Focus and Scope

Contemporaneity aims to explore the diverse ways in which the complexities of being in time are expressed. With each new edition this journal examines how cultures around the world conceive of and construct their present and the concept of presentness, from prehistory to today. Through scholarly writings from several academic disciplines in the humanities alongside contributions from artists and filmmakers,Contemporaneity maps the dynamic ways that cultures use visual and literary means to record, define, and interrogate their historical context and presence in time.

Contemporaneity is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, open-acess publication edited by graduate students in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. It is hosted by the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh as part of its D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program.

Peer Review Process

Scholarly essays selected for publication are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. Each submission is reviewed by one graduate student and one faculty member or senior scholar in the relevant field.

Publication Frequency

Contemporaneity is published annually.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Author Fees

Contemporaneity does not charge author fees for submission or publication.