The past three decades have witnessed an explosion of interest, research and writing on visual culture within the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Journal of Visual Culture has led the way in shaping how, historically and theoretically, we engage critically with ways of seeing, practices of looking, regimes of vision, and the epistemological and ontological questions that both underpin and challenge our notions of the visual, and visual culture itself.

The Journal publishes contributions from academics, educators, curators, artists, and a wide range of historians, theorists, and practitioners from numerous disciplines, by way of diverse methodologies, and on a multitude of histories and geographies, always with its focus on a critical engagement with visual cultures.

First published in April 2002, the Journal has published a number of influential themed issues, although most issues are ‘open issues.’ These themed issues, guest edited by colleagues at University of Southern California, UC Berkley, Goldsmiths, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Amsterdam, UC Santa Cruz, as well as elsewhere have included: Fantasies of Childhood (3:1), Televisual Space (3:2), The State of Visual Culture Studies (4:2), The War in Iraq and Visual Culture (5:1), Disability-Visuality (5:2), Acts of Translation (6:1), Detritus and the Moving Image (6:2), Notes on Hong Kong, and Other Returns (6:3), Responses to Documenta 12 (7:2), Ecologies of Practice (7:3), Obama (8:2), Jean-Luc Nancy (9:1), History (9:3), Machinima (10:1), and Audiovisual Culture (10:2). If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a future themed issue, please contact the editors with a statement outlining your proposed theme, with a list of contributors and article titles.


Recent and forthcoming contributors include:

Ernst van Alphen, Dora Apel, Emily Apter, Mieke Bal, Jean Baudrillard, Lauren Berlant, Giuliana Bruno, Norman Bryson, Susan Buck-Morss, Lisa Cartwright, Tom Conley, Sean Cubitt, Lennard J. Davis, Georges Didi-Huberman, James Elkins, Anna Everett, Hal Foster, Anne Friedberg, Joseph Grigely, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Guillerno Gómes-Peña, Judith Halberstam, Amelie Hastie, Michael Ann Holly, John L. Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Martin Jay, Amelia Jones, Georgina Kleege, Julia Kristeva, Alphonso Lingis, Curtis Marez, Anna McCarthy, Stephen Melville, Nicholas Mirzoeff, W.J.T. Mitchell, Meaghan Morris, Fred Moten, Keith Moxey, Jean-Luc-Nancy, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Lisa Parks, Peggy Phelan, Griselda Pollock, Mark Poster, Donald Preziosi, Adrian Rifkin, Gary Schapiro, Shawn Michael Smith, Vivian Sobchack, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Lawrence Venuti, Françoise Vergès, Aurora Wallace, Janet Ward, and Alexander Weheliye.

The Journal has a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from both parties. (Further details on the manuscript submission process.)

The following links to the Journal’s official pages on its publisher’s website can be used for further details, including viewing the contents of the latest issue, to sign up for electronic content alerts, to view the Journal’s archive and how to subscribe.


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