Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism
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University of California Press is pleased to announce that in 2019, it will begin publishing Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, will publish the remaining issues of Volume 45 in 2018, after which ownership of the journal will transfer to the University of California Press.

Afterimage was launched in 1972 by photographer and curator Nathan Lyons shortly after he founded the Visual Studies Workshop in 1969. For nearly half a century Afterimage has served as an important voice in the media arts, featuring unique and high-quality coverage of the visual arts, photography, independent film and video, new media, and alternative publishing. The journal covers important issues and debates within art history, visual and cultural studies, media studies, and related fields through a mix of feature articles, conference and festival reports, and book and exhibition reviews.

Building on the journal’s impressive publication history, UC Press will be working with the Afterimage editorial team to continue the legacy of the journal and to expand its content offerings and scholarly scope and reach while remaining a publication of wide general importance to both scholars and non-scholars alike.

With the move to UC Press, the journal will cease print production and move to an online-only, quarterly format.

About the Editor:

Karen (Ren) vanMeenen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), as well as an occasional instructor in Graduate Photo and Art History. She is the longtime Editor of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism, as well as an Editorial Board Member and Books Review Editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy. Karen edited the collections Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace; Light At the End: The Jesus Poems by Lyn Lifshin; and Nevermore: Poetry and Prose by Edgar Allan Poe. She has contributed to Art Papers, Art New England, Source: Ireland’s Photographic Review, Afterimage, City Newspaper, Film Festival Reporter, National Association of Artists’ Organizations publications, Western New York Artist Residency Exchange Catalogs, Pyramid Arts Center publications, and the Journal of Applied Arts and Health as well as exhibition catalogs including Maternal Metaphors: Artists/Mothers/Artwork. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Transformative Language Arts from Vermont College, a Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School, and is a Master’s-level certified writing therapist. She is currently completing a PhD dissertation on empathy and ethics in contemporary auto-graphic novels that focus on personal and communal trauma in the Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought program at the European Graduate School.

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