Visual Studies at the University of Houston is dedicated to:
- Improving faculty expertise by facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and ongoing training; and
- Ensuring that students in the Visual Studies program have a grounding in the fundamentals of sensing, perceiving, representing, displaying, and analyzing visual objects.
To enhance faculty expertise, the Visual Studies Program will host a series of intensive workshops dealing with such topics as:
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- The Science of Light, Perception, and Vision: The implications of cognitive science, neuroscience, and perceptual psychology for our understanding of perception, emotional response, and aesthetics.
- Interpreting Visual Images: The diverse ways that specialists in anthropology, art history, communication, cultural and literary studies, film and media studies, philosophy, and sociology interpret visual sources.
- The Visual in the Classroom: The uses of digital storytelling, visual ethnography, and other visual approaches to research, teaching, and learning.
Our Lectures and Conferences:
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Our program will organize and offer regular public lectures and conferences directed at faculty, students, and interested community members. These events will be videotaped and made available via videostreaming on our program's website.
Our International Collaborative Network
We are in discussion with two members of our advisory board-- Jon Prosser, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds; and Patrizia Faccioli of the Facoltà di Scienze Politiche di Forlì, Università di Bologna-who have agreed to lead multi-day workshops on the use and interpretation of visual materials which we hope to videotape and videostream on the program's website. We believe that these workshops, making use of visual resources in Britain and Italy, can serve as a prototype for future workshops that take advantage of visual materials and experts internationally.