CFP: Visual Culture Reader

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Call for Papers for Book:
Visual Studies Reader
An international, collaborate anthology of art history, art theory, visual studies, visual communication, visual anthropology, and other fields, written entire by graduate students around the world.

All grad students are eligible. If you are studying for an MA, MFA, or PhD, or if you received your PhD in the last six months, you can contribute texts to this book. The book is international and collaborative. It began with a group of students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now it includes about thirty students from 20 institutions around the world.

Have a look at our Table of Contents to see how the book is developing

As the book grows, so does the community of editors. Everyone who joins the Reader can make suggestions about everyone else’s contributions: you will have final say over your own contribution, but you’ll also be involved in conversations with all the other participants.The first fully collaborative, student-run publication on visual studies.

The visual world is changing so fast that no conventional anthology can capture it. Our idea is to record the current shape of visual studies, across disciplines, as it is experienced by the upcoming generation of scholars and artists. We are gathering a group of about 100 authors. After we have completed a rough draft of the book, we will post the entire manuscript on our Wiki, and allow everyone on the internet to suggest changes, Wikipedia-fashion. After a further year of editing, in 2012, the entire book will be published by Routledge, and advertised and disseminated internationally. To apply, visit the wiki for full information and then send us a two-page description of what you’d like to contribute. Your proposal will be read by the grad-student authors who are currently in the project (the editor, Jim Elkins, doesn’t vote). Full instructions are on the wiki.

The deadline for proposals is January 30.

Contact: James Elkins-School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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