Call for Applications: Toward Equity in Publishing

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Call for Papers
September 15, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Call for Applications: Toward Equity in Publishing

Deadline: September 15, 2021


Toward Equity in Publishing is a new initiative designed to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication in the field of American art history. This professional development program is being launched by the peer-reviewed journal American Art, which is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of Chicago Press. It is supported by a $64,000 grant from the Dedalus Foundation.


Through editorial mentorship and workshops, the program will demystify scholarly publication processes and help scholars revise manuscripts for submission and publication. There is no obligation for the participants to publish with American Art, nor for the journal to publish their work.


Eligibility Criteria

This program is open to applications from unpublished graduate students, untenured faculty, junior museum staff, and independent scholars who are producing research on American art history and related visual culture topics. Priority will be given to applicants whose experiences will broaden diversity in the field, including those with a personal history of overcoming adversity, first-generation college or graduate-school attendees, and those who have not received institutional funding (fellowships, grants, scholarships, or paid leave) in the past two years. Applicants need not meet all of these criteria to be eligible.


How to apply

Email the following materials to

•an unpublished manuscript of 7,000–10,000 words (including notes), with an abstract, images, and captions styled according to these guidelines.

•a letter of interest describing career goals and publishing agenda

•a CV that includes history of institutional financial support

Please include your last name along with “Application for Toward Equity” in the subject line (e.g., “Martin Application for Toward Equity”).