Call for Photo Essays – Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review


Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is a joint project of the Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS) at Korea University and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at the University of California, Berkeley. The journal is currently accepting photo essay proposals.

Each issue of this open-access, quarterly online journal features a photo essay that includes:

  1. 20–40 high-quality images with descriptive captions and complete source information;
  2. An artist’s/curator’s statement; and, ideally,
  3. A longer, non-peer reviewed essay (8–15 pages) contextualizing the images and highlighting their significance for current trends of inquiry in Asian studies. This essay can be written by the curator or by an invited scholar.

Click here to view a complete archive of past Cross-Currents photo essays, which have featured archival photographs and images of other archival materials (maps, books, etc.), fieldwork images, and original artistic work (photography, paintings, etc.). Our editorial board is open to your ideas.

We look forward to receiving your proposal, which should include:

  1. 5–10 sample images (as a single PDF)*;
  2. A one-page description of the theme of the essay and statement regarding the timeliness and importance of the images to scholars of Asia;
  3. A brief bio paragraph about the curator and essay author (if applicable);
  4. Complete contact information.

* Note: obtaining copyright permissions for all images is the responsibility of the curator.

Please email proposals and inquiries to the Managing Editor at

Cross-Currents is a peer-reviewed, open-access, quarterly online journal that offers its readers up-to-date research findings, emerging trends, and cutting-edge perspectives concerning East Asian history and culture from scholars in both English-speaking and Asian language-speaking academic communities. The journal seeks to balance issues traditionally addressed by Western humanities and social science journals with issues of immediate concern to scholars in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. This English-language journal includes scholarship on material from the 16th century to the present day that has significant implications for current models of understanding East Asian history and culture.

Embedded in a web-based platform with functions for collaboration and discussion, the e-journal uses new technologies to facilitate a dialogue among East Asia scholars around the world that is enhanced by audiovisual and multilingual capabilities.

Cross-Currents is indexed on the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, the Bibliography of Asian Studies, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Project MUSE. The e-journal operates under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.