SECAC 2016, Panel: Seeing Rape: The Legibility of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Visual Culture

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
April 20, 2016
Location: 
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Fine Arts, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Seeing Rape: The Legibility of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Visual Culture

In video piece titled Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol (2015), artist Emma Sulkowitz, appears to be raped by a co-ed in a dormitory room. The eight-minute-long video is accessible on a website created by Sulkowitz and, although a lengthy trigger-warning explicates some of her intentions, the disturbing scene that unfolds belies the declarative statement that constitutes its title. What is most disturbing are not the acts themselves, however, but the implication of the viewer upon choosing to watch. While rape is by no means an anathema within visual culture, distinguishing “real” from fiction, or art from life, is a difficult if not impossible task.

This panel seeks to navigate the paradox of rape imagery and calls for papers that engage with the difficult questions surrounding what it means to both make and look at images of rape. Open to papers addressing a range of images culled from film, television, social media forums, or art practices, among others, this panel asks how rape is identifiable as such in a cultural climate wherein fantasy and fact are often entirely indistinguishable.  What, for example, does a feminist image of rape look like?

To submit an abstract please visit the following: https://secac.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_212333

SECAC 2016: Roanoke, VA, Oct 20-22, 2016

 

 

Contact Info: 

Session Chair: Angelique Szymanek, Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart & William Smith College, Geneva, NY

szymanek@hws.edu

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