Call for Papers: Special Issue of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts (PACA) on Cultural and Racial Issues

The Editors of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts seek papers for a Special Issue devoted to cultural and racial issues in creativity, aesthetics, and arts research.

The vast majority of published scientific work on psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts focuses on Western populations, and in particular on art forms that come from European and Anglo-Saxon histories. While there is significant new work that includes participants from China and Japan, cross-cultural and comparative work is rare. Furthermore, work that investigates racial and ethnic differences within cultures, focuses on art forms not traditionally seen in “high culture” venues, and art that investigates cultural issues such as prejudice, discrimination, equity, appropriation, diversity, disability, and indigenous knowledge is understudied. Similarly, published research on creativity across cultures, within understudied and marginalized populations, and the creativity of stigmatized groups is uncommon.

Papers for the Special Issue can be empirical or theoretical in nature, and could cover a wide range of topics under the umbrella of culture, diversity, disability, equity, race, ethnicity, inclusion, within the psychology of creative thought, aesthetic appreciation and evaluation, and artistic production, engagement, and experience. Papers on cultural appropriation, cross-cultural comparisons, activist art, and indigenous creativity would be particularly welcome. PACA defines art and creativity widely, which can include dance, theatre, visual arts, music, and creative thought, and also architecture, circus, video games, and the like.

Papers should be submitted through the regular APA Manuscript Central, and will be subject to peer review. Please note in your cover letter and through the MC system that the paper should be considered for the special issue. Papers can be submitted any time until June 1, 2022. We anticipate publication of the Special issue in 2023. Any authors with questions about manuscript appropriateness or relevance are welcome to contact Drs. Goldstein and Vartanian directly at or

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts is the journal of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association, and published through APA. It holds a 2 year Impact Factor of 4.349 and a 5-Year Impact Factor of 4.224.  It is currently ranked as the #11 Psychology – Experimental journal (out of 90), and the #1 journal in Interdisciplinary Humanities. For more information and instructors to authors, please visit

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