Image shown: Francesca Grilli

Image shown: Francesca Grilli

Contested Narratives, Places and Futures, a publication on socially engaged art practice in Ireland, is due to be published in 2022 by Cork University Press. Contributions are sought from artists, filmmakers, photographers, curators, musicians, architects and designers, amongst others. 

This publication sets out to capture evolving social, cultural and political transformations across the island of Ireland, whose resonance is tangible across diverse national and international contexts. Contested Narratives will bring together a dynamic mix of established and emergent socially engaged artists/practitioners, collectively reflecting an interdisciplinary range of collaborative, participatory, mediated and curatorial practices.

Seeking to present for the first time a rigorous and wide ranging account of situated socially engaged transdisciplinary practice in Ireland, Contested Narratives will cover topics such as migration; refugee housing and shelter; social justice; youth identity; art activism; archives; neoliberal capitalism; counterpublic spheres; rural landscapes and sustainability; spatial justice; the Anthropocene; conflict/post-conflict terrains; trauma of place; Traveller activism; gender and reproductive rights, amongst other critical areas.

The practitioners’ narratives presented in this book will establish an immersive, grounded and much needed critical framing of their works for numerous others; for new practitioners and transnational peers, educators, civic/cultural institutions and policy advocates, to name a few, serving to foreground socially engaged practice as an integrating and cross-sectoral driver for social change in Ireland and beyond.

Submission guidelines

  • Original pieces of writing are sought that have not been previously published in book, journal or catalogue format.
  • Contributions are welcomed from self-identified minority and migrant socially engaged practitioners.
  • Abstracts of 300 words (with titles).
  • Non-salaried contributors will be paid a writer’s fee.

6 November 2020

Full submission guidelines:

Editors: Helen Carey, Fire Station Artists’ Studios; Alan Grossman and Anthony Haughey, Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research, Technological University Dublin; Ailbhe Murphy, Create.


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