The workshops will bring together the doctoral students enrolled in the graduate course, a core group of ten to twelve invited faculty from USC and other institutions in Southern California who will attend all meetings and participate in discussion, and invited scholars who will present their work in the individual meetings. Seminar meetings will be open to the scholarly public.

An opening workshop will focus on overarching questions of methodology and theory. Those that follow will focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the eighteenth century, the nineteenth century, and the twentieth century. Each of the workshops will consist of three presentations (90 minutes in total), followed by a group discussion:

  1. What was history?   The first invited speaker will discuss what “history” involved at the time­, addressing such topics as notions of temporality, change, and the meaning of the past, as well as the prevailing subjects, forms, and genres.
  2. How did images work?   A second speaker will examine the status of the image in the period, in light of the issue of visual history, for instance the technologies, techniques, and materials used in producing visual documents, as well as the sites and institutions dedicated to looking.
  3. Case Study   The third speaker will present a case study of visual history from the period, analyzing it closely and engaging with the ideas put forth by the other two speakers in that session. Each case study will be made available to seminar participants in advance.
A sixth workshop will consider one medium across time: the serial visual history, from the Middle Ages to contemporary graphic novels.


Workshop One: Visual History Methods and Questions
January 23, 2017
3:30-6pm, DML 241

Peter Geimer
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Art History
Remembrance of Things Past: On Unavoidable Anachronism

Lynn Hunt
Department of History, Emerita
Visual Images and the Political and Social Unconscious (Yes the French Revolution)

Martin Jay
UC Berkeley
Department of History, Emeritus
The Perils of Hindsight: Cautionary Remarks on Images as Evidence

Keith Moxey
Barnard College/Columbia University, Emeritus
Department of Art History and Archaeology
Visual Excess

Workshop Two: The 16th and 17th Centuries
February 6, 2017
3:30-6pm, DML 241
Co-Sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Evonne Levy
University of Toronto
Department of Visual Studies
The Council of Trent in Images: Subjects, Audiences, and Intermediality

Peter Miller
Bard Graduate Center
Department of History
Antiquarianism and Its Images

Christopher Wood
New York University
Department of German
The Referential Image

Workshop Three: The 18th Century
February 27, 2017
3:30-6pm, DML 241

Darrin McMahon
Dartmouth College
Department of History
Illuminating Time: History and Historicity in the Age of Enlightenment

Andrew Schulz
Pennsylvania State University
Department of Art History
Exoticism and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture

Susan Siegfried
University of Michigan
Department of History of Art and Women’s Studies
Visual Compilations and Visual Histories in the Eighteenth Century

Workshop Four: The 19th Century
March 20, 2017
3:30-6pm, DML 241

Michael Leja
University of Pennsylvania
Department of History of Art
Politics and Spectacle: Historical Pictures and the Mass Audience in the 19th Century

Sumathi Ramaswamy
Duke University
Department of History
Empire & History, Interrupted

Jennifer Tucker
Wesleyan University
Department of History of Art
History as Hot News

Workshop Five: The 20th Century
April 3, 2017
3:30-6pm, DML 241

Stephen Bann
University of Bristol
Department of History of Art, Emeritus
Visual History and The “Manufacture of the Past”

François Brunet
Université Paris-Diderot
Director Collège Franco-Britannique
What is “Social” about Robert Taft’s “Social History” of American Photography?

Catherine Clark
Department of French Studies
Twentieth-Century History: Profession and Pastime

Workshop Six: Serial Visual Histories
April 9, 2017 (Note special Sunday session due to Passover)
3:30-6pm, SOS 250

Hillary Chute
University of Chicago
Department of English Language and Literature
History, Witness, Print: Callot, Goya, Spiegelman

Leonard Folgarait
Vanderbilt University
Department of History of Art
Series and Narrative in Visual History: Diego Rivera’s National Palace Murals

Richard Kagan
Johns Hopkins University
Department of History, Emeritus
Pictorialized History at the Habsburg Spanish Court of Philip IV