The Teens and Contemporary Visual Culture Project aims to facilitate a better understanding of how visual culture functions as a means of creative expression for teens, a bell-weather for teen perspectives and tastes, an historical benchmark of teen experiences and a potent tool for teaching and learning (whether in the classroom or through the didacticism of storytelling).
The Teenagers and Contemporary Visual Culture project will explore, assess, and map a number of key core themes:
- Representations of teenage life and teen culture
- Fandom and analysis of fanvids, fanfics, fanart
- Assessments of the meaning/cultural significance of specific storylines (c.f. the Naomily phenomenon)
- Technologies of production, distribution and reception in the post-broadcast era
- Comparative analyses of Skins and other television shows
Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.