Call for Papers | “Sports and Modern/Contemporary Visual Culture”, Special Issue of Arts | Call ends July 20, 2022

Alexander Alexandrovich Deineka’s painting Expanse (1944) displays women in athletic clothing, running freely through the beautiful expanse of water and landscape. This image was also used to remind women that, like men, they too should become athletes. (State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. Arthive)

This Special Issue of Arts, “Sports and Modern/Contemporary Visual Culture,” explores the intersections of aesthetics and athletics in art and visual culture, both thematically and formally. Essays and projects consider the performative aspects of sports at the intersection of debates about race, gender, and sexuality in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. That is, how do images of athletic bodies function to shore up ideologies around whiteness and heteronormativity via the reaffirmation of stereotypes? We are interested in the ways in which sports culture holds the potential to complicate the notion of representational visibility in visual culture contexts, looking specifically at the constructs and performances of the athletic body. Papers will explore the ways that sports have both produced and reflected ideologies of beauty and freedom, as well as the inextricable links between representations (and performances) of athletes on and off “the field.” Authors may address the representation of sports across a wide array of visual media, including the fine arts, periodicals, television, and film, and use subjects and methodologies drawn from disciplines such as art history, visual studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and sports history. Proposed projects may include scholarly essays as well as more creative projects (e.g., visual or performance art, speculative writing, and interviews).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese | Website
Guest Editor
Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-0001, USA
Interests: African American art and culture; history, theory and criticism of American Art; global contemporary art; visual culture studies; identity and representation; history of photography.

Submission Planning

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 20 July 2022.
Submission of final manuscripts: 31 December 2022.

Submission Criteria

      • Abstract and a short biography should be sent to Jordana Moore Saggese ( and Sylvia Hao (
      • Final articles, in English only, should be at least 5000 words long; a 150-word abstract and 5 keywords should also be submitted.
      • Authors can include image files (tables, maps, graphs, photographs …) in ..jpg; they should ensure that images are free of rights (or that rights have been obtained).
      • Each article will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

For further inquiries, please contact: Sylvia Hao for Arts, Sylvia Hao ( and Editorial Office of

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


      • sport
      • physical culture
      • performance
      • modern art
      • contemporary art
      • visual culture

Contact Info: Sylvia Hao in Beijing Now: phone number: 86+17610669725
Editorial Office in Switzerland: E-Mail:, Internet



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