Call for chapter proposals in “Art and Sustainability in the Anthropocene”


Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Art and Sustainability in the Anthropocene. The volume will be edited by Dr. Julie Reiss, Program Director, Christie’s Education, New York.


The Anthropocene is a term suggested by geologists to describe the indelible and destructive impact human beings have had on the Earth’s ecosystems, resulting in rising sea levels, waste production and species extinction. In visual art, as in other spheres outside the sciences, acknowledgement of the Anthropocene is in evidence, and there are attitudes towards nature associated with it that can be recognized in current artistic production, ranging from stewardship of nature to dystopian ideas of planetary management.


This anthology invites papers on the full range of those perspectives and how they manifest in art and art institutions. Papers might include analyses of the effectiveness of addressing climate change within the context of the art world, and whether environmental issues remain encapsulated if encountered in the spaces of museums, galleries, fairs and biennials.  What role might public art play?    


Must art related to environmental issues carry an explicit didactic message to have an impact, or can an effective art work be primarily aesthetically driven? What are some of the criteria we might use to gauge effectiveness? Does art need to propose solutions to specific environmental problems, or is raising awareness a sufficient goal? What role can materials and mediums play as conveyors of information? Case studies regarding contemporary art and art exhibitions dealing with the framework of the Anthropocene are welcome. Perspectives from art historians and critics, artists, curators and scientists are welcome.


Deadline for proposals: 30th November 2017


How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.

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A paper that has been published previously may not be included.


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This proposal is due at November 30th 2017.

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