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Sat, 1 Mar 2003 22:38:17 -0500
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Call for Papers: Please Post
(apologies for cross-postings)

The online journal _Invisible Culture_ (http// ivchome.html) is seeking papers of 2500 to 6000 words in length for an upcoming issue on visual culture and the public sphere.

This issue will consider an understanding of "publics" as social, spatial, and ideological entities formed, as Michael Warner suggests, in discursive relation to cultural texts and practices.  In contrast to Jurgen Haberması notion of a singular, monolithic public sphere, we hope to explore a notion of public that is fragmentary, multiple, ephemeral, and often overlapping.  In this context, how do cultural texts, like public art and popular media, define and address their publics, and inform our notion of public in general?  Conversely, how does our understanding and experience of the contemporary public sphere(s) influence or alter counter-cultural identities and the practices and texts of everyday life?

Topics for papers might include the formation of mass media publics and fan culture; the ³everyday² as public spectacle in reality TV; counterpublics and ³reading culture against the grain²; public art and its reception; urban design and the creation of public space; or public memory and mourning.

The deadline for submissions in April 15, 2003.  Please contact Catherine Zuromskis by e-mail ([log in to unmask]) for more information.  Submissions may be made electronically, to [log in to unmask], or hard copies may be sent to Invisible Culture, 424 Morey Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, 14627.


Past issues of _Invisible Culture_ include: ³Visual Culture and National Identity² (Issue 5),³To Incorporate Practice² (Issue 4), ³Time and the Work² (Issue 3), ³Interrogating Subcultures² (Issue 2), and ³The Worlding of Cultural Studies² (Issue 1).

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

_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, Tıai Smith, and Catherine Zuromskis, have revised the journalıs original mission statement, with the goal of reaching a broader range of disciplines.

This 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 contribute.

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.


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

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