CFPs: The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) 8.1


Call for Papers

Issue 8:1 : Beside Chantal Akerman’s NOW

In October 2015, AMBIKA P3, the University of Westminster’s London exhibition space, opened a major retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s film installation works. Developed over two years in collaboration with Akerman, and A Nos Amours, the project brought together seven of her film and video installation works from over 30 years of her pioneering and diverse art practice. As a centrepiece to the exhibition, her new multi-screen film installation, NOW, received its London debut.

Following the exhibition, a major 2016 conference, After Chantal: An International Conference, explored the diverse and multilayered themes of her work and brought together an international array of eminent and emerging scholars and artists to discuss concerns raised in, and by, her work. Areas of scholarship and discussion included her interests in the geographic and nomadic, her identifications with the familial and personal, and her experimental uses of sound, image and space.
Issue 8.1 draws on the impetus created by these exhibitions and events, inviting calls for papers reflecting on the renowned artist and filmmaker’s film practice, particularly the moving image works she developed for the context of gallery exhibition. 

Issue 8.1 does not wish to restrict its call for papers to the work of Akerman alone. We are also interested in the impact of her work on other artists and film communities, and on how the themes that she explored, and the contexts in which she developed her work, may be productively related to perspectives and scholarship that draw on moving image practices outside her films, and in a contemporary context. 
We invite scholarly articles that:

  • posit new research, perspectives and theoretical insights on Akerman’s installation practices;
  • explore how concerns inherent in her work manifest themselves in other contemporary moving image practices; 
  • explore the thematic dialogues between Akerman’s work and contemporary practices across the disciplines of moving image, visual arts, literature and music;
  • open up Akerman’s work to broader transnational discourses, and explore its ethical, political and feminist dimensions;
  • examine Akerman’s transition into the sphere of the visual arts and its relevance for emerging practices and modes of exhibition. 

 We encourage proposals that:

  • open up new creative approaches to writing about Akerman’s works;
  • contest the curatorial and theoretical boundaries through which her work has been interpreted;
  • identify Akerman’s legacy for current artistic moving image practices.

 All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide.
Please submit completed manuscripts only. Send all contributions and proposals by e-mail in DOC or RTF format to the editorial assistants:

MIRAJ publish the following types of writing: scholarly articles (5000–8000 words); opinion pieces, feature articles and interviews (3000-4000 words); review essays of books, individual works, exhibitions and events (3000-4000 words). Scholarly articles will be blind peer-reviewed and feature articles and review essays can be peer-reviewed on request. All writings should propose a central idea or thesis argued through a discussion of the work under review.

Deadline: 31st July 2018 

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