“In Their Own Images: Visual Culture in African American Periodicals”
African American periodicals such as the Indianapolis Freeman, Colored American, Crisis, Opportunity, and The Black Panther emphasize the impact of images, as well as the printed word, in enabling black Americans’ self-expression and empowerment. Such periodicals often have been the primary venues for showcasing and supporting the work of black visual artists, including Aaron Douglas, Black Panther illustrator Emory Douglas, and political cartoonist Garfield Haywood. This interdisciplinary panel seeks papers that address the production, history, and aesthetics of black periodical art in a range of forms: mastheads and stock images, cover art, comics, sketches, political cartoons, and other illustrations. Papers may address any twentieth- or twentieth-first century African American periodical art or artist(s). Submissions that focus on the New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era, and Black Arts and Black Power Movement are especially welcome.
This panel is proposed for the conference “African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture,” to be held on September 19 – 21, 2014: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/chpcconf.htm.
Submit a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. by December 15, 2013 to Andreá N. Williams, Department of English, The Ohio State University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list “AFAM visual culture panel” in the subject line of your email submission.