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Conjunctures of the Image: Disciplinarity and Mediality

ASCA Cross-Media Seminar 2014-15, organized by Sudeep Dasgupta, Abe Geil and Markus Stauff

This year (2014-15) the Cross-Media Research Group will focus on the category of the image. Because the image is a central category that cuts across media and disciplines alike, there is a temptation to search for an essential conception of the image as such, one that remains constant across these domains and might even, perhaps, provide a unified ground for a newly capacious interdisciplinarity. Against this temptation, the Cross-Media Seminar proposes a genealogical approach to the image. Thus, rather than asking: What is the image? This seminar will ask: What is the image for…? The ambiguity of that question prompts a double-sided inquiry. It means exploring, on the one hand, how the image is variously constituted as an object or site of knowledge production by those disciplines which claim a certain expertise over images. What is the image for Television Studies? What for Film Studies? What for Art History? What for Literary Studies? For Anthropology? For the Biological Sciences? and so on. On the other hand, it means asking how those disciplines constitute themselves around a certain (monopolistic) determination of the image? That is, how does asserting and defending a particular conception of the image provide the conditions of possibility for disciplinarity as such? And how does the mediality of the images – and the historical transformation of each medium’s mediality – play into the different conceptions of images? Throughout the seminar we will explore how counter-intuitive analyses of images provide new perspectives on the work of images as productive sites for cultural analysis. This productivity also affects the stability of disciplines questioning the protocols through which medium-specificity gets stabilized and reframing the image as the possible site for adisciplinarity.

Our readings will include both classical and contemporary texts drawn from a broad range of disciplines and thinkers, including:

Theodor Adorno, Mieke Bal, Lisa Cartwright, Sean Cubitt, Lorraine Daston, Gilles Deleuze, Vilém Flusser, Georges Didi-Huberman, Edmund Husserl, Peter Galison, Fredric Jameson, Gertrud Koch, Bruno Latour, Jean-François Lyotard, Anna McCarthy, Lev Manovich, Jean-Luc Nancy, John Durham Peters, Jacques Rancière, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vivian Sobchack.

Program for Semester II, 2015:


·       February 13 
·       April 17 
·       June 5 

Adding to these three dates (and as an obligatory part for students aiming for credit points) we will organize a workshop 

June 12: Aesthetics and Politics of the Crossmedial Image

The workshop is supposed to offer an occasion to present and discuss our own research in an informal but focused setting. Your contributions are very welcome, please let us know if you would consider to contribute something to the workshop.

Schedule of Meetings 2014:

24th September: Guest Lecture/ Discussion. Dr. Raka Shome (CMS + ACGS)

3 Oktober, 3-­‐5:30pm, BG1, 1.14
Lechte, John. Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and Its Digital Future. New York: Routledge, 2012. pp 1-31 and 84-118.
14 November, 3-­‐5:30pm,, BG1, 1.14
Cubitt, Sean. The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2014.
5 December, 3-­‐5:30pm, room, tba
Adorno, T.W., "Prologue to Television", Critical Models: Interventions
and Catchwords
, Columbia UP, New York, 1999, pp. 49-­‐57.
Cardwell, Sarah."Television aesthetics: Stylistic analysis and
beyond", in Jason Jacobs and Stephen Peacock (eds.), Television Aesthetics and Style, Bloomsbury, London, 2013, pp: 23-­‐44.

Mills, Brett. "What does it mean to call television 'cinematic'?", in Jason Jacobs and Stephen Peacock (eds.), Television Aesthetics and Style, Bloomsbury, London, 2013, pp: 57-­‐66.

2015: 13 February, 3 April, 5 June

All sessions Fridays from 15:00-17:30



Cross Media Research Group