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Published: 2021-02-26

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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.