UPDATE: Gender and Visual Culture (2/28/07; 6/20/07-7/21/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Amanda du Preez
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UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been extended until the 28th of
February 2007.


PLEASE NOTES the conference dates also changed slightly. The conference will
now be hosted from 20-21 June 2007.


Taking a hard look: Gender and visual culture


20-21 June 2007


Keynote speaker: Prof Amelia Jones

Professor and Pilkington Chair in the History of Art

Art History and Visual Studies


Gender has functioned as an interdisciplinary approach and critical tool to
analyse and investigate several subject fields. As such, gender has
contributed to establishing a much-needed theoretical and practical platform
spanning across many fields of enquiry from where gender practices can
effectively be critiqued and ideally changed.


We are looking for papers that contribute to the critical role played by
gender as specifically pertaining to visual culture. If, as some claim, we
live in a culture that is predominantly visual, it means that gender
analysis has to accommodate this shift towards the visual. Visual culture
encompasses all things visual and culturally constructed. It is that which
can be seen, as well as that which remains invisible, but at the same time
makes vision possible.


What type of gendered visual culture is being presented and created in the
South African context particularly (but not exclusively)? How is visual
culture being gendered in the South African context? Is there reference to a
uniquely South African visual culture or is it all a global visual culture?
Can one refer to a move beyond gender in terms of a trans-gendered visual
culture or are we still caught up in the same debilitating role models? How
does one cope with an ever-increasing alienation between gender studies and
the younger generation of students and scholars moving into higher
education? What is the place of gender as interdisciplinary tool in the
academic analysis of visual culture as it spans across several subjects,
such as science, social work, technology, psychology, medicine, philosophy,
sociology, engineering, communication, economics, religious studies,
business management, anthropology, geography, historical studies, cultural
and media studies, visual studies, art history and literature studies.




Suggested thematic topics (although others will also be considered):


* Gender and science
* Visual violence
* Masculinity reconsidered
* Postcolonial systems
* Poverty/affluence dichotomy
* Scopophilic regimes
* Images of death
* (His)tory visually recorded
* Gender and advertising/Advertising gender
* G(l)ocal identities
* Gendered visual spaces
* Trans-gendered practices
* Gender and feminism
* Gender and sexual differences


Please e-mail 150-300 word abstracts including: keywords, your full name,
institutional affiliation, e-mail and postal addresses. Send to

Deadline: February 28, 2007
Acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 30, 2007.

Papers should not exceed 2,500 words, excluding bibliography.
Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. A volume of selected and 'peer
reviewed' papers will be published.

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