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Calls for Papers · June 2021

JSTA Vol 13 No 3
On Criticism: “Is there a place (still) for criticism?”
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Editors: Luiz Camillo Osorio (PUC-Rio), Nuno Crespo (EA-UCP/CITAR), Sabeth Buchmann (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)
This issue will be published in December 2021.


At a time when it is urgent to think about the role of art in society outside the contexts of institutions and their agents, this special issue intends to discuss how the crisis of criticism and new gestures of participation – allowed and encouraged by the intense development of digital technologies for collaboration, which seem to have made everyone an art critic -, contribute to develop critical thinking about the arts and create a concrete space for reflection and action by the spectator.
The first question to be addressed is whether the dissolution of authority and mediation of the word of criticism, replaced by technological and digital means of participation, can (or not) replace art criticism as we know it, sometimes based on a logic of institutional or authorship authority. This is a work possibility that implies analysing the modalities and spaces of criticism in its present and past, and understanding how the spectator’s relationship with artistic creation produces new reflective spaces.
This discussion can be placed between philosophy, history, and theory, underlining the relevance of criticism as a necessary reflexive moment for the construction of the artistic object and to understand how this reflexive nature has been transformed through new modes of relationship with art modalities of the relationship with art. However, the scope of this discussion is not limited to the debate about the limits and possibilities of criticizing art as a discipline but tries to think about the way society is called to participate in the artistic field using common everyday tools, such as, for example, a smartphone and social media.
It is important to test approaches between the practices of criticism and the other practices of the art system: artistic and curatorial. This special issue intends to systematize the historical evolution of criticism and problematize the transformations it has undergone to date. In a time of crisis for institutions, it is important to define and propose new institutional formats (considering different geopolitical realities) and also new strategies and tools that take advantage of the full potential of new digital media. For this purpose, it is essential to analyse the processes of digital value attribution in the context of a quantitative regime of an evaluation society and to debate how they relate (or can relate) to the practice of criticism traditionally linked to qualitative judgments.

We are welcoming papers that address these topics:

– curatorial practices as criticism
– criticism and post-colonialism
– shifts from ‘institutional critique to infrastructure critique’
– criticism in a globalized art world
– criticism and post-media
– the relevance of digital media in the practice of criticism
– qualitative versus quantitive in art criticism
– beyond criticism

Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts
A peer-reviewed publication that results from a commitment of the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) to promote knowledge, research and artworks in the field of the Arts. The Journal provides a distinctive forum for anyone interested in artistic research and practised-based research. JSTA publishes three issues annually (April, July, and December) by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, under an open access policy and has no article submission charges or article processing charges. JSTA is indexed by Scopus.

More info and submissions: https://revistas.ucp.pt/index.php/jsta/callforpapers


[ Informação Vanessa Cunha, ICS-ULisboa ]

Call for chapters – “Parenting Across Cultures: Childrearing, Motherhood and Fatherhood in Non-Western Cultures” (2nd ed., Springer)

Editorial Guidelines for
Parenting Across Cultures: Childrearing, Motherhood and Fatherhood in Non-Western Cultures.
Editor: Helaine Selin, retired, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts USA (hselin@hampshire.edu)(helaine.selin@gmail.com).

Submission date: November, 2021.

1. Please be sure to send me your names, affiliations and email addresses, as well as those of any co-authors.
2. Articles should be 5000-7000 words long. It is all right if they are slightly shorter, but please try not to make them any longer. If you have many illustrations, you might try to keep the text a bit shorter, so the articles are about the same page length (7-10 pages).
2. Please use Microsoft Word.
3. Illustrations should be clear and reproducible and very clearly marked. You must say what they are and where they come from. Please put a mark in the text showing where the illustration should go. For any illustrations taken from someplace else, we must get permission to publish. Since illustration permissions often take a long time, it would be helpful to get started on this soon. All illustrations will be printed in black and white in the printed book; online they will be in color. Springer has a form you can use to ask permissions.
4. In-text citations. Please put a note in brackets with the author’s name and the date, i.e., (Needham, 1990). If you are referring to a specific page, add that or those after the date (Needham, 1990, pp. 665-668). If there is more than one author, please use an ampersand [&] instead of the word “and”. If you refer to more than one reference, please separate them by a semicolon [;], e.g., (Davis & Selin, 2016; Nyerere & Banda, 2017). If you refer to a book in your text, please use italics.
5. Footnotes and endnotes. My preference is for fewer notes. If at all possible you should try to incorporate the note into the text. If it really is parenthetical, then it is fine to have an endnote. We are aiming for readability.
5. Please use diacritic marks for Arabic and Sanskrit. If you mention a title in another language, please provide an English translation (in the text, not necessary in the bibliography).
6. Spelling and Punctuation. We will use both British/Canadian/Australian/Indian and American spelling and punctuation in this book. Use whatever you are used to using.
8. References. Please include a generous bibliography. References should be in alphabetical order by the name of the author or editor. We will use APA 7 format. You can look on the web for examples. Here is one link:
For journal articles, use this style: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages.
N.B.: Use ampersand instead of “and” when referring to authors. For the article title, use Sentence case [that is, only capitalize the first word except for proper nouns]. For the Journal Title, use Title Case [capitalizing most of the words] and italics. The volume number is also in italics.
For books, use this style: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
For an article or chapter in an edited book:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
[Note that chapter title is in Sentence case, and title of book is also in Sentence case, but in italics]
9. Abstract. You will need to write an abstract that will be included in the online version but not in the printed book.
10. Please submit some keywords, 5-10.
11. Please also submit a short (100 words) biography of each of the authors.
12. Springer will send you a Consent to Publish form, and you will get a copy of the book when it is published.