“Border Crossings” – Issue 26
For its twentysixth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Cultureinvites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings ofborder crossings.
In September 2015, a photograph shocked the world by showing the body of a small boy lying facedown on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey. Later identified as Aylan Kurdi from Syria, he and other members of his family perished in a failed attempt to flee to Canada. The image became the focal point of the ongoing refugee struggles, confronting us with the power of images, their affective potential, and the politics of representation.
IVC Issue 26 seeks to examine how border crossings can challenge the stable, ontological
decentralization of power, yet at the same time, it immanently and symbolically reinscribes national borders through the unequal distribution of capital. In thinking about contemporary art,
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire, to critique globalization and its processes of cultural For Issue 26, we would like contributors to consider how border crossings can be a conceptual
We welcome papers and artworks that further the various understandings of border crossings. Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:
● Modern and postmodern conceptions of space, borders, and liminality ● Historical accounts of migration through visual culture (painting, photography,
distribution of power, capital, and resources along constructed lines of demarcation. In
considering the crossing of a border, we must first understand what constitutes a border and
how it performs in the visual field. Globalization tries to dissolve borders through the
art historian Pamela M. Lee’s Forgetting the Art Worldutilizes theoretical concepts taken from
and social homogenization that “evacuate difference and distance”.
tool to understand acts of inclusion and exclusion of not just bodies and materials, but of
ideologies and cultures. Against the backdrop of multiculturalism and neoliberal democracy,
how do racial, class, and gender borders undermine the possibility of a unified political project?
How do borders produce stateless subjects to perpetuate precarious conditions of labor? How
can we think of borders as a form of infrastructural control and networked artificial intelligence?
And if a visual object is a material manifestation of globalization, how does it negotiate borders
through its circulation?
performance, film, etc.) ● Currency of images ● Critique of the socalled global turn in contemporary art ● The ideological practice of framing ● Border crossings as acts of negotiation and transgression ● Border crossings as an erasure of the self and the other ● Feminist and ecological critiques of nationstates ● Precarious, immaterial, and cognitive labor and labor as information ● Representations of systemic violence as it relates to border crossing ● Critical practices of border crossings and antagonism towards borders ● The bodily and material effects of immaterial borders
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 March 15, 2016. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.
In addition to written materials,InVisible Cultureis 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 tohttp://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/contributeor contact ivc[dot]rochester[at]gmail[dot]com.
InVisible Cultureis also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (6001,000 words). To submit a review proposal, go to http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/contributeor 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.