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[teacherartexchange] CFP: Visual Culture & Global Practices (March 4-6, 2010)


From: Nhora Lucia Serrano (nserrano_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 21 2009 - 21:06:37 PDT

45th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
California State University, Long Beach
Visual Culture & Global Practices
March 4-6, 2010
Plenary Speaker:
W. J. T. Mitchell, Prof. of English & Art History,
University of Chicago
The contemporary situation in humanities and social
sciences is often characterized by the so called visual
turn, or the increasing emphasis of theory on the power
and scope of the visual in everyday life, science,
literature, media and the arts. Visual Culture as well as
the formation of the field of Visual Studies stems from
this renewed focus upon pictoriality and the power of the
image, and its expression through various linguistic,
visual and media forms.
Visual Culture & Global Practices seeks to examine
literature (across time periods and languages), images,
visual objects and mechanisms, and events from diverse
cultures, across national boundaries, and within global
contexts. Among the questions to be explored are:
 What are the visual codes of cultural works?
 What is the relationship between these works and their
conditions of consumption, production and reception?
 How do images function within political, social, and
economic forces?
 What is the cultural work that images do?
 How do we theorize visual culture?
 How do we read images?
The conference will take place at California State
University, Long Beach, March 4-6, 2010. Plenary Speaker
is renowned Visual Culture scholar W. J. T. Mitchell,
Professor of English and Art History at the University of
Chicago, whose works Iconology (1986), Picture Theory
(1994), and What Do Pictures Want? (2005) focus on media
theory and visual culture.
We invite proposals for papers that deal with the power
and role of the image and its relationship to literature
and other disciplines and methodologies. Participants from
different fieldsliterary theory and philosophy,
aesthetics, film studies, art history and theory, theater,
fine arts, graphic design, culture studies, visual and
media studies, digital media and electronic arts,
sociology, psychology, and cognitive scienceare invited
to submit an abstract.
Given the topic of this conference, you can also or
alternatively represent your work in a poster session.
Posters are graphic and textual representations of
research. This format, more typical in the sciences than
in the humanities, allows for research to be presented to
audiences in visual formats throughout the conference
rather than at single sessions. Posters are welcomed and
encouraged on any aspect of visual cultural study or
To propose a PAPER, please send an electronic 250-word
abstract along with an attached c.v. no later than
November 16, 2009 to Prof. Nhora Serrano
To propose a POSTER, please send an electronic 250-word
abstract along with an attached c.v. and /or work sample
(in digital format) no later than November 16, 2009 to
Prof. Nhora Serrano (

Nhora Lucia Serrano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Dept. of Comparative World Literature & Classics
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840
work tele: (562) 985-1589
fax: (562) 985-4863

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