Visual Culture Papers at the 2020 American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD

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Call for Papers
January 25, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Geography

The Visual Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) promotes the participation of visual culture scholars at the ASA annual meeting in Baltimore on November 12-15, 2020. The overall theme of the conference this year is "Creativity within Revolt." We are looking for papers or panels that investigate or interrogate this theme through 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.


The caucus in particular invites panel submissions for its sponsored sessions at the 2020 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, 2020, with abstracts and CVs bundled as a single dossier in PDF format. NOTE:The caucus will inform ASA about sponsored panels, but it is still the responsibility of panel organizers to submit their panel proposal to ASA by February 1, as instructed on the ASA website. 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; and relevance to the 2020 conference theme.


We are also eager to help individuals construct compelling visual-culture-related panels. Our mentorship committee can 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 15, 2020.

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