CFP: Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture International Symposium

Another CFP, but it’s due tomorrow!


Call for Papers

International Symposium in Visual Culture

Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Communications, Department of Photography and Video

20, 21 May 2011

Deadline: 31.3.2011

Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture, the first of a series of international symposia on visual culture to be held at Bahçeşehir University, İstanbul, aims to enable discussion and debate on topics critical in the conceptualization, analysis, evaluation of and intervention in visual culture today.

Once apparently marginal, critical debate in visual culture over mobility, actual, virtual and imaginary, has become crucial to formulating positions both in relation to changes in communications technologies and in social and political relations. Digital visual technologies, it is claimed, have multiplied the sites of viewing, shifting audiences from positions of passive receptivity, associated with discourses of modern visual culture, into a series of modes of interaction. Yet, it is also argued that the encoding of kinaesthetic responsiveness in such forms of interaction represents a more thorough penetration of imaginative activities than ever before.

Contributions are thus sought from scholars working in visual studies, in the history and theory of art, photographic, film, video and/or media studies that engage with issues of actual, virtual and imaginary modes of mobility in relation to images, still, moving and interactive, across modern and/or postmodern frameworks. We are particularly interested in ways in which the thinking of mobility in visual culture implicates issues of boundaries, borders and limits and, given the situation of the University overlooking Asian from European Istanbul, we invite contributions that concern that critical form of actual and imaginary mobility, orientalism, along with neo-orientalist variants and modes of resistant counter-orientalist practice. Contributions that address dominant, but also repressed, residual and/or emergent senses of space are also encouraged.

Further priorities may emerge from a range of topics that include the following:

  • Histories and theorizations of mobile spectatorship, e.g. flaneurism, the dérive, lines of flight
  • Mass and other forms of mobilization
  • Figures of immobility in accounts of modern and/or postmodern mass culture, e.g. spectacle and passivity
  • Monocularity, binocularity and complexifications of perspectival space
  • Forms of surveillance and counter-surveillance
  • Temporality and movement in film and video
  • Territoriality, deterritorialization, reterritorialization and the image
  • Intra-corporeal and endoscopic visualities
  • Satellite and network visualities
  • Simulation and mobility
  • New media, mobility and fantasy
  • Digital interactivity, kinaesthesia and the image
  • Mobility and fantasy in gaming
  • Mobile screen visualities, fantasy and sociability
  • Histories and theorizations of mobile authorship
  • Reading mobile corporeality across visual forms
  • Transgression and mobility
  • Theorising fantasy, identification and mobility
  • Distanciation and mobility
  • Posing, performativity and mobility
  • Borders, boundaries, limits and mobility

The symposium will seek to formulate useful positions in thinking the history and futures of visual culture, modes of critical engagement with the increasing variety of visual technologies, in particular mobile ones, and the problematics of actual and imaginary mobility in relation to rhetorics and actualities of globalization.


Proposals of up to 350 words are due by March 31st, 2011 and should be emailed to: More information can be found here:

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