Call for Papers: InVisible Culture – Security and Visibility

“Security and Visibility” – Issue 25

For its twenty-­‐fifth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that explore the concept of security and visual culture.

For almost two decades, both scholarly and public interests in matters of national security and the corresponding surveillance of public space have increased immensely. Notions of visibility figure prominently in these discussions. The  expanding  academic  fields  of  Security  and  Surveillance  Studies have successfully engaged with the multiple layers connecting (national) security, surveillance, and the visual. Focusing on present-­‐day phenomena, sociologists, political scientists, and culture and media scholars have already developed an integrative perspective when it comes to relating issues surrounding security to the field of visibility. Consequently, newer research on security has focused on decentralized practices of security, encompassing much more than just “official” government agencies and their mediaries.

For this issue, we seek to engage a historical perspective on issues of security and visibility through a close reading of texts in contemporary social sciences and cultural studies. With a special insert edited by scholars Barbara Lüthi and Olaf Stieglitz at the University of Cologne, this issue will focus on visual material as  a  source  of meaning  and  power, this  issue  will function  as  a  broad investigation  of both stable and changing notions of security over time and place. By bearing social and political dimensions of visibility in mind, a turn to images may prove helpful in asking how their performative power invokes securitization processes through immediacy (Moeller 2009; Mirzoeff 2011).

We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings of securitization through a consideration of the visual. Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

  • methodological debates on using visual material
  • the ethics of surveillance, big data, and the right to privacy
  • history of national securities and surveillance
  • counter-­‐visibilities, hacking, and the critique of security
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 September 20th, 2015. 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.

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