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Editor-in-chief: Marina Tyquiengco

Editorial board: Lily Brewer, Emi Finkelstein, Isaac King, Paula Kupfer, Jacqueline Lombard, Katie, Loney, Emily Mazzola, and Ben Ogrodnik 

Published: 2018-10-30

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Volume 9 CALL FOR Papers: Moving Across/Through Cultures

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture

Edition 9: "Moving Across/Through Cultures"

Call for Papers

Due: 10/15/2019


In recent years, art historians and contemporary artists have cast a critical eye on issues of mobility, exchange, and encounter between people and things across time and place. Questioning how people, objects, ideas, and aesthetics move through the world is crucial for understanding how art and material cultures form, define, and redefine identities and—often uneven—social relationships. Recent projects that address these issues range from contemporary art practices, such as Dig Where Your Stand in the 57th Carnegie International (Koyo Kouoh in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh graduate students) to historiographic interventions, symposia, and publications like Objects in Motion: Art & Material Culture Across Colonial North America (Wendy Bellion and Mónica Domínguez Torres). In its ninth edition Contemporaneity will extend these discourses and address how objects, aesthetics, people, and ideas move across cultures and boundaries into places deemed new, foreign, strange, or remote. It will also address the aftermath of such movement. We seek papers that ask how objects and artistic practices facilitate, encounter, and negotiate multiple identities and relationships, acting on both their culture of origin and their new sites of reception simultaneously. How does the act of movement produce contact zones between two or more cultures? How do art and objects provide and/or expose different modes of encounter between people, places, and cultures?

Submissions on all topics will be considered. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transnationalism
  • Cultural encounters
  • Contact zones
  • Migration
  • Exploration
  • Trade networks, consumerism, collecting
  • Tourism
  • Appropriation
  • Colonialism
  • Indigeneity
  • Hybridity

The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2019. Manuscripts (circa 6,000 words) should include an abstract, 3-5 keywords, and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. To make a submission, visit, click Register and create an Author profile to get started. Proposals for book and exhibition reviews, interviews, or other scholarly contributions will also be considered, and we recognize that these submissions may take many forms. 

Proposals and questions can be directed to the editors at

Contemporaneity is a peer-reviewed online journal organized by the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit and for more information.



Volume 8 CALL FOR Artistic Submissions: Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding Temporality in the Past

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture

Edition 8: "Yesterday's Contemporaneity: Finding Temporality in the Past"

Call for Artistic Submissions

Due: 4/30/2019


Art can be understood as a product of its Zeitgeist- a reflection of the time from which it comes. The temporal dimension of art has long been used by artists to understand their own position in time and to link themselves and their work both to the past and the present. The 8th issue of the journal Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture seeks artistic submissions that address the relationship between artists and their time and ask what it means to be contemporary.

Contemporaneity’s 8th edition, titled “Yesterday’s Contemporaneity,” uncovers how cultures throughout the global past have negotiated temporalities, modernities, and historicisms to come to terms with what it means to be present in their own moment. How can both history and modernity be visualized, contextualized, or conceptualized to create a sense of contemporaneity? How have institutions created temporalities for the cultures they study, and how can a historical object or space shape a person’s perception of an entire culture’s identity or agency? What is at stake in defining a work of art’s place in time? For the arts section of edition 8 Contemporaneity is seeking artworks engaged with these or other questions relevant to the negotiation of temporalities within one’s art practice. In particular, we welcome submissions concerning anachronisms, futurisms, revisionisms, as well as spoliation, re-use of the past, and appropriation.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2019. Submissions should include the candidate’s full name, e-mail address and telephone number, a brief biography, an abstract about the artist’s work, 3-5 keywords, and a single PDF containing high-quality image(s) of each work to enable the selection committee to form as accurate an idea as possible of the applicant’s practice. 

There is no entry fee and no monetary publication reward. Applicants working exclusively in the medium of video are advised to provide a link to a video hosting site such as Vimeo or YouTube or to their own site where the video can be viewed.

To make a submission, visit, click Register and create an Author profile to get started. We recognize that submissions may take many forms. As such, proposals and questions can be directed to the editors at

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture is an open access journal organized by the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit and for more information.




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