CFP for an anthology tentatively titled, Politics/Art: Performance, Choreopolitics, and Socially Engaged Art.


This anthology will explore politics and social movements as inherently aesthetic, moving beyond the arts as political and playing with the political as artistic. This anthology builds on the relational aesthetics, dialogic art, socially-engaged art, and new genre public art from the 90s and early 2000s and the contemporary art history theories of choreopolitics and politichoreography. Please see guiding questions below. Abstracts will be due October 1st with a publishing deadline in Fall of 2021. Please let me know if you are planning to submit and I’d appreciate it if you could share this CFP with your network.


Potential guiding questions:

How can resistance movements be contextualized as a ‘people-driven performance’?
How can political assembly as a form of choreopolitics help re-frame the social movements of marginalized communities?
How do art, space, and politics interact in grassroots organizing?
Why does understanding political organizing as inherently aesthetic/a performance add to/challenge social mobilization theories/performance and dance studies?
What can be understood by exploring bodies organizing in public space as not only political objects, but also as aesthetic objects?
What art history genealogy can be used to understand politics and protest as aesthetics in and of themselves?
How can creating space through choreopolitics challenge the carceral state/panopticon and create a dialogue between activist actors and the State.
How can participatory art theories be used to understand protest, social movements, and political actors as also aesthetic objects and artists?
How does disidentification affect Black protestors and artists?
What are the existing pedagogies of teaching protest as art?
How can the audience be understood in these political spaces?
What authorship exists in protest as an aesthetic?
How does choreopolicing affect protests in (public) space?
How can queer theory, crip theory, and queer of color critique offer to these discussions?
How does whiteness affect social movements and how do Black protests subvert and challenge systems of oppression/white supremacy?



Zoie McNeill (they/them)
M.A. Graduate in Political Science from Central European University
Copy Editor for the Activist History Review
Editor for Queer Appalachia’sElectric Dirt
Liaison for the Sociologists for Trans Justice Initiative
Co-editor with Julia Brueck, Queering Veganism (forthcoming, Sanctuary Publishers 2020)


Co-editor with Elizabeth Catte, Queer Rurality: New Voices in Appalachian Critical Theory (forthcoming, WVU Press, 2020).