The 5th William A. Kern Conference
on Visual Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology
May 3-5, 2012
When Images Cause Trouble:
Controversy, and Critical Engagement
Call for Papers
When do images cause trouble? One purpose of this conference is to discuss recent controversies in visual communication, including photojournalism, social media, advertising, and the visual arts, invoking issues of privacy, security, censorship, freedom of expression, and religious belief. In addition, as concerns over the power of images are not new, we would seek to historicize and contextualize current debates with historical perspectives, including, as an illustrative example, iconoclasm and the Protestant reformation in Europe –particularly Puritan image smashing in England during the 16th and 17th centuries. Following in the tradition of Kern conferences, we plan a rich program of interdisciplinary scholarship and conversation.
We invite submissions that address this theme from multiple points of view. How does work in visual communication, visual culture, visual rhetoric, and related fields shed light on controversial issues that surround the production and consumption of images? How can we understand current events in a historical perspective? What are the roles of regulation, oversight, government, and grass roots organizations in thinking seriously about images? What roles do technologies of surveillance play? How can we think about the ethics of representation?
Individual papers, visual presentations, panels and workshop proposals are welcomed.
Send extended abstracts (500 – 2500 words) via email to Jonathan Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Submission deadline: January 15, 2012
Jonathan E. Schroeder
William A. Kern Professor of Communications
Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester, New York 14623