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Invisible Culture, Issue 6: Please Post
(apologies for cross postings)

The editors of _Invisible Culture_ are pleased to announce the release of


Edited by Catherine Zuromskis

Available online at

This issue of _Invisible Culture_ is a modest attempt to explore some of
the many issues raised by the growing field of public sphere theory.
Taking a cue from Michael Warner, the articles presented consider an
understanding of publics as social, spatial, and ideological entities
formed in discursive relation with a variety of cultural texts and
practices, particularly, for the purposes of this issue, visual texts. In
the essays included in this issue, publics are elaborated through
discussions of art, mass media, notions of citizenship, history, and
urban identity. Their authors show how the concept of public
participation can be both hegemonic and resistant (and sometimes a
combination of the two). And by drawing attention to such thorny issues
as the often-indistinct distinction between public and private, the
interdependence of public practice and urban history or identity, the
sometimes-fleeting agency of the public citizen, and the difficulties in
addressing a particular public, the essays in this issue endeavor to
bring to life, and into view, the fragmentary, problematic nature of
defining the public sphere.

The articles included in this issue are:

Appetite for Destruction: Public Iconography and the Artificial Ruins of
SITE, Inc.
by Jessica Robey

                                                        All Together Now!
Publics and Participation in _American Idol_
by Simon Cowell

                   Canine Citizenship and the Intimate Public Sphere
by Lisa Uddin

Berlin: Piecing Together a Public Sphere
by Sunil Manghani

                                                         Plurality in
Place: Activating Public Spheres and Public Spaces in Seattle
by Shannon Mattern


Past issues of _Invisible Culture_ include:  "Visual Culture and National
Identity" (Issue 5) "To Incorporate Practice" (Issue 4) "Time and the
Work" (Issue 3) "Interrogating Subcultures" (Issue 2), and "The Worlding
of Cultural Studies" (Issue 1).

_Invisible Culture_ has been in operation since 1998, in association with
the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester.
The present editors, Margot Bouman, Lucy Curzon, T'ai Smith, and
Catherine Zuromskis, have revised the journal's original mission
statement, with the goal of reaching a broader range of disciplines.

The journal is dedicated to explorations of the material and political
dimensions of cultural practices: the means by which cultural objects and
communities are produced, the historical contexts in which they emerge,
and the regimes of knowledge or modes of social interaction to which they

As the title suggests, Invisible Culture problematizes the unquestioned
alliance between culture and visibility, specifically visual culture and
vision. Cultural practices and materials emerge not solely in the visible
world, but also in the social, temporal, and theoretical relations that
define the invisible. Our understanding of Cultural Studies, finally,
maintains that culture is fugitive and is constantly renegotiated.

_Invisible Culture_ accepts book, film, media, and art review submissions
of 600 to 800 words.


Catherine Zuromskis
Ph.D. Student
Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

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