Visual Culture Papers - 2023 American Studies Association (ASA)

deadline for submissions: 
January 16, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Visual Studies Caucus

The Visual Culture Caucus ( of the American Studies Association (ASA) promotes the participation of visual culture scholars at the ASA annual meeting. Within the theme “Solidarity: What Love Looks Like in Public” we are looking for papers and panels that investigate or interrogate visual culture in its many forms. Topics might include a variety of visual practices both within and outside the art world; films, filmmaking, and television; emerging vehicles of expression such as the Internet and social media; methods of studying visual culture; and issues of pedagogy.


Our general paper/panel proposal criteria, includes:

  • Emphasis on visual culture, how images and practices of looking actively shape social and political concerns and relations.
  • Potential to contribute new scholarship to American studies.
  • Whether an art historian, film scholar, or otherwise, all interdisciplinary project proposals welcome.
  • Relevance to the 2023 conference theme, “Solidarity: What Loves Looks Like in Public”.


If you are interested, please submit your draft abstract and CV bundled as a single PDF document to Rebecca Kumar ( as soon as possible (and no later than January 17, 2023). Feel free to email with any questions.


NB: All interested parties who email us will still be responsible for following all posted instructions and, if not receiving VCC/MCC sponsorship, for submitting their own panels or papers to the ASA by the ASA deadline (February 1, 2023). For more ASA instructions on proposal submission, see: