Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal is an experimental, non-canonical platform for the discussion of visual culture through diverse histories and cultures.
A graduate student initiative, Refract publishes annually and is peer-reviewed. We are an experimental, non-canonical platform for the discussion of visual cultures from diverse histories and geographies. Our mission is to foster and promote alternative ways of observing, conceptualizing, theorizing, and framing cultural production to disrupt hegemonic discourses.
We invite the interdisciplinary, the multi-sensorial, the new, the difficult, and the in-between in critical analyses of visual cultures from diverse geographies and histories. We publish scholarly articles; essays; poetry; book, media, and exhibition reviews; and other creative contributions.
Art history and Visual studies are the major fields to which Refract contributes. Intersecting fields include: Film Studies, Queer Studies, Feminist Studies, Anthropology, Literature, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies. We expect our audience to be similar to our contributors--graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and artists.