Found Object: 14th Annual Cultural Studies Conference Program

Location: Discovered between file folders and other papers from Associate Professor Emeritus Michael Donnelly. Object: Two-part program for the 14th Annual Cultural Studies Conference (2005). Observations: 1. As soon as I found these two items, I remembered their designer: Laine (Erica) Nooney (M.A. 2006), now an assistant professor of Media Industries at New York University.



2. With keynotes by Scott McCloud, Charles Hatfield, and Tom Huck, alongside a variety of concurrent panels, the conference tackled the topic of “Visual Culture: Image, Icon, Ideology.”  3. The “Theory” half of the program offers a window on the English Department, c. 2005 — and a reminder of graduate students, alumni, and colleagues who have since moved into other positions.



4. The “Practice” half of the program provides a window on the town of Manhattan and Aggieville, c. 2005, and the restaurants and stores at hand.


5. The website for the 2005 conference is still available from our current department page for our Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, but the two-part conference program, as artifact, is a pleasure to (be)hold.
Cultural Studies Symposium 2019
6. As of 2010, our Program in Cultural Studies switched from a conference format to a symposium model, selecting a key theoretical text for in-depth study across the academic year, culminating with a visiting speaker on that text or topic. Now completing its 28th year of continuous conversations about cultural theory and practice, our Program in Cultural Studies keeps the past in view while mapping the future of the field.

Karin Westman, Department Head



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