Field: Issue 8: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture

Call for Papers

May 21 2021 - May 21 2021

Guest editors: Victoria Ogoegbunam Okoye, Catalina Mejía Moreno, Carolyn Butterworth

Chief editors: Emma Cheatle and Luis Hernan

In the wake of antiblack police violence and the global response of Black Lives Matter protests, a group of students at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) assembled to write the critical document “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action.” In this document, the students reflect on their situated experiences and argue that in its representation, structure, and pedagogy, the School ‘has been and remains complicit in the structures that perpetuate systemic racism within architecture’. They demand the recognition of accountability, and the initiation of open and honest conversations on race and class towards enacting change. Citing the School’s demonstrated commitments to gender equality and feminism, the students demand that the School further these commitments toward becoming an anti-racist institution. This call and their demands provide a timely and essential springboard for this call for papers for a new issue, and relaunch, of field:  
We take these students and their lived experiences, struggles, and demands seriously. We therefore shape this call for papers and the subsequent issue as a way of reacting, reflecting and responding to the Call to Action. We position this issue not as an institutional response, but as a collective way of thinking both from within and from the outside.  
In 2019–20 the South African journal Ellipses: Journal of Creative Research third issue Embodied Methodologies: Creative Research in the Global South responded to the late Black South African artist Dumile Feni’s "You wouldn't know God if he spat in our eye”. The scroll, exhibited at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, becomes part of a performance piece where a handful of artists, writers and scholars spend two hours viewing the artist's scroll in the museum to then produce written and audio pieces in response. 
The Ellipses issue provides an exemplar for our own issue of field: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture where we call for work that responds to the “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action”. We welcome original, rigorous and significant contributions on the theme, including creative, historical, theoretical and pedagogical research and other experimental or creative media, that seek to create a space for dialogue through existing experiences and reflections of students and staff. We are interested in work that questions the status quo and contributes to making visible (work in progress) processes of decolonisation, intersectionality, and anti-racism from researchers and academics, educators, practitioners, students and graduates in the school and beyond.


All papers and submissions should be full drafts and include proposed visual material (authors are responsible for copyright and seeking out the appropriate permissions). Please submit by email no later than 21 May 2021 to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Submissions may include:
  1.  Academic papers of 5000–6000 words max length (including abstract and references) (for double blind peer review) 
  2.  Creative visual practices, photo essays or other pieces of experimental creative work with accompanying text 
  3.  Creative nonfiction or fiction, short position papers, provocations of any length up to 2000 words  
  4. Interviews, audio pieces, or other experimental formats. (We are open to experimental formats and media. To make sure we can host your work, please make sure that videos are exported to .mov or .mp4 format using H.264 codec, and audios are .mp3 or .m4a. If your media has other requirements, please get in touch with the editorial team to explore how we can feature your work.) 
Academic papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. All other submissions will be reviewed by members of our editorial and review collective. 
All submitted papers should be full drafts and formatted according to the journal's specification. Please consult the How to Submit instructions and word template at (please note that incorrect submissions will be returned to authors).

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