SoSe 15: Photography and Visual Culture in 19th and 20th Century America
By expanding historical image research, visual history has in the recent past established itself as a field of research, which considers images in a wider sense both as sources as well as independent ... read more
By expanding historical image research, visual history has in the recent past established itself as a field of research, which considers images in a wider sense both as sources as well as independent artifacts of historiographical research. Hence, it looks both at the visuality of history and the historicity of the visual. The seminar aims at understanding photographic and other images beyond their pictorialness as a medium and as an activity with an independent aesthetic that condition the way we see things, shape our perceptual patterns, and convey interpretations – in short, that organize the aesthetic relationship of historic subjects to their social and political reality and generate their own realities. Visual history thus addresses the transdisciplinary fields of visual practice as well as the visuality of experience and history. We will look at photographs and other visual material from various periods of American history and aim at developing a sense of photographs that derives neither from the photographer's intention nor the ostensible interpretation of the historian.
Registration: all participants must be registered via Blackboard and Campus Management before the first session. If you cannot register online or would like to participate but cannot attend the first session, please contact Prof. Hampf before the beginning of the term. close