Publication of Manazir Journal No. 4 (2022)

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October 24, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Arabic History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Middle East History / Studies, African History / Studies

Manazir Journal #4 (2022)
“Ce que l’art fait à la ville au Maghreb et au Moyen-Orient. Pratiques artistiques, expressions du politique et transformations de l’espace public”
edited by Marie Bonte and Marion Slitine

The fourth issue of Manazir Journal focuses on “making art” in urban public space in North Africa and the Middle East. Whether visual or performative, these urban arts (tags, graffiti, street art, murals, performances, live shows, sculptures and installations) contribute to renewing forms of expression of politics in public space and, more broadly, to transforming urban space. Indeed, the graffiti and street art scene has accelerated over the past decade in line with the so-called “Arab Spring”: every year, graffiti on walls multiply, new urban art centers appear, and festivals entirely dedicated to street art are organized. All these initiatives are gradually turning the city into an “open-air gallery” and are transforming the relationship between city dwellers and urban public space. While many scholarly works have begun to take an interest in artistic practices in the MENA region, few of them have explored their urban dimensions. By asking what art does to the city, the contributions in this issue question the renewal of the links between art, modes of appropriation of urban space, and forms of political expression.

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About the Journal

ISSN 2673-4354 (online) 

Manazir Journal is published at the University of Bern, Switzerland, with Bern Open Publishing. 

Aims and Scope 

Manazir Journal is a peer-reviewed academic Platinum Open Access journal dedicated to visual arts, architecture and cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The journal was founded in 2019 in Switzerland as a collaboration between the University of Bern and the University of Geneva.  

Manazir Journal publishes one issue per year, including 6-12 articles. Every issue focuses on a specific, original theme defined and proposed by a guest editor or editors responsible for the issue and its follow-up. Manazir Journal accepts proposals for issues published in English, French, German and Italian and is also open to languages of the MENA region, such as Arabic, Persian and Turkish.  

The journal is linked to Manazir – Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the MENA, a platform of exchange that aims to connect researchers interested in these themes in Switzerland. The term “Manazir” refers to landscape, perspective and point of view in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Persian. Thus, Manazir Journal is oriented toward a diversity of transcultural and transdisciplinary “landscapes” and “points of views” and open to a multiplicity of themes, epochs and geographical areas. 

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Open Access-Policy 

Manazir Journal provides immediate open access to its content in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. 

Manazir Journal does not charge any article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges (ASCs) and allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions. 

Processes of Publishing and Peer Reviewing 

Manazir Journal publishes original, not previously published innovative research. Authors are either directly invited by the guest editor(s) or respond to an open Call for Papers. After the initial approval of the article’s abstract, the guest editor(s) review the first draft of the article. Upon successful revision, each contribution is double-blind peer-reviewed by two external experts. The peer review determines whether an article is (a) published, (b) published with revisions or (c) rejected. For more information on the process, visit the Submissions section. 

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Publication Ethics 

Manazir Journal endeavors to ensure the high quality of its publications. It adheres to high standards of ethical behavior and expects them to be adhered by all parties involved in the publication. This includes the authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, copy editors and publishers. Manazir Journal follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for the preservation of scientific integrity.  


Manazir Journal is committed to publish only original material that has not already been published or reviewed elsewhere. Any manuscript that raises concerns about plagiarism will be checked and cases of plagiarism will be sanctioned.  

Conflict of Interest 

Reviewers, authors and editors must disclose any and all possible financial or non-financial conflict of interest in regard to the mauscript. If unsure, the journal editor should be contacted. 


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