Paper Submission Deadline extended until February 15th.
The Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University invites papers for its 2008 Visual Culture Graduate Student Conference. This year’s conference theme, “Constructed Light, Constructed Meanings,” coincides with the “Dan Flavin: Constructed Light” exhibition at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis. This interdisciplinary graduate student conference welcomes proposals from the humanities and social sciences that explore the diverse uses, functions, and meanings of light – in its natural, manufactured, and manipulated forms – in artistic expressions, cultural representations, and people’s daily lives and experiences. Renowned visual culture studies scholar Dr. Shawn Michelle Smith, Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will deliver the keynote address.
Date: April 11-13, 2008
Location: Contemporary Art Museum, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and Saint Louis University Museum of Art in St. Louis, Missouri
Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 15, 2008
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- epistemology of light
- technologies and hierarchies of light and lighting
- artificial and natural light
- lighted bodies/embodied light
- metaphors of light and darkness
- shaded lights/shaded spaces
- uses of light in media
- iconography of light
- colors and shapes of light
- rhetoric of light
Please submit a 250-word abstract and a curriculum vitae by February 15, 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, please contact Emmett McKenna (email@example.com).
For more information, visit the conference web site:
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