The online journal _Invisible Culture_
is seeking papers of 2,500 to 5,000 words in length for an upcoming issue
on artistic, filmic, and work practices.
The purpose of this issue is to investigate the processes of work (or
labor) in isolation from the product. How might we understand the various
modes of different practices (such as the way in which the body is
configured or an apparatus is employed)? How can we understand work, not
as a "task" geared toward a final product-object, but as a process whose
"products" may be multiple, unidentifiable, or ephemeral?
Topics for papers might include critical analyses of artistic technique,
cultural appropriation as a form of practice, the role of new media with
respect to film practices, the ways in which practice incorporates rituals
and habits, or how practices figure within sociopolitical and economic
realms. Also relevant are papers on "praxis" in philosophical debates, or
discussions of art works that demonstrate process through their continual
(re)construction or transformation.
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2001. Please contact T'ai
Smith by email: [log in to unmask], if you have any questions. Send
electronic versions of papers to [log in to unmask] Send hard copies
to Invisible Culture, 424 Morey Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester,
Past issues have been dedicated to "Time and the Work," "Interrogating
Subcultures," and "The Worlding of Cultural Studies?"
_Invisible Culture_ has been in operation for 2 years, in association with
the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester.
The new editors, Lucy Curzon, Margot Bouman, T'ai Smith, and Catherine
Zuromskis, have revised the journal's mission statement, with the goal of
reaching 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.
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