"Is the Gaze [Still] Male?": A 21st Century Inquiry into the Dynamics of the Subject/Object in Popular Culture 4/20/11; 11/9/11

full name / name of organization: 
Stephanie Batcos / Savannah College of Art and Design--Atlanta
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Southeast College Art Conference/SECAC 2011/Text and Texture
Savannah, GA; 4/20/11 abstracts; 11/9/11-11/12/11 conf.

Although it has been over thirty years since E. Ann Kaplan's groundbreaking article exploring the dynamics of the active male viewer and the passive female object in film, have we seen any true shifts in these dynamics in light of the of the intervening decades? Innovative papers that explore the ways in which the spectacle of gender operates in a variety of traditional and nontraditional contexts including film, television--particularly reality television--, art, the art world, academia, and the internet will allow us to come to some sense of understanding about the authority of the gaze as it is experienced in the 21st century. We are less concerned with simple answers here; ideally, a teasing out of the problematics of rhetoric versus reality, or a theoretical analysis of unpleasant, contradictory truths will yield a much richer discussion as we strive to better know who is looking at what and how.

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Inquiries/abstracts to Stephanie Batcos sbatcos@scad.edu
Proposal due 4/20/11