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 In each case we are interested in unpublished writing, rather than essays that were written or commissioned for other projects, publications or institutions.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 (4,000-7,000 words)
    – Short Essay (1,000-3,000 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)