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Art History & Communication Studies

Angela Vanhaelen: Art History Special Issue: The Erotics of Looking, Comic Print & Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam: Gender, Childhood & the City, The Wake of Iconoclasm: Painting the Church in the Dutch Republic

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Jonathan Sterne: The Sound Studies Reader, MP3: The Meaning of a Format, The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction

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Will Straw: Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship, Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America, Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture

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Christine Ross: Precarious Visualities: New Perspectives on Identification in Contemporary Art & Visual Culture, The Past is the Present, It's the Future Too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art, The Aesthetics of Disengagement: Contemporary Art & Depression
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Mark Raboy: Movements and Messages: Media and Radical Politics in Quebec, Missed Opportunities: The Story of Canada's Broadcasting Policy, Civil Society, Communication, and Global Governance

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Cecily Hilsdale: Byzantine Art and Diplomacy in an Age of Decline, Jonathan Sterne: The Politics of Academic Labour in Communication Studies, Becky Lentz: Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters

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Angela Vanhaelen: The Erotics of Looking: Early Modern Netherlandish Art, Christine Ross: Images de Surface: L'Art Vidéo Reconsidéré, Charmaine Nelson: Through An-Other's Eyes: White Canadian Artists - Black Female Subjects

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Carrie Rentschler: Second Wounds: Victims' Rights and the Media in the United States, Gerturde Robinson: Gender, Journalism, and Equity, Will Straw: Intersections of Media and Communications: Concepts and Critical Frameworks

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Becky Lentz: Inequity in the City: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin, Jenny Burman: Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration, and the Diagonic City, Angela Vanhaelen: Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe: Performance, Geography, Privacy
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Christine Ross: Creative Con/fusions: Interdisciplinary Practices in Contemporary Art, Amelia Jones: Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History, Charmaine Nelson: The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in 19th Century America
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Gabriella Coleman: Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, Darin Barney: Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice, Darin Barney: The Network Society

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Matthew Hunter: Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science, Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London, Art History Special Issue: The Clever Object
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Amelia Jones: Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts, Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, Self/Image: Technology, Representation, and the Contemporary Subject

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Charmaine Nelson: Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada, Racism, Eh?:A Critical Inter-disciplinary Anthology of Race and Racism in Canada, Representing the Black Female Subject in Western Art

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Darin Barney: Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology, Communication Technology, One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republics

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Welcome to the Department of Art History & Communication Studies.

The Department of Art History & Communication Studies embraces the interdisciplinary study of art, culture and communications, and the technologies of information, image, and sound from all periods of time and through a broad range of historical and theoretical approaches.

The Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication Studies, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Art History, undergraduate degrees in Art History, and has recently introduced an undergraduate minor in Communication Studies.

As well as respecting the specific traditions of each discipline, the Department further encourages those fields of research currently emerging at the intersection of Art History & Communication. These include the analysis of visual culture, studies of new media, the history of image technology, the social semiotics of the image, social contextualization, analyses of identity in art and communications, and questions of culture, nationhood, patronage and collection.

ART HISTORY

Within the Department, the Art History stream of study promotes both the history of art, architecture and visual culture from the Medieval to the Contemporary periods, and examines the development of art historical methodologies and critical theories of the discipline. The expertise offered by this stream includes Medieval art & architecture, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern (18th, 19th and 20th centuries) art history, contemporary visual culture, new media, and East Asian art history.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The Communication Studies stream is concerned with the history of media communication, more specifically the social and cultural dimensions of communication media, processes and technologies. Areas of expertise include the historical relationships between communication media and knowledge, cultural and media policy, technology and democracy, the role of media in diasporic cultures, communication, media and gender, the history of sound in media, medical technology and media, discourses of trauma and victimology in journalism.