Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies Open Call for Papers – The ethnographic turn

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2018
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Ethnic History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies

Open Call for Papers – The ethnographic turn



Editor-in-chief: Keyan G Tomaselli

Editorial consultant: Kris Rutten


Critical Arts has hosted a number of special issues that revisit the “ethnographic turn” in contemporary art – see previous volumes 27(5), 27(6), 30(3) and 31(2). The aim of these issues has been to explore how artists engage with anthropological and ethnographic perspectives in their work, starting from the many forms in which art can present itself today. Each of these issues engages critically with the ethnographic turn in contemporary art by focusing on practice-led research and by offering a forum for artists and anthropologists themselves to explore the intersections in their work and to counter and grapple with criticism regarding their practices.

Because of the ongoing complexity of practice-led research in general, and artistic research with a focus on ethnography in particular, Critical Arts will issue an open call for papers, inviting papers and vignettes that explore issues with regard to artistic research, (ethnographic) knowledge, and (cultural) difference. The following questions remain the central focus:  In what way does art connect cultures and communities across borders? How does one capture people on camera (or recorder) with respect and integrity? What does it mean to make art in an age of “superdiversity”? What are the implications of shifts in our media ecology for the production, mediation, and consumption of “culture”?

By integrating these papers as a thematic strand within the regular issues—rather than as a stand-alone special issue—the contributions will be able to engage in a dialogue with the general aim of Critical Arts, namely to focus on the development of transdisciplinary epistemologies and to approach “culture” as “a marker of deeper continuities than the immediate conflicts under the fire of which so many must somehow live their lives”. We hope that many artists, researchers, and activists will respond to this open call and we highly recommend to explore the previous special issues to get acquainted with and to respond to this on-going discussion. 


Submission guidelines

Critical Arts is currently accepting submissions for publication in 2019 and 2020. To be considered for publication in 2019, full papers should be submitted by 1 June 2018.

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