Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies

INVITATION TO ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND ARTISANS

Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies will feature arts, crafts, videos, and other creative works relating to the transmission of matricultural myths and story work in Volume 3, Issue I (May 2022).

There is a reemergence and newfound recognition of the wisdom of mythology and storytelling in traditional cultures. Not only is the transmission of ancient myths still continuing today, but its contemporary revitalization is taking exciting new forms. In this issue of Matrix we invite contributions of any media (including print, audio, or audio-visual) which focus on the mythology of their nations, particularly those which are created and lead by women. We will consider every art form (visual arts, songs, performances, dance, photographs, beading, poetry, etc.) which expresses or portrays Indigenous matricultural mythologies, legends, and/or stories from around the globe.

The re-awakening of matricultural Indigenous cultures is re-energizing the arts, songs, performances, and stories of their communities, illustrating and actualizing associated ancient ceremonies and protocols. Some of this contemporary artwork is defined by ancestral knowledge and it can be described as decolonizing. Others also embarking upon decolonizing journeys may wish to elaborate on new perspectives and updated creative representations with modern technologies. These manifestations are the living witness that Indigenous cultures around the globe are thriving and are connected with their original ancestral ways.

By sharing the arts of mythology, this issue of Matrix will increase awareness about the resiliency of global matricultures, and the central role played by women among them.

KEY DATES

31 March 2021: deadline for proposals

30 April 2021: finalize selections and notification to creators

31 October 2021: deadline for work submission

1 May 2022: issue available online (may be earlier), open access

PROPOSAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES

  1. Develop an outline or description of your idea (hard copy, soundtrack, or sketch)

  2. Describe the inspiration or motivation behind your piece(s) or artwork (100-150 words)

  3. Consider supplying images or recordings of your past work to convey design ideas.

  4. Share details about your creative background (100-150 words, with URL if available).

  5. Send this package to Judith Ramos (Yakutat Tlingit; Alaska) at jramos2@alaska.edu

For any questions, please contact Margaret Kress (Margaret.Kress@unb.ca), Idoia Arana-Beobide (idoia.ab@networkonculture.ca), or the Editorial Collective of Matrix(info@networkonculture.ca).