Calls for Submissions

    • Deadline: Full Papers + Abstracts by September 28, 2009
    • The Chicago Art Journal, the annual publication of the University of Chicago Department of Art History, is seeking submissions for its 2009-2010 edition. The Editors welcome original work by faculty and graduate students reflecting recent research or lectures. This year’s issue will focus on Architecture and Design with an emphasis on the theme of community formation.
    • In recent decades, new developments in communication and networking technologies, transportation systems, and the growth of international markets for architecture and design have given rise to a host of debates concerning the impact of globalization on the shape of the built environment. Architectural and design practices have been explored in fields as diverse as public policy, urban planning, and the environmental movement, offering sustainable solutions for regional and global communities. In the field of art history, architecture and design have similarly entered into the fore as a means of structuring both the discipline as well as its subjects. Through various historical, aesthetic, social, and cultural lenses, scholarship in architecture and design can offer insight into the complex relationships between a theory and praxis of community formation.
    • The CAJ seeks contributions that examine the role of architecture and design within art history and its implications for community construction. Such work can show both the possibilities and challenges that arise when particular theoretical models of community are materially realized within given political, social, economic, and ecological situations. How have architecture and design informed the ways in which we conceive of group formation and designation, user and viewer involvement and participation, spatial practices and communication? How can we understand architecture and design’s position in discursive communities of art historians, critics, and practitioners? In what ways can the social and political import of such questions be brought to bear not only on the named mediums of architecture and design, but also in extra-disciplinary practices that have envisioned and constructed spaces, places, and other forms of community?
    • Potential topics include but are not limited to:
      • – institutional organization of architecture and design
      • – privacy, publicity, and social space
      • – urban social geography, ethnicity, and identity
      • – civic engagement and urban planning
      • – symbols, myths, and meaning in the built environment
      • – mass production
      • – modes and techniques of pedagogy – imagination and idealization of un-built or unfinished projects
      • – designing (for) consumers – the effects of science and technology on building community across distances
      • – systems theory and cybernetics
      • – the language and translation of vernacular architecture and design – public arts projects and interests
      • – preservation and re-purposing
    • Submissions:
      • * Full papers must follow The Chicago Manual of Style, and should not exceed 4000 words. Abstracts should approximate 500 words. Both Word documents and PDFs are welcome.
      • * Reviews of relevant recent exhibitions, books, or articles should not exceed 2000 words.
      • * All contributors should include their name, address, telephone number, and email address. Authors are responsible for securing image reproduction rights and any associated fees.
    • Please send submissions to the graduate student editors, Mia Khimm ( AND Maggie Taft ( by September 28, 2009.
    • Positions: On Modern Architecture and Urbanism/Histories and Theories is an international, blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the ongoing history, historiography, analysis, and theoretical reconceptualization of modern architecture and urbanism.
    • Issue #2: Global Urbanisms, Within this huge topic of global urbanisms, we are interested in considering papers that examine the patterning of large metropolitan regions by focusing on the history of the design of large housing sectors. These residential urban elements—whether they are called “neighborhood units” in English, “mikrorayon” in Russian, or “unidades vecinales” in Spanish typically include a range of public uses and services and were a key element in what became the global town planning movement after 1920. We are interested in considering the impact of social, political, and economic ideals on the motives, programs, and design concepts of such large projects, which range from the canonical European projects of the 1920s to many others around the world designed on related principles. We seek papers that consider this form of urbanism from a variety of methodological approaches. Submissions for Issue #2 are due 15 September 2009.
    • E-mail submissions to:


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