Call for Papers — World 3: Art History and Museum

World 3 is an annually published academic journal organized by OCAT Institute. Taking art history as its basic orientation while exploring points of connectivity in other disciplines, the journal features original publications and Chinese translations of innovative thematic research in art history and theory, and in other relevant fields such as cultural, social, and intellectual history, the history of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and religion. Other sections include review and commentary on associated international events, publications, exhibitions, and research institutions. The series offers a publishing platform for the research outcomes in related fields, and strives for conditions that cultivate new modalities of thinking and epistemology in Chinese scholarship. World 3 as the core publication of OCAT Institute was launched in 2014. It is printed in color and annually released in December.

The theme for the fourth issue of World 3 (2017) is “art history and museum”. 

For the annual lectures of 2017, OCAT Institute invites Professor Jaś Elsner from Oxford University as our lecturer, and organizes a series of public lectures and seminars on art historiography, with the Vienna School of Art History as one of the key moments to be explored. Therefore, we hereby invite scholars and researchers to submit papers addressing the relationship between art history and art museums, as well as formalist art history, for the fourth issue of World 3

In the view of the Viennese art historian Alois Riegl, museum-based work and investigation necessarily complements and enriches the activity of art historical research. Riegl’s ten-year career as the curator of textiles at the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (then known as Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie) furnished him with extensive experience and knowledge of objects and collection materials. These would later inspire his hugely influential and revolutionary theory of Kunstwollen, both for formalism in particular and the discipline of art history at large, as well as providing the notion of Kunstwollen with a solid empirical basis. Julius von Schlosser, another art historian trained in the Viennese tradition, also served at various departments in the Imperial collections (Kunsthistorische Hofmuseum) over a long period of time. It is he who eventually consolidated the art history department at the University of Vienna into what is now known as the Wiener Schule.

In his article titled “Art History and Art Museum” (2007), Professor Wu Hung discussed the convergence and divergence between art history and art museum, and made eleven propositions on how to strengthen the relationship between the academic discipline and the public exhibition space, which are still worth thinking today. Two distinct tendencies are still discernible in academia today: one stresses the historical differences between academia and museum, whereas the other appeals that more communication in every aspect between the two should be encouraged. The “museum” as proposed in this issue of World 3 refers to all forms of spaces of collection and display, including but not limited to museums, art museums, exhibition spaces, and commercial galleries. We invite scholars to research on the history of “museum”, both as a social institution and as a cultural category, and look forward to having your insights on the similarities and differences between academic and museum-based research on art and its history, as well as on the histories and prospects of their collaborations. 

Submission Guidelines 

I. Overview

World 3 includes the following sections:“New Studies in the History of Art”, “Theory and Criticism”, “Project Updates”, “Institutional Profiles”, “Book Reviews”:


1. New Studies in the History of Art is the central component of the journal. It includes research on theories and methodologies in the history of fine art, architecture, film, and design, as well as other relevant fields such as cultural, social, and intellectual history, the history of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and religion. Each issue features three to five articles. Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words; extended thematic research should not exceed 20,000 words.


2. Theory and Criticism introduces recent theoretical inquiries and emphasizes their relevance for the discipline of art history. Each issue features at least one article. Manuscripts should between 5000 words to 10,000 words.


3. Project Updates offers overviews on the history and status quo of key research fields, as well as commentaries and reports on major scholars, academic activities, conferences, publications, and exhibitions. At least one article will be included per issue, with a maximum length of 5000 words.


4. Institutional Profiles gives brief introduction to world-renowned research institutes in art history and their research projects. One to two articles will be included per issue, with a maximum length of 10,000 words for each article.


5. Book Reviews provides reviews on scholarly research, journals, and research-based exhibitions whose influence, innovation, and unique vision have made an impact in the discipline. Each issue may attach a bibliographic index of related academic works. At least four reviews will be published per issue, with a maximum length of 5,000 words.


II. Submission Guidelines 

1. All manuscripts should clearly identify the section for which the author wishes to submit the work.

2. All authors, including co-authors, are regarded as full copyright owner of their manuscript.

3. All manuscripts must include title, abstract (300 words) and keywords (3-8 words), in both Chinese and English. Authors writing in any language other than Chinese are not subject to this requirement.

4. All authors should submit alongside the article, a short biography (100 words), contact information and address in a separate word document (manuscripts are reviewed anonymously).


5. Style:

(1) Please include page number and use footnotes.

(2) Please follow footnote format in Lishi yanjiu (Historical Research).

6. All authors should ensure the rights of all illustrations included in the manuscripts. Maximum 6 images each manuscript (with specified exceptions). Authors should indicate the corresponding place in text (if applies) for each illustration, and should include its title, maker, material, period, sources (if applies). Each image should meet optimal printing standards (for example, 300 dpi and above).

7. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically, with texts in word files, images in jpeg files. For editing and proofreading purposes, a PDF copy is required alongside the word file if articles include special foreign words or symbols.  Deadline for submission is the end of July, 2018.

8. Please send manuscript to: (World 3 Editorial Department, OCAT Institute)


III. Evaluation Procedure


1. All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor-in-chief for initial examination.

2. Qualified manuscripts will be passed on for further anonymous review by the Editorial Committee (at least 2 committee members).

3. Official acceptance notification will be issued no later than August each year.

4. Manuscripts can NOT be submitted to more than one journals. Please do not publish articles on any other books or journals in print or online  platforms such as Weibo, WeChat before print.

5. Editors will make necessary revisions and corrections of accepted manuscripts in accordance with  publication protocol.

(Discussions will be made with authors under special situations.)

6.  Authors of the accepted articles will need to agree to grant the copyright of each article to World 3,while the right of authorship belongs to the author of each article. 


IV. Payment and Volume Copy


1. Different levels of compensation are applied to different editorical sections.

2. Payment will be made within the month of the publication of the journal (every December).

3. Authors will receive two copies of the published journal.


 World 3, Editorial Department

Call for Papers — World 3: Art History and Museum