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Call for contributions: The Arts Bunker

14 September 2021

Do you like to write about arts, culture, media or politics or do you make poetry or art? Would you like your work to be published? The Arts Bunker is a platform for young academics and enthusiasts of (the study of) culture and art:

Mission statement

We are a community of academics, artists, and writers with a passion for arts, media, culture, and the humanities. We think that arts and the humanities are of crucial value to contemporary society as they offer a space to reflection, explain and criticize culture and society, while also offering alternative visions for the future. The Arts Bunker aims to publish essays, visual art, pieces of research, poetry, reviews, or any kind of relevant writing to show the importance of the cultural sector and humanities perspectives for understanding contemporary culture and politics. We want to facilitate discussions and conversations between academics and artists, making academic work more relevant for the public.

We want to move away from academia in Ivory towers, and instead occasionally we will crawl out of our bunker and share insights that we find interesting or relevant to a wider audience. Check out the Arts Bunker at


Would you like an open and friendly space to share your ideas, art and writings? Your search is done: send in your contribution to the editorial board of The Arts Bunker. We are looking for any creative, journalistic or academic contributions related to arts and society.

We are looking for relevant contributions that are thoughtful and aim to further understand the role of arts and culture in society. The main categories are:

Culture and commentary: in this section we are looking for contributions between 800-2000 words max. For example, opinion pieces or short essays about particular and surprising aspects of culture, politics or current events. Reviews of any cultural object (film, books, podcasts, poetry, art, etc.). Short (under)graduate essays about culture and arts. Feel free to use alternative formats (video essay, spoken word, etc.).

Art: in this section we are looking for creative contributions related to social topics or providing cultural commentary. We welcome any artforms, provided they can be posted on the website, for example: visual art, poetry, video, dance, comics, music, etc. Provide a date and title and explain your artwork and its meaning in 100-200 words. You can send in either 1 artwork, or a collection of up to 3 pieces/parts.

Send in your contribution to artsbunker.rug before 30 October for our Fall Contributions! We will review your contribution, provide feedback and help you with publishing it on the website.

Become an editor

Do you like what you see? The Arts Bunker is also looking for a new editor. You will review the pieces that are sent in together with other members of the review team and join meetings. Interested? Send an email to artsbunker.rug with any questions. If you want to apply, send us a short description of what you are interested in and why you want to be an editor and we will be in touch.

Your editorial team: Christa Lankhaar, Hanne Nijtmans, and Lesley Verbeek

Last modified:31 January 2024 10.04 a.m.

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