Call for submissions, Comparative Media Arts Journal Issue 4, Slowness

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Call for Papers
November 20, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Fine Arts, Music and Music History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Call for Papers

The Comparative Media Arts Journal (CMA Journal) is an open-access, peer-reviewed graduate journal of lively inquiry into visual culture, cinema studies, performance studies, and new media arts, encouraging intermedial and comparative approaches. Each annual issue is focused by an aesthetic theme. Current graduate students, postdoctoral students, and recent graduates are invited to submit work for publication to CMA Journal. We welcome submissions of scholarly research and essays, exhibition and book reviews, experimental and creative writing, and documentation of artworks in progress.


Faced with the rapid expansion and acceleration of late capitalism, slowness is touted as an alternative to reclaim time. Slow food, slow fashion, and other slow movements seek respite in a return time-intensive processes. Yet this kind of slowness is easily critiqued as a form of privilege hardly afforded to those living precariously. In economic terms, a slowing market is hardly a desirable alternative to accelerationism. How then might slowness be considered a viable, critical concept?

In On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary (2014), Lutz Koepnick defines slowness as an aesthetic strategy that reveals the present in all its manifoldness, as the co-presence of multiple temporalities or the compression of time compounded.  

If slowness activates an awareness of the multifoldness of our contemporary present, what else might it produce? How does slowness become generative?

We are seeking submissions that address slowness in visual, media or performing arts.  

Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following:

-duration or endurance
-slowness as free luxury or luxurious slowness
-aesthetics of delay and hesitation
-slowness as compression: forms of folded, compound or multiplicity of time
-art of the aftermath
-slow or contemplative cinema
-slowness as a space of expectation, anticipation, deliberation
-performances of faith
-institutional performance and bureaucracy
-scales of time (anthropocene, deep time,etc)
-slow motion forms
-spaces of remembering and forgetting

Deadline November 20th, 2017. Email inquiries to or

Please see our submission guidelines ( for more details.

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