Visual Studies: Call for COVID-19 visual essays
Deadline for submissions December 15 2020
This is a call for visual essays focused on the global pandemic and its ongoing social, economic and emotional impact. 2020 has been a year of rapid adjustment internationally, as households around the world were instructed to ‘lockdown’ and to socially distance to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This call aims to bring together contemporary visual scholarship on the pandemic in a special section of Visual Studies to be published in 2021.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the visual impact of the pandemic in terms of organisational sociology, and its effects on domestic activity spaces, family life, and work; intersectional aspects of people’s experience of the pandemic in terms of class, race, gender, geographical location, etc.; the politics of mask wearing; people’s adoption of, or resistance to, suggested public health measures; visual forms of communication adopted by government authorities; and the circulation of Covid-19 conspiracy memes; and any visual evidence of unexpected or surprising responses to the Pandemic, especially those that suggest lasting institutional change.
Visual essays should be primarily visual and should combine image and text in a coherent form. All visual essays are peer reviewed. Visual essays should:
- contain no more than 10 images, which should be the primary focus and therefore should drive the narrative rather than being merely illustrative.
- contextualize the images/project within the text, addressing the who, when, where, what and why of the project, and should also establish the scholarly/intellectual significance of the project.
- be clearly and engagingly written.
- need not include footnotes or references, unless they are required by the narrative intent of the project.
For further information, please see Visual Studies’ aims and scope and instructions to authors:
or contact Susan Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org).