The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (jCRAE) is an annual online and open-access journal of the United States Society for Education through Art. jCRAE focuses on social and cultural research relevant for art and visual culture education, including cultural foundations of art education, cross-cultural and multicultural research in art education, and cultural aspects of art in education. These areas should be interpreted in a broad sense and can include community arts organizations, schools, arts administration, art therapy, and other disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that are relevant to art and visual culture education. Theoretical research and research in which qualitative and/or quantitative methods as well as visual and other formats and strategies are used will be considered for publication.

Mini-Theme Information: Borderless: Global Narratives in Art Education

For: 2018 Issue of jCRAE (Vol. 35)

Deadline: January 1, 2018

The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (jCRAE), the journal of the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA), is focused primarily on multiculturalism and cross-culturalism in art education in the United States. We have been very “American.” But for this issue, we are going global. Our goal is to challenge the “American-ness” of cultural research in art education by expanding the context and initiating narratives globally with other art education journals around the world. This issue’s mini-theme, Borderless: Global Narratives in Art Education, challenges us to look outward as we reflect inward. Who are we in relationship to other cultures and countries? What issues in art education are potent across the world?

Narrative (inquiry) is an interpretation of history or stories created by a person, groups of people, or media. Said’s (1978) criticism from decades ago, for example, on the development of Western historical, political, and cultural views on the East is that Orientalism as a narrative serves and justifies the West’s dominance. Curriculum as a narrative is also a representation of selected stories, views, and ideologies. As art educators we teach with, about, and towards a constructed narrative, not negating dominant or neutral knowledge (Roberts, 1997). Therefore, narratives are flexible, changed, rewritten, and invite multiple interpretations and understandings of particular cultures, people, and events.

When facing global terrorism, conflicts, and division, on top of contestation about worldviews and ontological discourses, we are challenged to reflect on our established views about history and knowledge. Therefore, seeking new and open-ended approaches to global narratives, this mini-theme call for papers seeks art educators’ critical and theoretical explorations and responses. Sharing educational narratives to address global issues, concerns, and problems, we invite papers reiterating the transforming and/or communicative opportunities of art and visual culture (Delacruz, 2009; Meskimmon, 2010).

For this mini-theme, some of the following questions might be addressed:

Manuscript Types: Written manuscripts, graphic novels, photo essays, videos, or interactive art pieces in keeping with the focus of jCRAE are welcome.

Senior co-Editors: Karen Hutzel ( and Ryan Shin (
Editorial Assistant: Elle Pierman (

Submission Information:
Written submissions should be in Word (.doc) format; include a title page containing the author's name(s) and affiliation(s); a short abstract and key words; and figures, graphs, and images appropriately at the end of the manuscript. A variety of formats are welcome—including traditional academic essays, visual essays, or alternative formats—that fit the purposes of the journal to address issues of art, education, and cultural research. Image-based submissions should be accompanied by explanatory text. For submission of alternative/digital formats, please consult with the Senior co-Editors for submission preference. For information visit

Written papers should be in APA style (6th edition) and submitted by email to:

Ryan Shin and Karen Hutzel, Senior co-Editors

Deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2018 (Vol. 35) issue of the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education is January 1, 2018.

Review and Publication Information:
All manuscripts will undergo a blind review by 2 reviewers from the Review Board of jCRAE. Upon review, authors will receive a recommendation from the Senior co-Editors for either Acceptance; Minor Revisions; Major Revisions; or Rejection. Revisions are common and expected upon primary review of a manuscript submission. jCRAE is accessible as an online journal at As a new (pilot) feature of the journal, we expect to pre-release accepted articles and digital pieces online throughout the year, as they become ready. Therefore, we encourage authors to submit early or contact us for the possibility of submitting after our deadline.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Karen Hutzel & Ryan Shin


Delacruz, E. M. (2009). Mapping the terrain: Globalization, art, and education. In Delacruz, E. M., A. Arnold, M. Parsons, and A. Kuo, (Eds.), Globalization, art, and education  (pp. x-xviii). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Meskimmon, M. (2010). Contemporary art and the cosmopolitan imagination. New York, NY: Routledge.

Roberts, L. C. (1997). Knowledge to narrative: Educators and the changing museum.

Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Said, E. W. (1978), Orientalism, New York: Vintage Books