The members of the research group Illustr4tio invite contributions for the first issue of Illustr4tio, their peer-reviewed online journal. This publication is dedicated to the genesis and creation of illustrations as a follow-up to Illustr4tio’s first symposium “Illustration: The Birth of Images” which was held at the Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France) on 4th April 2014.
Researchers, publishers, artists and other practitioners can submit papers that explore how illustrative images come to be, as well as the material and aesthetic constraints that apply at their birth. They may deal with the early stages of a collaboration between an artist and a writer, an illustrator’s preparatory work (such as sketchbooks, studies, and underdrawings), methods of (pre)visualisation, thought processes, or autobiographical writings. New techniques, modes of reproduction and the medium’s material and sensorial characteristics might also be examined.
Papers can also consider how the creation of an illustrative image is thematised within the work that is illustrated. Contributors are invited to tackle the issues linked to the emergence and the unveiling of the image, its materialisation, and its ability to capture the figural.
As with all things inchoate, the life of an image can be brief. Therefore we welcome contributions that deal with abandoned illustration projects, or the fleeting nature of an illustrator’s vision, and the difficulty or impossibility of giving substance to images.
Illustr4tio welcomes a variety of approaches, amongst which print culture, material culture, the history of the book and text/image studies. Our primary field of investigation is the Anglophone world but we are also open to other geographical spheres.
Please send your contributions in English or in French to the four members of Illustr4tio by the end of December 2014. They will be evaluated anonymously by the advisory board. The texts should contain about 25,000 characters (with spaces), including footnotes and bibliography. Please do not use any formatting other than double spacing and Times New Roman, 12 point-fonts for the main text, 9 point-fonts for footnotes. Make sure that you obtain written permission to reproduce electronically any images (jpeg, 200 to 300 dpi) that you might want to use for online publication.
For more information on Illustr4tio, visit our website:
Sophie Aymes, Université de Bourgogne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathalie Collé-Bak, Université de Lorraine, email@example.com
Brigitte Friant-Kessler, Université de Valenciennes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maxime Leroy, Université de Haute-Alsace, email@example.com
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