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Journal of Global Studies & Contemporary Art

Revista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo

The Journal of Global Studies & Contemporary Art is a web-based, peer-reviewed publication associated to the Art,Globalization,Interculturality research group at the Department of Art History, Faculty of History and Geography, University of Barcelona.

Its main research objective is to analyze visuality, contemporary artistic practice and intercultural conflict through a global perspective, in the context of the cultural impact of globalization in the so-called late modern period. This approach implies an academic reformulation of critical frameworks and current methodologies in order to foster greater interdisciplinary exchange. The unit’s specific research objectives are: to establish a systematic study of the phenomena of conflict within visual cultures in the global era; and to analyze the contradictions inherent to globalizing processes of culture in the area of artistic practice. Specifically, the group aims to create a space to foster dialogue between the concepts of “visual studies” and “interculturality”, as well as the fields of art history and cultural studies.

Vol. 10 (2024)

ACTIVIST IMAGINARIES: Art and Curatorial Practice as Collaborative Endeavour
Guest Editors: Chiara Sgaramella, PhD., Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Genealogies of collaboration in art beyond the Global North
  2. Collaborative artistic research
  3. Strategies of resistance: alliances between arts and social movements
  4. Collaborative arts and the commons
  5. Feminist frameworks of collaboration in the arts
  6. Assemblies and gatherings as generative strategies
  7. Collaborative perspectives on curating
  8. Transdisciplinary practice in response to ecosocial issues
  9. Art experimentations with more-than-human communities
  10. Collective Pedagogies and artistic processes
  11. Translocal networks of collective art practice
  12. Political and aesthetic dimensions of collaborative initiatives
  13. Ethics of collective engagement
  14. Hybrid methodological approaches to investigate collaborative praxis

Next Issue

Collaboration is by no means new in the field of art production. It pertains to a series of varied attempts throughout Modern and Contemporary art history to transcend individual authorship, redefine artistic autonomy and democratize access to the practice and fruition of the arts. The works of authors such as Grant Kester, Claire Bishop, Aida Sánchez de Serdio, Chantal Mouffe or Florian Malzacher, among many others, have delved into its different manifestations and denominations in the contemporary art scene (socially engaged art, collaborative art, dialogical aesthetics, among others) as well as its potential to question hegemonic modes of cultural production, often embedded in the neoliberal system. These artistic processes, frequently adopting a context specific approach and intersecting activist practices, contribute to prefiguring other ways of conceiving and building collectivity, outside of the capitalist logic.

Scholars, however, have also emphasized tensions and criticalities related to collaborative art practice. While reframing the traditional roles of artists, curators and audiences, these art expressions may reinstate power hierarchies and modes of commodification of creative processes. From here several questions arise: How can art complement and sustain political and social action without appropriating collective struggles and experiences? In what ways do socially engaged initiatives contribute to transform structures of cultural production? How do artists and collectives address problematic power asymmetries within their own creative process and prevent forms of cognitive extractivism? Can growing institutional and academic recognition contribute to depoliticize collective art practices as well as reintroduce them in the conventional art circuits and value-generating systems? How can theoretical reflection on these cultural manifestations be decolonized through non-Western-centric conceptualizations and studies?

Through this call we invite artists, curators and researchers to send academic contributions that may prompt a critical reflection on these practices while also exploring multiple perspectives and methodologies.

Author Guidelines

REG/AC is an indexed journal, and thus the articles must be unpublished and written according APA citation guidelines. Articles will be evaluated through peer review by two anonymous referees. The journal will be distributed under a Creative Commons license: this will enable the work to be shared with third parties by previously providing their acknowledgement of authorship, its initial publication in this journal, and its condition of license.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions in English and Spanish are welcome.
Article length must be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters (3000-6000 words) including notes. The authors of the articles shall be responsible for publication of any accompanying images, and they shall be required to cite their source as well as authorship based on the citation rights contemplated in Article 32 of the Law of Intellectual Property. Following the author guidelines about “Use of images
Call Instructions
To participate in the call, please send an e-mail to info.regac@gmail.com with the subject “ACTIVIST IMAGINARIES: Art and Curatorial Practice as Collaborative Endeavour ”. The abstracts may be submitted in Spanish or English (WORD and PDF). They must be accompanied by:

  1. The title in Spanish or English.
  2. The first name of the author, in lower case, and their surnames in upper case; the name of the University or Institution and Department which the author is attached to, and their email address.
  3. A list of keywords or descriptors both in Spanish or in English.
  4. A brief CV of the author of approximately 10 lines.
Deadline for Abstract Submission

Submission deadline: May 15th, 2024. Articles must be written in English or Spanish. Manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and must not have been previously published, Length should be between 20.000 and 40.000 characters (approximately 3.000-6.000 words), including references. Please follow the link for further details: https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/REGAC/about/submissions

Vol. 9 (2023)

Rethink Babel. Challenges of the plural world

Vol. 8 (2022)

Transversal Ethico-Aesthetics: Félix Guattari and the Heterogenesis of Being

Vol. 7 (2020)

Epistemologías indígenas e imaginación artística

Vol. 6 (2019)

Cultural Translation in Artistic Contexts

Vol. 5 (2017-2018)

Cold War networks and circulations: Cross-cultural Dialogues and Practices throughout the Global South (1957-1991)

Vol. 4 (2016)

Non-Textual Utopias

Vol. 3 (2015)

Rethinking the Public. Intersections between Cultural Practices and the Collective Scenario

Vol. 2 (2014)

Memory and the Other. Translocal and Transdisciplinary Memories

Vol. 1 (2013)

Journal of Global Studies & Contemporary Art

REG|AC. Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art. RCUB Revistes Científiques de la Universitat de Barcelona

Art Globalization Interculturality (AGI/ART: 2014SGR 1050)
Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Era Part III (MINCINN: HAR 2016-75100-P)
Universitat de Barcelona | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad | Generalitat de Catalunya