2019 CFP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, January 4, 2019

The VISUAL CULTURE Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association invites both general and themed submissions for the 17th  Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), to be held at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 30-June 1, 2019.

Following the Cultural Studies Association’s 2019 theme Performance, Politics, Power,  the Visual Cultural Working Group seeks papers, roundtables, and/or praxis sessions that consider the ways in which visual media, understood broadly, engage in performative politics and/or performative epistemologies. How might we interpret visuality--sight, spectatorship, and spectacle--as performative? And what do such performances tell us about our political moment, our ways of knowing and being in the world, or our everyday practices? Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual media as performance, politics, or power

  • Visual economies within and outside of the U.S.

  • Performance arts as critique and resistance

  • Performativity as praxis in identity politics

  • Epistemological implications of visual technologies in film and new media

  • Performance as a means to empathy

  • Visual archives and politics

  • Pedagogies and research methods of the visual

  • Visual cultures of New Orleans

We also welcome general submissions of any theme as related to Visual Culture and are especially interested in at least one panel that focuses on the robust visual cultures of New Orleans, past and present.

Process of Submission

Please submit a 300-500-word abstract no later than Monday, December 3, 2018 through the Cultural Studies Association’s Easy Chair system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=csa2019

To submit, you do not have to be a current CSA member. If your proposal is accepted, you must become a member and register for the conference. These are two separate transactions.

Travel grants are available for partial reimbursement to graduate and advanced undergraduate students who present their papers. See: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=257

Please contact the Co-Chair of the Visual Cultures Working Group for any questions, Lisa Daily (lisada@gmail.com); Caroline West (cwest410@gmail.com); and/or Daniel Belgrad (dbelgrad@usf.edu).