Italian Art Journal Seeks Article Submissions

Deadline: 31 December 2012
Open to: scholars and authors interested in the redefinition of Italian art between the 1960s and today in reaction to the changing conditions of museum exhibitions
Benefits: publication in a peer-reviewed journal


“Palinsesti” is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to historical studies concerning Italian Art since 1960. Its third thematic issue is dedicated to the New Museology and the new criteria for displaying artworks in the museums.

In the last two decades traditional historical methods have been integrated with a plurality of outside discourses such as anthropology (H. Belting), ontological philosophy (A. Danto), critical iconology (W.J.T. Mitchell). These extra-disciplinary systems have rendered critical history more open and interdisciplinary, supplying alternative criteria to the usual taxonomy and temporality of historical models. All of this has had an important impact on the practices of museum display, as is demonstrated in the developing theories of New Museology and in the current growing emergence of thematic displays. Recent cases have also been seen in contemporary art museums in Italy, not without polemics and controversy.

The online journal Palinsesti invites proposals for contributions (max 40,000 characters) dedicated to the redefinition of Italian art between the 1960s and today in reaction to the changing conditions of museum exhibitions such as:

  • The transition from chronological conditions to thematic ones in the permanent collections of Italian and foreign museums, and the methods of curating thematically organized exhibitions.
  • The change of narrative, didactic, and expository functions of the museum.
  • The new types of relations among works and architectural spaces.

In addition to the examples mentioned, Palinsesti encourages research dedicated to the theme of historical curating, either thematic or chronological, in relation to the larger panorama of museum institutions, public and private exhibition spaces, and alternative spaces.

Author Guidelines

Please keep your text simple — if you use software to format your manuscript and customize the way it looks, we must spend time paring your manuscript down to its basic elements. Please see as guidelines (style and bibliography only) the issues have already been published.

Here are a few suggestions to ensure your electronic manuscript and printout will be ready to edit:

  1. Your manuscript should be single-spaced throughout, including notes.
  2. Do not use the space bar to achieve tabs or to align text.
  3. Do not insert an additional hard return to create extra space between paragraphs.
  4. Do not use the automatic hyphenation feature.
  5. Use the same typeface throughout the manuscript.
  6. Use your software’s built-in endnotes feature.  The number size and style, placement of notes, and conversion of endnotes to footnotes and vice versa will be performed by the typesetter.  If you do not use your word processor’s note feature, use superscript to indicate note numbers in text.
  7. Do not assign “styles” to achieve different formats for subheads, block quotes, and the like.  The default or “normal” style should be the only one in your manuscript.

For the citation style please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

To see previous issues, visit the website HERE.


The deadline for submissions is December 31 2012. Authors MUST register at the website HERE to submit their article.

Please read the author guidelines listed above or at the website HERE for more information. You may read more about Palinsesti’s editorial policies HERE.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in doc, RTF, odt. Docx, PDF and other kind of files are not accepted.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are provided as supplementary files. The images files has to be low-file quality, but enough visible.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

For further questions or inquiries, please contact Palinsesti at [email protected]. You may also contact Alessandro Del Puppo at [email protected] or Denis Viva at [email protected].

For more information, please see the original call for submissions HERE.

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