special journal issue 'Multilingualism, Creativity, and the Arts'

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
peer reviewed academic journal 'Critical Multilingual Studies'



Critical Multilingualism Studies

Special Issue:

Multilingualism, Creativity, and the Arts


(Optional) 300-word queries / expressions of interest by May 1, 2018

Drafts due for peer review by September 1, 2018

Guest Editors: Steven G. Kellman and Natasha Lvovich


Call for Papers


“A painter’s drawing is really his writing…”

--Marc Chagall


This special issue of CMS, to be published in spring 2019, invites submissions (scholarly articles, interdisciplinary essays, or mixed-genre pieces) focusing on the relationship between multilingualism and creative expression, as it is informed by theories or practices of multilingualism. 


Translingual literature is the phenomenon of authors who, like Samuel Beckett, André Brink, and Vladimir Nabokov, write in more than one language or who, like Chinua Achebe, Joseph Conrad, and Ha Jin, write exclusively in a language other than their primary one. Some writers, such as Marc Chagall--who was a prolific artist, wrote poetry in Russian and Yiddish, and famously used his mixed languages and alphabets in his artwork--exhibit creative versatility in multiple art forms. Like the great Chinese calligrapher-poets, ‘metrolingual’ artists (Jaworski 2014) use creative combinations of linguistic and artistic codes, genres, and multimodal dimensions in their text art (e.g. Laurie Anderson). Does translingual theory help us to understand what happens when an artist (of multiple media)--such as Jean (Hans) Arp, who moved among painting, sculpture, and poetry but also between German and French, or Breyten Breytenbach, who moves between fiction and painting but also among Afrikaans, English, and French—is also multilingual?


The journal Critical Multilingualism Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of scholarship on language, multilingualism, and related social, cultural, historical, and literary phenomena. CMS has been publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship since 2012.


Contributions in any language and from any discipline or combinations of disciplines are welcome. Multilingual and multimedia components are encouraged.


The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2018.

We strongly recommend querying the guest editors (by May 1, 2018) before submitting or finalizing a draft. Send any questions about a potential contribution to Natasha.Lvovich@kbcc.cuny.edu.


Author guidelines can be found here: http://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

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