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Who Are We?

Founded in 2002, the Center for Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supports curricular innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration from faculty and students in the emerging field of visual cultures. » Learn More


Graduate Programs

We offer a PhD minor and a graduate certificate for masters and professional students.


Affiliate faculty teach courses on visual cultures every semester at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Annual Theme


“Minor & Minority”

“Minor & Minority” is partly based on theoretical inquiries into what it might mean to “minoritize,” to borrow a term from the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, populations and points of view.  In a moment of all-or-nothing politics, of visual, cultural, and expressive bombast, of, even, the reduction of our complex emotional lives to 140 characters or cartoon emojis, the CVC’s year – long theme of “Minor & Minority” brings together a diverse range of speakers to address what gets lost under the rhetoric of the emphatic, the major, or the majority. In this way, minority is a political category that speaks with acuity to the margin and the center. Additionally, the term minor is concerned with aesthetic, affective, and philosophical categories outside the cathartic, the sublime, and the seemingly important. With either term – minor or minority – the concern is not only with nuance, but with those subjects that, or who, resist easy classification.

Please join us for our exciting program of lectures, artist talks, and workshops!

Top photo by Zach Gross, courtesy of Guillermo Gómez-Peña