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Antennae Series, Arts in Society

The Antennae series is intended to pinpoint certain phenomena or new lines of thought in the arts and to explore them by means of essays. Antennae brings together these thematic lines and aims to offer points of reference for further discussion or follow up research.

This series maps the interaction between changes in society and cultural practices. It looks upon the arts as ‘antennae’, feelers for the cultural interpretation and articulation of topical political, economic, social, technological or environmental issues. 

Series Design: Metahaven
Dimensions: 21 x 13,5 cm
Format: Paperback
Language: English

The series has been voted as one of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2009.

Peer Review
Antennae-Arts in Society is a peer-reviewed book series that validates artistic, critical, speculative and essayistic writing as a full academic publishing method. The series is published in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts from the University of Antwerp. 

Proposals for book concepts in all artistic and scientific disciplines that take culture as the base of interpretation for the social fabric of our contemporary lives are welcomed and will be considered for publication by the academic board. The assessment of submitted manuscripts takes place according to the principles of academic peer review (double open review), by a core editorial team and advisory board that are of a mixed composition, with both scientific and artistic experts.

Editorial board Valiz-Arts in Society book series:

  • Prof. Dr. Pascal Gielen, Full Professor of Sociology of Culture & Politics at the University of Antwerp. He is director of the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts and the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO)
  • Prof. Dr. Thijs Lijster, Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Groningen
  • Astrid Vorstermans, Publisher Valiz
  • Prof. Dr. Max Haiven, Associate Professor at Lakehead University, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, co-director ReImagining Value Action Lab
  • Prof. Dr. Bahia Shehab is Full Professor of Design Practice at the American University in Cairo
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Greiner is Full Professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo

The editorial board members judge the admissibility of submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts found admissible are submitted to the advisory board, which, together with one member of the editorial board, organizes the independent peer review process (double open review). Members of the core editorial team or advisory board who previously co-published with submitters of a manuscript to be reviewed are excluded from reviewing that manuscript.

The advisory committee consists of artists and academics with a solid expertise, a prolific output and a demonstrably international standing in the arts. The composition of the advisory committee testifies of our commitment to gender equality, cultural diversity and generational plurality. Both the editorial and advisory committee strive to operate as transparently as possible at all times.

Per manuscript two reviewers are selected on the basis of both their scientific and academic expertise either from the committee itself or based on their advice. They are excluded when they have co-authored a manuscript published in the series together with the editors of the manuscript to be reviewed. The reviewers assess the manuscript (and, if necessary, the individual contributions) on scientific and artistic relevance, originality and quality. Subsequently, the advisory board decides, together with the aforementioned member of the core editorial board, and only after taking into account the two review reports and own assessment, to give a:
- positive review
- provisional positive rating with comments
- negative rating


Performing Mourning: Laments in Contemporary Art, Guy Cools, 2021

The Aesthetics of Ambiguity: Understanding and Addressing Monoculture, Pascal Gielen & Nav Haq (eds.), 2020

When Fact Is Fiction: Documentary Art in the Post-Truth Era, Nele Wynants (ed.), 2020

Contemporary Artist Residencies: Reclaiming Time and Space, Taru Elfving, Irmeli Kokko, Pascal Gielen, 2019

The Future of the New:
Artistic Innovation in Times of Social Acceleration, Thijs Lijster (ed.), 2018

Commonism:A New Aesthetics of the Real, Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2018

The Art of Civil Action: Political Space and Cultural Dissent, Philipp Dietachmair & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2017

Imaginative Bodies: Dialogues in Performance Practices, Guy Cools, 2016

The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance, Konstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa, Danae Theodoridou (eds.), 2016

Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives, Pascal Gielen & Niels Van Tomme (eds.), 2015

Alternative Mainstream: Making Choices in Pop Music, Gert Keunen, 2015

Arts Education Beyond Art: Teaching Art in Times of Change, Barend van Heusden & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2015

In-between Dance Cultures: The Migratory Artistic Identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan, Guy Cools, 2015

Interrupting the City: Artistic Constitutions of the Public Sphere, Sander Bax, Pascal Gielen, Bram Ieven (eds.), 2015

Mobile Autonomy: Exercises in Artists' Self-Organization, Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2015

Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance, Rudi Laermans, 2015

No Culture, No Europe: On the Foundation of Politics, Pascal Gielen (ed.), 2015

Spaces for Criticism: Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses, Pascal Gielen, Thijs Lijster, Suzana Milevska, Ruth Sonderegger, 2015

Participation is Risky: Approaches to Joint Creative Processes, Liesbeth Huybrechts (ed.), 2014

The Ethics of Art: Ecological Turns in the Performing Arts, Guy Cools & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2014

Dread: The Dizziness of Freedom, Juha van 't Zelfde (ed.), 2013

Institutional Attitudes: Instituting Art in a Flat World, Pascal Gielen (ed.), 2013

Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm: Realism versus Cynicism, Pascal Gielen & Paul De Bruyne (eds.), 2012

Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing, Paul De Bruyne & Pascal Gielen (eds.), 2011

Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art, Paul O'Neill & Claire Doherty (eds.), 2011

See it Again, Say it Again: The Artist as Researcher, Janneke Wesseling (ed.), 2011

The Fall of the Studio: Artists at Work, Wouter Davidts & Kim Paice (ed.), 2009

The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism, Pascal Gielen, 2009

Take Place: Photography and Place from Multiple Perspectives, Helen Westgeest (ed.), 2009