FIELD is seeking completed essays, interviews, reviews and case studies as well as essay proposals. We’re especially interested in the independent critique of socially engaged art that combines detailed description of a given project (based on direct observation of actual working processes) with a developed analysis and evaluation/ reflection. We are also seeking writing that develops new analytic criteria and research methodologies for the analysis of socially engaged art. Theoretical materials, when used, should be directly germane to the project under discussion and subject to some reciprocal testing, in which theoretical precepts are challenged or enriched by their engagement with practice. We invite contributions from artists, art historians, critics, curators, theorists, and activists, as well as scholars working across the humanities and social sciences (sociology, ethnography, philosophy, urban studies, geography, political science, etc.).

What to Submit

Completed submission should include a short abstract (75-100 words), essay, and a brief biography of the author. Essay proposals should be 300-600 words in length and should describe the approximate word count of the proposed essay, the methodology the author will be employing (in the cases of project case studies), and the author’s specific professional relationship (if any) to the work they will be discussing, along with a sample of the author’s previous writing and a short bio. In each case we are interested in unpublished writing, rather than essays that were written or commissioned for other projects, publications or institutions. We’re open to varying word counts, but our primary focus will be on longer essays (4000-7000 words) and shorter essays, dialogues and reviews (1000-3000 words). As noted above, we’re also interested in interviews, dialogues and debates, and book or exhibition reviews, and welcome submissions or proposals that employ any of these formats, from collective as well as singular authors. We encourage authors to submit images or other visual materials that help to document or otherwise contextualize their writing, but we rely on authors to secure permissions if necessary.

How to Submit

To submit your work for consideration, please email us at with your full submission, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Institutional Affiliation(s)
  • Position (student, professor, curator, director, artist, writer, etc.)
  • Email
  • Website Link
  • Kind of Submission:
    – Long Essay (2,000-4,000 words)
    – Short Essay (1,000-2,000 words)
    – Report (2,000 words)
    – Review (book, exhibition, conference, etc.)
    – Interview
  • Proposal Title
  • Proposal Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Relationship to Project (please describe your relationship to the projects you are writing about)

Special Issue CFP: Art and Activism in Boyle Heights – 
Spring 2019

FIELD invites essay proposals for a special issue focused on art and activism in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, to be published in Spring 2019. For the past several years, community groups have protested the growing presence of art galleries in the neighborhood and have linked them to gentrification and displacement. These protests have been marked by their intensity as well as their seeming effectiveness, with numerous galleries having closed or moved. Protest tactics have involved organizing boycotts and picket lines, occupying art galleries, and various forms of online activism, and have been the subject of heated debate, in part because of the perceived unwillingness of activists to negotiate or engage in dialogue. Some critics have pointed out that the recent conflicts are not new, but date back to the closure of public housing in Boyle Heights in the 1990s. The current conflict may also be seen in the context of historical struggles in the neighborhood in the early twentieth century, when Boyle Heights was home to many working-class immigrant communities, including a large Jewish population. By the 1960s it was a majority Latino community, and became a cultural and political center for the Chicano movement. Contemporary protests can be traced to past conflicts over space, race and development in the neighborhood. Arts-related development has been portrayed by activist groups as a form of cultural colonization and as a serious threat to Boyle Heights’ low-income, predominantly Latinx/Chicanx residents, many of whom have experienced rent increases or eviction, and intimidation from police or immigration officials. With several galleries having recently closed or moved, some wonder if the activists have won their battle, and if the tide of development is turning in Boyle Heights. If so, can this example be seen as a blueprint for future anti-gentrification struggles? Or will the presence of other large-scale, non-arts related development in the neighborhood outweigh these events? What are the implications of these struggles for artists whose work engages with various forms of activism, and who see themselves as both committed to social justice issues, and complicit with the art world? With these questions in mind, FIELD invites proposals for a special issue focused on art and activism in Boyle Heights. We are interested in essays, opinion pieces and interviews that consider contemporary or historical issues relevant to the current debates, and that critically reflect upon their broader aesthetic, political and social implications.

Deadline for proposals: September 30th, 2018