InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through double blind peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialogue across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

Each issue includes peer-reviewed articles, as well as artworks, reviews, and special contributions. The Dialogues section offers timely commentary from an academic visual culture perspective and announcements from the editorial board.


In 1998 students in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester founded IVC. The inaugural issue chronicled current research among faculty in the program. Following issues employed a guest editor system and topic-oriented issues. In 2012 we adopted a new editorial model wherein our editorial board collaboratively ideates and oversees issues. We have archived the original website here.

IVC is maintained with generous support from the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies.

Advisory Board

Samira Abdur-Rahman, The College of New Jersey
Assistant Professor, English

Justine Andrews, University of New Mexico
Associate Professor of Art History

Janet Berlo, University of Rochester
Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies

Eugenie Brinkema, MIT
Associate Professor of Literature

Joel Burges, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor of English

Bridget R. Cooks, University of California, Irvine
Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Visual Studies, and African American Studies

Kency Cornejo, University of New Mexio College of Fine Arts
Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art

Peter Christensen, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor of Art History

Paul Duro, University of Rochester
Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies

Leigh H. Edwards, Florida State University
Associate Professor of English

Robert Foster, University of Rochester
Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor
Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies

Thomas Gibson, University of Rochester
Professor of Anthropology

Heather Houser, The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of English

Daniel Humphrey, Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Film Studies

Jason G. Karlin, University of Tokyo
Associate Professor of Information Studies

Eleana Kim, University of California Irvine
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Maud Lavin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism

Jessica Lieberman, Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor of Art History

Kathryn Mariner, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jason Middleton, University of Rochester
Associate Professor of English
Director for Film and Media Studies Program

Margaret Olin, Yale University
Senior Research Scholar in the Yale Divinity School, with appointments at Yale University in History of Art, Religious Studies, and Judaic Studies

Scott Preston, University of New Brunswick
Assistant Professor of Multimedia and Film Studies

Richard T. Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside
Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies & English

A. Joan Saab, University of Rochester
Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Christopher Schaberg, Loyola University, New Orleans
Assistant Professor of English

T’ai Smith, University of British Columbia
Associate Professor of Art History
Dept. of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Frazer Ward, Smith College
Associate Professor of Art

Jason Weems, University of California, Riverside
Assistant Professor of Art History

Catherine Zuromskis, Rochester Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of Art History

Tara Najd Ahmadi, Hend Alawadhi*, Alexandra Alisauskas*, Aubrey Anable*, Joel Neville Anderson*, Tiffany Barber, Margot Bouman*, Rebecca Burditt, Mario Caro*, Reni Celeste*, Mimi Cheng, Alicia Chester, Ryan Conrath*, Lucy Curzon*, Maia Dauner*, Jerome Dent*, Lauren DiGiulio, Aviva Dove-Viebahn*, Linda Edwards*, M. Iqbal Fajar, Erin Flaherty*, Cynthia Foo*, Eitan Freedenberg, Victoria Gao*, Mara Gladstone*, Abby Glogower, Leanne Gilbertson*, Amanda Graham*, Berin Golonu, Jiangtao (Harry) Gu, Alicia Guzman*, Amy Herzog*, Peter Hobbs*, Dinah Holtzman, Jessica Horton, Elizabeth Kalbfleisch*, Kyoung-Lae Kang, Daisuke Kawahara, Gloria Kim*, Erin Leary*, Almudena Escobar Lopez, Sohl Lee*, Godfre Leung*, Nicola Mann*, Alexander Brier Marr*, Lucy Martin, Jessica McDonald, Lucy Mulroney,  April Miller*, Joanna Mitchell*, Peter Murphy,* Victoria Pass*, Chris Patrello, Paula Pinto*, Shota Ogawa, Zach Rottman, Paul Rubery, Zainab Saleh*, T’ai Smith*, Lisa Soccio*, Patrick Sullivan*, Lisa Uddin*, Genevieve Waller*, Michael Williams*, Lina Zigelyte, Iskandar Zulkarnain, Catherine Zuromskis* (asterisk indicates former Guest Editor or Managing Editor)