Call for papers : Special Issue « Acculturations » in Open Access Journal ARTS

Deadline: Mar 31, 2015

For thirty years, research studies on different forms of transfers,
exchanges, and cultural dislocations have been a driving force in the
upswing of historical, anthropological and sociological sciences by
contributing, in particular, to the definition of intercultural
psychology and cultural studies. But what conclusions have art
historians drawn from these recent developments? Do they integrate them
into their own work? And how do they manage to conciliate them with the
basically static methods of artistic geography, which in most cases
favor anachronistic explanatory models (« influence » and « migration
streams ») or disputable ones (« centers » and « peripheries »)?

This Special Issue aims at responding to these questions by applying a
concept that has often played a major role in the development of
research on cultural exchanges and that will serve as a leitmotiv:
acculturation. In cultural anthropology, acculturation describes the
process by which several cultural groups enter in contact with each
other. It generally describes four types of phenomena that are often
connected with each other: assimilation, integration, isolation, and
marginalization. However, from the point of view of the history of
cultural exchanges, the mechanisms of successful acculturation
(assimilation and integration) are the most frequently studied.

Articles submitted to this Special Issue, besides elaborating on an
analysis of the challenges of acculturation in the domain of art in the
modern epoch (XVth-XVIIIth centuries), should address methodological
problems by describing clearly and precisely their approach to the core
of current bibliography on intercultural and transcultural studies
(http://img.mdpi.org/files/si/acculturations/Bibliography_GE_Jan_Blanc.pdf),
as well as by attempting to redefine current methods and the means to
question the categorization of traditional and positivistic art history.

We would be pleased to receive your contribution. Feel free to contact
the Editorial Office at arts@mdpi.com if you have any questions.

On behalf of
Prof. Dr. Jan Blanc
Guest Editor


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