Sport and Modern/Contemporary Visual Culture

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Call for Papers
December 31, 2022
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Sport History / Studies, American History / Studies

Keywords: Sport; physical culture; performance; modern art; contemporary art; visual culture

This Special Issue of Arts, “Sports and Modern/Contemporary Visual Culture,” explores the intersections of aesthetics and athletics in art and visual culture, both thematically and formally. Essays and projects consider the performative aspects of sports at the intersection of debates about race, gender, and sexuality in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. That is, how do images of athletic bodies function to shore up ideologies around whiteness and heteronormativity via the reaffirmation of stereotypes? We are interested in the ways in which sports culture holds the potential to complicate the notion of representational visibility in visual culture contexts, looking specifically at the constructs and performances of the athletic body. Papers will explore the ways that sports have both produced and reflected ideologies of beauty and freedom, as well as the inextricable links between representations (and performances) of athletes on and off “the field.” Authors may address the representation of sports across a wide array of visual media, including the fine arts, periodicals, television, and film, and use subjects and methodologies drawn from disciplines such as art history, visual studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and sports history. Proposed projects may include scholarly essays as well as more creative projects (e.g., visual or performance art, speculative writing, and interviews).        

Guest Editor: Jordana Moore Saggese, Associate Professor of American Art and the former Editor-in-Chief for the College Art Association's Art Journal. For more inforfmation about Dr. Saggese

Submission Planning 

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 20 July 2022.

Submission of final manuscripts: 31 December 2022. 

Submission Criteria:  

  • Abstract and a short biography should be sent to Jordana Moore Saggese ( and Sylvia Hao (
  • Final articles, in English only, should be at least 5000 words long; a 150-word abstract and 5 keywords should also be submitted.  
  • Authors can include image files (tables, maps, graphs, photographs …) in ..jpg; they should ensure that images are free of rights (or that rights have been obtained).  
  • Each article will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

For further inquiries, please contact: Sylvia Hao for Arts, Sylvia Hao ( and Editorial Office of

Contact Info: 

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