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Critical Arts

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Call for Papers

Critical Arts is a peer-reviewed journal publishing 6 numbers annually, in the general fields of communication, cultural and media studies, art and digital culture and critical indigenous qualitative methodologies. Four of the six numbers are reserved for general issues and single submissions. Two are allocated to theme issues. Recent topics include ‘Brand China’, the ‘Ethnographic Turn in Art’, ‘African Cultural Studies’ and ‘Media and Empire’.

Critical Arts seeks conceptual freshness, textured writing, and experiential analysis which draws readers into its articles, narrative themes and its theoretical explorations.

Critical Arts encourages articles that can potentially influence the ways in which disciplines think about themselves. Our niche includes critical inter-hemispherical dialogues generated within South-North and East-West relationships. The Journal addresses how people, institutions and constituencies cope within, resist and engage this relational nexus.

Early authors included Nobel Laureates JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. Later, Stuart Hall, Richard Collins, Ntongela Masilela, Handel Wright, Hopeton Dunn, Kris Rutten and Ndjabulo Ndebele have featured amongst our authors. Critical Arts is subscribed to by over 13 000 university and other libraries in South Africa, Africa, the USA and Europe via Taylor & Francis  and UNISA Press.  Critical Arts has a high readership in China.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be made online via ScholarOne Manuscripts (in cases where internet connectivity is not conducive to a ScholarOne submission, we accept manuscripts submitted via email to the Critical Arts office.) Send any enquiries to David Nothling at [email protected] and/or co-editors, Keyan Tomaselli, at [email protected] and Lauren Dyll, at [email protected]). Submissions should be original works not simultaneously submitted elsewhere, between 5000 to 7000 words in length. Page charges apply for authors affiliated with South African universities (see instructions for authors for more on APC).

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