Call for Papers

Call for submissions:

Digital Heritage, Electronic Cultural Policy, and Network Cultures

As networked digital technology continues to evolve, the creative possibilities for artists, curators, and arts institutions increase exponentially. From the temporality and materiality of artistic production, to archival practices and curatorial strategems in museums, to national and international cultural policy issues, the entire cultural sphere is deeply imbricated with the digital revolution.

In the last issue of e-merge, we explored the confluences of globalization, the fiscal crash, cultural policy and the development of art institutions. In our next issue, we invite cross-disciplinary papers that focus on the manifold issues surrounding another major shift in the cultural landscape: attempts to define a so-called Electronic Cultural Policy. We seek conceptually rigorous papers considering questions such as: What are the stakes, risks and theoretical implications for administrators in arts institutions who are developing electronic archives and virtual exhibition platforms? In addition to those perhaps more “pragmatic” uses of new media, what other creative avenues for exploration and innovation are opened to cultural players? What are the artistic, social, and political ramifications of attempts to define electronic cultural policies (particularly in terms of copyright and intellectual property), as well as of the subversive, potentially anarchic, culture jamming responses to those state-sponsored policies?

In addition to papers addressing these concerns at the level of content, we also invite proposals for innovative ways of presenting scholarly research and writing that embrace the specificities of an e- platform, be they interactive, collaborative, accumulative, or time-based.

Submissions (approximately 500 words) to Please send any questions to