The Journal of Art History and Museum Studies, Issue No. 1,

Spring 2021

This past year has been one of the most difficult years in recent human history and memory. People around the world have tried to cope with loss, illness, social and political upheaval, and fear on a scale comparable to major world wars, plagues, depressions, and natural disasters of the past. But, as in all times of trial and tragedy, people worldwide have also shown their resilience — their abilities to find light in the darkness — in the face of very little about which
to feel resilient.

Throughout history, in the best of moments and perhaps even more so in the worst, art — and the artists who have created it — have responded to lives thrown into chaos and conflict, offering not merely their unique reflections upon trauma but also offering refuge from, historical documentation of, and methods for coping through it.

In this call for papers, the Journal of Art History and Museum Studies (JAHMS) seeks essays exploring the theme of “Art and Resilience” applied broadly over time, media, and geography. The scope of this themed issue is purposefully broad, as humans (and artists among them) have shown strength through the obstacles life has placed before them and their communities and the world for as long as art has been produced.

Suggested topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to:

– Cultural, political, social, historical, or physical reconstruction, repair, reparations, and re-building
– Histories of warfare, revolutions, civil rights movements, and/or moments of social crisis and upheaval
– Overcoming and processing loss or trauma
– Remembrance, monuments, and memorializations of the past and the present
– Art as a means of catharsis or care in relation to physical, mental, or emotional health, illness, or disability
– Forming community and finding new ways of being together in moments of hardship
– Using the space of art, art history, and museums to imagine new futures

Submissions for the Spring 2021 issue of Journal of Art History and Museum Studies may be submitted online using the email address below from January 26 to March 7, 2021, at 11:59 pm

EST. JAHMS welcomes papers written in (or translated into) English from any student in the United States or abroad who is or has been enrolled in an undergraduate institution of higher education in the preceding 18 months, including recent graduates. The Journal welcomes and celebrates diverse voices from across disciplines, perspectives, and lived experiences.

Please submit manuscripts to:
JAHMS Editorial Board

Deadline for submissions is March 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

Submission Guidelines:
JAHMS publishes articles between 2,000-5,000 words in length, including notes. Submissions should be accompanied by a list of illustrations, a Microsoft Word file containing all illustrations, and a 250-word abstract.

All article submissions should include a cover page with applicant’s name, institutional affiliation, degree being pursued or completed within 18 months of submission, and email address. All manuscripts should include a title and must be formatted in Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, and with numbered pages. Spelling should be in American English, and submissions must abide by The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

If the manuscript is accepted, and the author wishes to include images in the final publication, it is their responsibility to obtain permission for third-party works or to determine whether fair use may be employed for third-party materials.

About JAHMS:
The Journal for Art History and Museum Studies is a student-edited, peer-reviewed journal housed at Florida Southern College. JAHMS is dedicated to promoting and fostering outstanding undergraduate scholarship within the artistic and academic communities in the United States and abroad; to publishing the most comprehensive and scholarly work in the fields; to allow student artists, historians, and writers to voice their perspectives on artistic styles and movements ranging from prehistoric art to art of the present moment across all geographic boundaries and media; and to promote academic dialogue and debate. The Journal is committed to providing a platform for a multiplicity of voices representing a diverse coalition of undergraduate students studying and working in the arts disciplines.

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