Call for Papers: Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual

Call for Papers

Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual

Graduate Student Conference presented by the East Asia Center
January 25-26, 2019 at University of California, Santa Barbara

Aesthetic sensibilities and visual cognition of the external world are fundamental to the construction of knowledge and divination of meaning. For “Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual,” a UCSB East Asia Center Graduate Student Conference, we seek proposals that grapple with how “East Asia” and its constituent cultural, linguistic, or national properties and territories are problematized through the framework of the visual (e.g. art, film, digital and popular culture, or the everyday). Visual culture constructs and is constructed by assumptions about the world. How one reads visual culture is determined on at least two fronts—first, by the artist/producer through choices of subject, style, and genre, among others and, second, by the audience’s worldviews, biases, and dispositions. Given the inherent subjectivity of visual cognition, we as historians, art historians, anthropologists, religion, film, and literature scholars are forever conscious of alternative readings and wary of misrepresentations.

We invite participants to examine how ‘East Asia’ has been imagined and is being reimagined through visual culture, as well as the mechanisms and media through which these imaginings further animate various identities, ideologies, economies, and interpermeations. Relevant paper topics may approach this set of issues from any region or time period commonly identified as part of “East Asia.”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas Lamarre, James McGill Professor in East Asian Studies and Associate in Communications Studies (McGill University)

Organizers: A. Colin Raymond (PhD Student, Department of the History of Art & Architecture), Kaitlyn Ugoretz (Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies), East Asia Center at University of California, Santa Barbara

Please submit an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) by November 14, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by early December.
Final Papers are due by January 11, 2019.

Lodgings and travel funding will be made available on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.

Application materials may be submitted at:

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