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Visual Culture Caucus

The Visual Culture Caucus works to support the critical investigation of visual materials at the American Studies meetings and to provide a network for scholars working in visual studies from diverse disciplinary homes. Its members include teachers, museum curators, librarians, and others who research a variety of visual forms and media, such as painting, photography, sculpture, film, television, advertisements, cartoons, visual ethnographies, and the Internet. The VC Caucus works closely with the national organizing committees and councils of the ASA, organizes and sponsors sessions, conducts business, and co-hosts a reception at the ASA’s annual meeting.

Through this discussion board, the Caucus acts as a clearinghouse for people teaching and doing research in visual culture and those seeking to broaden their community or to gain the advice of other scholars and teachers.  We are particularly devoted to the mentoring of emerging scholars, and encourage graduate students to participate in this forum, organize sessions through the caucus and attend our meetings.

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ASA 2015, Deadline extension for Visual Culture Caucus sponsorship

DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Visual Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) invites submissions of complete panels for potential sponsorship at the 2015 meeting in Toronto, Canada on October 8 - 11, 2015. Caucus sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance by the ASA, but it can improve a panel’s appeal. To submit your bid for sponsorship, please send a full packet of panel and paper abstracts and biographical statements, all formatted according to the ASA’s specifications, to Robin Veder (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Our general criteria for sponsoring panels are:
·    1. Emphasis on visual culture, how images and practices of looking actively shape social concerns and relations. We are looking for papers and panels that investigate or interrogate visual culture in its many forms. Topics might include definitions of visual culture and its methods, issues of pedagogy, and analyses of digital as well as “traditional” art historical media.
·    2. Potential to contribute new scholarship to American Studies.
·    3. Interdisciplinarity, incorporation of disciplines in addition to art history.
·    4. Relevance to 2015 conference theme, “The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance.”

All interested parties who email us will still be responsible for following all posted instructions for submitting their own panels or papers to the ASA by the ASA deadline (February 1, 2015). The ASA’s guidelines can be found at http://www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submit_a_proposal/. Please note that the ASA program committee seeks non-traditional formats as well as conventional ones.

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CFP: Panels for Visual Culture Caucus Sponsorship, ASA 2015 Toronto

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Visual Culture Caucus Schedule of Events; ASA Annual Meeting – Fun and Fury

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6
8:00 - 9:45 AM  
Fun, Fury, and American Visual Culture: A Session in Celebration of Patricia Hills
Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica A (L3)
ASA Women’s Committee and Digital Humanities Caucus: Feminist Making I:
Building Critical Contexts
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)
Riots, Radios and the Historical Record: Mass Media and Crisis in
20th American Literature and Art
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
Performing Radical Politics in the Postwar United States
  Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
        Selfie Nation
        Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel B (L1)
Ambivalent Activisms: Pleasure and the Politics of Racial Representation
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Pedro (L1)
Accessing Material Bodies
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara A (L1)

10:00 - 11:45 AM   A Sheer Romance: Cultural Representations of Black Women’s Sexuality, Pleasure, Power and Rebellion
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry B (L1)
Enduring Vulnerabilities: Performance, Pain and Publics
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara C (L1)

12:00 - 1:45 PM   Performance and Play at the Edge of the Administered World: Three Sites
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara B (L1)
  Caucus - Visual Culture: Without Photography: Visualizing Violence in Non-Photographic-Documentary Media
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara C (L1)
  Transnational Movements of Hip-Hop
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Monica D (L1)

2:00 - 3:45 PM   Black to the Archives: Technologies of Capture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Pedro (L1)
  Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America - A Roundtable
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara C (L1)

4:00 - 5:45 PM   ASA Women’s Committee: (En)gendering the Affects of Performance, Productivity, Pleasure and Pain
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara C (L1)
Punch the Clock: Time, Asian American Art and Aesthetics
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Monica B (L1)

9:00 - 11:45 PM   ASA Site Resource Committee: A Concert with Artist Dorian Wood (Off-site: Human Resources Los Angeles)
Location: TBD


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7
8:00 - 9:45 AM   Caucus - Digital Humanities: Digital Shorts: The Fun and the Fury
        Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)
Racial Optics
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  Feeling Queer
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel B (L1)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Tour - ASA Site Resources Committee: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries (Off-site)

10:00 - 11:45 AM   Caucus - Early American Matters: Early American Carnality
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)
  “Do you know what that feels like?” Black Art, Culture and Shamelessness
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
 
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM   Tour - “Route 66” Exhibition and Library Private Tours at The Autry National Center (co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus & Visual Culture Caucus) (Off-site)
Location: The Autry National Center - Collections Lobby
Participants meet at conference hotel registration lobby at 9:30. Bus transportation to be provided by ASA.This tour is for ASA members and meeting participants, and is limited to 18 people.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Exhibit (day 2): The Autry National Center in Griffith Park: Gratis Admission with ASA Badge (co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus & Visual Culture Caucus) (Off-site)
Location: The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Museum and Special Collections

2:00 - 3:45 PM   Twelve Years a Slave: Sounds and Spectacles of Slavery
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Anita A (L1)
  Migrating the Black Body in Pleasure and Pain? The African Diaspora and Visual Culture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica A (L3)
  Digital Deaths and Disenfranchisements: Reading Pleasure, Pain and Politics in Video Games
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica D (L3)

2:00 - 5:00 PM   ASA Program Committee - Film Screening and Discussion: Without Guarantees: Remembering Stuart Hall: The Stuart Hall Project
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Avalon (L3)

4:00 - 5:45 PM   Archival Time Machine: Queer Cultural Production and Ephemeral Worlding
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)
  A Turn to Flesh: Decolonial Pleasure as a Politics of Possibility
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  Funny Feelings: A Roundtable Discussion with Queer Xicana-Indigena Artist Adelina Anthony
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel C (L1)
  Critical Play, Digital Games
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica C (L3)
  Is Porn Still Fun?
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica D (L3)

5:30 - 6:45 PM   Reception - Visual Culture and Material Culture Caucuses
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry Foyer (L1)


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8
8:00 - 9:45 AM   Tutus, Vagabonds, Comics, and Toxic Drag Queens: Tactical Deployments of Humor in the Critique of Sovereignty
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Feliz (L1)
  Bazinga! Ethnic Humor, Stereotypes, and Sciences in The Big Bang Theory
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  The View from Both Sides: Art and Transnational Latinidades
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita B (L1)
  Staging Racial Humor: The Politics of Comedy
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara A (L1)
  Digital Queer Utopias: Gaming, Performance, Pleasure
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica A (L3)

10:00 - 11:45 AM   Disastrous Aesthetics/The Aesthetics of Disaster
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry B (L1)
  Visions of Black Cinema
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
  The Mass Media’s Carceral Imaginary
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  The Sweetest Taboo: Theorizing Black Female Pleasure, Agency and Desire within Black Feminism
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel C (L1)

10:00 - 10:50 AM   Business Meeting: Visual Culture Caucus
Location: Westin Bonaventure, LA Cienega (Business Meetings) (L1)

10:50 AM - 12:00 PM   Business Meeting: Material Culture Caucus
Location: Westin Bonaventure, LA Cienega (Business Meetings) (L1)

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Exhibit (Day 3): The Autry National Center in Griffith Park: Gratis Admission with ASA Badge (co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus & Visual Culture Caucus) (Off-site)
Location: The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Museum and Special Collections

12:00 - 1:45 PM   ASA Program Committee: Reading Blackness, Queerness, and Social Media: A Roundtable
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)
  Exploitation, Ecstasy, and Freedom: Movies and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the 1960s
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
  The Pleasure of Watching Slavery
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  Global Circuits of Beauty and Fashion: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel C (L1)
12:00 - 3:00 PM   ASA Program Committee - Film Screening and Discussion of Passing Through (Off-site: MOCA)
1:00 - 4:00 PM   Tour: Historic Downtown Walking Tour with LA Conservancy Docent ((co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus & Visual Culture Caucus) (Off-site)
Location: Perishing Square (Downtown LA) Olive Street and 6th Street at Orange Groves
Participants will meet at the registration area, near the main lobby, at the Westin Bonaventure for 10-minute walk together to Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-groves of orange trees.
This tour is for ASA members and meeting participants, and is limited to 18 people. Cost is $15.00 per person. Advanced online registration is required.

2:00 - 3:45 PM   The Black Feminist Pleasure Show: Perverse Bliss and Public Sex in Post-American Black Feminism
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Feliz (L1)
  Indigenous Genre Films
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
  Performance, Affect and Labor in Contemporary Documentary in the Americas
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Anita A (L1)
  Caucus - Visual Culture: Step into the Arena: Visualizing Boxing and Wrestling in American Culture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara C (L1)
  ASA Program Committee: The Fun and Fury of José Esteban Muñoz
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Santa Monica A (L3)
  Aesthetics, Activism, and the Practice of Everyday Life
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Santa Monica B (L3)

3:00 - 6:00 PM   ASA Program Committee - Film Screening and Discussion: Wildness (Off-site: MOCA)
4:00 - 5:45 PM   Racial Meanings and Musical Performance in Film: Uses of Folk, Calypso, and Jazz in Films, 1944 - 1965
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Beaudry B (L1)
  Collaboration, Community, and Crisis: a Roundtable on Filipino/American Art Now
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Feliz (L1)
  The Excesses of Ethnography: Aesthetics, Affect, and Fun in Urban Research
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Palos Verdes (L1)
  Going to the Movies: Situating Early Film Audiences
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Bernardino (L1)
  Liberating Encounters: Cultural Consumption as Agent of Pleasure and Social Change in Contemporary Asian, Latin-American and U.S. Popular Culture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Fernando (L1)
Genuine Negro Fun: Contemporary Black Audiences and Popular Cultural Pleasures
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita C (L1)
The Pleasure and Pain of Latino/a Media-tions: Representational Practice in Comparative Genres
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica A (L3)
ASA Program Committee: Sex is…Sex Ain’t: Working at the Critical Edge of Sex, Politics, Art and Industry
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica D (L3)

8:00 - 10:00 PM   ASA Site Resources Committee: #not1more: Art Music and Immigration Reform in 21st Century America (Off-site: Human Resources, Los Angeles)
Location: TBA


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9
8:00 - 9:45 AM   Gesture, Transfer and Kinetic Affects in Black Performance
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Feliz (L1)
  Graphic Art, Slavery and the Minstrel Show: Staging Race in the Americas, 1828-1920
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
  ASA Ethnic Studies Committee: Watching in Pain and Pleasure: Representing Women of Color on Screens
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
Feelings Hands: Pleasures and Perils of Haptic and Visual Encounters in Transnational U.S. Culture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica A (L3)

10:00 - 11:45 AM   Imagined Pasts, Happier Presents: The Functions of Nostalgia in American
Culture
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel A (L1)
  Convivial ReVisions: Contemporary Black Performance, Visual Culture and the Archive of Slavery
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita C (L1)

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Exhibit (day 4): The Autry National Center in Griffith Park: Gratis Admission with ASA Badge (co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus & Visual Culture Caucus) (Off-site)
Location: The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Museum and Special Collections

12:00 - 1:45 PM   Pleasure, Pain, Politics and Performance: Black Women Artists and their Fans
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Feliz (L1)
  Queer Performances After Gay Rights: The Pleasures of Invisibility, Illegibility and the Undetectable
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Bernardino (L1)
  Performative Pleasures of Blackness: The Creation, Consumption, and Conflict of Pleasurable Blacknessness
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
  Can Black Women Have Fun? Beyond Mammies and Martyrs
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Gabriel A (L1)
  Playing with the Imperial Imaginary: Race, Irony, Desire and the Afterlives of Empire
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita B (L1)
  Queer Play in the Archive: Chicano East L.A. and the Precarious Avant-Garde
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara A (L1)
  Totalities of Outsider Art
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Santa Barbara A (L1)
  From Furious Orientals to Funny Arabs: The Politics and Possibilities of Arab American Media Studies
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica (L3)
  The Sites, Sights and Design of Tourism
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Santa Monica (L3)

2:00 - 3:45 PM   All in Good Fun: Race, Gender and the Politics of Fun in Early Television Comedy
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Fernando (L1)
Shamefully Delicious: The (Critical) Pleasures of ABC’s Scandal
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita B (L1)
The Pain and Pleasure of Viewing 12 Years a Slave
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Anita C (L1)
What Beyoncé (and her Stans) can Teach us about the Pleasures of Intersectional Identity
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, San Barbara A (L1)

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ASA Visual Culture Caucus Sessions at the Annual Conference, 1997-2013

“The Visual Culture Caucus works to support the critical investigation of visual materials at the American Studies meetings and to provide a network for scholars working in visual studies from diverse disciplinary homes. Its members include teachers, museum curators, librarians, and others who research a variety of visual forms and media, such as painting, photography, sculpture, film, television, advertisements, cartoons, visual ethnographies, and the Internet. The VC Caucus works closely with the national organizing committees and councils of the ASA, organizes and sponsors sessions, conducts business, and co-hosts a reception at the ASA’s annual meeting.

Through this discussion board, the Caucus acts as a clearinghouse for people teaching and doing research in visual culture and those seeking to broaden their community or to gain the advice of other scholars and teachers.  We are particularly devoted to the mentoring of emerging scholars, and encourage graduate students to participate in this forum, organize sessions through the caucus and attend our meetings.”

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Find the Visual Culture Caucus on Social Media

The Visual Culture Caucus has started a Facebook page!

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