Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
For a Special Issue on
Art and Environmental Crisis
31 July 2022
Art and Environmental Crisis
In the middle of one of the most devastating pandemics ever seen, leaders of nearly 200 countries met recently in Glasgow to discuss climate change at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, nicknamed COP26 (Oct-Nov 2021). Long due and with great anticipation and press coverage, it was the third installment of a series of meetings that resulted from the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
But why now? Because the planet and its peoples cannot wait. The world is experiencing intense tornadoes in North America, severe floods in Europe, scalding Canadian and Australian heat waves, and the Brazilian Amazon and many other places are burning. The urgency also resides in the rise in average global temperatures and the pressing need to maintain it reasonably by reducing global carbon dioxide emissions and drastically limit other greenhouse gases in the near future.
How is art responding to the environmental crisis? Progressive forces are mobilising across political, cultural, and artistic fields, and it is timely to consider the global response. This has been to denounce the destruction of the environment and to highlight and suggest solutions to what, without our intervention, will be a world catastrophe without precedence. In this special issue of World Art, we want to investigate how international artists are engaging with (commenting on, grappling with, influencing and intervening in) the challenges posed by the systematic destruction of the environment. This special issue thus seeks to help map out art-related responses to this destruction around the world. Despite the need for criticism and public awareness, we also want to know how art and artists can positively contribute to a more sustainable environment.
We welcome submissions of critical research articles, interviews, dialogues, visual essays, and artwork proposals from all segments of the international artworld. Some indicative subjects include: art, resources and politics; environment and exhibitions/museums; destruction of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biomes; uprooting of native peoples; carbon footprint growth; climate change, landscape and livelihoods. For this special issue, we will also consider inclusion of artistic interventions by guest contributors in and out of the artworld, who are actively engaging with the environmental crisis.
Deadline: 31 July 2022 (submission of manuscripts). The special issue is slated for print publication May 2023; online publication/production may occur in advance. All submissions are made online (see link below) and will be peer-reviewed; on contribution formats and author/formatting instructions, please consult World Art's submission site and Instructions for Authors page.
For initial queries, proposals and information on theme, please contact the special issue editors, Renato Rodrigues da Silva (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro; [email protected]) and Tami Bogea (Celso Lisboa University, Brazil; [email protected]). For all other queries, please contact the World Art editorial team at [email protected].
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