Our mission is to foster and promote alternative ways of observing, conceptualizing, theorizing, and framing cultural production to disrupt hegemonic discourses.
Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal is an experimental, non-canonical platform for the discussion of visual culture through diverse histories and cultures. We invite interdisciplinary, politically-engaged, and multi-sensorial analyses of visual cultures from diverse places and time periods.
As an open access publication, Refract is founded on the inclusion and belonging of diverse identities. Refract’s graduate student staff and faculty advisors ensure that all submissions of scholarly work and art are subject to equitable standards of critique. To this end, we encourage submissions from outside the Visual Studies discipline and foster a stance of mutual respect, connectivity, and active communication between different academic fields, artistic practices, and ways of being.