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Published on Thursday, September 01, 2022 by Sarah Zingraff

Summary

This special issue of Arts aims to explore this notion of autonomy across all art forms and politics and the ways that we might both reassert and critique the autonomy of art from social purpose; to paraphrase Adorno, perhaps the social function of art is not to have a social function. We welcome papers that address these key debates and critiques.

Announcement

Argument

There have been substantial debates about the relationship of art to society over the last 200 years. The development of socially engaged arts practices in the 19th and 20th century from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus to contemporary participatory arts has been central to notions of cultural value, engagement, participation and democratic inclusivity. Yet there are some problematic aspects to these debates and practices including the instrumentalisation of art to progressive and indeed totalitarian regimes, the privileging of process over product and a suspicion towards what we might call autonomous art. This special issue of Arts aims to explore this notion of autonomy across all art forms and politics and the ways that we might both reassert and critique the autonomy of art from social purpose; to paraphrase Adorno, perhaps the social function of art is not to have a social function. We welcome papers that address these key debates and critiques.

Submission guidelines

  • Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30 November 2022.
  • Submission of final manuscripts: 28 February 2023.

Submission Criteria:

  • Abstract and a short biography should be sent to Sylvia Hao (sylvia.hao@mdpi.com)
  • Final articles, in English only, should be at least 5000 words long; a 150-word abstract and 5 keywords should also be submitted.
  • Authors can include image files (tables, maps, graphs, photographs…) in ..jpg; they should ensure that images are free of rights (or that rights have been obtained).
  • Each article will be double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

Guest Editor

  • Prof. Dr. Martyn Hudson

Further inquiries

For further inquiries, you can refer to the website of this SI: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/arts/special_issues/Autonomy_in_Art

and contact: Sylvia Hao for Arts, Sylvia Hao (sylvia.hao@mdpi.com) and Editorial Office of Arts(arts@mdpi.com)

Places

  • Beijing Floor 9-11, Building 2 - Courtyard 4, Guanyinan North Street, Tongzhou District, 101101 Beijing, China Tel.: +86 10 6954 3724
    Beijing, China

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Keywords

  • art, autonomy, arts and crafts, bauhaus

Contact(s)

  • Sylvia Hao
    courriel : sylvia [dot] hao [at] mdpi [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Sylvia Hao
    courriel : sylvia [dot] hao [at] mdpi [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Autonomy in Art », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, September 01, 2022, https://calenda.org/1012935

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