Submission Guidelines

Call for proposals - Reviews

Deadline – 18th March 2022

The editorial team is seeking submissions for Aspectus Issue Four to be published in October 2022. Aspectus is an annual, peer-reviewed journal of visual studies developed by the History of Art Department at the University of York. We are seeking proposals for book and exhibition reviews of upcoming significant publications and exhibitions in the fields of art history and art theory. Current MA students within the department, as well as PhD students, are welcome to submit proposals for reviews.

The editorial team welcomes reviews that relate to any period of art history, conservation, and museum studies. Book and exhibition review proposals will refer to books ideally published within 6 months of Aspectus’ publication date in October 2022 and exhibitions ideally either still open in October 2022 or open one month prior to publication.

How to propose a Review

Book review proposals should include: author’s/editor’s name, complete title of book (with a colon between the main title and the subtitle), place of publication, publisher, date of publication, total number of pages (including all front matter and illustrations that do not carry page numbers), number of illustrations (black and white and colour), price, as well as a short description (300 words max) on the text’s significant contribution to its field and/or why a review of the book is necessary. Aspectus will endeavour to secure a review copy of any reviewed book for you to keep.

Exhibition review proposals should include: title of the exhibition, location, exhibition dates, curators’ names, and a short description (300 words max) on the exhibition’s significant contribution to its field and/or why a review of it is necessary.

Accepted reviews should be between 800-1,000 words in length and must be finished and submitted by 15th August 2022.

How to Submit

Aspectus accepts submissions electronically. All proposals should be sent as Word documents via email to with the subject: Review 2022, Surname, First Name, “Exhibition” or “Book.” In the body of your email please include: your name, your affiliation with the University of York History of Art Department, and the category (book or exhibition) and title of what you propose to review.

If you have any questions about proposing a review, please contact Giulia Schirripa, Reviews Editor: