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Call for Submissions: Graduate Students Writing Visual Studies

Posted in Calls for Papers, graduate students, opportunities by Editor on November 23, 2009

Call for Submissions: Visual Studies Reader, Written Entirely by Graduate Students
The first fully collaborative, student-run publication on visual studies

All submissions due by 30 January 2010

The visual world is changing so fast that no conventional anthology can capture it. Our idea is to record the current shape of visual studies, across disciplines, as it is experienced by the upcoming generation of scholars and artists. We are gathering a group of about 100 authors. After we have completed a rough draft of the book, we will post the entire manuscript on our Wiki, and allow everyone on the internet to suggest changes, Wikipedia-fashion. All grad students are eligible; if you are studying for an MA, MFA, or PhD, or if you received your PhD in the last six months, you can contribute texts to this book.

The book is international and collaborative. It began with a group of students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now it includes about thirty students from 20 institutions around the world. Have a look at our Table of Contents to see how the book is developing. As the book grows, so does the community of editors. Everyone who joins the Reader can make suggestions about everyone else’s contributions: you will have final say over your own contribution, but you’ll also be involved in conversations with all the other participants.

After a further year of editing, in 2012, the entire book will be published by Routledge, and advertised and disseminated internationally. To apply, visit the wiki for full information:

Visual Studies Reader

and then send us a two-page description of what you’d like to contribute. Your proposal will be read by the grad-student authors who are currently in the project (the editor, Jim Elkins, doesn’t vote). Full instructions are on the wiki:

Visual Studies Reader: How to apply

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