THE VIRUS IN SIGHT: VISUAL CULTURE IN THE FACE OF PANDEMICS IN THE 20TH CENTURY

2020-06-09
The great metaphor of epidemics and pandemics is one that summarizes them as “the invisible enemy.” However, the one that we have had to live through, the COVID-19, like others, beyond our fears and concerns, we see them through visual stories. Therefore, it is not so invisible to the human eye. Every day throughout history, the stalking of pandemics has been felt by means of the symptoms that we see in infected people. In recent years, by the way, the imagery generated by television, the internet, cinema, photography, social networks, and other more popular media, such as graffiti and meme, has widened our pupils.

Although the COVID-19 outbreak is the basis for this special issue of VISUALreview. International Visual Culture Review / Revista Internacional de Cultura Visual, referring to Volume 8, Number 1, and which is expected to launch in the spring of 2021, we intend to address, in a broader sense the role of epidemics and pandemics during the 20th century, from the following approaches:
  • The cultural construction of epidemics and pandemics
  • Processes of significance of the epidemics and pandemics through the media and visual culture
  • Artistic practices that address the exclusion of those infected
  • Artistic strategies to mediate epidemics and pandemics.
Article categories: original articles, review, reflection, opinion, and experience report. Interested audience: researchers and teachers of Philosophy, Ethnography, Ethnology, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics, Semiotics, Fine Arts, Aesthetics, Art Criticism, Art History, History, Visual Communication, Information Sciences, Literary Criticism, Cultural Studies, Studies of Media, Film Studies, Feminist Criticism, and Postcolonial Criticism. Deadline: December 15, 2020. Evaluation result: January 2021. Authors can view submission guidelines and recommendations at this link: https://journals.eagora.org/revVISUAL/about/submissions Language: English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Important:
  • All published articles will have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • During the submission, the Editor must be informed that the article is for the monographic number.
  • Articles approved, but not selected, for the monographic issue can be published in the current issues of the Journal, provided that the authors express interest at the time of submission.