CFP: Volume on American Visual Memoirs after the 1970s. Gender, Sexuality and Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Era (7/30/07;

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American Visual Memoirs after the 1970s. Gender, Sexuality and
Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Era

This volume will examine the reshaping of sexual identity and gender
paradigms through the use of autobiographical devices in the
construction of American visual memoirs after the 1970s, when private
experience was increasingly used in works by visual artists for
political ends. The term ?visual memoirs? is used here to broadly
refer to those visual texts which incorporate strategies of
self-documentation (i.e. family photographs, snapshots,
self-portraits, diary excerpts, home movies) to compose visual
narratives which insert the (often staged) personal into larger
political struggles. The editors also welcome articles on
autobiographical fictions (i.e. memoirs, diaries, coming-of-age and
coming-out narratives etc.), but only in relation to adjacent visual

Some (but not all) of the questions the articles in this volume should
attempt to address are:

- How have the paradigms of sexuality and gender shifted as a result
of the Civil Rights movement, the AIDS crisis, the end of the Cold
War, the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath? How have these profound
changes shaped the relationship of groups and individuals to private
and collective trauma?
- Does the use of autobiographic elements at this point in history
signify the successful unveiling of the private within the public
sphere for social and political goals or does it metonymically
instantiate private experience as representative of collective events,
thus simply canonizing new heroes in place of the old?
- Is it possible that the apparent growing visibility of certain
marginal groups signifies, in fact, growing obscurity?
- Is the allegedly new borderless world of penetrable walls and
extended visibility less liberated than ever? How is the increasingly
frenzied documentation of private and collective suffering changing
the world?

Possible subjects for article submission include (but are not limited to):

- reexamining the uses of the personal as the political in the work of
second-generation feminist artists
- the personal and the political before and after the backlash
- the photographic self-portrait in post-1970s autobiographical texts
- configurations of gender and sexuality in graphic memoirs after the 1970s
- camp, masquerade, the performance of gender and the self-portrait
- the body as a tool and subject of visual autobiographical practices
- visual ?diaries? of the AIDS crisis
- personal documentary films and video art
- performance and autobiography
- trans- and auto-
- ?autoethnography? (cf. Pratt) and ?postmemory? (cf. Hirsch) in
relation to contemporary visual productions
- family albums, snapshots, personal archives
- digital diaries

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief author
bio by July 30, 2007. The deadline for submitting completed articles
is November 30, 2007. Submissions should be 20-30 pages in length and
conform to the requirements of the Chicago Manual of Style. Images for
possible use in an article should be 300 dpi and authors are
responsible for requesting and receiving permission to reprint images
for scholarly use.

Send queries, proposals, and articles to our editor, Mihaela H.
Precup, at and/or

The volume will be reviewed by an international board of academics and
scholars whose work informs the fields of visual culture,
life-writing, women?s, gender and sexuality studies.

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going to explore the multiple dialogues between fiction and visual
culture within contemporary cultural production. Broadly defined as
the study of visuality beyond the high and low paradigms of art
history, visual culture is blooming as a relatively new academic field
whose intersections with literature are age-long and extremely
productive. Such interactions provide fascinating visual contexts for
literary works, and help fictionalize visual representations. Our
titles will provide critical readings which address ? among other
issues ? the tenuous complementarity between photography and
autobiographic fictions, marginal narratives and the visualization of
cultural taboos, personal memoirs and documentary films, literature
and performance.

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