Digital Arts and Culture: Transformation or Transgression?

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2020

This special issue examines the many dimensions of technological developments and their influence on aesthetic, economic, political, organizational, and scientific practices as well as on discourses in cultural management and cultural policy.

Digitization and digitalization have both had profound effects on our thinking, perception, and actions in the fields of arts and culture. Dealing with artificial intelligence, big data, social media, and other digital phenomena reconfigures social patterns of action, infrastructures, and processes of artistic production, distribution, and reception. Entire industries and sectors are changing rapidly, and with them the conditions of work and consumption in film, music, literature and other creative industries. At the same time, new technologies in the cultural field influence common research methods and might bring about new research designs. These issues are particularly acute during the current COVID 19 pandemic with serious effects on the arts and cultural fields, showing the possibilities, but also the limits, of digitalization/digitization in the cultural sector. What challenges and opportunities does the crisis imply for the cultural sector as a whole?

Contributors are invited to deal with the following topics:

  • changing production conditions and artistic practices
  • new research designs in cultural policy and cultural management
  • new teaching concepts
  • new organizational concepts and working models
  • the role of social media in marketing

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2020

Please see the Submission Guidelines

Submit to submissions(at)jcmcp(dot)org

Current Calls for Papers

  • Museum – Politics – Management

    Guest Editors: Zahava D. Doering (Senior Social Scientist, Thinc Design, New York & Editor Emerita, Curator: The Museum Journal)

    Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020

    Recent criticism towards cultural institutions more generally, and towards museums more specifically, is directed at the museums’ distinct mandate to conduct and disseminate research. Criticism is directed to decolonization of archives and collections, exhibition practices, as ...

  • Transformation and Upheavals: The effects of crises and conflicts on the arts 

    Guest Editors: n.n.

    Submission Deadline: 1 March 2021

    Political upheavals and processes of social transformation affect the conditions for cultural production, dissemination, education, policy, and management. The transfer from one political party to another, even when it occurs through legitimate political processes, can mean ...

  • Non-Visitor Studies and New Audiences

    Submission Deadline: 1 September 2021

    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 ...