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SEQUITUR Issue 8.1

Fall 2021

CFP: “Aftershock”

Deadline: October 18, 2021

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 of “Aftershock” for our Fall 2021 issue.

For some, this past year and a half was marked by painful experiences. For others, lockdown and physical distancing created opportunities to reevaluate the importance of the social bonds that compose our lives. Since the start of the pandemic, we have experienced history in the making.

As we adjust to a “new normal,” urgent questions remain about the aftershock of the recent past on our personal and collective experiences. Is the pandemic over; is it yet a thing of the past? How will we and generations to come remember the lost lives, jobs, rituals, and routines?

At this pivotal moment in the fight against the surging Delta variant, and coming on the heels of the tumultuous exit from Afghanistan and the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, we hope to bring together emerging scholarship that considers how art, architecture, and material culture respond to and address the immediate and/or long-term consequences of distressing and traumatic events.

Possible subjects may include, but are not limited to: the after-effects of natural and man-made disasters; social upheavals, economic crises, military conflicts, and unforeseeable events; calamities, and cataclysms; experiences of disorder, trauma, and post-trauma; the fall of civilizations, ruins, decay, and decomposition; structural shifts; monuments, memorials, and forms of commemoration and reparation; pandemics; humanitarian aid and relief efforts; survival and resilience; repairs, recovery, and reconstruction; enduring legacies; rebirth and rejuvenation; reencounters, reconciliations, recomposition of social bonds, and community building; and visions of the future.

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 can be found here.

Founded in 2014, SEQUITUR is 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 often overlooked parts of art and architectural history.


We invite full submissions in the following categories:

  • Featured essays (1,500 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. The author must include a full transcript.
  • Research spotlights (750 words) 
    • Short summaries of ongoing research written in a more casual format than a formal paper.

When submitting, please remember: 

  • All submissions and proposals are due October 18, 2021.
  • Direct all materials to
  • 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 adhere to the formatting guidelines available here.
  • Include a recent CV and a brief 50-word bio.
  • Include “SEQUITUR Fall 2021” 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 October 22, 2021, for publication in January 2022. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at