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Call for Proposals: The Master

Organization: Membrana Institute
Categories: Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Lingustics, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Rhetoric & Composition, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-08-10 Abstract Due: 2020-08-10

We invite textual and visual contributions that explore the master, domination, and subjugation in the relation to photography, from contemporary and historical viewpoints, and through (but not limited to) the following perspectives: 

– authoritarian figures and photography
– authority, subjugation, domination through photography
– master-slave dialectics and the image
– the master, white supremacy, right-wing nationalism and photography
– the master and author (genius as the master)
– photographer as a master
– power, charisma and figures of the master
– fine-art photography and subversion of figures of the master
– visual propaganda
– social media and figures of the master
– image aesthetics and figures of the master
– photographic presence as it stabilizes or destabilizes domination
– celebrity and banality in constructions of power
– hierarchy, networks, and mastery
– masters made or undone by photography, post-truth and the master
– icons and iconicity in constructions and deconstructions of authority
– the master in relation to photography’s civil contract or democratic promise
– the master and conditions of excess, abundance, or utopian potential
– the master and the optical unconscious
– the master and public spectatorship
– the master in an ecology of images
– master-slave dichotomy, computational technologies and photography
– attracting the master’s attention: photography’s stance in contemporary art practice


Membrana is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting profound, bold and theoretically grounded conceptions of photography. Straddling the space between a scholarly journal and a visually daring publication, Membrana offers an open forum for critical reflection on the medium, presenting both relevant analytical texts and visual projects. The journal is published biannually in summer and in winter in English and in Slovenian (under the title Fotografija) by the Ljubljana-based non-profit institute Membrana.


For more information, visit: membrana.org