Call for submissions

21.09.2022

Theme II: Decolonizing Art (?)

PlaySpace (PS) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to critical perspectives on artistic research. We wish to be inclusive, and stylistically non-discriminative, and here refer to Artistic Research in the widest sense. This means that we encourage submissions from all forms of artistic- and practice-related research, such as new musicology, performance research, artistic practice, arts-based research, practice as research, performance research, practice-infused research, as well as other AR-offshoots, and interdisciplinary approaches. 

The topic for the first issue in 2023 is decolonization. The term is understood in a broad sense, as the conscious decision to move away from a colonial mentality to a decolonized mentality, prompting the question of how colonization is manifested in the arts regarding such things as production, mediation, education, performance, critique, documentation, and theorizing? Are we ‘colonized’ to think and act in specific ways? What initiatives could be launched to decolonize power? How can we actively increase diversity and accessibility within the arts, from schools and higher education curricula to jazz clubs and concert halls? Beyond power, diversity and inclusion, other key concepts might include aesthetic standardization, ethnicity, gender, body image, diaspora, representation, appropriation, policy, technology, economics, and forms of stereotyping.

PS wants to challenge the normal modes of knowledge transfer within the field, dedicated to exploring experimental solutions to critical writing. PS sees the development of language as an important prerequisite for knowledge transfer, and believe Artistic Research has great potential in developing its own syntax, adapted to its evolving needs.PS therefore invites submissions based on both known and unknown forms of writing – from scientific papers to transcribed conversations and poetry – urging its writers to play with words, play with media, and play with research.   

The journal accepts submissions in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English. Particularly welcome are contributions from PhD-students, post-doc and/or young researchers.    

We welcome both short and long essays and articles, with a maximum length of 7000 words. In addition to scholarly written essays and articles, we also welcome book reviews, concert reviews etc. and new formats, such as videos, film, visual essays, conversations, and other formats in the visual arts.   

Deadline: January 15, 2023.

How to submit: Register and upload your submission to PlaySpace

Contact: playspace@uis.no