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Call for Artwork

Science for the People seeks art for “Bio-Politics”
(Volume 23, Number 3, autumn 2020). 

In the midst of uprisings for Black Lives and revolts against the state, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the close interconnections between biology, society, and political processes have been laid bare more than ever.

When Science for the People emerged in the late 1960s, the group immediately took on the fight against eugenics, essentialism, and determinism in biological sciences, which were being used to justify antiquated colonialist, ableist, sexist, heterosexist, and racist views under the guise of scientific advances. Fifty years later, we have seen a revival of essentialist and determinist views propounded with appeals to neuroscience, genomics, and other leading edge developments in scientific research. Such arguments remain active during the global pandemic, for instance in recent attempts to attribute differential death rates of members of marginalized groups to hereditary rather than social causes.

The “Bio-Politics” issue seeks to expose and explore the ways that modern scientific research is being misused to promote harmful, divisive views; to discuss ways of combating these trends; and to propose interventions that can help us move toward accurate, inclusive science for the people.

The articles in the issue cover a variety of topics ranging from mutual aid to necropolitics, mosquitos to data-mining. We’re looking for artwork to accompany these articles, including but not limited to illustrations, photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, and animation. Whatever the medium, the work should fit within the conceptual framework of the issue. 

Work submitted may also be considered for the cover of the magazine as well as stand-alone art features.

We also accept sketches and drafts, if you are interested in creating original artwork for the magazine–please contact us with your proposal first at sftp.artwork [at] gmail [dot] com.

Submission Guidelines

Please include up to five images under 5MB in jpeg format. For video-based work, include up to three video samples under three minutes in length via accessible links. Include title, material, and date for each work, as well as any relevant information for the piece.

Rates for accepted work:

License to publish existing work: $50-$100
Art Feature: $100-150

Cover: $250

Submit your artwork via this form by September 1, 2020.

Decisions will be made by September 20, 2020.

Science for the People articles are geared toward non-specialists, and are written in a journalistic format. We will consider submissions from scientists across the STEM fields; scholars working in science and technology studies; as well as non-scientists and non-specialists. 

We encourage submissions from activists and those organizing in the sciences, as well as those working in the humanities and arts at the intersection of science. We particularly welcome women, BIPOC, non-binary individuals, and others traditionally underrepresented in these fields to send submissions to Science for the People.

Gema Ruperez’s Art Feature from upcoming “A People’s Green New Deal” (Volume 23, Number 2 summer 2020)