Issue 8:1 : Beside Chantal Akerman’s NOW

To launch the first issue of MIRAJ under the editorship of CREAM, Issue 8.1 draws on the impetus created by 'Chantal Akerman NOW', the University of Westminster’s major retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s film installation works at Ambika P3 in October 2015 and the 2016 conference, After Chantal: An International Conference, which followed.

Reflecting on the diverse and multi-layered themes of her work first explored in these two contexts, we invite papers exploring the renowned artist and filmmaker’s film practice, particularly the moving image works she developed for the context of gallery exhibition.

Issue 8.1 does not wish to restrict its call for papers to the work of Akerman alone. We are also interested in the impact of her work on other artists and film communities, and on how the themes which she explored, and contexts in which she developed her work, may be productively related to perspectives and scholarship which draw on moving image practices outside her films, and in a contemporary context.

We invite scholarly articles that:

  • posit new research, perspectives and theoretical insights on Akerman’s installation practices
  • explore how concerns inherent in her work manifest themselves in other contemporary moving image practices
  • explore the thematic dialogues between Akerman’s work and contemporary practices across the disciplines of moving image, visual arts, literature and music
  • open up Akerman’s work to broader transnational discourses, and explore its ethical, political and feminist dimensions
  • examine Akerman’s transition into the sphere of the visual arts and its relevance for emerging practices and modes of exhibition 

We encourage proposals that:

  • open up new creative approaches to writing about Akerman’s works
  • contest the curatorial and theoretical boundaries through which her work has been interpreted
  • identify Akerman’s legacy for current artistic moving image practices

Deadline: 31 July 2018

All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide 

Please submit completed manuscripts only. Send all contributions and proposals by email in DOC or RTF format to the editorial assistant at [email protected].

Editors: Michael Mazière and Lucy Reynolds - Centre for Research in Education, Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster

Reviews Editor: Maria Walsh, University of the Arts, London

Editorial Assistants: Sarah Niazi and Matthias Kispert

Associate Editors:
Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London; Eu Jin Chua, Unitec, New Zealand; Jonathan Walley, Denison University, USA; Rachel Moore, Goldsmiths College

The International Advisory Board includes:
Ian Christie; Stuart Comer; Maeve Connolly; David Curtis; T.J. Demos; Thomas Elsaesser; Catherine Elwes, Catherine Fowler; Amrit Gangar; David E. James; Laura Mulvey; Mark Nash; Michele Pierson; Pratap Rughani, Catherine Russell, Colin Perry, Federico Windhausen

Press and media enquiries

Contact us on:

[email protected]