These are critical times in an increasingly global world where war has become a permanent condition and the global economic crisis has impacted all arenas of civil society in profound ways. As cultural workers, artists and educators continue to engage in human rights discourses that open new ways of thinking about human rights as a cultural practice, and as a site of knowledge and action. This special issue of JCRAE will focus on how art, media, technology, and education are responding to a range of human rights issues in terms of representation, witnessing, performance, and memorialization of atrocities/injustices. The issue of human rights encompasses all injustices — such as trafficking of humans or organs, terrorism, environmental racism, incarceration, immigration and border issues, economic injustices, labor, gender and sexuality, etc.

Topics include but are not limited to:

– Performing human rights

– Memory and human rights

– The ways in which the media “disciplines” and/or challenges the discourses of human rights.

– The pedagogy of human rights

– Human rights as spectacle

– Projects that address human rights issues through the arts in schools, community organizations, public spaces, etc.

– The politics of representation in relation to documenting and presenting atrocities

The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education is an annual publication of the United States Society for Education through Art.

Deadline for submission of papers for the 2011 issue on Human Rights in Art and Education is September 1, 2010.

JCRAE focuses on social/cultural research relevant for art education, including cultural foundations of art education, cross-cultural and multicultural research in art education, and cultural aspects of art in education. These areas should be interpreted in a broad sense and can include arts administration, art therapy, community arts organizations, and other disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that are relevant to art education. Theoretical research and studies in which qualitative and/or quantitative methods as well as other strategies are used will be considered for publication.

Papers should be in APA style and may be submitted either through the mail or electronically. Hard copies should be sent in triplicate to:

Dipti Desai, Senior Editor

Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education

New York University, Department of Art and Art Professions

34 Stuyvesant Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003, U.S.A.

Electronic submissions should be in .doc format; a title page containing the author’s name and affiliation should be submitted as a separate document. Electronic submissions should be sent to Dipti Desai and Kate Brideau (Assistant Editor):

dd25[at]nyu[dot]edu and please cc. kcb265[at]nyu[dot]edu

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