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Call for Submissions: Journal of Visual and Critical Studies 2020/2021

Poster for JVCS Call for Submissions 2020-21 pencil drawing of hands exchanging abstract/fluid object

It’s finally time for the JVCS 2020/2021 Call for Submissions!

Students may submit work that they have have written for courses and feel proud to share with the OCAD U community. Applicants are invited to submit work in accordance with our guiding theme of ‘Experimental and Embodied Knowledge’.  This could include writing on decolonization, feminist and/or queer theories, and likeminded ideological practices. The editorial committee encourages submissions from VCS students, although all current OCAD U students are welcome to submit work. Please note the intended formats:

 ‘Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a 1 to 2 sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: 3rd year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

Deadline is February 20th, 2021. 

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We look forward to seeing your work!