Call for Papers: Convergence of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Global Civic Engagement

Editor: Ryan Shin (University of Arizona)

In a globalized world, we face intense and pressing issues such as ethical, educational, humanitarian, economic, and sociopolitical conflicts. Art and visual culture fields have addressed these global concerns by both actively creating art and media projects and collaborating among groups of people on the planet with creative connection and networking, highlighting the power of art expressions, design, and creativity in order to achieve democracy, equality, and social justice. Educators in schools, museums, and other community settings also expand ways of teaching curricular content beyond local and regional issues to engage students in global civic projects as future democratic citizens. In this book, the contributors will discuss the power and resilence of contemporary art, new media, and social media and networking in various educational settings, either formal or informal, both addressing art’s critical role and impact on the mind of the next generation and citizens and sharing exemplary art-based global civic engagement projects.

The book aims to recognize and celebrate the empowering efforts and creative projects of researchers and educators who envision the critical role of global participatory learning and its impact on the mind of the next generation and citizens. Some of questions this book addresses are as follows:

  • How can we conceptualize and theorize emerging global civic learning and engagement?
  • How are art and new media forms created and involved in global civic engagement?
  • How can art and new media effectively address global issues and concerns?
  • In what ways are museum and community-based organizations involved with globalization and civic engagement?
  • In what ways does social media and networking facilitate social justice, diversity, and student empowerment?
  • How can students and community groups be involved with global civic learning?
  • How can we address global civic learning and engagement in the classroom, museums, and other educational settings?

Recommended Topics

  • Theoretical framework and perspectives on global civic learning and engagement
  • Critical and pedagogical theories to support global civic learning
  • Role of visual art and/or visual culture for global civic engagement
  • Globalization of visual culture or contemporary art
  • Global social justice and diversity issues
  • Development of new media and social networking for global communication and engagement
  • Globalization and civic engagement in art and media production
  • Curricular issues and concerns for global citizenship
  • Community-based art education and development for global engagement
  • Global participatory museum learning and development
  • Global media and participatory culture
  • Student-initiated collaborative learning
  • Student’s global learning and empowerment
  • Social and community activism through art, new media, digital games, and virtual world
  • Virtual world as critical and practical learning platform for new global educational space
  • Creative and effective use of social media and networking for global awareness and connection
  • Collaborative learning organized by museums
  • Global connections and collaboration between community art organizations
  • Global awareness and challenge against ignorance, intolerance, and stereotypes
  • Equal human rights
  • Environmental issues and global sustainability

Submission Procedure and Important Dates

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2015, a chapter proposal of 500 to 600 words clearly explaining the intention and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Please submit the proposal through Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. For more information, please contact Ryan Shin at

Ryan Shin, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Art
University of Arizona
Phone: 520-621-1253
Co-Editor, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education

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