CALL FOR CONTENT: SEQUITUR - BU Graduate Student Art History Journal

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2022
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Fine Arts, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

SEQUITUR Issue 9.1

Fall 2022

CFP: “Spectacle”
Deadline: September 30, 2022

The editors of SEQUITUR, a graduate student journal published by the Department of History of Art & Architecture at Boston University, invite current and recent graduate students to submit content on the theme of “Spectacle” for our Fall 2022 issue.

The term “spectacle” encompasses various meanings. Derived from the Latin words spectaculum (“a public show”) and spectare (“to view, watch, and behold”), a spectacle is something enacted to be seen or arranged specifically for display. “Spectacle” as a term evolved from associations with early English drama in the seventeenth century to more abstract concepts for understanding postmodern society. Cultural and political theorist Guy Debord identifies a “society of the spectacle” in which excess imagery mediates human interpersonal relationships. Definitions of spectacle and performance are often intertwined in contemporary media such as film, multimedia installations, and other immersive spaces.

For this issue of SEQUITUR, we seek emerging scholarship that explores ideas, expressions, and experiences of spectacles in art, architecture, and material culture from antiquity to the contemporary period. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to: performance; theater; film/cinema; stages (literal and figurative); mise-en-scène; multimedia; exhibitions; presentation; display; constructed/immersive spaces; interactivity; sound art and soundscapes; music; noise; audibility; pandemonium; commotion; clamor; order/disorder; chaos; intoxication; excess; the extra/extraordinary and exceptional; sensation; flamboyance; stimulation; seeing and being seen; mirror(s) and mirroring; carnival; circus; menagerie; pageantry; comedy; tragedy; entertainment; celebration; revelry; audience(s); storytelling; rituals (sacred and profane); magic; transformation; immortality and the beyond; procession; disguises; masking; creation and hiding of identities; portrayal (self or other); ego; celebrity; glory/glorifying/glorification; artifice; concealment; deception; culture and its appropriation.

SEQUITUR welcomes submissions from graduate students in the disciplines of art history, architecture, archaeology, material culture, visual culture, literary studies, queer and gender studies, disability studies, memory studies, and environmental studies, among others. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the digital format of the journal. 

Founded in 2014, SEQUITUR is an online biannual scholarly journal dedicated to addressing events, issues, and ideas in art and architectural history. SEQUITUR engages with and expands current conversations in the field by promoting the perspectives of graduate students from around the world. It seeks to contribute to existing scholarship by focusing on valuable but often overlooked parts of art and architectural history. Previous issues of SEQUITUR can be found here.

We invite full submissions in the following categories:

  • Featured essays (1,500 words) 
    • Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content should present original material that falls within the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available here.
  • Visual and creative essays 
    • We invite M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work in or reproduced in a digital format. Submissions should consist of a 250-word artist statement and up to 10 works in .jpeg, html, or mp4 format. All image submissions must be numbered and captioned, and should be at least 500 DPI. We welcome various kinds of creative projects that take advantage of the online format of the journal.

We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces:

  • Exhibition reviews (500 words)
    • Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought. We are especially interested in reviews of exhibitions in the Massachusetts and New England area.
  • Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words)
    • Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought.
  • Interviews (750 words)
    • Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview. The author must include a full written transcript of the recording.
  • Research spotlights (750 words)
    • Short summaries of ongoing research written in a more casual format than a formal paper.

When submitting, please remember: 

  • All submissions and proposals are due September 30, 2022.
  • Email all materials to
  • Include “SEQUITUR Fall 2022” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email.
  • Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as .jpeg files. While we welcome as many images as possible, at least ONE must be very high resolution and large format. All other creative media should be sent as weblinks, html, or mp4 files if submitting video or other multimedia work.
  • Please remember to adhere to the formatting guidelines available here.
  • Please attach a recent CV and a brief 50-word bio with submission.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than October 12, 2022, for publication in January 2023. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases before publication.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at

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