Call for Submissions: Design / Arts / Culture Vol. 5, “Polarities, limits and thresholds”


Design / Arts / Culture Vol. 5

Polarities, limits and thresholds

Issue Editor:

ESAD College of Arts and Design

Matosinhos, Portugal


Call for papers and portfolio submissions 

This is an  open  call  for  papers  for  the  fifth  volume  of Arts |  Culture | Design (ISSN:  2732-6926). Focused on the topic “Polarities, limits and thresholds”,  Vol. 5 is an open-themed issue that aims to cover the widespread conviction that the present time is played out in insoluble conflict and the end of any debate is all or nothing, has shown polarisation to be a figure of our times. 

In effect, there is a set of technological, political and cultural conditions that determines the constant extremism of positions and transforms everything and everyone into antagonists. The excessive polarisation of society has instrumentalised causes, radically compromising the complexity of the world and the possibility of a common place. But, in contrast, it has also given new visibility to identity issues and collaborative approaches, allowing for a better understanding of differences and the widening of frames of reference.

By placing these discourses as central issues, the use of tensions without constraints between antagonistic poles transposes protocolary categories and challenges assumptions of knowledge, questions aesthetic and cognitive criteria, highlights limits and unfolds practices. The terms that make them up show a new consistency in collaborative approaches and have fuelled new directions for research and education, such as the goals for the United Nations' 2030 Agenda.

Thus, the "decolonial" movements have emphasised distinct visions in the understanding of history and have constituted more corporeal narratives; the “relational” modes of constitution have mobilised proximity politics, favouring  the purpose of an assembly and the continuous exercise of negotiation; and the “speculative” exercises have revealed possibilities of coexistence, finding value in unexpected connections. 

We may say that the challenge lies in knowing how to maintain this availability, how to continue this dialogue and generate a difference in action, how to notice these particular ideas and experiences, that is, how to live up to the emerging vitality.

With this outlook, authors are invited to submit research papers, portfolios, book reviews or projects that  comply with the stated objectives of the journal, namely 

  • to  connect  theories, aesthetics,  processes,  social approaches and actual  products  from  related areas of applied arts and design.
  • to point out human aspects and culture, as central issues through interdisciplinary approaches
  • to offer a platform for high-quality research, arts, practice and education.
  • to  support  the  dialogue  between  academics,  researchers  and  professionals  of  similar  fields concerning culture
  • to highlight learning strategies and educational methods in design and applied arts fields
  • to highlight new developments, practices and tools
  • to highlight experiential approaches and creativity
  • to fulfill the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals
  • Deadline for article and portfolio submissions: May 31st  2024

About the Journal 

The  International  Journal Arts |  Culture |  Design  is  a  digital  open  access  and  peer-reviewed  multi disciplinary journal, published by Design, Interior Architecture and Audiovisual Documentation lab  of the Faculty of Applied Arts and Culture of the University of West Attica Greece in cooperation  with the:  National University  of Arts Bucharest Romania, ESAD Matosinhos Portugal, University of Nicosia Cyprus. The journal is hosted in the open  access e Publishing platform of the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT). 

This  journal  is  biannual  (with  regular  and  from time-to-time special  issues)  and  publishes  research  articles,  projects  and  portfolios,  as  well  as  book  reviews  and  student  works.  It  aims  to  provide  an  academic forum for sharing and connecting ideas, projects and findings about design, applied arts and  culture. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research  freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

All articles, portfolios and reviews will be double blind peer reviewed. The official language is English. All  the published works are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This  permits anyone to copy, redistribute, remix, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and  source is appropriately cited. This journal does not charge submission or publication fees. 

The guest editors invite contributions related to the topic, from a multiplicity of disciplinary and theoretical viewpoints. Articles should range between 4,000 and 8,000 words. We will also include review essays of academic books and/or curated exhibitions (1500-2000 words); and visual essays (1000-3000 words, plus 10-15 images).

Deadline for submissions May 31st, 2024


For any queries, please contact the guests editors

Marta Varzim

João Lemos

In order to submit, please refer to the Instructions for Authors.