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un Magazine 13.2: Inviting Proposals

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un Projects is now calling for proposals for un Magazine 13.2, co-edited by Bobuq Sayed and Hugh Childers with Assistant Editor Jo Pugh, to be published November 2019.

Deadline: midnight Friday 24 May


If issue 13.1 observed the reinforcement of external borders following Nine Eleven, 13.2 turns our attention towards the neoliberal collapse of internal categories. In this issue, we look to the university itself as ‘constituting a particular set of social, racial, economic [and aesthetic] relations.’1

In 2008, the University of Melbourne implemented a major structural overhaul popularly known as The Melbourne Model, wherein it became the first Australian university to mirror the American collegiate system, make the shift to generalist education, downsize ninety-six undergraduate degrees to six, and maximise debt markets. This moment is the focus of our enquiry. A moment defined by the production new departments, often through hybridising multiple disciplines: programs dissolved, jobs rewired, syllabi rewritten. How did this shift alter the aesthetic or affective economy of study?

Similarly, in May 2013 the Australia Council for the Arts, under the newly-established Inter-Arts Office, produced a new umbrella funding category to capture ‘Emerging and Experimental’ artforms; the Museum of Modern Art is currently undertaking a restructure which will see their various form-led acquisitions departments fused into one; the Collingwood Arts Precinct will soon open, absorbing several art spaces – including un Projects – into a single building.

How do amalgamations with economic imperatives impact artistic production? What will the consequences be on how art history is written and art practice undertaken?

For 13.2, we invite contributions that question whether the organisational development of universities, museums, and other art institutions do, in effect, benefit their inhabitants and the field of knowledge production that surrounds them. Has the emphasis on interdisciplinary pedagogy replaced epistemological expertise with administration? How does a sandpit enable autonomous creative construction? Are there disbanded organs in the Australian Football League? How do community organising spaces facilitate education, with or without elitism? Can intergenerational mentorships between emerging and established artists happen anywhere else? What visual strategies are deployed to rebrand precarity as opportunity? For what reasons and for whose benefit do artists work collaboratively? Was the Melbourne Model a neoliberal disaster or has it paved the way for Australian tertiary education to compete on par with the rest of the world?

Importantly, this forthcoming issue of un Magazine establishes its contours in close proximity to 13.1, which looked at the collapse of the Twin Towers. If approached from a spirit of ‘radical historicity’, these two situations could be understood as sequential, having produced a ‘myriad of effects and consequences [...] of power-laden and conflict-ridden social practices — e.g. the complex confluence of human bodies, traditions and institutions.’2

Above all, we are looking for contributions that take risks. We are interested in documentary practice, institutional leaks, fictocriticism, histories of alternative art pedagogy, social sculpture, schizoanalytic research, artist interviews, artworks, interventions, essays and experiments.


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un Magazine publishes essays, interviews, artworks, creative commentary, audio and video works, and everything in between. We are open to experimental approaches within printed and online formats. All contributors are paid, with rates varying from $150 - $350. To submit your proposal, download and complete the following application form.

un Magazine hopes to publish a diverse range of voices. We always encourage submissions from writers and artists who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as First Nations, as queer and/or trans, as having a disability, people of colour, and people of all genders.

Questions? Email un Projects General Manager Sarah Gory on sarahgory[at]unprojects.org.au

DEADLINE midnight Friday 24 May 2019

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL MATERIAL (inc. this form, images, etc.) AS A SINGLE PDF OR WORD DOC. FILE. If multiple files are submitted, your application will be returned.


  1. Richard Birkett, The Combative Phase, Yale Union, 2016. 

  2. Cornel West, 'Race and Social Theory: Towards a Genealogical Materialist Analysis', The Year Left Vol. 2: Towards a Rainbow Socialism - Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender, Mike Davis, Manning Marable, Fred Pfeil, and Michael Sprinker (eds.). Verso, 1987.