Venti Journal, Vol. 2, Iss. 1 "Inhale/Exhale" - Call for Papers

deadline for submissions: 
February 22, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Venti Journal: Air, Experience, Aesthetics
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Venti is an interdisciplinary online journal focused on the topic of air. We are currently seeking submissions for our fourth issue entitled "Inhale/Exhale."

Venti: Air, Experience, and Aesthetics invokes both the number ‘twenty’ and ‘the winds.’ Conceived in the year 2020, the journal is a forum for discussions centered on the year’s foregrounding of air, its related themes, and historical, interdisciplinary, and critical resonances. Venti asks: how do we become aware of something invisible and of things that are always in the air — such as the air itself? Investigating this query in a series of thematic issues, Venti explores the indexical qualities of air and our awareness of it through effects and affects.

Vol. Two, Iss. One, "Inhale/Exhale"

The act of breathing is perhaps the most intimate and constant means of communing with our world. In breathing, we incorporate and refashion the atmospheres that we share with others, human and otherwise, into a community ubiquitously affected by this life-sustaining process. But breath also contributes to our fragility. It can be taken away and restricted, made labored or uneasy, corrupted by pathogens, or impaired by smog. It is a necessity easily wrested and often repressed — those who revolt, as Frantz Fanon wrote, do so “simply because, for many reasons, [they] can no longer breathe.” The fourth issue of Venti aims to explore this tension between respiration’s vitality and precarity in the productive space between the inhalation and the exhalation of breath.

To inhale is to feel oneself intimately within one’s surroundings, a means of inspiration, corporeally filling one’s lungs and mentally arousing creative energies. To exhale is an expulsion of spirit, accompanying a whisper, song, or cry. Breathing is so necessary that it is generally an unconscious action, an innate action, of being alive. Whether noticed or unnoticed, most simply, breath is the process of taking air into and expelling it from our lungs. 

How, then, might political, aesthetic, or historical metaphors of breath inform our concepts of environment, embodiment, community, or relation? If the act of breathing is a means of producing, how can respiration be captured, mediated, and portrayed? This past year of vexed — and, for many, suppressed or suffocated — breathing has demonstrated that unobstructed and uncontaminated air is inequitably distributed. The act of breathing begs the ever-important questions of who is allowed to breathe, who is given the choice to breathe, and whose access to breath is decided by others.

Contributions to this issue will explore various aspects of inhalation and exhalation. We particularly welcome pieces that explore breath as a communal medium directly tied to the confluence of political and aesthetic capacities of breathing. 

Please send a short bio and abstract of no more than 500 words to venti.journal@gmail.com. The priority deadline is February 12, 2021, and the final deadline is February 22, 2021. A first draft of the essays will be due mid-March. We will also accept art and poetry submissions until March 1, 2021.