2021 Call for Articles


Docomomo US staff


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Docomomo US accepts article submissions for publication on our website and in our biweekly newsletter on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. In particular, we invite submissions on the following two topics for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.

Travel & Leisure

The Docomomo US 2021 annual theme is Travel & Leisure. Two special edition summer newsletters, one in July and one in August, will be dedicated to articles addressing this theme. We invite article proposals that engage with the theme through a variety of topics, including but not limited to: hotels, motels, resorts, travel amenites, diners, roadside attractions, theaters, local, state, and national parks, 1970s resources, travel stories, travel movies, travel resources, and restaurants. We encourage submissions that explore and reveal the different experiences of travel and leisure for African Americans, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized communities during the mid 20th century. 

The summer newsletters are scheduled for July 14 and August 18. Article proposals and a brief outline should be submitted for consideration no later than Monday June 7, 2021. If your article is accepted, materials are due 15 days prior to publication. 

Regional Spotlight Series

The Regional Spotlight Series began last year as a way to help you explore modern sites around the country without leaving home. Each series consists of three to five articles delving into different topics on modernism in a particular region. We are all familar with modern architectural meccas like New Canaan, Palm Springs, and Columbus, but modernism worth knowing about can be found in every corner of the country. What is the history of modernism in your area? Are there undiscovered sites or designers you would like to share with a broader audience? Is there a preservation battle brewing that you want to shine a light on? If you think your city or region should be the focus of a Regional Spotlight Series, we encourage you to submit a proposal via the instructions below.

Proposals for single article, stand alone spotlight submissions will also be considered (see this Midland, Michigan article as an example). 

All geographic locations are welcome. Past Regional Spotlights include: Chicago, Houston, Mississippi, Las Vegas, Colorado, Kansas, and Pittsburgh. A second spotlight can be done on the same region, but it must cover different subject matter. 

Forthcoming 2021 Regional Spotlights: Milwaukee, South Dakota, Vermont, and Albuquerque.

Submission Instructions

Those interested in submitting an article or Regional Spotlight should send a brief description of the proposed content to info@docomomo-us.org. Docomomo US staff will follow up for further discussion. Full submissions are required 15 days prior to publication.