CFP: Visual Culture Papers at the 2019 American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI

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Call for Papers
November 7, 2019
Hawaii, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, American History / Studies, African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

The Visual Culture Caucus ( the American Studies Association (ASA) promotes the participation of visual culture scholars at the ASA annual meeting in Homolulu on November 7-10, 2019. The conference theme this year is “Build as We Fight” ( We are looking for papers or panels that investigate or interrogate visual culture in its many forms. Topics might include a variety of visual practices both within and outside the art world, emerging vehicles of expression such as the Internet and social media, methods of studying visual culture, and issues of pedagogy.


We are eager to help individuals construct compelling visual-culture-related panels. Our mentorship committeecan facilitate networking among scholars who are looking for session participants, chairs, or commentators, as well as provide critical feedback. If you, your colleagues, or doctoral students need help putting together a panel or are looking for a visual culture panel to join, please email your panel CFP, abstract, or paper idea to Matt Johnston (mnj@lclark.eduas soon as possiblefor maximum and expedient support. Mentorship requests will be accepted no later than January 11, 2019.


The caucus in particular invites panel submissions for its sponsored sessionsat the 2019 annual meeting. Caucus sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance by the ASA, but it can improve a panel’s appeal. To submit your bid for sponsorship, please send a full packet of panel and paper abstracts and biographical statements, all formatted according to the ASA’s specifications, to John-Michael Warner ( January 25, 2019, with abstracts and CVs bundled as a single dossier in PDF format. Our general criteria for sponsoring panels are:


·       Emphasis on visual culture, how images and practices of looking actively shape social concerns and relations.

·       Potential to contribute new scholarship to American studies.

·       Interdisciplinarity, incorporation of disciplines in addition to art history.

·       Relevance to the 2019 conference theme.


We also encourage scholars to submit panel CFPs to the caucus Facebook page

Contact Info: 

Matt Johnston, Associate Professor of Art History, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon

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