Hauntings and Traces: A Digital Symposium

Refract invites viewers to a digital symposium addressing topics such as memory, technology and site-specificity, genealogy and familial relationships, and interventions in the interdisciplinary field of visual studies. Recordings from the Feb 23–26 symposium are now available for on-demand viewing.

Refract is an online journal founded and operated by graduate students and dedicated to conversations about visual culture, non-canonical methodologies, and divergent histories. The symposium coincides with Refract's recent publication of "Volume 3: Hauntings and Tracings." 

Volume 3: Hauntings and Tracings investigates the power dynamics of (in)visibility through “haunting” and the “trace.” A form of way-making, the trace offers itself as an object, subject, and action, as both a remnant and a becoming. Haunting similarly defies legibility in that it occupies a discomforting space between something/somebody and nothing/nobody–not simply a vestige of previous realities but an active force that unsettles life-and-death worlds.

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FREE and open to the public
Available here on demand through Nov 30, 2021
Videos include sign language interpretation and closed captioning

Monday, October 18

More dates through November 30, 2021

Virtual Event