregory Sholette: Critical Issues – Visual Culture
Examines issue of ethics, beauty, cultural inclusion, and radical opposition all the while asking what role art making and human vision play in our post-industrial, hyper visual society.
- Dr. Catelijne Coopmans: Visual Culture 1 : Seeing and Representing
Focus on ways of seeing and showing the human body to explore how objectivity, subjectivity, and relations of power are expressed by visual means.
- Marita Sturken and Charles Talcott: Globalization, Memory & Visual Culture
Provides an overview of contemporary theoretical engagements with cultural memory, visual culture, and consumerism, looking at the role played by discourses of memory in changing concepts of nation, colonialism-postcolonialism, and globalization.
- Marita Sturken: Visual Culture of Science and Technology
Course looks at how visuality has been key to the exercise of power through such practices as cataloguing and identification; the designation of abnormality, disease, and pathologies; medical diagnosis; scientific experimentation; and the marketing of science and medicine.
- Ayanah Moor: An Aesthetics of Hip Hop
Examines high visual culture in relation to hip hop. It will draw connections between on-going ideas addressed in the art world: aesthetics, identity, culture; and the content of hip hop’s visual, technological and performative expressions.
- Rebeca Méndez: 150B Brand Lab II
Design discourse and how complex organizations are and their public identities and how those identities can be strategized and designed.
- Dr. Monique Tschofen: Visual Culture: Communications and Culture 8921
Focuses on the relations between visuality and embodiment, subjectivity, ideology, social relations, techniques and technologies. Visual metaphors are deeply embedded in the core of Western philosophical and religious traditions through concepts such as, speculation, illumination, introspection and even in the notion of theory itself.