A collaborative platform for critically reading and reimagining monuments.
The Monument Lab Bulletin is a collaborative platform for critically reading and reimagining monuments. We invite contributors who are deeply committed to changing the way we study, build, and interpret monuments. We welcome contributions from artists, students, scholars, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions.
How you can contribute:
Write an essay or reflection ($200)
Produce a digital story, video essay, or data visualizations ($200)
Conduct and share an audio or written interview ($100)
Publish an excerpt from a forthcoming book or exhibition related to monuments, memory, and public space (n/a)
Archive a live streamed event or panel (n/a)
Contribute another potential idea
What to Contribute
We invite contributions that address Monument Lab’s major themes: reflect, remember, and belong. Our team of Bulletin curators and editors will work with writers for content and style and provide feedback for non-written ideas. Essays can range from 800-1200 words, and must include images.
REFLECT: Topics that focus on monuments, memorials, contemporary art, museums, and sites of commemoration
As Strangers and Refugees: Olu Oguibe’s Performing Monument by Laurel V. McLaughlin
Survivors’ Monument by Patricia Eunji Kim
REMEMBER: Topics that focus on the process and practice of how we have and/or will remember collectively
Geographies of the Truce by Hilary Malson
How to Anti- A Monument by Take Action Chapel Hill
The New Gatekeepers: Will Google Decide How We Remember Syria’s Civil War? by Ellery Roberts Biddle
BELONG: Topics that focus on public space, land ownership, and legacies of belonging
Tethers to Invisible Monuments by Joel Garcia
A Marketing Campaign Against Advertising by R.J. Rushmore
How to Pitch
Our team of editors and curators welcome pitches for contributions to the Bulletin. We accept full drafts of articles and/or 250-word abstracts. Please submit your ideas to bulletin[at]monumentlab.com with the subject line “Bulletin Pitch”. Please attach your submissions as .PDFs, if possible. We will get back to you within one week’s time, if not sooner.
$200 for essays, reflections, digital stories, video essays, or data visualizations
$100 for interviews to support potential costs of transcription
Monument Lab is committed to engaging, highlighting, and learning from people who approach monuments from antiracist, decolonial, feminist, queer, working class, ecological, anti-ableist, and other social justice perspectives.