Call for chapters for edited volume: Equity in the Artworld from the Local to the Global

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Call for Papers
March 30, 2021 to May 20, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences

We would like to invite you to contribute a chapter to an edited volume, Equity in the Artworld from the local to the global, focused on solutions to the democratisation of the artworld – more specifically, on the relationship between the art world and equity. The expansion of neoliberal capitalism on a global scale, which strikes at the arts and culture, as at other fields of social reproduction, has highlighted this topic as one of the main challenges and major tasks of scholars active in the fields of cultural policy and management, theory and sociology of art, political economy and economy of culture. 


This edited volume argues that the art-labour alliance has been redefined owing to deregulation and the gradual abolition of minimum labour rights, social protection and security. The visual arts in particular have become a crucial area in the field of culture where the market-oriented processes of globalisation are manifested. Shifting the orientation of the art world toward business, speculators have assumed the position of key players in the art market, creating a money-making machine out of art. As a consequence of the concentration of wealth and influence in a neoliberal global society, culture and the arts have become the exclusive right of privileged actors. Therefore, the function and status of art and artists  in contemporary society are moving away from their mission of fulfilling the public interest.


Recommended topics

Chapter topics may include approaches and research methods that address a vast array of relevant contemporary research problems, such as:


  • Recognising and defining socially progressive models of organisation and management in the field of contemporary visual arts  on the basis of principles of equity, democracy, and egalitarianism;
  • Case studies of successful or unsuccessful, historical or current examples of democratisation in the field of contemporary visual arts;
  • Achieving decentralisation and a democratic approach in the field of contemporary visual arts through cultural policy principles and bottom-up practices;
  • Analysis of the impact that different organisational models can have on the position of the artist, the value and function of the work of art, the development of artistic production, encouraging citizens' participation in cultural life and decision-making processes;
  • Policies of participatory practices, collective work, and self-organisation in other artistic fields and cultural practice.


Submission procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit full chapters on or before May 20th, 2021, to this email address: Please consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions. Authors will be notified by July 10th, 2021 about the status of their proposals. There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted on the basis of a peer review editorial process.


About the publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management – the University of Arts Belgrade, and the New Media Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts Belgrade. The Faculty of Fine Arts already has a long tradition (since 1937) of publications in the fields of History of Art, Philosophy and Aesthetics, Architecture, Art Theory, Art Management, and Cultural Policy. The New Media Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, has established its own publishing activity, developing a specific intellectual profile by promoting theories, debates and discussions about and within the intersections of art, science, technology and politics. This publication is anticipated to be released at the end of 2021.



Nina Mihaljinac, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dramatic Arts and  UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, University of Arts Belgrade

Bojana Matejić, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts – New Media Department, University of Arts Belgrade

Milan Đorđević, Research Associate, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts Belgrade


Important dates

Full chapters submission deadline: May 20th, 2021 

Notification of acceptance and review results: July 10th, 2021

Final acceptance notification: September 15th, 2021

Contact Info: 

Milan Đorđević, Research Associate 

Faculty of Dramatic Arts

University of Arts Belgrade

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