CONFERENCE: Perception

The developing program in Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, like that of the UW Eye Research Institute, is committed to fostering research collaborations and dialogue that connect the analysis and practice of the visual across the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences. This conference on “Perception” represents a fundamental part of our initiative to further the links between disciplines around common interest in the role of visual representation in scientific practice, and as informed by social, historical, and cultural understandings of perception.

Thursday, February 12:
Keynote Lecture 6:00pm: “Slow Looking: Whatever Happened to Selective Attention?” Public lecture by Barbara Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita, at the University of Chicago. Chazen Museum of Art, Room L140.

Friday, February 13:
Research colloquium, including panel presentations, workshops and lunch. Pyle Center Auditorium, 702 Langdon Street.

Conference Sessions include:

What is perception in your field?
Moderator: Sheila Reaves, Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication
Sabine Gross, Professor, Department of German
Barbara Blodi, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Faculty Research Presentations
Moderator: Michele Basso, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Aimee Arnoldussen, Neuroscientist, Wicab, Inc.
Ann Smart Martin, Professor, Department of Art History; Material Culture Program
Brad Postle, Associate Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry
Ben Singer, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts

Experiential Workshop with Marshall Flax, Low Vision Therapist/Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

Workshop with Barbara Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita, University of Chicago. Dr. Stafford’s work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era.

“Perception” is co-sponsored by the Global Studies Program, the Eye Research Institute, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Department of Art History.