In Fall 2023, a whole issue of Leonardo journal will be dedicated to "CripTech and the Art of Access." It will be documenting the work emerging from CripTech Incubator, as well as inviting new perspectives to map the emerging field of CripTech Art.


Deadline: 21 September 2022 to 15 November 2022


Invited are submissions to a peer-reviewed special issue of Leonardo journal titled, “CripTech and the Art of Access” dedicated to exploring the intersection of art, technology, science, disability, and access. This issue will expand existing scholarship, activism, art, and design practice that centers “aesthetic access” as an animating principle of art, science, and technology to showcase crip innovation and creativity.

The issue seeks to document and theorize the work of Leonardo’s CripTech Incubator artists, as well as to chart the emerging field and praxis of CripTech Art. This collection will draw together emerging scholarship in crip technoscience with artistic practices that expand the creative horizon of accessibility. It asks: What does it mean to crip art, science, and technology knowledge and praxis? How can we build in access as a creative or design principle in digital art and art-making tools? What new creative or embodied possibilities for creating, producing, experiencing media and science-based or tech-enabled art might emerge from disabled artists’ knowledge and practices? What new frameworks emerge for art, science, and technology when we center access institutionally?

Approaches that are informed by intersectional histories of ability, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status are welcomed.


Possible themes or topics may include:

* Artworks and/or art practices that “crip” media art through user-centered design

* The deployment and reimagination of access tools/strategies like captioning, ASL, and audio description in multimodal art and technology platforms like AI, AR, and VR

* Ephemera, stories, and reflections that showcase the frictions artists encounter in their processes, especially as they relate to tech-based art-making tools, processes, and systems

* Creative apps or approaches that hack existing platforms, networks, or devices to generate new forms of access or artistry

* Haptics, tactile tools, and modes of engagement

* Archives, databases, online exhibitions, and remote arts access

* Disability and Indigenous technologies

* Drugs and/or pharmaceuticals

* Cyborgs, prosthetics, posthumanism


To be considered for inclusion in this special publication, please send a title, abstract (100–250 words) and short bio (max. 200 words) to by 15 November 2022. Selected authors will be notified by 15 December 2022 and invited to submit fully developed pieces to Leonardo by 30 April 2023. Selected submissions will be published pending peer review in Fall 2023.


More information on the Call for Papers here.


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