Friday, March 05, 2010

Thinking, Doing and Publishing Visual Research: The State of the Field?

2009 International Visual Sociology Association Conference
Bologna, Italy
July 20-22, 2010



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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

China Vision

GLIMPSE vols 2.1 and 2.2, "China Vision, Parts I and II"
are now available at

GLIMPSE is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal that examines the
functions,processes, and effects of vision and its implications for
being, knowing, and constructing our world(s). Each theme-focused issue
features articles, visual essays,interviews, and reviews spanning the
physical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

"The Rose of Rhodesia" restored online

The Rose of Rhodesia (1918) by Harold M. Shaw is one of the earliest remaining feature films shot in Africa. Issue #25 of Screening the Past offers the first critical assessment of the film that until recently was thought lost. Essays by specialists in an array of fields situate the film in the context of South African cinema history, silent film conventions, performance styles, popular literature, imperialism, and political struggle in Zimbabwe today. Guest-edited by Stephen Donovan and Vreni Hockenjos, and in collaboration with the Nederlands Filmmuseum, this special issue includes a streamed version of the restored print of The Rose of Rhodesia.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Stimulus Respond" soliciting contributions for issue "Icon"

Stimulus Respond is currently soliciting contributions for the next edition of the next issue called Icon.
Contributions might be literally or abstractly related to Icon, and we encourage, as always, creative and experimental approaches to the theme. In congruence with Stimulus Respond’s undisciplined approach, we welcome submissions from new and established contributors from within, between, and beyond such fields as cultural studies, anthropology, literary criticism, fashion, creative writing, politics, visual cultures, architecture, theatre, film and screen studies, sociology, media and communications and philosophy.
Fashion editorials and photography should be sent as low resolution jpegs including credits where necessary. The deadline for expressions of interest is 4 September, with the final deadline being 25 September.
This issue we are working with guest editors Phil Sawdon and Marsha Meskimmon. Potential contributors to the Literature section are to send an abstract of 200-300 words and an indication of the anticipated word length of the final article (within the parameters of 1000-4000 words) by 4 September. Authors of successful abstract submissions will be required to submit the final piece by 18 September and to be available to make any minor corrections by Friday 25 September.

The editorial contacts are:
Literature: Phil Sawdon

Fashion: Christos Kyriakides

Poetry: Ellen Sampson

For more information on Stimulus Respond and to download the current issue, Numbers, please visit

Visual Culture Division, CSA conference, Berkeley, CA, March 2010

The Visual Culture Division of Cultural Studies Association invites submissions for the 8th annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US) to be held at the University of California, Berkeley, 18-20 March 2010.

Deadline for abstracts (500 words): 4 September 2009

1. Visual Culture and Privacy

Privacy is generally understood as being alone, freedom from intrusion, or the right of freedom from public attention. With advances in new media, privacy issues have become more pertinent and prevailing to everyday life. For example: governments since 9/11 are using biometric technology for surveillance purposes; DVR and TiVo offer consumers the freedom to watch TV on their own schedules and to fastforward' through commercials, but also allow media companies to track consumer preferences and financial transactions; the use of work related devices such as iPhones, Blackberriesand laptops to conduct work-related activities at home in the 'private sphere' and personal activities at work in the 'public sphere'; the widespread use of social-networking sites to store and share personal information; and the ability to use camera phones to take photos of individuals without their consent or awareness and to circulate personal images in the public sphere.
Considering these new modes of living, does the modern definition of privacy still make sense? How is visual culture changing our understanding of what constitutes privacy? Is privacy possible in the Information Age? What are some of the legal and political ramifications of shifts in the notion of privacy?

Chair: Elizabeth Patton, Doctoral Candidate/Adjunct Instructor Department of Media, Culture and Communication NYU-Steinhardt

2. Open Session on Visual Culture

This session is broadly defined around the theme of current debates in visual culture studies. Papers addressing the theoretical, aesthetic and political limitations of current models and/or new directions in visual culture studies are invited.

Chair: Randal Rogers, Associate Professor Department of Visual Arts University of Regina Regina, Canada

Please include the following with your abstract:

1. Name, email address, phone number, departmental and institutional affiliation.
2. A 500-word (max.) abstract for the 20-minute paper, including title.
3. Audio-visual equipment needs.

Forward proposals to the chair of the division, Randal Rogers, by 4 September 2009 at