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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Critical Arts

For a Special Issue on
Transfers and Traversals: Translation and Interdisciplinarity in the Arts

Manuscript deadline
01 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Martin P. Rossouw, Head of Department: Art History and Image Studies, University of the Free State (ZA)
[email protected]

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Transfers and Traversals: Translation and Interdisciplinarity in the Arts

Guest editor: Martin P. Rossouw, Head of Department: Art History and Image Studies; University of the Free State, South Africa ([email protected]).

Having long exceeded the purview of traditional translation studies, the topic of translation marks a fertile scene for dialogue across disciplines. In fields as diverse as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, media theory, comparative literature, comparative arts, adaptation studies, art history, and visual culture studies (to name but the obvious ones), we see recurring recourse to ‘translation’ as a concept for thinking about not only social-cultural phenomena, practices, and processes, but also fundamental forms of knowledge and knowledge creation. Such an expanded category for understanding translation has been in fact also emerging from within translation studies itself: many translation theorists today are increasingly pushing beyond conventional inter-lingual translations to also investigate inter-semiotic and multimodal translations of cultures, artifacts, practices, and events—a push which by default also pushes their investigations into distinctly interdisciplinary registers. On top of that, we have proliferating cultural forms such as adaptations, remediations, remixes, and gamifications: owing to their inherently ‘translational’ nature, these typically transmedial forms cannot but demand interdisciplinary modes of scrutiny and analysis. Ultimately, even interdisciplinary collaboration as such is frequently conceived of in terms of ‘translations’—thus underscoring its status as a probing meta-concept for reflecting on the various orders of transfers and traversals that occur when disciplines work together.

Against this background, Critical Arts invites submissions for this special issue, ‘Transfers and Traversals: Translation and Interdisciplinarity in the Arts'. The issue takes critical stock of the uses of translation, broadly construed, for interdisciplinary thinking in and around the arts, likewise broadly construed. Active artists, translators, and media practitioners are especially encouraged to reflect on conceptual relevancies of the art of translation/translation of art to their own work.

Possible topics for articles include:

  • reflections on (the concept of) translation as means to inter-, multi-, post-, or transdisciplinary research related to the arts
  • the study and critical analysis of particular translations, adaptations, remediations, remixes, gamifications, transmediations, intermedialities, etc. with relevant interdisciplinary implications
  • the study of relations, interactions, and creative translations between arts and/or media
  • epistemological, social, political, ethical-moral, and/or legal aspects of relevant (intersemiotic, intermedial, interart, intercultural) translations or translational processes
  • cultural (or cross-cultural) translations, dialogues, appropriations, transfers, and migrations related to the arts
  • questions about knowledge translation, i.e. the translation and application of artistic knowledge, skills, practices, or ‘know-how’ within other, seemingly unrelated, societal spheres

Submission Instructions

Submission of articles for peer review:
March 1, 2023 or any time before this date

Anticipated publication of accepted papers:
December 2023

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions should be made online via ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcrc. Submissions should be original works not simultaneously submitted elsewhere, between 5000 to 7000 words in length. Referencing should be done according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Critical Arts encourages conceptual freshness, textured writing, and experiential analysis, which draws readers into its articles, narrative themes, and theoretical explorations. We furthermore encourage articles that influence the ways in which disciplines think about themselves. Our niche includes critical dialogues generated within the South-North and East-West relationships, with special reference to Africa.

Article Processing Charges (APC):
Critical Arts is a self-funded publication licensed to Taylor & Francis. Its funding largely accrues from APCs levied from authors who are affiliated to South African public universities which draw DHET publication subsidies. Such authors are requested to cover charges of R450 per page from their DHET incentive and/or from funds set aside by their respective universities.  Authors not affiliated to South African institutions are requested to try to source APCs from their own sources. The convenors of a corresponding interdisciplinary translation studies conference at the University of the Free State, ‘Transfers and Traversals’, have agreed to cover the cost of a special projects editor, Dr Julie Grant, who will provide logistical support to the guest editor and journal editorial office. This will ensure timely publication and continuous editorial backup for authors and the guest editor.

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