The Visual Studies journal

The Visual Studies journal launches 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.

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.


Deadline for submissions December 15 2020

For further information, please see Visual Studies’ aims and scope and instructions to authors

or contact Susan Hansen


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