"Politics of the Eye: Imagery of the American Political Landscape"

Keynote Speaker: Matthew Frye Jacobson
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Fri, October 5 to Sat, October 6, 2012
Submission Deadline: CLOSED

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Conference Schedule Posted

Please visit the "Schedule" Page in the menu to see our final program schedule. Hard copies of the program will be available Friday night at the kickoff event and Saturday at the conference. We welcome all visitors to St. Louis this weekend and the American Studies Department is excited about the excellent work that will be presented by graduate students from across multiple disciplines on Saturday. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012


The Conference Committee is please to announce that our Friday night kick off to the Visual Culture Conference will partner with the CAM, Contemporary Art Museum. The CAM's public program's manager will give a tour of Jonathan Horowitz's Your Land, My Land: Election '12 exhibit. The tour will begin at 7pm.


This exhibition reconfigures a project by Jonathan Horowitz originally titled November 4, 2008 and presented at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York during the previous American Presidential election. It was a montage of sculpture, photographs, and video that organized the gallery space into red and blue zones to reflect the American color-coding of its bipartisan political system. Central to the entire exhibition was the actual space of the gallery, a room that the artist subdivided into contrasting sections that also functioned as a comfortable place from which to view two centrally suspended televisions — back to back — one broadcasting programming on Fox News and the other programming on CNN. The exhibition — which will be presented simultaneously at other institutions in the United States (Contemporary Art Museum RaleighHammer MuseumContemporary Arts Museum Houston;Utah Museum of Contemporary ArtTelfair Museums; and New Museum.) — will transform CAM’s lobby into a space for collective reflection on the election process, for shared social experience, and for dialogue and exchange.

Please Contact Conference Chair Mike McCollum at michaelmccollum@mac.com with any questions. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Submission Deadline to the 2012 Saint Louis University Graduate Student Visual Culture Conference is Closed.

SLU booked a block of rooms for attendees and panelists of the conference for Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 at the Water Tower Inn.

  • 1.  The rooms will be available for booking from now until September 14, 2012.
  • 2.  The SLU rate for the room is $75 per night.  There can be up to 3 people in the room, and they can do separate bills for each person.
  • 3.  There will be a booking ID (The Booking ID# is 1514) that the attendees should use when booking the room, or they can request a room unde the Politics of the Eye:  VCC name.
  • 4.  Currently they prefer for people call in and make reservations, or do so via email at wti@slu.edu
  • 5.  The website is www.watertowerinnstl.com
Water Tower Inn: 3545 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104    314.977.7500

Saturday, February 4, 2012


The American Studies Department at Saint Louis University announces its third biennial Visual Culture Conference to be held Friday Oct. 5 and Saturday Oct. 6, 2012. This conference is wholly organized by the department’s graduate students and focuses on the presentation of graduate student work. The Conference Committee encourages students from all disciplines to engage the theme, “Politics of the Eye: Imagery of the American Political Landscape.” The Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference will be Matthew Frye Jacobson, professor of American studies, history, and African American studies at Yale University. The official Call For Paper seeks papers that expand upon a wide variety of visual media, including photography, television, film, art and digital media, to explore critical perspectives in the production, interpretation, and consumption of the American political landscape, past and present. 
For more information, Follow us on Twitter @SLU_VCC_2012 and contact us at sluvcc2012@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook. 
    Michael McCollum
    Chair, 2012 Visual Culture Conference at Saint Louis University
    PhD Student in American Studies at Saint Louis University