This interdisciplinary panel seeks papers that address the production, history, and aesthetics of black periodical art in a range of forms: mastheads and stock images, cover art, comics, sketches, political cartoons, and other illustrations. African American periodicals such as the Indianapolis _Freeman_, _Colored American_, _Crisis_, and _The Black Panther_ emphasize the impact of images, as well as the printed word, in enabling black Americans’ self-expression and empowerment. Such periodicals often have been the primary venues for showcasing and supporting the work of black visual artists. This panel invites submissions that focus on any twentieth- or twentieth-first century African American periodical art or artist(s). Papers that focus on the New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era, and Black Arts and Black Power Movement are especially welcome.
This panel is proposed for the 2014 conference “African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture”: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/chpcconf.htm. Submit a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. by December 15, 2013 to Andreá N. Williams, Department of English, The Ohio State University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list “AFAM visual culture panel” in the subject line of your email submission.
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