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ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology seeks submissions for Fall 2012 Launch Issue

ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology is a peer-reviewed  bi-annual journal focusing on cross-disciplinary explorations of  desert arts, design, culture, and the environment for both scholarly  and new audiences. ARID seeks submissions of scholarly articles,  curriculum, visual essays, and other media including sound and video  that investigate diverse aesthetic, social, cultural, historical,  ecological, and political subjects related to desert regions of the  American Southwest and beyond. ARID emphasizes the convergence of art,  design, and culture with science, ecology, geography, and other  related disciplines to create a unique snapshot of and dialog about  desert environs and cultures with a vested and active interest in the  desert as a point of creative investigation. ARID is an  interdisciplinary online project jointly published by multiple  institutions launching in fall 2012.
ARID seeks written submissions from independent scholars, writers,  researchers, and journalists that showcase innovative, compelling, and  intellectually rigorous storytelling. We also encourage visual, film,  and audio submissions including photo essays, illustrations, cinema,  soundscapes, music, and other forms of cultural production.  We  encourage both scholarly articles and papers as well shorter, more  informal essays.

Authors are encouraged to submit related art and photography with  their written pieces. Artists and photographers may submit stand-alone  visual essays. Articles and essays must be original and unpublished  and not under consideration by other journals at the time of  submission. We will consider previously published media works on a  case-by-case basis.

Submissions will be accepted for our first issue beginning April 1st  through June 1st, 2012. For more information and submission guidelines  please visit:

We will consider submissions for the following categories:

A place to publish hypotheses, experiments, and results for those  attempting to redefine an education in art, media, and design along  environmental and social practice lines. We are particularly  interested in field-based pedagogy with an emphasis on desert  geographies.

Practices, projects, and ideas referencing art, design, media, and  other works related to ARID?s mission.

A place for discussion of the frameworks, rules, regulations and other  structures that govern and legislate place, a vehicle to converse with  our co-inhabitants, and a means to link to other desert communities.

An ongoing archive of dialogues, fictions, and freeform ideas  concerning desert geographies from an array stakeholders, viewpoints,  and positions. This section includes book and exhibit reviews.

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