Beyond the Frame emerges out of the vision and hard work of a group of graduate students actively involved in the Research Cluster for the Study of Women of Color in Conflict and Collaboration based at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As both contributors to this anthology and members of the editorial collective (originally com-posed of Victoria Bañales, Luz Calvo, Cecilia Cruz, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, and Keta Miranda), these students, many of who are now assistant professors at other universities, are entirely responsible for the conceptualization of this collaborative project, which seeks to interrogate dominant regimes of visual representation from the per-spectives of women of color feminist criticism. They also solicited the papers and organized the Humanities Research Institute-sponsored conference, “Women of Color and Visual Representations,” held in the Spring of 1999, where the initial papers were read, discussed, and critiqued by invited scholars in a collaborative effort to sharpen the political intervention which they sought to make. Such an intervention was articulated by the contributors themselves as “a critical interrup-tion of the conception of ‘women of color’ identities as a historical, fixed, or essential” through the interrogation of photographic images.
KeywordsPhotographic Image Citational Practice Research Cluster Social Struggle Interpretative Category
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