Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Journal)

ISSN 20517041 , ONLINE ISSN 2051705X

The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art seeks to explore the relationship between contemporary art and Chinese cultural identity in its broadest sense. This peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for critical debate into Zhongguo dangdai yishu, the ‘avant-garde', experimental and museum-based visual art produced as part of the liberalization of culture that has taken place within mainland China since 1978. It also explores works produced by artists of non-Chinese ethnicity who live and work within Chinese contexts or whose work has a strong relationship to Chinese culture, society and history.

This journal was established in 2014 by Founding Editor Paul Gladston.

Category: Visual Arts


Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCCA) is a scholarly forum for the presentation of new research into and critical debate on or concerned with the subject of contemporary Chinese art.  The term ‘contemporary Chinese art' is now used widely in Anglophone contexts to denote various forms of ‘avant-garde', experimental and museum-based visual art produced as part of the liberalization of culture that has taken place within mainland China since the confirmation of Deng Xiaoping's programme of economic and social reforms in December 1978. The comparable term in mainland China and other mandarin Chinese speaking contexts is Zhongguo dangdai yishu, which can be translated literally into English as ‘Chinese contemporary art'.  Contemporary Chinese art, in all its differently located forms, is invariably characterized by a combination of images, attitudes and techniques appropriated from Western(ized) modernist and international postmodernist art with aspects of localized Chinese cultural thought and practice. It can therefore be understood to act as a locus for the translation of Westernized/international cultural thought and practice in relation to Chinese cultural contexts as well as Chinese cultural thought and practice in relation to international settings. This complex, multi-directional field of cultural translations comprises strongly contrasting visions of the significance of contemporary Chinese art. The JCCA seeks to uphold open and respectful critical debate by welcoming intellectually rigorous contributions extending across the widest possible interpretative spectrum.  The JCCA is conceived as a platform for the publication of high-quality writing in accordance with the established conventions of academic discourse. However, it does not limit itself solely to contributions from academic researchers. It is recognized that others working outside the Academy, including artists, curators and critics, have important insights into the nature and significance of contemporary Chinese art. Consequently, contributions to the JCCA from cultural practitioners and professionals working outside the Academy are strongly welcomed. There is also an understanding that while the JCCA seeks to uphold the highest academic standards in terms of editorial and peer-review, it should be open to innovative forms of presentation in support of differing interpretative perspectives. The JCCA's engagement with cultural institutions and cultural practitioners outside the Academy is intended not only as a means of supporting knowledge exchange but also the development of collaborative relationships between academics, artists and curators.

Archive

9.1&2: The New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Art in the Diaspora
8.2&3: The World, Two Metres Away: Arts and Culture during the Pandemic
8.1: Bordering Hong Kong: Aesthetics and Politics
7.2&3: Urban Transformations and Contemporary Art in China
7.1: Biennials, Triennials in China
6.2&3: Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art
6.1: Gender in Contemporary Chinese Art
5.2 &3: Chinese Art outside the Art Space
5.1: Contemporary Chinese Artists in the Globalized Art World
4.2&3: Making the New World: The Arts of China's Cultural Revolution
4.1: The World of Art Museums in China

Submissions

To submit an article, please follow the 'Submit' button on the left of this page.
 
All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.
 
Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.
 
Download the Notes for Contributors below for information on format and style of submissions. If you need this document in a more accessible format, please contact info@intellectbooks.com. Find more information on Intellect's Accessibility page.
 

Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

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Bodies in Action: Performance Art in China Download

China’s Cultural Diplomacy and Nation Branding Download


Call for Papers


All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

The journal operates on the basis of thematic CFPs only, please consult the current CFPs above before submission.

The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art is a scholarly forum for new research into and critical debate on the subject of contemporary Chinese art. The journal welcomes contributions that address contemporary art produced in mainland China, Hong Kong-Macau and Taiwan as well as in relation to diasporic and trans-national Chinese cultural communities world-wide. The journal also welcomes contributions that address the relationship between Chinese cultural thought and practice and contemporary art of non-Chinese origin. The journal is open to non-standard contributions such as photographic essays and conversations for publication alongside its more usual peer-reviewed content.

Areas of research and debate that the journal will explore include, but are by no means limited to:

· Contemporary art with a relationship to Chinese society, culture and history

· Art-historical and critical writing related to the reception of contemporary Chinese art

· Curatorial theory and practice related to the exhibition/display of contemporary Chinese art

· Contemporary Chinese aesthetics (as seen from Chinese and non-Chinese cultural perspectives)

· The contemporary Chinese art market

· Issues of historical importance to the development of contemporary Chinese art (e.g. cultural interaction and exchange between China and the West prior to the emergence of contemporary Chinese art)

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Special Issue Call for Papers

Volume 10, Issue 3, Autumn 2023

'China’s Cultural Diplomacy and Nation Branding'

This issue of JCCA focuses on the mobilization of creative expressions for the state’s wider agendas to boost recognition and legitimacy, as well as projecting the country’s global image and status abroad. This approach positions creative outputs at the intersection of aesthetics, statecraft, nation branding and state reputation management.

Our starting point is China’s own self-representation: how the country wishes to appear and become legible on the global stage and how it portrays itself as an international power. As part of such image-making drives in recent decades, the realm of culture has been instrumentalized for national identity construction projects while serving, simultaneously, as one of the engines of the country’s growing cultural and creative industries. Often examined as a form of soft power, these cultural expressions disseminate so-called Chinese values, ideals and ideologies that jointly orchestrate the country’s international image and credibility.

We welcome papers that address all fields of contemporary arts – including art, design, performance art, film and others. How have they been embroiled in this process of perception governance and image control? How have they acted as cultural capital to enhance diplomatic relations, recalibrate China’s nation brand, shape statecraft, or enable people-to-people exchanges? How have these roles been redefined in view of China’s relationship with the world during and after the pandemic?

Possible perspectives for proposals include, but are not limited to:

• The growth of contemporary art biennials and Chinese museums along the routes of the country’s Belt and Road Initiative

• How the arts impact the diplomatic process of the country’s economic developments in Africa

• China-themed exhibits and national pavilions (at the Venice Biennale and the Venice Architecture Biennale, for example)

• The role of the arts in Chinese nation branding and soft power

• The mobilization of Chinese contemporary arts, state art collections and performances at embassies, global summits, diplomatic gatherings, and official visits

• Curatorial and museum practices, including loan programmes, to bolster bilateral relations and media image

• Analyses of the government’s cultural policy overseeing arts exhibits in the international realm

• (Non-)state-sponsored artists exchange programmes, travel schemes and residencies

• China’s international art and cultural exchanges during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication timeline

1 December 2022: Abstracts due (300 words)

1 April 2023: Full manuscripts due (7000–8000 words)

Autumn 2023: Publication

Please submit one document, either Word or PDF, containing 1) an abstract of up to 300 words; 2) a 100-word biography, contact information and any institutional affiliation by 1 December 2022 to Dr Jenifer Chao jenifer.chao2@dmu.ac.uk and ccva@bcu.ac.uk with a subject titled ‘JCCA 10.3’. Successful proposals will be notified no later than 19 December 2022. Please visit Intellect’s website www.intellectbooks.com/journaleditors-and-contributors for referencing guidelines. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art is an associate journal of the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts at Birmingham City University.

This special issue is one of the outputs for our research and networking project ‘Art Diplomacy and Nation Branding: The Visual Politics of Reinventing China’, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). For more information about the project, please visit our website: china-art-nationbranding.org/

 

Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

Editorial Board

Hongwei BAO
The University of Nottingham

Thomas BERGHUIS
Independent Scholar, the Netherlands

Jenifer CHAO
De Montfort University, UK

Katie HILL
University of Wolverhampton, UK

Ros HOLMES
University of St. Andrews, UK

Birgit HOPFENER
Carleton University, Canada

Beccy KENNEDY
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Franziska KOCH
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Monica MERLIN
VCUarts Qatar

Juliane NOTH 
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

PAN Lu
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

PI Li
Sigg Senior Curator of M+, Hong Kong

Nuria QUEROL
Birmingham City University, UK

SHAO Yiyang
Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

TAN Chang
The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Frank VIGNERON
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

WANG Chunchen
Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

WANG Meiqin
California State University, USA

Peggy WANG
Bowdoin College, USA

Wei Hsiu TUNG
National University of Tainan, Taiwan

Wenny TEO
The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK

Chia-Ling YANG
University of Edinburgh, UK

ZHENG Bo
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

International Advisory Board

Julia F. ANDREWS
The Ohio State University, USA

Chris BERRY
King’s College London, UK

James ELKINS 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Harriet EVANS
University of Westminster, UK

GAO Minglu 
University of Pittsburgh, USA

GAO Shiming
China Academy of Art, China

Paul GLADSTON
University of New South Wales, Australia

Jonathan HARRIS
Birmingham City University, UK

HOU Hanru
MAXXI, Italy

Jason KUO
University of Maryland, USA

LU Xinghua
Tongji University, China

SHEN Kuiyi
University of California, San Diego, USA

Karen SMITH
OCAT Xi’an, China

WU Hung
University of Chicago, USA

Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

 
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Principal Editor

JIANG Jiehong
Birmingham City University, UK
joshua.jiang@bcu.ac.uk

Assistant Editor

Lauren WALDEN
Birmingham City University, UK
Lauren.Walden@bcu.ac.uk

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