CFP: [Ethnic] Visual Productions of Citizenship in American Culture ASA 11/5-9, 2009

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Kimberly Lamm
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Call for Panelists for the American Studies Association: “Practices of
Citizenship, Sustainability and Belonging." November 5-9, 2009
Washington D.C.
Visual Productions of Citizenship in American Culture

This proposed panel will analyze when and how visual culture has
contributed to changes in and access to American citizenship, both formal
and cultural. We are looking for papers that theorize the relationship
between visuality and citizenship from within specific historical contexts.

What role has visual culture played creating feelings and structures of
cultural belonging? When and how have visual texts helped to document and
resist the exclusionary borders placed around American citizenship?

In turn, what are the political limits to the forms of inclusion visuality
can produce? When is visual inclusion an imaginary ruse that substitutes
for institutional and material change? When, how, and why do scholars of
visual culture make distinctions between visual passageways to cultural
belonging and the interpellations of spectacle and/or consumer culture?

Please send 500 word abstracts and one-page CVs to Kimberly Lamm by January 20th

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