Creative Interference: Between Neoliberalism and Human Rights

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Edited by Anita Huizar-Hernandez and Kaitlin M. Murphy

Call for Papers

Special Issue: Creative Interference: Between Neoliberalism and Human Rights 

 Edited by Anita Huizar-Hernandez and Kaitlin M. Murphy 

We are soliciting contributions for “Creative Interference: Between Neoliberalism and Human Rights.” This special issue offers a novel rapprochement between human rights “artivism” (artistic activism) and cultural studies of neoliberalism. Although conventionally understood as economic policy and social philosophy, neoliberalism emerges in this volume as a form of human rights abuse. In specifying neoliberalism in this way, we are arguing that it demands not only theoretical elaboration, but rather artistic and activist response, or creative interference. 

The essays in this special issue will explore the interventionist and reparative labor of artists, broadly defined: How, we ask, do the arts impact the way communities understand and expose neoliberalism as atrocity? What is the role of artistic activism in fomenting and supporting democratic and egalitarian processes that can reroute neoliberal technologies of self-making and interrupt neoliberal modes of both world-making and dismantling? Through what modes of art-making and visioning might we intervene in neoliberal cultures of violence and corruption, environmental catastrophe, the global refugee crisis, and other ongoing processes of devastation? 

Submissions should include:

  • Article title
  • Abstract of up to 150 words
  • Ten accompanying keywords (for internet searches) specific to the article
  • Author name and fifty to seventy-word bio 

Potential contributors should submit this information to and by November 1, 2020

Contributors will be notified of preliminary acceptance of their abstracts by November 15, 2020.

If accepted, full essays of between 5,000 to 7,000 words will be due on April 1, 2021.