September 16, 2014

Visual Studies PhD: call for applications

University of California, Santa Cruz
Maria Evangelatou, Through the looking glass, 1993. Photograph.

The University of California at Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the call for applications to the PhD program in Visual Studies. Applications are welcomed October 1 through December 15 for our class entering in September 2015.

This interdisciplinary program is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds from across the arts and humanities who wish to pursue a graduate degree focused on the social and cultural production of human vision and on the distinctive roles played by art and artifacts in societies from around the globe. Faculty research areas include cultural production in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific Islands.

The program employs a wide range of visual evidence for examination, without being constrained by traditional hierarchies of art and art history. Fine arts, architecture, photography, film, performances, utilitarian objects, and popular entertainments all are primary source material for scholars in the field.

The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisor and the Director of Graduate studies to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.

For more information on the program, faculty and application requirements, please see our website.


Core faculty, UCSC Visual Studies PhD program

Martin Berger, gender, race and representation in U.S. culture
Raoul Birnbaum, Buddhist approaches to human vision, especially Chinese Buddhist representations and practices
Elisabeth Cameron, gender, performance, play and iconoclasm in Central Africa
Carolyn Dean, performance, costume and non-resemblant artifacts in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Spanish America
TJ Demos, global contemporary art and politics, political ecology, postcolonial theory, migration, human rights discourse, postcolonial justice, and the conjunction of art and ecology
Maria Evangelatou, gender, politics and religion in ancient Greek and Byzantine art and visual culture
Jennifer González, installation and activist art, theories of race and representation, digital art
Donna Hunter, national identity in western Europe and America since 1750
Stacy Kamehiro, identity politics and colonial histories in Oceania
Boreth Ly, trauma, gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia and its diaspora
Derek Murray, theory and criticism of contemporary art, cultural theory, identity and representation, art of the African diaspora, popular visual culture
Albert Narath, modern and contemporary architecture and design; environmental history, theories of technology, historiography of modernism, anthropology and architecture

For additional information, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Ruby Lipsenthal, at [email protected].

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