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Developed in collaboration with Arts Santa Mònica Center and the Department of Art History (University of Barcelona), this symposium was launched in 2007 with the idea of discussing visuality in the crisis of what Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor has described as the new ‘post-colonial constellation’ of contemporary art. Read moreThis symposium connects different fields of expertise such as Transnational Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Anthropology, among others.
Beyond the disciplinary frictions between Art History and what is known as Visual Studies, this symposium seeks to stimulate reflection on the epistemological limitations inherent in the study of visuality on a global scale. Taking as its starting point the political agency of the new global multitudes, this symposium questions diverse axioms put forward by theories of liberal multiculturalism and ideological pluralism and examines the interplay between global visualities and concepts such as identity politics, transnationalism, post-nationalism, globality, glocality, and etcetera. VC/GD has been conceived as a platform for debating the usefulness of visual studies as a tool with which to question the postcolonial paradigm and the affirmative institutionalization of cultural globalization.
Each year, the symposium invites a keynote speaker to share his or her latest research, book, or exhibition. Keynote speakers at VC/GD include Angela Dimitrakaki, Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, James Elkins, José Luis Brea, Matthew Rampley, Marquard Smith, Tom Holert, Miguel Ángel Hernández, Mieke Bal, T. J. Demos, Fernando Hernández. At the same time, this symposium operates as a Training Seminar for the enrolled students in the PhD program on History, Theory and Art Critique as well as in the MPhil program on Advanced Studies on Contemporary Art, both offered by the University of Barcelona.