IRONY- Gr. eironeia < dissembler in speech, dissimulation. To disguise or conceal through pretense or humor. Understatement, sarcasm. The presentation or intention of a meaning that is opposite or contrary to its literal meaning. An outcome of events contrary to what is expected.
The editors of Envisioning: Studies in Image and Idiom solicit material from all disciplines for the 2002 edition featuring the theme of Irony, published by Global Publications Press. Envisioning aims to explore how irony has been used throughout history and across cultures. We will consider irony in visual culture, politics, history, humor, and globalization.
How does irony create spaces of communication, contradiction, displacement, interrogation, alterity, or transformation? How does the purposeful employment of irony produce paradox and ambiguity; and does irony test limits or break and reinvent the familiar? What is hidden and concealed, opened up and revealed through an understanding that is opposite and contrary to the actual or intended meaning? To what end is irony performed, what are its limits (does it depend on a "knowing" audience?), and how does it function?
Topics to consider include:
IRONY & ART: visual irony and visual representation, the art market, modernity/post modernity, pop culture, fashion, music, advertising, graffiti, performance studies, the built environment, museum studies, literature
CULTURAL IRONY: tourism, ethnography, travel, politics of display, diasporic cultures
IRONIES OF GLOBALIZATION: social inequalities, nationalism, multi national corporations, foreign investment, constructions of 'race'
IRONY OF POLITICS & POLITICS OF IRONY: US foreign policies, resistance to hegemony or authority, issues of power, exposing artificiality, a rethinking of academic disciplines
IRONIES OF HISTORY: methodology of irony, irony as a strategy of criticism, resistance to irony, deconstructing irony, historiography of irony
POST-COLONIALISM: ambiguity of the subject, identity formation, politics of identity, border crossing, memory, colonialism
HUMOR, SATIRE, PARADOX
15-20 page papers may embrace any geographic, temporal, or theoretical area. Please submit the complete article and a brief abstract by February 18, 2002 via post or email (saved in RTF with images saved as TIFF or JPEG) to Andrea Frohne at the addres below.
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Andrea Frohne, Editor
Envisioning: Studies in Image and Idiom
c/o Dept. of Art History
Binghamton, NY 13902
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