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Lucy Curzon <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 9 May 2002 15:15:26 -0400
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Call for papers:

The online journal _Invisible Culture_
(http// is seeking
papers of 2500 to 6000 words in length for an upcoming issue on visual
culture and national identity.

The purpose of this issue is to investigate how visual culture can be
analyzed as an expression of national identity, including how questions of
national identity are negotiated through different forms of visual
culture.  Visual cuture, in this context, is understood not as a mirror
that reflects national identity, but rather as a complex venue for its
interpretation -- a site through which populations come into
consciousness as members of a particular community.

Topics for papers might include critical analyses of national cinema and
popular culture; representations of class, race, and gender in public art
and architecture; the changing role of museums and curatorial practices in
the twenty-first century; or contemporary art and art criticism after
September, 11th 2001.

The deadline for submissions in August 1, 2002.  Please contact Lucy
Curzon by e-mail ([log in to unmask]) for more information.  Send
electronic versions of papers to [log in to unmask]  Send hard
copies to _Invisible Culture_, 424 Morey Hall, University of Rochester,
Rochester NY, 14627


Past issues of _Invisible Culture_ include:  "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_ also accepts book review submissions of 600 to 800

_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, Tai Smith and
Catherine Zuromskis, have revised the journals 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.

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