Political Economies of the Global Image
In the contemporary world we are inundated with images and with announcements of the global, yet what is a global image? What makes images global, and how might a set of global events become images? How do global images create their audiences with implicit identity markers such as race, class, and sexual preference, or the absence of them? In this course, we will study a variety of image-texts drawn from art, photography, film, advertising, science, and digital media in order to understand the cultural processes by which images communicate, give pleasure, cause anxiety, provoke controversy, and/or attain global status. One course.