Call for Panelists: Visuality, Race, and "Civic Estrangement," National Communication Association, November 10-13, 2016

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Call for Papers
March 27, 2016
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Film and Film History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Black History / Studies, Communication

We are seeking two panelists (there are two of us already) for a panel to be submitted for acceptance to the Critical and Cultural Studies Division (with co-sponship with Visual Communication) to the National Communication Association. 

Conference Information: NCA's 102nd Annual Convention 

Theme: Communication's Civic Callings

November 10-13, 2016

Phildelphia, PA

In the past several years, we have witnessed an increase in violence against Black Americans across the United States, and many of these violent incidents have been captured in photographic or videographic frames. There have followed countless protests and “movement of movements” wherein Black Americans have and continue to respond to the conditions that have and are shaping their everyday lives. In all of this, the role of the visual has played an important—though complicated—role in revealing the precarious conditions that shape accessibility to citizenship in the United States. These changes call into question our visualizations of race, and the limits or impossibility of citizenship. Indeed, we argue that our contemporary conjuncture beckons us, pacing J. David Cisneros, to more robustly "imagine new modes of belonging and political subjectivity." This panel hopes to interrogate the construction of racialized citizenships and civic engagements/estrangements through visual images.
We are looking for papers that engage with theories of race, visual rhetoric(s) and theories of visual culture more generally, and theoretical engagements with the notion of citizenship, especially those that push back against, with critical force, normative conceptions of citizenship within the discipline.
Some keywords are: race, visuality, citizenship, protest, blackness, whiteness, and violence
If you are interested in the proposed panel, please send an abstract of no more than 150-words, a title, email and your university affiliation by Sunday, March 27, 2016 (if possible, sooner) to Panelist will be chosen from the submission that reflect the major themes of the panel.
Contact Info: 

LaCharles Ward, MA

PhD Candidate, Communication Studies

Northwestern University 

1815 Chicago Ave

Evanston, IL 60208