NYU Steinhardt

Visual Culture of Science and Technology

  • Course Number: MCC-UE 1411
  • Hours: 45
  • Units: 4
  • Description: This course examines the imagery of science & technology, the role of visuality in the construction of scientific knowledge, artistic renditions of science, & the emergence of visual technologies in modern society. It looks at how visuality has been key to the exercise of power through such practices as cataloguing & identification; the designation of abnormality, disease, & pathologies; medical diagnosis; scientific experimentation; & the marketing of science & medicine. We will examine the development of the visual technologies in the emerging scientific practices of psychiatry & criminology; explore the sciences of eugenics, genetics, pharmacology, brain & body scans, & digital medical images of many kinds; the marketing of pharmaceuticals, & the emerging politics of scientific activism.
  • Old Course Number: E59.1411