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Jill H. Casid
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Jill H. Casid

Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1999
M.A. Courtauld Institude of Art, University of London, 1989
B.A. Princeton University, 1988
Research Interests
Visual Culture, early modern to contemporary, Europe and the Americas; Colonial Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Theory, Media and Technology Studies; Gender Studies and Queer Theory, and Visual Studies connecting Historical Study, Theoretical Speculation, and Studio Practice.

Jill H. Casid is Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. A historian, theorist, and practicing artist, her contributions to the transdisciplinary field of visual studies include her monographs Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2006) which received the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss award and Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) and the edited collection Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Yale, 2014) co-edited with Aruna D’Souza. Recent articles have appeared in Women and PerformanceTDR, and the Journal of Visual Culture and she has contributed essays to, among other volumes, The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton, 2015), Architecture is All Over (Actar, 2015), A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011), Landscape Theory (Routledge, 2007), and The Global Eighteenth-Century (Johns Hopkins, 2005).  She is currently completing the two-volume project Form at the Edges of Life and co-editing a volume of essays The Deaths and Afterlives of Queer Theory with Michael Jay McClure. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Award (2015), the Vilas Research Investigator Award (2014), the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship (2011), and the Hamel Faculty Fellowship (2009).

Scenes of Projection:  Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005), Awarded Millard Meiss grant from College Art Association.

Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, co-edited with Aruna D’Souza, Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014). 

Special issue on “Romantic Visualities,” co-edited with Theresa Kelley, Praxisthe online journal of Romantic Studies (December 2014).

“Landscaping for Chimeras,” Architecture is All Over, eds. Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter (Barcelona and New York: ACTAR, in press, forthcoming November 2015). 

"Visual Representations,” in The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History ed. Joseph C. Miller, associate eds. Vincent Brown, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Laurent Dubois and Karen Ordhal Kupperman (Princeton: Princeton University Press, January 2015), 468-76.

“Alter-Ovid—Contemporary Art on the Hyphen,” A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid, eds. John F. Miller and Carole Newlands (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), 416-35.

“Turning the ‘Fearful Sphere’: Prepositional Tactics in and for the Global,” in Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, co-edited with Aruna D’Souza, Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014), 213-27.

“Pyrographies: Photography and the Good Death,” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 22.1 (2012): 109-31.

‘Handle with Care,” TDR/Drama Review 56.4(Winter 2012): 123–37.

“Cis,” Journal of Visual Culture 11 (2012): 140–44.

“Landscape in, around, and under the Performative,” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 21.1 (2011), 97–116.

“Chimerical Figurations at the Monstrous Edges of Species,” Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century, eds. Stephanie Lemenager, Teresa Shewry, and Ken Hiltner (London: Routledge Press, 2011), 61–83.

“Landscape Trouble,” in Landscape Theory, eds. James Elkins and Rachael Z. DeLue (London: Routledge Press, 2007), 179–87. 

Cross-Cultural Arts around the Atlantic Rim, Introductory Lecture Course, Fulfills Ethnic Studies Requirement  
History and Theory of Photography, Introductory Lecture Course
Introduction to Museum Studies II: Curatorial Practicum 
Queer Theory, Visual Culture, Intermediate Lecture Course, Cross-listed with LGBT Studies Program
Theories and Methods for Visual Studies, Honors Seminar
Topics in Visual Culture: Word and Image, Intermediate Lecture Course, Cross-listed with Comparative Literature
Introduction to Critical Theory and Visual Culture, Intermediate Lecture Course
Imagining Diverse Community: Theory, Politics, and Art Exhibition Practices, First-Year Student Seminar
On Beauty: Value, Culture, History, Capstone Proseminar
What is Baroque?, Capstone Proseminar

Topics in the Study of Visual Cultures: The Deaths and Afterlives of Queer Theory
History, Theory & Methods in the Study of Visual Cultures
Topics in the Study of Visual Cultures: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture
Topics in the Study of Visual Cultures: Bioethics and Aesthetics
Topics in the Study of Visual Cultures: After the Global Turn
Object-Body-Mind: Interrogating Sense Perception and Experience, co-taught with Ann Smart Martin
Romantic Visual Culture, cross-listed with English, co-taught with Theresa Kelley
Methods and Theories of Art History
Theory and Visual Culture: Deleuze and Guattari
Visual Transculture
Aesthetics and Visual Culture
Theory as Visual Practice, Visual Practice as Theory
Science, Hermeticism, and Visual Culture
Case Histories: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture