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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Visual Culture and Gender, published since 2006, is an international, multimedia open access journal whose purpose is “to encourage and promote an understanding of how visual culture constructs gender in context with representations of race, age, sexuality, social units, (dis)ability, and social class and to promote international dialogue about visual culture and gender. VCG concerns the learning and teaching processes or practices used to expose culturally learned meanings and power relations that surround the creation, consumption, valuing, and dissemination of images, and involves issues of equity and social justice in the learning, teaching, and practice of art.” The editors seek articles, images, and reviews of books, video/films, performance/actions, Web sites, and other instances of visual culture for publication in the annual volume.
The most recently available volume, number 10, 2015, includes eight articles (“Racial and Gender Violence > People Seeking Safety, 10th Anniversary Editorial; “From Nelson Mandela: A Gender Coded Semiotic Reading of a South African Tourist Necklace,” “The Public Pants: A Visual Rhetoric of Gendered and Classed Imperialism,” “Shame in the Sixth Grade and the Continued Surveillance of Female Body Hair,” “Just Looking: Tantalization, Lolicon, and Virtual Girls,” “Black Masculinities and Postmodern Horror: Race, Gender, and Abjection,” “Confronting Violence Against Women: The Artistic Practices of Adriana Cristina Corral and Jungeun Lee,” and “Repurposing Barbie: An Arts-Based Inquiry”) and two visual essays (“Harvest, Roast, Brew, and Savor: Crafting Auto-ethnographic Research-Based Arts and Arts-Based Research” and “The Female Body and Identity: Four Artists from Body & Soul: New International Ceramics Museum of Arts and Design”). All of these manuscripts contain illustrations; some are cultural representations of gender memes, others are photographs of art works and installations demonstrating the author’s points powerfully.
Not just for feminists or women’s studies scholars, Visual Culture and Gender is a thought-provoking journal that should be brought to the attention of gender studies and cultural studies researchers.