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Cultural Appropriation and the Arts

Call for Publications

Theme: Cultural Appropriation and the Arts
Publication: British Journal of Aesthetics
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 20.7.202

In recent years, there have been heated debates both in the public
opinion and in academic contexts over the phenomenon of “cultural
appropriation” — i.e. when ‘members of one culture … take for their
own, or for their own use, items produced by a member or members of
another culture’ (Young, 2008). This phenomenon has been discussed
with respect to many social practices ranging from hairstyling and
Halloween costumes to fashion, language, and, of course, the arts.
And it involves substantial philosophical issues concerning identity
conditions of cultural groups, collective rights, cultural heritage,
intellectual property, the intersection of moral and artistic value
or the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural

Given the social prominence and the intellectual interest of this
phenomenon, The British Journal of Aesthetics intends to devote a
special issue to the topic of ‘cultural appropriation and the arts’.
Papers on all aspects of the debate, preferably connecting ethics and
aesthetics, will be considered. Papers should conform to the usual
BJA requirements and be submitted for consideration by July 20th 2020.

Any queries should be addressed to the editors, Paloma Atencia
Linares ( or Derek Matravers