Monthly Archives: June 2014

Call for Scholarly Articles: InVisible Culture, an Electronic Journal for Visual Culture

For its twenty-third issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that consider the multiple valences of the topic: blueprints.

In his theoretical manifesto, Toward An Architecture, Le Corbusier wrote, “The plan is the generator. Without plan there can be neither grandeur of aim and expression, nor rhythm, nor mass, nor coherence. . . . The plan is what determines everything; it is the decisive moment.” The plan or blueprint is the primary tool of the architect’s and the drafter’s trades—a technical document that bridges creative impulse and constructive labor, intent and execution, virtuality and materiality. Taking shape as a conversation among concept, form, and representation, a blueprint insistently nudges its spectator’s gaze outside its frame. It is understood as a necessary stage on the way to something larger, something grander, something more, and is usually seen not as a self-contained object, but as prescription directed toward a particular outcome. Yet a blueprint may also be the terminus of the unrealized and the unrealizable. Étienne-Louis Boullée’s Cénotaphe à Newton, Le Corbusier’s Ville Contemporaine, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacres, and the Chicago Spire are among the many visionary designs abandoned at the drawing board, whose construction in real space we may now only imagine.

In Issue 23, we would like contributors to consider how blueprints—and more broadly, agendas, manifestos, models, or prophesies—negotiate between the present and an imagined, idealized, or impossible future. What qualities and limitations are shared by conceptual architecture and other speculative mediums? How do plans and prototypes function as a critique of present realities? What is the aesthetic value of diagrams, renderings, sketches, or preparatory studies? What occurs when we no longer consider the model as process, but as finished product? What are the mechanisms through which the plan attempts to fill the gap between language and image or event?

We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings of blueprints. Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

Conceptual architecture
Models, prototypes, renderings, and preparatory studies
Graphs, cyanotypes, etchings, and other media related to tracing
Political manifestos
Prophecy and speculation
Disparity between concept and execution
Representations of utopia or dystopia
World’s Fairs and Expos
Storyboards and scripts
Unfinished or posthumously completed works
Dance and performance notation
Digital urban planning
Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com by October 15, 2014. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works
In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting work in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. For questions or more details concerning acceptable formats, go to or contact ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com.

InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). To submit a review proposal, go to or contact ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com.

The journal also invites submissions to its blog feature, which will accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For further details, please contact us at ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject heading “blog submission.”

* InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

InVisible Culture
503A Morey Hall
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

Row New York is Now Hiring!

This listing comes to us via Laurel George, a former Art Worlds Faculty Fellow.

Row New York began in 2002 with the simple idea that competitive rowing paired with rigorous academic support for underserved youth could change the trajectory of their teen years and beyond. We have since taught thousands of young people the sport of rowing, and through it the values of tenacity, focus, teamwork, and confidence.

Row New York is now hiring for several full-time and part-time positions, including jobs in communications, programs and events. See all job listings here.


Call for Papers: Endings. 2014 Stony Brook CAT Department Graduate Conference

Call for Papers: 2014 Stony Brook CAT Department Graduate Conference
New York, NY
Stony Brook Manhattan
Friday, November 21, 2014

History is punctuated by endings: the end of shared certainties, the abandonment of shared practices, and death. Endings can be dramatic and spectacular: the imagined apocalypse brought about by nuclear war, global pandemic, zombie hordes, or the brimstone of God’s wrath. Similarly, we are surrounded by endings in our lives. Endings can be quiet and quotidian: films end, books end, and seminars end. As scholars, these endings are not true endings, but beginnings, because endings are horizons of experience, process, and development, the organic or evolutionary transition to a new way of being. After the end is when we begin our work, for we can only respond after something has ended. We turn off the TV. We close the book. And we begin to write.

This is also true when the endings are not literal. In the same way that we can only begin to work after something ends, it is after the end that we discover new ways of speaking, creating, and being. We speak about post-modernism and post-colonialism and post-humanism, implying that what came before has ended and we have moved on. We theorize the end of the world. We explore both the negative horizon and the productive potential of endings. This is where we invite you to take up the conversation. The graduate students of the Cultural Analysis and Theory Department at Stony Brook University invite proposals for a 2014 conference around the theme of “endings.” What happens after the end? Are endings terrifying possibilities, or are they opportunities for growth?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) discussions on:

  • Literal endings (including the apocalypse or after)
  • “Post” designations or the ending of a time period
  • Literary forms and their endings
  • The end of discursive and/or epistemological forms
  • Any other social and cultural phenomenon that emphasize the products and practices whose lives were cut short but nevertheless are historical moments constitutive of the present.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length and will be delivered as a part of a three-person panel.

After all presenters, there will be 20 minutes for questions and discussion. Please submit abstracts to by July 15th. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and include four keywords. We also welcome panel proposals.

The conference will include panels with discussion, a keynote speaker, and a number of other events including an artist exhibition. It will be followed by a reception in the city (location TBA).

Participate in a Study on Humanities Research!

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is conducting a survey about how humanities professionals use online databases. We would like to know how digital resources might be changing the method and substance of humanistic inquiry, and how well they suit the needs of researchers. We are looking for NYU graduate students in the humanities, 18 years of age or older, who are willing to provide candid responses to an online survey about their research. Please use the following link to launch the survey here: NYU Polytechnic Humanities Research Survey.
This link will expire in 15 days. As a reward for participation, after completing the survey you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50 gift cards to After we analyze the survey results, we will ask a small group of respondents if they are willing to participate in a 90-minute, in-person follow-up study. Each person who is selected for this portion of the study and chooses to participate will be compensated with a $150 gift card.

This survey is part of a research project being conducted by NYU faculty members. All information entered into the survey will be analyzed anonymously. NYU Net IDs will be retained only for purposes of contacting selected respondents for further paid participation in an organized research activity. We seek to eventually publish the research, and may quote anonymously from your survey responses. We also may use our findings to create a new humanities digital resource.


Congratulations to Our Hirschhorn Award Nominees and Winner!

Draper would like to congratulate our 2013-2014 Hirschhorn Award nominees and winner! The Hirschhorn is given annually to the most outstanding thesis written by one of our students during the previous year. Theses are judged on the originality of the project, the strength of the research, and the quality of the writing.

This year we had ten total nominees. The winner is Jonathan Reeve (January 2014). All thesis titles are listed below.

Mario Cancel-Bigay (May 2014)
The Puerto Rican New Song Movement and its Aesthetics: Between the Modern and the Postmodern

Claire Butkus (January 2014)
Fantasy Voices: A Model for Subversive Female Vocality in “Badlands” and “Heavenly Creatures”

Alyson Cluck (January 2014)
Radical Acts and Archives: Reframing Conceptualism in New York and Rosario

Kari Dietrich (January 2014)
Bordieu’s Social Theories, Symbolic Capital and the Genesis of a new Social Field: Are the Calls for Global Environmental Human Rights a Social Movement Yet?

Adrian Drummond-Cole (May 2014)
The Great Transportation: Containerization, Trade Globalization, and the Rise of Finance

David Ferris (September 2013)
Pierce and the Temporal Core of Pragmatism

Claire Grandy (May 2014)
Water. Night. Red. The Structure of Desire in the Poetry of Ann Carson

Caroline McNamara (January 2014)
Everywhere/ Everywhen: The Theory of Relativity and Modern Narrative Structure

Natalie A. Schaad (September 2013)
Fighting a War on Multiple Fronts: How Soldiers Understand their Experiences of Sexual Assault in the United States Military

And Our Winner:

Jonathan Reeve (January 2014)
Macro-Etymological Textual Analysis: A Computational Application of Language History to Literary Criticism

Congratulations to all of our nominees, and to our winner Jonathan Reeve!