In the fiction of our reality of the COVID-19 induced global pandemic, artists have found themselves particularly dis–located. The artist collective has had to re–calibrate. While old norms are defamiliarized, creating an extensive sense of dissonance for most of society, the state of dis–ease for the artist is familiar. It is a continuous dis–ease with the norms of society that has, in fact, often produced the artist and fuelled their work. It is disaster, dislocation, dystopia, distress, disgust and distrust of societal values and ways of thinking and seeing, that fires artistic vision toward utopic production. Crisis can thus often be a valued space for the artist as creative impulse, and an affective response is potentially, theoretically, at its height in this moment. Although that affective response is meaningfully channeled, the practical safety nets that can help to absorb the shock of this moment of rampant dis–ease are more often than not, absent, especially for Caribbean arts practitioners.
This issue of the Caribbean InTransit journal grapples with the notion of dis–ease –the physical malaise produced by bacteria; the dismantling of the status quo caused by acute social disease of systemic racism and other social atrocities; dis–ease as a paradoxical space of creativity and productivity for the artist; the social safety nets of legitimization, formalization and professionalization of the artist in society where health and life insurance, loans and other services are lacking. Ultimately, this issue seeks to document and produce potential roadmaps for dis–ease as a productive crisis.
The journal welcomes essays, in English, Spanish or French. Artwork, music, dance, poetry, mas or junkanoo designs or any other artistic expression with blurbs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, dialect or creole are welcome as well as films in any language with subtitles in English. Fiction or non-fiction writings in English or dialects will be accepted. Writings in dialect should be accompanied by a translation of terms. Research papers on visual or vocal modes of expression as well as interviews of contemporary artists in English are also welcome.
Caribbean InTransit invites the following submissions for Volume 3: Issue 7 on (Dis)-Ease: the status of the artist
– Professionalisation of the Artist
– Dis–ease and the De–colonising of the Institution
– Black Justice: Repatriation, Reparation and Revolution
– Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Art and the Art Curriculum
– Arts/ Creative Entrepreneurship in the Age of Dis-ease
-Dis–ease: Access to Finance
- Blockchain, NFTs and Communities of Value in the Caribbean
- Collectives, the Tribe and Communities of Value in Addressing Dis-ease
– The New Curriculum: De–colonial Realities
– Activism of Dis–ease
– (Dis)-ease: Disruption as Productivity
-Visual Agendas, Programming/Public–Private Partnerships for the Professionalisation of the Artist
– Dis-ease and Public Health
– Community Transformation through Dis–ease
Please find more information and submit your proposal here.