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Call for Papers – Chicago Art Journal

September 23, 2009

The Chicago Art Journal

EXTENDED Deadline: Abstracts by OCTOBER 5, 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. We welcome research from all disciplines, in all periods and
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
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
* Abstracts should approximate 500 words. Full papers must follow The Chicago Manual
of Style, and should not exceed 4000 words. Both Word documents and PDFs are
* Reviews of relevant recent exhibitions, books, or articles should not exceed 2000
* 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 OCTOBER 5,

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