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SEQUITUR Issue 7.1

Fall 2020

CFP: “Interiors”

Deadline: October 12, 2020 Extended to October 16, 2020

The editors of ​SEQUITUR,​ a graduate student journal published by the Department of History of Art & Architecture at Boston University, invite current and recent graduate students to submit content on the theme “Interiors” for our Fall 2020 issue.

At a historic juncture where physical space as well as architectural and bodily boundaries have acquired acute significance, the theme of “Interiors” seeks to problematize and understand the conditions that determine our corporeal and social relations to lived spaces and beyond. The difference between the inside and the outside has been conceived, construed, and performed in varying ways across history and among different peoples worldwide. Ranging from safe shelters offering protection to loci of domestic oppression or endangerment, from spaces of meditative or political seclusion to sites of convivial interaction; interiors can serve as cells of solitude as well as vibrant forums for building social and cultural capital. Taking glimpses of how interior space has been experienced historically and contemporarily, this issue aims to cast a light on the power of indoor spaces in maintaining, disrupting, or building connections.

Possible subjects may include, but are not limited to: domesticity and its relationship to gender, race, class, queerness; forms of voluntary and involuntary interiority, seclusion, concealment, closeting, confinement, quarantine, imprisonment; border closures and travel restrictions; homelessness, temporary and transitory accommodations, shelters, precarity; psychology, trauma, hauntings, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, escapism; material culture, decorative arts, arts of the object, household archaeology; cabinets of curiosities; exhibition spaces, alternative exhibition spaces and practices, apartment art, period rooms, house museums; the emergence of private and public space distinctions, their alternatives; premodern indoors sociability (e.g. symposia, ​majalis,​ salons, courtly gatherings, literary gatherings, coffeehouses, tea culture); tomb architecture; interior as microcosm; ​Gesamtkunstwerk​; “Anarchitecture” and architectural interventions; imagined interiors, navigation of virtual space, online communities; telecommunications, connectivity, accessibility; remoteness or inaccessibility; mobile interiors, portability, nomadic and semi-nomadic architecture; transfer or transmission; immobility, fixity, or stasis; doors, portals, liminal space; ambiguous spaces; bodily interiors and inner sensations, anatomy, autonomy, barriers, and constraints.

We welcome submissions from graduate students in the disciplines of art history, architecture, archaeology, material culture, visual culture, literary studies, queer and gender studies, disability studies, and environmental studies, among others, to apply. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the digital format of the journal. Previous issues of ​SEQUITUR c​an be found ​here​.

Founded in 2014, ​SEQUITUR i​s an online biannual scholarly journal dedicated to addressing events, issues, and personalities in art and architectural history. ​SEQUITUR ​engages with and expands current conversations in the field by promoting the perspectives of graduate students from around the world. It seeks to contribute to existing scholarship by focusing on valuable but oft-overlooked parts of art and architectural history.

We invite full submissions in the following categories:

  • Featured essays (1500 words)
    • Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content should present original material that falls within the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available ​here​.
  • Visual and creative essays
    • We invite M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work. The work must be reproducible in a digital format. Submissions should include .jpegs of up to ten works and must be prefaced by an introduction or artist’s statement of 250 words or less. All images must be captioned and should be at least 500 DPI. We are open to expanding this field to involve various kinds of creative projects.

We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces:

  • Exhibition reviews (500 words)
    • Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought.
  • Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words)
    • Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought.
  • Interviews (750 words)
    • Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview.
  • Field reports or research spotlights (750 words)
    • This is an opportunity for students conducting research to summarize and share their findings and experiences in a more casual format than a formal paper.

When submitting, please remember:

  • All submissions and proposals are due​ October 12.
  • Direct all materials to sequitur@bu.edu.
  • Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as .jpeg files. While we welcome as many images as possible, at least ONE must be very high resolution and large format.
    • Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication.
  • Provide a recent CV.
  • Include “SEQUITUR Fall 2020” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your
    name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email.
  • Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than​ the week of October 19, 2020,​ for publication in ​January 2021​.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ​SEQUITUR​ editors at sequitur@bu.edu.