CFP: Arts Special Issue: After Globalization: Transnational Cultural Developments since 2020

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Guest Editor – John Zarobell, Professor, Department Chair of International Studies, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA

Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

In the years since the world slammed its borders shut in 2020, globalization has been in question as supply-chain crises have demonstrated the limits of just-in-time global production. While the economic integration of the financial sector means we are all as interdependent as ever, the unilateral actions of nation states such as Russia and China, as well as the sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies, have put collective governance and global trade in jeopardy. While many see the end of an era in these developments, there can be no doubt that the time has come to deepen some of the inquiries around the concept of globalization in order to evaluate the efficacy of this model in the 21st century.

This Special Issue of Arts aims to achieve as much by getting beyond the early theoretical developments of the globalization model, such as global cities and cultural flows, in order to elaborate how the globalization of culture has fared in recent years. Are international cultural festivals, art fairs, and biennials a means of spreading an imperial model of cultural consumption to emerging economies, or have new voices from the Global South disrupted our normative assumptions? Is the market a successful means of measuring our collective interaction in the arts or have divergences in the cultural sphere opened up separate circuits of cultural distribution that leave us more divided than ever? Has the proliferation of platforms such as Zoom, Instagram, and TikTok increased our mutual understanding or isolated all of us in our own digital echo chambers?

This issue welcomes contributions from all corners of the world and all fields of the arts and design in order to develop a multi-faceted interdisciplinary exploration of the state of global cultural production and consumption today. As museums have begun to return artefacts to their countries of origin in recognition of the colonial power dynamics that brought them into their collections, and the visibility of artists of color and minorities has increased globally, it is time to inquire whether power dynamics have shifted in the cultural sphere and how. Considering the emergence of intangible cultural heritage as a category for protection by the United Nations opens up new questions of how economic globalization might threaten traditional lifeways, even as they become more recognized than ever. These shifts have significant consequences for the visual and performing arts, architecture, design and cultural heritage studies that this Special Issue hopes to explore.

Please send a 200-word Abstract to John Zarobell ( by April 15, 2023. Please note that there is a two-stage submission procedure. The editor will first collect abstracts of 200 words by April 15, 2023. Before May 1, he will invite selected abstracts to be submitted as full papers for peer review by July 15, 2023. Journal publication is expected in November 2023, depending on the revision time needed after peer review.

Dr. John Zarobell

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