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SS-356 Visual Analysis

3 Credits

This hands-on course introduces students to the methods and practice of visual analysis. We will examine how people understand images and how they create, circulate, and store (or destroy) visual imagery. The rise of racial capitalism and visualities of resistance will be our guiding threads as we trace and interrogate the emergence of media formats, technologies of vision, forms of spectacle and collecting, taboo images and their mass consumption in a global context across historical periods. In addition to a final project, students will conduct visual ethnographies of New York City and curate an online social media archive.