field: journal invites submissions to issue 8 Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture
Deadline for submissions: 21 May 2021
Publication date: 21 January 2022
Guest editors: Victoria Ogoegbunam Okoye, Catalina Mejía Moreno, Carolyn Butterworth
Chief editors: Emma Cheatle and Luis Hernan
In the wake of antiblack police violence and the global response of Black Lives Matter protests, a group of students at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) assembled together to write the critical document “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action.” In this document, the students reflect on their situated experiences and argue that in its representation, structure, and pedagogy, the School ‘has been and remains complicit in the structures that perpetuate systemic racism within architecture’. They demand the recognition of accountability, and the initiation of open and honest conversations on race and class towards enacting change. Citing the School’s demonstrated commitments to gender equality and feminism, the students demand that the School further these commitments toward becoming an anti-racist institution. This call and their demands provide a timely and essential springboard for this call for papers for a new issue and relaunch of field:
We take these students and their lived experiences, struggles, and demands seriously. We therefore shape this call for papers and the subsequent issue as a way of reacting, reflecting and responding to the Call to Action. We position this issue not as an institutional response, but as a collective way of thinking both from within and from the outside.
In 2019–20 the South African journal Ellipses: Journal of Creative Research third issue Embodied Methodologies: Creative Research in the Global South responded to the late Black South African artist Dumile Feni’s “You wouldn’t know God if he spat in our eye”. The scroll, exhibited at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, is part of a performance piece where a handful of artists, writers and scholars spent two hours viewing the artist’s scroll in the museum to then produce written and audio pieces in response.
The Ellipses issue provides an exemplar for our own issue of field: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture where we call for work that responds to the “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action”. We welcome original, rigorous and significant contributions on the theme including creative, historical, theoretical and pedagogical research and other experimental or creative media that seek to create a space for dialogue through existing experiences and reflections of students and staff. We are interested in work that questions the status quo and contributes to making visible (work in progress) processes of decolonisation, intersectionality, and anti-racism from researchers and academics, educators, practitioners, students and graduates in the school and beyond.