We are pleased to announce the second issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America:
“A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival”
The journal is now live at public.imaginingamerica.org. Aligned with Imagining America’s 2013 conference in Syracuse, the issue draws on past sources of creative and intellectual grounding, as well as ideas and practices that consciously break from traditional approaches, to imagine and create a future expressive of the deep cultural and political ideals of a diverse people.
We are equally pleased to announce the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Vol. III No. 1:
“Organizing. Culture. Change.”
Accompanying Imagining America’s 2014 conference in Atlanta, this issue will explore how concepts, methodologies, theories, and knowledge from arts, humanities, and design contribute to organizing for culture change. We invite submissions that respond to such questions as:
- What practices, strategies, and tactics inspire and support organizing for culture change so as to help close the gap between the world as it is and the world as you’d like it to be?
- What forces for culture change are already underway in our community-based, cultural, and educational institutions? In what ways and to what extent are they products of intentional organizing?
- What specific approaches to organizing seem most useful at this time (e.g., action-research, cross-sector initiatives, popular education, etc.)?
- What roles do you see for narrative in cultural organizing (such as the framework developed by Marshall Ganz featuring the “story of us” and “story of now”)? How can stories be used to ground, focus, and inspire effective organizing?
- What cultural approaches contribute to effective dialogue across differences?
- What re-framings of fact sets, alternative archive-building, and meaning-making processes provide ways of understanding and valuing a more critical, inclusive past to help lead to more desired futures?
The conference and journal issue are contextualized by IA’s vision: publicly engaged designers, artists, scholars, and others, in and out of academia, enriching civic life for all. Please integrate the arts, humanities, or design in submissions. We welcome contributors from academic, cultural, or community contexts.
You may submit to the journal independently of the conference or adapt a conference submission. Submissions will be accepted between 7/15/14 and 7/30/14.
We welcome the following formats, linked to the theme of the issue: Principles and Practices (critical pieces in any or multiple media, single or collaboratively authored, narrative or interview format); Case Studies and Resources (innovative research methods, syllabi, assignments, et cetera, at any level); and Proposals for Reviews and Reports (of relevant cultural events and artifacts).
Information is available at public.imaginingamerica.org. To consult about an idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the journal’s mission statement, click here. For submission guidelines, click here. For a description of the peer review process, click here.