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Call for proposals for Aspectus: A peer-reviewed journal of visual culture

Posted on 2 December 2019

The editorial team is seeking submissions for Aspectus to be published in October 2020.

Aspectus is an annual, peer-reviewed journal of visual studies developed by the Department of History of Art at the University of York. We welcome submissions of new research by current members of the Department’s PhD community, and by pre-doctoral and recent post-doctoral scholars who have spent part of their postgraduate career here.

We are also seeking proposals for book and exhibition reviews of upcoming significant publications and shows in the fields of art history and art theory. Current MA students within the Department are welcome to submit proposals for the reviews section.

The editorial team welcomes scholarly articles that relate to any period of art history, conservation, and museum studies. We encourage prospective authors to employ a variety of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of art and visual culture.

To propose an article:

Contributors are asked to supply a brief abstract (300 words max) by 13 January 2020. If an article is already completed, contributors are welcome to submit it alongside their abstract. Accepted articles must be finished by 30 March 2020 to allow for peer-review and editing before publication.

Articles should be between 5,000 to 6,000 words in length (excluding endnotes). Updated versions/sections of particularly successful MA dissertations have often proved the ideal basis for an article. Illustrations should be supplied as necessary to support the text.

To propose a review:

Book and exhibition review proposals will refer to books ideally published no longer than 3 months before the review is to be published, and exhibitions ideally either still on or open at least 1 month before publication. Accepted reviews should be between 800 to 1,000 words in length and must be finished by 14 August 2020.

Book review proposals should include the: author’s/editor’s name, complete title of book (with a colon between the main title and the subtitle), place of publication, publisher, date of publication, total number of pages (including all front matter and illustrations that do not carry page numbers), number of illustrations (black and white and color), price, as well as a short description (300 words max) on the text’s significant contribution to its field and/or why a review of the book is necessary.

Exhibition review proposals should include the: title of the exhibition, location, exhibition dates, curators’ names, and a short description (300 words max) on the exhibition’s significant contribution to its field and/or why a review of it is necessary.

Aspectus accepts submissions electronically. All proposals should be sent as Word documents via email to with the subject: Article/Review 2020, Surname, First Name, “Proposed Title”.

In the body of your email, please include: your name; current position/student status; and your affiliation with the University of York's Department of History of Art.