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[ecrea] CFP Reminder, InVisible Culture Issue 25: Security and Visibility

Mon Jul 27 07:48:20 GMT 2015

For its twenty-fifth issue, /InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal
for Visual Culture/ invites scholarly articles and creative works that
explore the concept of security and visual culture.

For almost two decades, both scholarly and public interests in matters
of national security and the corresponding surveillance of public space
have increased immensely. Notions of visibility figure prominently in
these discussions. The expanding academic fields of Security and
Surveillance Studies have successfully engaged with the multiple layers
connecting (national) security, surveillance, and the visual. Focusing
on present-day phenomena, sociologists, political scientists, and
culture and media scholars have already developed an integrative
perspective when it comes to relating issues surrounding security to the
field of visibility. Consequently, newer research on security has
focused on decentralized practices of security, encompassing much more
than just “official” government agencies and their mediaries.

For this issue, we seek to engage a historical perspective on issues of
security and visibility through a close reading of texts in contemporary
social sciences and cultural studies. With a special insert edited by
scholars Barbara Lüthi and Olaf Stieglitz at the University of Cologne,
this issue will focus on visual material as a source of meaning and
power, this issue will function as a broad investigation of both stable
and changing notions of security over time and place. By bearing social
and political dimensions of visibility in mind, a turn to images may
prove helpful in asking how their performative power invokes
securitization processes through immediacy (Moeller 2009; Mirzoeff 2011).

We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings
of securitization through a consideration of the visual. Possible topics
of exploration include, but are not limited to:

•methodological debates on using visual material

•the ethics of surveillance, big data, and the right to privacy

•history of national securities and surveillance

•counter-visibilities, hacking, and the critique of security

            Please send completed papers (with references following the
            guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between
            4,000 and 10,000 words to ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com
            by September 20th, 2015. Inquiries should be sent to the
            same address.

            Creative/Artistic Works

In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting work in
other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the
theme as it is outlined above. For questions or more details concerning
acceptable formats, go to
<> or contact


InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book,
exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). To submit a review
proposal, go to
<> or contact


The journal also invites submissions to its blog feature, which will
accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue.
For further details, please contact us at
ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject heading “blog

* InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a
student run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in
an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works,
and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore
changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog
across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.


Many thanks!

/InVisible Culture/
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University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

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