Each academic year, The Lantern selects a spotlight topic in relation to the annual theme chosen by Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities. That theme is explored by the center through exhibitions, speakers, performances, and coursework. In conjunction with a Maine state-wide public humanities initiative on the same topic, the theme for the 2021–22 year is “Freedom & Captivity.”
This year, The Lantern will solicit articles related to the Humanities theme, spotlighting “Community and Abolition,” and examining notions of restorative justice, marginalization, resistance, and joy. We seek content that explores the ways art can catalyze viewers into action, function as a reparative in the face of systemic inequality, or reinforce oppressive ideologies.
The Lantern has an open submission process and publishes writing in all forms, including essays, criticism, poetry, prose, etc. Multimedia content is also accepted. We welcome articles connecting Colby Museum collection works, special exhibitions, or other programming to restorative justice, fugitivity, resistance, community, care, etc. If you are interested in a specific work you’ve seen in Colby’s galleries/online, we are happy to provide an image for study purposes. Submission does not guarantee publication, and each approved submission will go through an editing process that takes about two weeks. Original writing that has not been produced for a class or other publication outlet will be compensated. To learn more about this opportunity or to submit an article, contact Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow Siera Hyte.