Visual Culture

The Visual Culture Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association is pleased to invite submissions to be presented at the 2018 conference, which will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from May 31-June 2:

Following the Cultural Studies Association’s 2018 theme Interventions, the Visual Cultural Working Group seeks papers, roundtables, and/or praxis sessions that consider the ways in visual media, understood broadly, may intervene to resist oppression, reframe existing debates, initiate new debates, and document ongoing political, economic, and cultural struggles. Conversely, the visual form today is so ubiquitous that it may seem impotent and unable to intervene in any meaningful way. We ask, then, how may we go about rethinking the visual? What aesthetic strategies are politically efficacious? We are also interested in papers or sessions that may be interested in partnering with this year’s Make(r) Space.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

 Media interventions, fake news, and resistance to/reinforcement of current hegemonic forces

Art as activism, activism as art

Site-specific interventions--the spectacle of protest, blockades, and bodies

Visibility, nationalism, and citizenship

The (in)visibility of labor

Visuality & surplus-value

The seen & unseen in technologies

Process of Submission

Please submit a 300-500-word abstract no later than March 10, 2018 through the Cultural Studies Association’s Easy Chair system. Submission of proposals is limited to current CSA members, but new members are welcome. See the benefits of membership & become a member here.

Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for partial reimbursement to graduate and advanced undergraduate students who planning to present.


Contact Visual Culture Working Group Co-Chair Lisa Daily at