Call for Contributions to edited collection on Visual Culture and Dublin

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Call for contributions to an edited book on Visual Culture and Dublin

Editor: Justin Carville, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Deadline for proposals: Friday Nov. 12th 2010

Visualizing Dublin: Visual Culture and the Making of Modern Dublin

Submissions are invited for an edited volume on visual culture and Dublin. Taking a broad perspective of visual culture as a field that crosses architecture, sculpture, cinema, museums, maps, mass spectacle, public performance, Historical and contemporary visual arts, the collection of essays will bring an inter-disciplinary perspective to the visual representation of the city and the role of visual culture in the shaping of imaginative geographies of Dublin.

Recent international debates have drawn attention to the significance of visual culture in the process of urban re-generation, particularly in the areas of collective memory and the processes of re-making urban space within cultures of globalization. On the one hand the role of museums and public spaces of performance have been positioned as serving an ameliorative function within urban communities fractured through re-generation, planning and gentrification, while on the other the continued presence and incorporation of historical imagery, visual practices and perspectives into the architectural fabric of the city have been identified as central to maintaining a sense of place in the marketing and promotion of cities as sites/sights of differentiated creativity. The visual field has thus been positioned as a space of mediation between the concerns of cultural distinctiveness and locality, and the global perspective of the creative industries. Although Dublin has become the subject of much scholarly attention the significance of its visual culture in shaping imaginative geographies of the city remains a gaping lacuna in understanding the making of modern Dublin. The proposed publication will map contemporary and historical representations of Dublin through a range of media and discourses to explore the role of the visual in shaping perceptions of the city. The editors invite contributions from scholars across the, arts, humanities and social sciences exploring any aspect of the visual culture of Dublin. Proposals examining popular and everyday forms of visual culture are particularly welcome, as are trans-cultural approaches to the visual cultures of the city.

Themes and topics related to the visual culture of Dublin may include but are not limited too;

•The role of visual culture and collective memory of the city

•Architecture and Urban Planning of the City

•Museums and Cultures of Display in and of Dublin

•The Representation of Dublin in Painting and the Visual Arts

•Cinematic and Televisual Constructions of Dublin

•The Place of Street Art & Graffiti within the City

•Dublin and Imperial Streetscape

•Colonial and post-colonial representations of Dublin

•Tourism and Marketing of Dublin (nationally & Inter-nationally)

•The role of International Exhibitions in shaping perceptions of Dublin in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

•Street Furniture and Signage

•Advertising and Popular Culture

•Visual Discourse and Imaginative Geographies of Dublin in Literature

•Virtual cultures of Dublin

Proposals of 500 words together with a brief bio of no more than 100 words should be forwarded as an email attachment in word format to;

The closing date for submission of proposals is Nov. 12th 2010.

Justin Carville
Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Dun Laoghaire
Kill Ave
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin