"Sketchbook, Drawing the City" Call for Work for a special issue of Streetnotes.

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Call for Papers
March 21, 2022 to December 1, 2022
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Sociology, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

We are looking for sketches, drawings, and other hand-drawn illustrations of street scenes and urban encounters for Streetnotes 30 Sketchbook: Drawing the City.

 We call upon artists, ethnographers, and poets to draft the city by way of drawing, in maps, in street scenes, in urban encounters, and impressions, to find and illustrate the city in a way that complements, problematizes, or critiques and reimages the everyday life of urban traffic and behaviors. 

The fluid production and distribution of the image, enabled by the omnipresence of phone cameras, has transformed the lived condition of the street. The city and its subjects respond to this new level of self-surveillance with a consciousness of representation, where-in both image-maker and image-subject, achieve their highest-level of objective validation from the subjectivity of photography.

The testament of digital photography, however, has also naturalized a transparency of vision, one in which, the photographer and her subject share a compact on the limits of representation, agreeing on a particular digital surface, and masking those places where light will not reflect.

Streetnotes 30: Sketchbook, Drawing the City seeks to pierce this opaque quality of urban representation, to bypass the camera’s eye, and take up, instead, the pen (or other drawing tools). 

Contributors may submit up to five drawings of city or street scenes saved as JPEG images: 700x800 150dpi. Please embed images in a Word document, and provide a submission title, a brief abstract, and any related notes or captions. 

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Streetnotes Editor: David Michalski, Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, University of California, Davis, email: michalski@ucdavis.edu

All submissions must be made through our online submission system: https://escholarship.org/uc/ucdavislibrary_streetnotes

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