Artists’ Narratives in Cultural Policy and Management Research

Guest Editors: Simone Wesner, Birkbeck, University of London & Jane Woddis, University of Warwick

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2022

Artists shape policy and management processes integral to their career development and to their practice. As the main art producers, they are considered as decisive participants in artistic terms, but they remain side-lined in policymaking, and underrepresented in the arts management discourse. This special issue will examine artists’ individual and collective agency in cultural policy and management processes, bringing together two distinctive strands. First, it will foreground artist-led developments and their associated narratives and secondly question what cultural policies and management responsibilities and positions stand for when ‘giving’ artists a platform to be heard and to enact. It will operationalise its critique through a diversity of research methodologies and philosophies and envisages a broad geographical scope in its discussions. This collection will address and bring together two cultural policy and management blind spots: marginalisation of artists and the lack of diversity in methodologies.

The special issue explores the following questions:

  • In what ways are artists involved in developing/creating the policies that affect their lives and careers, both individually and in collaboration with others?
  • How do we define artists as the creators of their own policies through the management of their practice? And what does this mean for them and the policies that affect them?
  • What is the role of the researcher as the interpreter, translator, or developer of policies that come from artist-focussed research?

Contributions on these and other relevant questions are invited – in the form of research articles, essays, and case studies – from scholars in a range of fields, including those who work across sectors and disciplines, or who themselves bring a dual artist/researcher perspective to their work.

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2022

Please see the Submission Guidelines

Submit to submissions(at)jcmcp(dot)org

Current Calls for Papers

  • Systems, Bubbles, Fragments
    How Society Challenges Arts Management and Cultural Policy

    Guest Editors: tbd

    Submission Deadline: 1 June 2022

    Societies and the reception of arts and culture have been studied by (cultural) sociology for many years. Pierre Bourdieu, Paul Gilroy, Antoine Hennion, Eva Illouz, Niklas Luhmann, Richard A. Peterson, Andreas Reckwitz or Gerhard Schulze and ...

  • Non-Visitor Studies and New Audiences

    Guest Editors: tbd

    Submission Deadline: 1 September 2022

    Audience and visitor studies are well established fields. Numerous journals and books address the audiences of museums, concerts, theaters, or film festivals. Research on non-visitors, however, hardly exists, although a large part of the population belongs ...

  • Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development with a Special Focus on the Performing Arts

    Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto, UNESCO Chair on Transcultural Music Studies, University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar/Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

    Submission Deadline: 1 March 2023

    This issue focuses on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and its manifold implications, especially in relation to environmental and sustainable development. We welcome research articles, case studies, and essays from sociology, cultural studies, and performance ...