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Cultural Trends Journal

Call for Submissions

Planning to focus on some specific themes over the next 18 months, the journal Cultural Trends invites proposals for papers addressing the following issues:

  • assessing the impact of culture on society, people and the future;
  • identifying clear trends in cultural participation, provision and funding;
  • developing critical approaches to the collection, analysis and use of statistics and other data within the cultural sector; and
  • exploring new and different approaches - both methodological and conceptual - to understanding, formulating and evaluating the operations of the cultural sector and the public policy that effects it.

The journal's main focus is on an established definition of culture: the arts, literature and publishing, museums, the historic environment, material culture, film and broadcasting. However, it would like to explore a broader range of subject areas which might mark a wider approach to contemporary culture. This could include leisure activities such as eating out, cooking, gardening, shopping and play, and might also embrace locating cultural consumption within the context of other people's daily activities.

Cultural Trends would, therefore, particularly like to attract contributions from a wide range of disciplines and examples of multidisciplinary research across such fields as public policy, political studies, sociology, law, economics, geography, urban planning, leisure studies and the study of consumerism. If sufficient submissions of suitably high quality are received focusing on similar issues, they will be published together in special editions of the journal. Contributions should be statistically based, or about statistics, have a clear story line, be potentially contentious, and of up to about 10,000 words with no more than 20 tables or figures.

Cultural Trends has been providing in-depth analysis of cultural sector statistics since 1989. It focuses on key trends within the fields of material culture, media, performing arts and the historic environment, and includes coverage of issues which impact on the sector as a whole, such as the internet, poverty and access to the arts, and funding. Cultural Trends believes that cultural policy should be based on empirical evidence and it champions the need for better statistical information and other evidence on the cultural sector. It aims to:

  • stimulate analysis and understanding of the arts and wider cultural sector based on relevant and reliable statistical data;
  • provide a critique of the empirical evidence upon which arts and wider cultural policy may be based, implemented, evaluated and developed;
  • examine the soundness of measures of the performance of government and public sector bodies in the arts and wider cultural sector; and
  • encourage improvements in the coverage, timeliness and accessibility of statistical information on the arts and the wider cultural sector.

The journal is widely read and referred to by arts and heritage funders, sponsors and administrative bodies; local and central government officials; cultural organisations; researchers, consultants and academics; and by those concerned with the promotion and development of the arts and creative industries.

Contact: Cultural Trends, Sara Selwood, Editor, Department of Cultural Policy and Management, School of Arts, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, United Kingdom; tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 4182; e-mail: s.selwood@city.ac.uk; www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09548963.asp