Call for Papers for SI: Autonomy in Art - Free for publication

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Political History / Studies, Sociology, Social History / Studies, Political Science

There have been substantial debates about the relationship of art to society over the last 200 years. The development of socially engaged arts practices in the 19th and 20th century from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus to contemporary participatory arts has been central to notions of cultural value, engagement, participation and democratic inclusivity. Yet there are some problematic aspects to these debates and practices including the instrumentalisation of art to progressive and indeed totalitarian regimes, the privileging of process over product and a suspicion towards what we might call autonomous art. This Special Issue of Arts aims to explore this notion of autonomy across all art forms and politics and the ways that we might both reassert and critique the autonomy of art from social purpose; to paraphrase Adorno, perhaps the social function of art is not to have a social function. We welcome papers that address these key debates and critiques.

Dr. Martyn Hudson

      Guest Editor: Martyn Hudson, University of Northumbria. For more inforfmation about Dr. Hudson

Submission Planning 

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30 November 2022.

Submission of final manuscripts: 28 February 2023

Submission Criteria:  

  • Abstract and a short biography should be sent to 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.
Contact Info: 

Sylvia Hao in Beijing Now: phone number: 86+17610669725

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