10th InASEA Congress Call for Papers

10th InASEA Congress in Graz, Austria
24-26 September 2020

Southeast European History and Anthropology, University of Graz
Visual Cultures in Southeast Europe: globalization, gender, power and resistance

Call for Paper/Panel

Visual representation has been crucial in shaping the understanding about people, cultures,
resistance, class, gender, ethnicity and more. In the digital era, also called the age of social
media, and hypermediacy this has become even more evident as societies create and are
confronted with images and multiplicities of representations ever more frequently. The overall
visuality has economized the written text in order to be more efficient in reaching certain
audiences. Visual cultures today have no place or space of origin; they are migrating globally
and are understood and interpreted locally. Visual cultures, as practices and manifestations of
life that are expressed through visual aspects and interpreted through individual and shared
experiences, will be considered at this conference through special focus on globalization,
power, gender and resistance. Therefore, “Visual cultures in SEE”, are unfolding in this tension
between the local and the global.
Representation is an essential part of the process by which meaning is produced and exchanged
between members of culture, through the use of language, of signs, and images which stand for,
or represent things (Hall, 1995). Images are not neutral artefacts, simple documents captured
by a lens (or an artist). Images are socially constructed within specific regimes of truth
(Foucault, 1986) offering indications of the relationships of power and producing them in
constant play. Visual representations in popular culture – an ever-expanding concept that looks
to popular television programming, newspapers and magazines, books as well as digital
services, video games, social media, art, music and sports and other everyday practices and
things – are a prolific agent in mediating gender, race and class relations, among other things.
Cross-media aspects of visual cultures make it a large site for contested secular and religious
views of identity and power. The region of South-eastern Europe is represented, at home and
abroad, through its peripheral position to Europe, a long-term state of transition and high levels
of contestation. Visual cultures have taken a larger role in social science and humanities
reflecting the everyday lives of every one of us. Visual practices were and continue to be central
to resistance. If visual cultures continue to flourish in the same manner as they have in the last
hundred years, can we imagine what could future look like?
Visual anthropology isn’t only ethnographic films and photography, it is as MacDougall said
„any of the expressive systems of human society that communicate meanings partially or
primarily by visual means (MacDougall 1997, 283). From the field of visual anthropology, this
conference encourages collaboration with other disciplines such as sociology, history, urbanism

and architecture, art history, media, film and photography in order to draw upon issues of
gender, resistance and power in the context of SEE. Topics to consider but not to be limited to
are:
Visual representation in humanities and social science – methodological and epistemological
aspects of exploration and interpretation
– Media pluralism, power and resistance
– Popular culture, gender relations and resistance
– Gender identity and representation
– Feminist and queer interventions
– Architecture and urban design – the post socialist shift of power and resistance to it
– Film, photography and other visual formats and platforms research in variety of disciplines
– Post-socialist visual cultures
– Visual culture and social movements
– Propaganda and resistance
– Social media and resistance
– Videogames and resistance
– Art and resistance
– Religion, visual culture and iconography
– Visual culture and the Anthropocene
– Visual ideologies and power
– The body and visual symbols over time

 

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