Call for Contributors: The Italian Art Society Seeks Staff Blog Writers

Artemisia Gentileschi, Allegory of Rhetoric, c.1650, oil on canvas, Private Collection. Wikipedia Commons.

The Italian Art Society’s IASblog seeks applications for staff writers to contribute regular features for the 2021-2022 term. Alongside longer, illustrated blog posts on all aspects of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present, we are also keen to introduce some new features, such as micro-bogs and video-logs.

Staff writers will create new content, which will include author bylines with hyperlinks to personal or professional websites or social media profiles. Each staff writer will have a short bio posted on the blog’s “About” page. The position of staff writer does not carry additional compensation and requires only a small time commitment.

Posts Available:

Post 1 (2 positions available): – The successful applicants will be required to write two illustrated articles/historical notes per month (between 250 and 1000 words each). Topics may include: historical notes tied to significant events related to Italian artists, architects, designers, and patrons, as well as historians and critics of Italian art. Notes on current exhibitions, new publications, and news items relevant to the study and conservation of Italian art and architecture are also welcome. Our thematic and geographic content ranges from the emergence of environmental and activist art as a chief feature of the Venice Biennale to the mummy portraits of the Fayum. Innovative approaches to topical matters as well as methods of presentation are encouraged. Visit IASblog to see sample posts. You will use WordPress to write, edit and schedule your posts.

Post 2: – The successful applicant will be responsible for a new feature blog called, In Profile. This is a monthly feature that introduces individuals who are presently working in and around the fields of Italian art and architecture. It will be your responsibility to ask the featured subject five pre-set questions, record their answers and encourage them to provide a photograph of themselves. You will use WordPress to write, edit and schedule your posts.

Post 3: – The successful applicant will be responsible for a new, occasional blog feature entitled, Mythbusters. Perhaps published once or twice per month, this illustrated feature aims to debunk common misconceptions about topics that fall under our remit. For example, by asking questions like, did gladiators always fight to the death? The article would then go on to state that this was false and explain why. You will use WordPress to write, edit and schedule your posts.

Position 4: – The successful applicant will be responsible for a new, regular micro -blog called Lexicon. This feature aims to share the tools and terminologies of our trades with lay people, who are interested in art and architecture. Accordingly, you would be required to write two micro-blogs per week and will use WordPress to write, edit and schedule your posts.

Knowledge of WordPress technology is preferred; some training will be available.

To apply, please email your expression of interest, a short CV, and a 300-word writing sample to the IASBlog editor Samantha Hughes-Johnson by 31 May 2021. Successful candidates for Post 1, should be advanced scholars of art history, while Posts 2 – 4 are suitable for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers alike. Staff blog writers must be or become members of the Italian Art Society and will begin contributing to IASblog upon appointment for a one-year, renewable term on 1 July 2021.

Please write iasblog@italianartsociety.org with any questions.


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