Call for papers: Seeing You, Seeing Me Visual Culture and the Formation of Identities

Ninth Annual Mark Roskill Symposium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

March 06, 2009

Identity is a dynamic process of projection and perception, a kaleidoscopic ensemble of ourselves and others. Conceptions of identity are a critical part of our experience and impact the development and understanding of our surrounding environment. This symposium will examine the role of art and visual culture in crafting personal and communal images and how the propagation of those images affects the understanding of transnational societies.

The graduate students of the program in Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst welcome the submission of abstracts for papers investigating the cultural construction of identity through the visual world. We encourage broad historical and contemporary inquiries from a variety of diverse perspectives and academic disciplines.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Transnationalism and its Influence on Cultural Understanding
National Identity and Culture
The Media’s Effect on Cultural Understanding
Socioeconomic Effects on Creation and Reception of Identity
Cultural Responses to Conflicting Identities

Touba Ghadessi Fleming, assistant professor of Art History at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts will be this year’s symposium keynote speaker. Professor Fleming’s research focuses on deformities and monstrosities, the history of anatomy, gender definitions and gender ambiguity in the Early Modern period.

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm.

Please provide a current CV, complete contact information, and an abstract no longer than 300 words. Submissions can be made to symposium coordinators Rebecca Hiester and Marissa Patterson at


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