CALL FOR PAPERS: "Latin America and the Event of Photography"

2021-10-14

Next issue: Latin America and the Event of PhotographyRIAS Vol. 16, Fall–Winter (2/2022)
Edited by: Justin Michael Battin & German A. Duarte (guest editor)

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, photographs have been used as referential points to formulate a country’s national identity, as intimate and commemorative artifacts for Day of the Dead celebrations, as anthropological documentations of indigenous peoples, mixed races, and criminals, categories which have been used as mechanisms for exclusion. The practice of photography, more broadly, has also been used as a means to document violence, which is typically presented ethnographically through both realist and sensationalist lenses. Discourses of photography have, since the medium’s emergence, typically embarked with a Cartesian character, in which links between thinking and seeing, and visual perception and certainty, are forged. This perspective has imbued in photography a certain objectivity, wherein an author utilizes a technical instrument to produce a representation of a thing. Through this Cartesian understanding, the author is rendered not as a subjective framer, an entity who deliberately constructs the world, but rather as a detached observer who creates a notation of reality afforded by his or her technical device. Although this notion has persistently endured, it has been challenged, perhaps most prominently by Susan Sontag who argued that a photographer intrinsically possesses a certain bias, which presences in framing strategies and chosen subject matter. These interpretations of the medium, still pervasive today, have significantly influenced how Latin America and the Caribbean are perceived across social imaginaries. (Read the full CFP here)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Surveillance

2021-04-25

Next issue: Gender and Surveillance—RIAS Vol. 15, Spring–Summer (1/2022)
Guest-edited by Molly Geidel and J.D. Schnepf

From the carceral gaze scripted by Hollywood blockbusters to the normative body anticipated by the TSA’s airport security body scanners, from the U.S. drone program’s gendered definition of “enemy combatant,” to legal regimes that alternately ban and mandate face coverings, the gendered histories of surveillance inform the way we know the world and come to be known in turn. Across areas including immigration, medicine, consumer behavior, and national security, as well as digital, literary, popular, and visual culture, gender emerges as a key site through which techniques of surveillance continue to be vigorously enacted and contested. (Click here to read the full CFP)