Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy

Voices is an Open Access peer reviewed journal that invites interdisciplinary dialogue and discussion about music, health, and social change. The journal nurtures a critical edge that refines the focus on inclusiveness, socio-cultural awareness, and social justice. 

Call for Papers: Special Multidisciplinary Issue on Black Aesthetics and the Arts Therapies

January 6, 2020

Guest Editors Marisol S. Norris (USA), Britton Williams (USA), & Leah Gipson (USA)

This is a call for submissions to Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy to advance the emerging dialogue on black aesthetics and the arts therapy disciplines. This special issue seeks to expand scholarship in this area by encouraging authors to not only explore Black personhood, lifeworlds, and culture within the arts therapies but to engage in anti-oppressive writing and research practices that collaborate with Black communities and amplify their narratives. Those who aim to deepen and expand the understanding of black aesthetics are invited to submit various modes of scholarly expression, including but not limited to academic papers, arts-based research, and artistic products/responses for this special issue of Voices to be published in November 2020.

For this special issue, black aesthetics are broadly defined as the processes and relational meaning-making of people(s) racially positioned as Black. The lifeworlds that signify black aesthetics denote the subjective and intersubjective experience of Black people(s) based upon their cultural histories, narratives, representations, and positionality in the world. Central to this idea of black aesthetics are the complex experiences of place among African diasporic people(s) in relationship to race. The construct of place, however, additionally considers the engendering, queering, and decolonizing of the Black subject to reflect the positionality of black personhood. Conjointly this must attend to the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, class, disability, religion, etc. of Black people. As such, black aesthetics amplifies, describes, and illuminates the non-monolithic lifeworlds created by and assumed by Black people(s) and the analysis and critique of these experiences of place within various modes of artistic and literary expression.

Submissions selected for this special issue will reflect a broad scope of theories, practices, and research related to black aesthetics within the arts therapies. Contributors are asked to explore central questions of black aesthetics that reflect analysis and critique within arts therapies theory, practice, education, research, profession, and praxis. Central questions may include: What are the aesthetic experiences of Black people in the arts therapies? What are the roles of black lifeworlds in Black clients’ aesthetic experiences? How can creative processes allow for a holistic conceptualization of Black personhood and lifeworlds? How can artistic processes disrupt the criminalization and pathologizing of Black being? What is the role of education in expanding culturally sustaining practice within Black communities? How do arts therapists move beyond deficit and asset ideologies to holistic conceptualizations of Black personhood and life worlds, attend to intersectionality, and resist the pathologization of those they work?

See Guidelines for Voices submissions. Authors should use the online submission system for the journal.

When uploading the paper, authors should choose the special issue option from the relevant menu. Papers submitted will be sent to the Guest Editors for the special issue for peer review and feedback.

Title and Abstract of proposed paper: Submitted by January 20, 2020

Submission of Paper for review: prior to May 31, 2020

Final decision about inclusion in the journal: September 15, 2020

Inquiries about this Special Issue can be directed to Marisol Norris, Britton Williams, and Leah Gipson at black.aesthetics.submissions@gmail.com

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Vol 19 No 3 (2019)
Published November 1, 2019
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Guest Editors Candice Bain (USA) & Maevon Gumble (USA).

This special issue seeks to queer academic scholarship by encouraging authors to explore what it means to queer music therapy and to engage in anti-oppressive writing and research practices, emphasize participatory action, collaborate with the communities we support, and amplify narratives that have not been attended to.

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