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Rest and the Rest: Aesthetics of Idleness

12th Visual and Cultural Studies Graduate Conference. April 12 - 13, 2019 at the University of Rochester.

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Lisa Uddin

Reni Celeste Memorial Alumni Lecture, March 20, 2019 at 4.45pm

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Yellow Femme, Synthetic Form

Craig Owens Memorial Lecture, Anne Anlin Cheng, April 2nd, 2019, 5pm

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InVisible Culture

InVisible Culture is a student-run electronic journal of visual culture dedicated to exploring the material and political dimensions of visual and cultural practices.


Graduate Conference

This interdisciplinary conference convenes graduate students from a variety of fields, such as film studies, museum studies, art history, and cultural anthropology.


On Film

Our students run a film-screening project featuring independent and avant-garde films in their original formats. On Film is now in its fifth year.


MOON DWELLERS: A famous 1830s press hoax involved reports of bat-like people and other fanciful creatures supposedly seen on the moon by an astronomer. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Research Highlight

‘Looking’ at historical hoaxes

During the mid-19th century, a series of grand hoaxes captured the American imagination: the Great Moon Hoax, the Cardiff Giant, and the fantastical creatures of P. T. Barnum. Joan Saab, associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies, examines the relationship between seeing and believing.

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