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Digital Artivism - Online Creativity for Social Change

Categories: Digital Humanities
Event Date: 2024-06-30 Abstract Due: 2023-12-15

THE PARADOX CULT CRIT ZINE is a brand new cultural criticism-focused biannual magazine. 

Our magazine is print-on-demand. We do not profit in any way from the publication process. 

We strive to break the boundaries of conventional thought and present our readers with captivating perspectives on diverse cultural phenomena. Our articles offer incisive commentary, rigorous analysis, and an unabashed willingness to question assumptions, all while maintaining a deep reverence for the intricacies of art, literature, cinema, music, technology, and societal phenomena. We revel in exploring the interplay between cultures, ideologies, and traditions, exploring the nuanced connections and clashes that shape our world.

As an inclusive platform, we believe that diverse voices enrich the discourse. We cordially invite both established and emerging writers, artists, and thinkers to contribute to our publication. Whether you are a seasoned cultural critic or an unyielding philosopher, your submissions are crucial to our endeavor. Share your ideas, visions, and critiques, and let your voice resonate with our readership from all corners of the globe.

Beyond being an online magazine, The Paradox Cult Crit Zine also offers the opportunity to experience the physicality of words and images. Our carefully curated and beautifully designed print editions add a tangible dimension to the reading experience, making it a collector's delight.

We want to make intellectual thought accessible to EVERYONE. 



Overall Focus: 

In the digital age, art has evolved into a potent medium for activism, leveraging its ability to provoke emotions, challenge norms, and incite conversations. This topic allows for an in-depth exploration of how digital artivism serves as a cultural artifact that shapes perceptions, ignites movements, and fosters social transformation:

Visual Storytelling
Investigate how digital artists use visual narratives to convey complex social issues, encouraging empathy and encouraging meaningful conversations.

Online Art Exhibitions:
Analyze the proliferation of digital platforms hosting virtual art exhibitions that address pressing topics, offering a global audience access to impactful art.
Memes and Satire:
Explore the role of memes and satirical art as tools to engage and educate while delivering powerful messages with humor and wit.

Interactive Activism:
Examine the use of interactive digital art to engage the audience directly, prompting them to reflect and take action.

Digital Street Art:
Discuss how artists use digital mediums to replicate the impact of street art, reaching wider audiences and circumventing physical limitations.

Ephemeral Art:
Delve into the concept of ephemeral digital art that leaves a lasting impact despite its transient nature, aligning with the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Digital Art and Social Movements:
Study how digital artivism plays a pivotal role within larger social movements, from the Arab Spring to contemporary climate change activism.

Challenges and Controversies:
Explore the dilemmas artists face when addressing sensitive issues, dealing with censorship, appropriation, and the risk of trivialization.

Digital Art and Identity:
Analyze how digital artivism intersects with questions of cultural identity, highlighting marginalized voices and challenging dominant narratives.

Activism in Augmented Reality:
Examine the potential of augmented reality to merge digital art and physical spaces, creating immersive experiences that inspire action.


Abstract Submission: Authors are requested to submit an abstract of their proposed paper by December 15, 2023. The abstract should provide a concise overview of the intended topic, approach, and key points to be explored in the paper.

Full Paper Submission: Upon acceptance of the abstract, authors will be invited to submit the first draft of the full paper by March 1, 2024. The paper should delve into the chosen topic of digital artivism, offering in-depth analysis and insights.

Length of Articles: Submissions should not exceed 12 pages, including references, images, and any supplementary material. Concise, focused contributions are encouraged.
Formatting: Please format your submission according to  MLA guidelines.

Originality: Submissions must be original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

Images and Multimedia: Authors are encouraged to include relevant images, illustrations, and multimedia elements that support and enhance their analysis.

Submission Process: Authors are requested to send their abstracts to THE EDITORIAL TEAM by the deadline of December 15, 2023. Please include "Digital Artivism Abstract Submission" in the subject line.Upon acceptance of the abstract, authors will receive further instructions for submitting the full paper.

Review and Publication:
First, all submissions will undergo a thorough review process by our editorial team. If your abstract is chosen, your concept and, later, your findings will also be discussed in two separate online meetings next year (date and time will be shared as soon as possible), as part of a workshop. You will then be asked to peer-review two finished texts, which are ready for publication, and give your honest opinion in the form of an anonymous written review which the editorial team as well as the author will read. 

Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstracts and full papers.

Selected papers will be included in our upcoming issue dedicated to "Digital Artivism."

Submission Deadlines:Abstract Submission: December 15, 2023
Full Paper Submission: June 30, 2024


We look forward to receiving your contributions and exploring the powerful connections between digital art and activism. If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us. 

Embrace the fusion of creativity and change. Let your voice shape the discourse of "Digital Artivism" in The Paradox Cult Crit Zine.



Aneka Brunßen