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    Amsterdam Museum Journal

    Welkom bij het Amsterdam Museum Journal (AMJournal). Het Engelstalige multidisciplinaire (diamond) open access platform dat peer-reviewed onderzoeken publiceert met als doel academici en onderzoeksbelangstellenden uit verschillende domeinen en perspectieven met elkaar te verbinden.

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    Moving Beyond Disciplines

    AMJournal is thematically oriented. Each calendar year we publish one edition that centers on social themes, such as conflict and gentrification, whilst the other focusses on museum practices, such as new media technologies and art copies.

    As the city museum of the eclectic capital of the Netherlands, the art and object we show, the stories we host and the societal topics that occupy us are complex by nature. This complexity requires a polyphonic approach; not one voice can, or indeed should, tell the whole story. As such, rather than disciplinary, AMJournal is thematically oriented.

    We publish contributions from scholars in various stages of their research careers, and in a variety of disciplines; from art history to law and from sociology to philosophy, as well as multi-, cross-, trans- and interdisciplinary studies.


    AMJournal aims to make research accessible from readers and researchers.

    All texts are published in English and written according to the AMJournal author guidelines with the broader academic and expert community in mind. 

    Reader Accessibility 
    The journal is (diamond) open access. All journal editions, as well as individual contributions, can be accessed and downloaded for free on the renewed Amsterdam Museum website in PDF format (website launch in September 2023). In addition to not charging subscriptions or access fees for readers, AMJournal does not charge authors Article Processing Charges (APCs).

    Author Accessibility
    Whilst AMJournal strictly includes contributions that meet its high standards, we aim to make research publications accessible both for the reader and the writer. As such, AMJournal welcomes contributions by authors in all stages of their research careers; from outstanding master students to the most lauded scholars (and anyone in between). As we highly value junior and freelance researchers, the journal does not require authors to have a research institute affiliation to publish. Each published text goes through three rounds of double-blind peer reviewing by, at least, two peer reviewers (1. Abstract (open call) 2. Version 1, 3. Version 2). As such, we aim to make publishing research more accessible to authors and ensure that publication is purely based on the quality of the contribution. To further support students and independent researchers, for each edition AMJournal awards the Best Paper Prize (€350) to scholars without a research position (e.g., Ph.D. candidates, junior lecturers or freelance researchers).

    Contribution Types

    Rather than restricting itself to one academic text genre, each AMJournal  edition features various text types.

    By centering on a theme rather than one discipline, AMJournal allows researchers to publish their expertise outside the confounds of their usual disciplinary borders. In other words, we wish to provide a platform for academic passion projects; from the big data scientist wanting to write an essay on their work to the literary philosophy scholar doing quantitative empirical analyses outside their project.To support multivocality and offer a stage for various disciplines, AMJournal publishes various types of contributions:

    1. The Short Essays:
    2000-4000 words, a clear thesis statement in the text for which they offer sufficient reasoning embedded in existing academic literature.

    2. The Long Essays: 4000-6000 words, a clear thesis statement in the text for which they offer sufficient reasoning embedded in existing academic literature.

    3. The Empirical Papers: 2000-6000 words, for studies that are based on empirical analyses (e.g., data driven research, case studies, experiments).

    4. The Visual Essay:
    an qualitative analysis of the presentation, representation in a series of images relevant to the theme.

    5. The Polyphonic Object:
    1000 words each, feature short analyses of an object from the Amsterdam Museum collection by three scholars from different disciplines

    6. The Polylogue:
    a thematic roundtable conversations by experts from various academic fields on the theme of the journal edition.

    7. The Interview:
    an in-depth interview between the guest editor(s) and a prominent name in the field.

    Board of Editors

    Editor-in-Chief / Managing Editor
    Dr. Emma van Bijnen (Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Multimodality)

    Internal Board of Editors
    Dr. Judith van Gent (Art History)

    Dr. Vanessa Vroon-Najem (Cultural Anthropology)

    Dr.  Norbert Middelkoop (Art History)

    For each themed edition, in consultation with the advisory board, guest editors will be invited to be project lead, or complement the fixed members of the AMJ editorial board.

    External Board of Editors
    The internal board of editor is supplemented by an extensive international external board of editors. Depending on the theme of an edition, a selection of the external board of editors will serve as guest editors and edition advisors. As the journal covers numerous disciplines, this external board is comprised of scholars from various academic fields and disciplines:

    Pablo Ampuero Ruiz (Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body)​

    Rowan Arundel (Geographies of Globalization)​

    Sruti Bala (Theatre Studies)​

    Markus Balkenhol (Social Anthropology)​

    Christian Bertram (History)​

    Stephan Besser (Modern Dutch Literature)​

    Carolyn Birdsall (Media Studies)​

    Cristobal Bonelli (Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body)​

    Pepijn Brandon (Global Economic and Social history)​

    Petra Brouwer (Art History) ​

    Chiara de Cesari (Heritage, Memory, and Cultural Studies)​

    Debbie Cole (English Language Structure)​

    Leonie Cornips (Linguistics)​

    Annet Dekker (Digital Conservation)​

    Christine Delhaye (Cultural Sociology)​

    Karwan Fatah-Black (History)​

    Maaike Feitsma (Fashion and Dress Studies)​

    Wouter van Gent (Urban Geography)​

    Javier Gimeno Martinez (Design Studies)​

    Sara Greco (Argumentation, Linguistics, and Semiotics)​

    Suzette van Haaren (Digital Heritage)​

    Laura van Hasselt (Public History) ​

    Gian-Louis Hernandez (intercultural Communication and In/Exclusion)

    Pim Huijnen (Cultural History)​

    Julian Isenia (Anthropology)​

    Paul Knevel (Early Modern History)​

    Gregor Langfeld (Art History)​

    Mia Lerm-Hayes (Modern History and Contemporary History) ​

    Virginie Mamadouh (Geographies of Globalization)​

    Julia Noordegraaf (Media Studies)​

    Esther Peeren (Cultural Analysis and Literary Studies)​

    Gertjan Plets (Cultural History)​

    Menno Reijven (Argumentation, Rhetoric and Political Communication)​

    Jan Rock (Modern Dutch Literature and Culture)​

    Noa Roei (Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis)​

    Margriet Schavemaker (Media and Art in Museum Practices)​

    Steven Schouten (Semiotics)​

    Irene Stengs (Anthropology of Ritual and Popular Culture)​

    Eliza Steinbock (Gender and Diversity Studies)​

    Dimitris Serafis (Critical Discourse Studies)​

    Sanjukta Sunderason (Art History)​

    Rebecca Venema (Mediated Communication and New Media)​

    Tim Verlaan (Urban History)​

    Janessa Vleghert (Digital Humanities)​

    Daan Wesselman (Literary Studies)​

    meLê Yamomo (Theatre Studies)​

    Mia You (English Modern and Contemporary Literature)​

    Emilio Zucchetti (Classics and Ancient History)​

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    Author Guidelines

    Before submitting a text, check the AMJournal author guidelines

    Download Author Guidelines

    Author Terms and Conditions

    All authors must agree to, and adhere to, the AMJournal author terms and conditions

    Download Author Terms and Conditions
    Beeld editie 2

    Edition #2: Deconstructing Gentrification

    Guest edited by Tim Verlaan

    Edition #2 will be published in December 2024. Want to receive edition #2 as soon as it launches? send us an e-mail!

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    Artwork Call for Abstracts 3

    Edition #3: Reproducing Art, Culture, and Society

    Guest edited by Liselore Tissen and Tom van der Molen

    Edition #3 will be published in December 2024. Want to receive edition #3 as soon as it launches? send us an e-mail!

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