MaComère - Contemporary Women Artists, Fall 2013

CFP: MaComère - Contemporary Women Artists, Fall 2013

Deadline: Dec 30, 2012
Given the multilingual and shifting locations of Caribbean women artists, this special issue of MaComère focuses on the work of women whose artistic practices engage with the multiple meanings of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Through diverse written and visual contributions, this special issue seeks to begin a conversation about the ways in which Caribbean women artists, who define themselves as such, engage with and challenge the very notion of the “Caribbean” and introduce nuanced and intertextual concepts in relation to contemporary art practice(s). We invite contributions that contextualize the artwork historically and culturally, while offering close readings of the work by extensively engaging its formal and aesthetic qualities. For our purposes, discussion of Caribbean women's artistic practice will encompass all language areas in the region and its diaspora and is intended to be as inclusive as possible.
We invite submissions in the following areas:
1. Artist Essays. Self-reflective essays written by artists in which they explore their visual arts practice (2,000 - 2,500 words).
2. Visual Art Projects. Projects created by individual artists or in collaboration unique to the MaComère issue (4 pages ie. 2 pages back and front).
3. Critical Essays (no more than 5,000 words): a. Essays making links between the work of one or more Contemporary Women Artists whose visual practices encompass work in any of the following areas: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Installation, New Media, Performance, Photography, Land Art, Interventions/Public Art, and Sound Art. b. Essays that explore the frameworks, which provide the contexts for seeing and understanding the work being produced by contemporary female artists. These framing devices might include academic journals and conferences, published texts, periodicals, curated exhibitions, formal and informal networks, national, regional and international exhibitions, biennials and prizes.
4. Reviews of Books (1,500-2,000 words) in which the work of Contemporary Women Artists are featured.
5. Reviews of current and recent exhibitions (1,500-2,000 words) which might include but are not limited to exhibitions such as Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (USA); Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas (USA); Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (USA); Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions (USA); Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? (The Netherlands); Contemporary Jamaican Art, circa 1962 / circa 2012 (Canada), with a focus upon the role / visibility of women in these exhibitions.
Submission process:
Please send a 300-word abstract and a two-page CV to the Guest Editors to the following address:
macomereartissue1@gmail.com Documents should be emailed with a subject line reading “MaComère Special Issue” referencing the submission area in the tagline i.e. Artist Essay, Critical Essay, Book Review, etc. by December 30th, 2012.
Following the review of the abstracts, selected potential contributors will be notified by January 30th and asked to submit their full paper for the peer review process by May 30th 2013. This Special Issue will appear in Fall 2013.
Inquiries can be directed to the Guest Editors:
Annalee Davis (annalee@annaleedavis.com)
Joscelyn Gardner (jg@joscelyngardner.com)
Erica James, Yale University (erica.james@yale.edu)
Jerry Philogene, Dickinson College (philogej@dickinson.edu)
MaComère is a refereed journal that is devoted to scholarly studies and creative works by and about Caribbean Women in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Diaspora. It is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, an organization founded in 1995 (www.macomerejournal.com).