This panel will examine the intersections of visual culture and modernity in the United States from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. Papers can approach the theme through analyses of a variety of visual media, including (but not limited to) paintings, wood engravings, film, photography, stereography, pageantry, advertisements, murals, industrial design, etc. I am particularly interested in papers that explore new topics related to the efforts of Americans to use visual culture as a means of understanding, promoting, challenging, or interpreting the significance of industrialization and rationalism in the rise of modernity. Please send your proposal and a one-page c.v. either as MS Word attachments to the email address provided, or else in hard copy to the address below. Due date is December 10, 2003.
Department of American Studies
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
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