‘PICTURING CRUELTY’: Invitation to participate in a potential CCA 2015 panel in the Visual Communication area
This is an open call to those interested in the possibility of being on a CCA (Canadian Communication Association) 2015 panel, held at the University of Ottawa, 3-5 June 2015. Housed in the subsection of Visual Communication, this panel seeks those who research the intersection of visual media and cruelty/pain/suffering.
Intersected scholars of all levels are asked to submit an abstract for consideration by ***8 December 2014*** to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The panel is to feature a maximum of 4 participants, with presentations of 15 minutes in length. Your abstract should be between 400 and 500 words, and must outline your research object, problem or question, in addition to addressing how your paper fits with the panel.
Brief description of proposed panel: This panel will address how visual representations of cruelty circulate, in addition to offering an understanding of what these images mediate. Papers will theoretically and empirically address their topic, calling upon the rich history of a specific visual type (photography, video, painting, etc.). Each panel will elucidate the interplay between social, cultural, political, rhetorical, and/or technological dynamics. Potential topics or themes include, though are not limited to:
-spectacle and suffering
-images of pain, strife, and sacrifice
-objectification of the abject or the Other
-commemorative representation of cruelty
-material or social semiotic representations
-aesthetics, beauty, and ugliness
-war and atrocity photography
-the withheld or invisible image
-news images and compassion fatigue
-visually produced cultural memory
-the rescued image and the ’emancipated spectator’
-appropriated art works of the body in pain
-sousveillance, inverse surveillance, and cameras on police
-the image within an actor-network
-professional vs. amateur production
Please submit abstracts for consideration to email@example.com
by 8 December 2014. All applications will be evaluated by December 10th in order for each individual applicant to upload their submission to the CCA site by the deadline of 12 December 2014. Please see http://www.acc-cca.ca/submit
for more details.