Welcome back to the Fwd: Museums Blog! We're happy to have you back to see what we're up to.
It's week two of the semester, and our team is preparing to begin reviewing submissions. Although the team is familiar with writing and peer editing, we recognize that everyone has different levels of experience with this. Therefore, before starting the reviewing process, we wanted guidance on how to approach the reviewing and copyediting processes with writing pieces. In our submissions, we receive a variety of essays, book reviews, exhibition reviews, poetry, artwork and more! As a peer reviewed journal, we aim to provide effective and useful feedback to our contributors and for this we sought outside help. We invited Professor Claudine Isé to facilitate an editing workshop for us in class. She distinguished the different processes of Editing, Copyediting, and Proofreading, outlining the key points in each process, and gave tips on how to revise grammar. She also provided advice on how to communicate with writers about their work, which is very valuable for any editor. We were very grateful to have such a great resource on campus and we look forward to utilizing the tips she provided!
We also picked our working groups this week as well! We are lucky to have so many members of our team familiar with art and graphic design. With this, we plan to come up with great graphics and merchandise ideas. We also have team members familiar with outreach and social media strategies, which can help us in getting the word out about the new issue of the journal. The team is excited to use our skills and interests for "alien"!
Hello and welcome to the first blog post of Fwd: Museums Journal!
As you may have read on our main page, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing and imaging alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This is a peer-reviewed journal that is produced by graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago through the Museum and Exhibition Studies program.
We published our first journal entitled Inaugurations in 2016. As our opening issue, it focused on firsts and beginnings. Following this, we published Small in 2017, which explored the meaning and experiences of “smallness”. Producing these issues involved the dedication and creativity of many people. From our publication team to our contributors to our publishers at StepSister Press. We’ve been very fortunate to work so many talented and wonderful people! However, after publishing our first two issues, we realized that we did not keep a full record of our journey in creating them. Therefore, we decided to start a blog in order to better document and share the creation of the future issues of our journal.
This week, we began working on our third issue, Alien, in which we question what it means to be “alien” and how to approach unpacking the term “alien” in the context of museums and cultural institutions. We kicked off our first meeting by discussing the terms “alien” and “alienation” and exploring the possible meanings or interpretations that we might read in the submissions we’ve received. In order to organize these thoughts, we generated a mind map that allowed us to visualize and better understand these ideas and connections. As you can see, we have many thoughts on these topics and will continue to expand on these ideas throughout the process. We are all excited to begin reviewing submissions and look forward to sharing this experience with you! Stay tuned!