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Visual Culture Graduate Student Conference

About the conference

The visual culture graduate student conference is a biennial event organized and run entirely by graduate students in the Department of American Studies. Since 2008, the conference has been dedicated to providing a forum for graduate research that explores diverse aspects of visual culture within the field of American Studies. Graduate-level scholars from institutions across the country have visited SLU to present their research alongside graduate students from our department, and the conference celebrates our links with the wider American Studies community. The conference maintains a tradition of welcoming esteemed scholars to deliver keynote addresses on vital topics in the American Studies field; these have included Kevin Gaines (University of Michigan), Matthew Frye Jacobson (Yale University), Lisa Cartwright (University of California–San Diego), and Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). CFPs and schedules for past conferences can be viewed below.

2014 Conference: "Black & White / Red & Blue: A Graduate Visual Culture Conference"

October 10–11, 2014

Download the 2014 Call for Papers

2014 Visual Culture Conference


2012 Conference: "Politics of the Eye: Imagery of the American Political Landscape"

October 5–6, 2012 

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American Studies Faculty with Dr. Matthew Frye Jacobson (2nd left)

American Studies faculty with Dr. Matthew Frye Jacobson
(second left), keynote speaker of the 2012 Visual Culture
Studies Graduate Conference.


2010 Conference: "Urban Cuts: Appropriation and Resistance in the American City"

April 16–18, 2010 

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2008 Conference: "Constructed Light, Constructed Meanings: A Visual Culture Graduate Student Conference"

April 11–13, 2008 

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Download the 2008 Conference Schedule

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