VSGC Funding

VSRI/VSGC Grad Student Fellowship

The USC VSRI/VSGC is pleased to announce a competition for a one-year Ph.D. fellowship for 2014-2015. Open to graduate students in all schools at USC. Applicants must be enrolled in the VSGC and must be in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th year. By the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, applicants must be ABD, and must have completed all VSGC requirements except the dissertation. The fellowship will be in the amount of $28,000, and the school in which the student is located will pay fees. Participants will be expected to help organize the VSGC dissertation group and attend VSRI events. Applicants should submit a CV and description of dissertation (not exceeding 2-pages, single spaced). All materials are due on April 22, and should be sent as attachments to vsri@usc.edu.

VSGC Summer Research Fellowship

The Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program (VSGC) offers a limited number of summer research grants to USC graduate students on a competitive basis. Preference is given to applicants currently enrolled in the certificate program and to clearly defined projects that engage visual culture through multiple disciplinary lenses. Predissertation research is eligible for support, particularly if students demonstrate how it will enhance their applications for external fellowships in the future.

Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant

The Visual Studies Graduate Certificate also offers a grant in the amount of $2500 to support the advanced, interdisciplinary research of a USC graduate student in visual studies. Graduate students pursuing doctoral research that reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries to address visual culture, visuality, or the history and technologies of vision are encouraged to apply. This grant has been established in memory of Anne Friedberg, a pioneering scholar and colleague who taught visual studies at USC and was instrumental to the founding of the certificate program.

Past Anne Friedberg Memorial Grant Recipients:

Nadya Bair, Art History

Mark Braude, History
Lecture: “Inventing Monte Carlo" (March 2013)

Matthew Amato, History
Lecture: "Slavery in the Age of Photography" (April 2012)

Brian R. Jacobson, Critical Studies
Lecture: "'Black Maria' and its Afterlives: Visual Technology and Visual Culture" (April 2011)

Upcoming Events

Method, Madness, and Montage: From Aby Warburg to A Beautiful Mind

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W.J.T. Mitchell,
Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
August 29
DML 241





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Visual Culture and the Future of the Humanities

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August 29-30
University of Southern California
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Petrified Vision, Animate Wood: On the Photography of African Sculpture
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Megan Luke
Assistant Professor of Art History, USC
Tuesday, September 9



VSRI Back to School Graduate Student Lunch
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September 10
University Club



Celebrating New Publications from the VSRI
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Tuesday, September 16
SOS 250



Depicting Spanish American Nature
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Thursday, September 18
SOS 250



VSRI Postdoc Welcome Reception
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Wednesday, October 1
Doheny Memorial Library 240



The Eternal Child: On Expecatations in the History of Photography
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Jan von Brevern 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Art History Department
Freie Universität Berlin
Tuesday, October 7 



VSGC Grant Writing Workshop
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Saturday, October 11
SOS 250



Building Cinematic Worlds: Production Design in 20th-Century American Film
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Monday, October 20
Doheney Memorial Library, Herklotz Room



Of(f) Museums: The Presentation of Anthropological Photographs in the Open Air
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Beatrice von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Cultures of the Curatorial Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
Friday, November 14
SOS 250



The Gay Essay
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Tuesday, November 18
Discussion from 7-8pm followed by a reception from 8-9pm
Brown Auditorium, LACMA
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