The Poster (Journal)

ISSN 20403704 , ONLINE ISSN 20403712

The Poster is a forum for debate about the ways in which visual devices are used to form opinion, sway, persuade, provoke, unite and divide us. This peer-reviewed journal invites all scholars and practitioners of visual culture – its social operation, anthropology, philosophy, history, politics and creation – to join with us in an open debate about the ethics, aesthetics, effect and operation of visual rhetoric in the public sphere.

Category: Visual Arts


Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

The poster-maker, the pamphleteer and the tagger aim to sway the popular heart and mind through visual public interventions. As new technologies rise, turning the public sphere into a transparent, ubiquitous communications medium and a global marketplace, is the privileged status of the poster doomed or are we seeing it transformed as part of a new wave of visual rhetoric? When the environment starts to become responsive to our very presence and aware of our individual nature what is the role of the 'traditional poster' delivering a classical rhetorical message? This peer-reviewed journal aims to lead the debate.


Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

Please send all journal submissions to the Editor, Simon Downs, at s.t.downs@lboro.ac.uk

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

The Poster stands as a vehicle for the ideas of media theorists; scholars of cultural studies and cultural materialism; for social psychologists of visual communication, for architects and designers of wayfinding schemes; for philosophers of aesthetics and politics, society and linguistics; for social scientists, anthropologists and ethnographers; for political campaigners and artist activists; for communications researchers and visual communications practitioners.


Areas of interest for studies of visual-political communication include (but are not limited to):

  • Is there a social disconnect with the normative narratives that mass communication depends on, rendering propaganda speechless?
  • Is the rise of the Digital Public Sphere killing consensus politics, or saving us from a weight of overbearing myth?
  • Does the disruption of large-scale monocultures by online communities mark an end for 20th century models of mass propaganda?
  • Are the subalterns taking control?
  • What happens to informed democratic systems when the rulers and the ruled fundamentally inhabit different worlds, shaped by different ideas?
  • Universal translators: Are there communication methods that can speak across the divides?
  • Can we ‘mass customise' political communication to speak the same truth, in different tongues, to all audiences at once?


The relationship between culture and technology has shaped political communication since the time of the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, and now emergent communications tools have widened the grasp and increased the reach of a political message. The rise of the Net has given individuals and small groups the same grasp and reach as the largest power-block, and the possibilities for technically mediated political communication keep expanding.More than timely, it has become imperative for researchers to examine the complex interplay between the means and methods of political communication and the possibility of a normative consensus in the political world.

Multimodality is a key element to understanding the use of images in combination with other forms of mediated communication. We therefore encourage scholars from both social and political science, as well as cultural studies, arts, and communication studies, to submit proposals for work for publication. The journal is looking for:

  • Full papers of 7,000-9,000 words, plus illustrations on the issue's theme (for double blind peer review). Rich illustration of the text is welcomed. Theoretical papers as well as methodological discussion are welcomed, but preferably in combination with empirical analysis of imagery. Case studies, comparisons across culture, or historical studies are invited.
  • Artist/designer monographs: Extended scholarly pieces addressing the issue's theme (for double blind peer review). 10,000 – 25,000 words, plus extensive illustrations.
  • Image and photo essays composed of illustrations, photographs, diagrams or schematics that use visual languages to communicate their stance on this edition's themes. Textual support may be added, if necessary.
  • Reviews of relevant books, exhibitions and political gatherings (the editors would be more than happy to publish a good review of the US Republican or Democratic party conferences, a Congressional investigation or a demonstration).

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.


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Call for Papers Download

Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

Editorial & Advisory Board

Jonathan Baldwin
University of Dundee

Paul Bowman
Cardiff University

Anna Calvera
University of Barcelona

Hector Flores
Universidad de Guadalajara

Gerard Goggin
University of New South Wales

Steven Heller
School of Visual Arts

Zeina Maasri
American University of Beirut

Grace Lees-Maffei
University of Hertfordshire

Victor Margolin
University of Illinois, USA

Vincent Mosco
Queen's University

Sarah Pink
RMIT University

Mark Poster
University of California

Janet Staiger
University of Texas

Graham Twemlow
University of Gloucestershire

Karel van der Waarde
Avans Hogschool (AKV)

Jonathan Vickery
University of Warwick

Aylish Wood
University of Kent

Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

 
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Contents

  • Volume (5): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2017


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  • Volume (3): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2015


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  • Volume (2): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2011


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  • Cover date: 2011


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  • Cover date: 2010


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  • Volume (1): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2010


Editor

Simon Downs
Loughborough University

Co-Editor

Orla Vigsø
Gothenburg University

Bengt Johansson
University of Gothenburg

Associate Editor

Malcolm Barnard
Loughborough University

Helena Barbosa
Department of Communication and Art at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Leong Chan
University of New South Wales

Jaime Gomez
Universidad de Guadalajara

Robert Harland
Graphic Design Educators’ Network

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