Announcing Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) CFP


Call for Papers:

Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas








Editors: Alexandra Chang, New York University, and Alice Ming Wai Jim, Concordia University

Area Editors:

Caribbean: Patricia Mohammed, University of the West Indies, St. Augustin

Latin America: Camilla Fojas, DePaul University, and Ana Paulina Lee, University of Southern California

Pacific Islands: Kevin Lim, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Jane Chi Hyun Park, University of Sydney

Canada: Chris Lee, University of British Columbia

United States: Celine Shimizu, University of California Santa Barbara, and Susette Min, University of California Davis


Associate Editors:

Nadine Attewell, McMaster University

Mark Johnson, San Francisco State University

Margo Machida, University of Connecticut

Kirsten Emiko McAllister, Simon Fraser University

Thy Phu, University of Western Ontario

Karen Shimakawa, New York University


Reviews Editors:

Laura Kina, DePaul University

Viet Lê, California College of the Arts


Board of Advisors:

Lily Cho, York University

Michelle Cho, McGill University

Catherine Dossin, Purdue University

Haidy Geismar, University College London

Julia P. Herzberg, independent scholar and curator

Ranjit Hoskote, independent scholar

Evelyn Hu De-Hart, Brown University

Anna Kazumi Stahl, New York University

Christine Kim, Simon Fraser University

Monica Kin Gagnon, Concordia University

Jacqueline Lo, Australian National University

Thomas Looser, New York University

Roy Miki, Simon Fraser University

Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York University

Diana Taylor, New York University

Ming Tiampo, Carleton University

Tom Wolf, Bard College

Midori Yoshimoto, New Jersey City University


Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA) will be published by Brill in affiliation with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University (New York) and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University (Montreal).


Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas is a new peer-reviewed journal that features multidisciplinary scholarship on intersections between visual culture studies and the study of Asian diasporas across the Americas. Perspectives on and from North, Central and South America, as well as the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean are presented to encourage the hemispheric transnational study of multiple Americas with diverse indigenous and diasporic populations. The broad conceptualization of the Americas as a complex system of continual movement, migratory flows and cultural exchange, and Asian diaspora as an analytical tool, enables the critical examination of the historically under-represented intersections between and within, Asian Canadian Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Latin American Studies, Asian Caribbean Studies, and Pacific Island Studies. The journal explores visual culture in all its multifaceted forms, including, but not limited to, visual arts, craft, cinema, film, performing arts, public art, architecture, design, fashion, media, sound, food, networked practices, and popular culture. It recognizes the ways in which diverse systems of visualities, inclusive of sensorial, embodied experience, have shaped and embedded meanings within culturally specific, socio-political and ideological contexts.


Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas is dedicated to the critical examination of visual cultural production by and about Asian diasporic communities in the Americas and largely conceived within a globally connected framework. The journal provides an intellectual forum for researchers and educators to showcase, engage and be in dialogue with this growing multidisciplinary area of investigation within the humanities and will be published twice annually with one double issue. Along with academic articles, each issue features reviews of a wide range of visual cultural production, including books, films, and exhibitions, as well as full colour artist pages. The journal welcomes transnational and transhistorical as well as site-based scholarly critique and investigation on visual cultures that engage with historical, material, cultural and political contextualizations within current discussions on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, dis/ability and class as well as aesthetics, ethics, epistemologies, and technologies of visuality. Transcultural areas of investigation in the humanities, including Asian-Indigenous collaborations, historical formulations of Afro-Asian connections, and studies on transnational subjects of mixed race heritage, are welcome. In this way, the journal recognizes the critical project of challenging not only the assumed pan-ethnicity of cultural groupings but also the varying degrees of racialized experiences that have been freighted by cultural stereotypes or based on regional identifications, geographical proximity and fixed temporalities.

First issue is planned for publication in Winter/Spring 2015.

DEADLINE for first issue: June 1, 2014



Essays (between 5,000-6,500 words) and reviews (between 800-1,000 words) should be prepared according to MLA (for humanities) or APA (for social sciences) style and submitted electronically. Proposed artist pages (up to 6 pages) will also be considered. More detailed instructions for authors can be found at Authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author’s name and address and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author’s previous work, for example, should be in the third person. Please send queries or submissions to:

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