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“Beyond Love” – Issue 29


For its twenty-ninth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for
Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address
the complex and multiple meanings of love.


According to Freud, “it is always possible to bind together a considerable
number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to
receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness.” Is love beyond us?
Whether it connotes a delusion, state, obsession, rupture, failure, family,
intimacy, or self, love eludes and mystifies. Mutable, primordial, and
accumulable, it persists as a permanent horizon, accessible to everyone. In
recent events the demand for love has emerged again and again, echoing the
the failed and cyclical nature of past desires. Even as past desires are
fulfilled--either by the state, the family, physically, spiritually--the
hope for love remains, its forms and conceptions ever changing.


For IVC 29, we invite contributors to explore visual representations and
contestations of the concept of love. What does love look like? How is it
displayed? What are the conditions and/or/of possibilities for love? Where
do we locate love’s value? Can love bear witness to violence? Are love,
erotics and abjection mutually exclusive? What distinguishes love as either
ideal or rational? Who or what dictates this categorical distinction and
how do these types of love appear? We welcome papers that
interrogate/excavate/trace love as concept and/or practice in visual
culture.


Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from
the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to
[log in to unmask] by January 15, 2018. Inquiries should be
sent to the same address.


Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in
other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme
as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along
with an artist statement of no more than two pages to
[log in to unmask] For questions or more details
concerning  acceptable formats, go to http://ivc.lib.rochester.ed
u/contribute or contact the same address.


Reviews
InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book,
exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). To submit a review
proposal, go to http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/contribute or contact
[log in to unmask]


Dialogues
The journal also invites submissions to its blog feature, which will
accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For
further details, please contact us at [log in to unmask] with
the subject heading “Dialogues submission.”

*InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a
student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an
open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and
reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing
themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across
fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

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