RACAR : Revue d'art canadienne Canadian Art Review

Managing editor(s): Saelan Twerdy / Editor(s): Mitchell B. Frank (Editor-in-Chief)



RACAR is published by the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC). We are housed at the Université du Québec à Montréal thanks to the joint support of UQAM's Faculté des arts, Département d'histoire de l'art, École des arts visuels et médiatiques, École de design, and its graduate programs in museology.

As the only general art history journal in Canada, RACAR’s scope reflects the range and diversity of art history practices at the national and international levels. The articles published in RACAR cover all countries and all periods, as well as the history of design. In addition to publishing reviews of recent books and exhibitions, the journal offers a space for artists to present, reflect upon, and discuss their work, as well as a forum for current concerns, debates, and polemics in art history.



The journal is indexed in numerous catalogues, including ARTbibliographies, Art Full Text, Art Index, Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and Répertoire d’art et d’archéologie.

The long-term archiving of RACAR is ensured by Portico.


Managing Editor: Saelan Twerdy

Email: information.racar@gmail.com

Website: www.racar-racar.com



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Individual digital subscription: individuals wanting to subscribe to the digital version of the journal are invited to communicate directly with the journal: information.racar@gmail.com

Print version subscription:

Annual subscription is $95.

Please contact uaac@gozoom.ca.

Back issues (76 issues)

Permanent archiving of articles on Érudit is provided by Portico.

Editorial policy and ethics


Submissions and Instructions to Authors

RACAR is published twice a year: a general issue in the spring and a guest-edited thematic issue in fall. Texts are reviewed and approved by the journal’s editorial committee and external evaluators, and they must meet the standards of a respected academic journal with an international reputation.


Authors may submit articles to be published in a general issue or by responding to a call for papers linked to one of the guest-edited thematic issues. The journal also publishes book and exhibition reviews, as well as thematic sections focused either on current issues, debates, polemics, and matters of interest to the UAAC community (Polemics section), or current practices in art, design, and curating (Practices section).


Before submitting an article or a proposal, please consult the journal’s guidelines below, then send your submission to the following address: information.racar@gmail.com.


Submit a proposal for an article

Submit a proposal for a book or exhibition review

Submit a proposal for a special issue

Submit a proposal for a Polemics section

Submit a proposal for a Practices section


Peer-Review Policy

The members of the journal’s editorial committee and guest editors review each article before sending it to an external reviewer for a double-blind evaluation process. Authors are then given detailed comments and one of the following verdicts: 1) accepted without changes; 2) accepted with minor changes; 3) revise and resubmit; 4) refused. In the case of major discrepancies among the verdicts, the journal may request an additional external evaluation. The journal provides authors with the referees’ anonymous comments, so that they can revise their text. The journal’s decision regarding the publication of a text is final.


Policy on the Use of Articles Published in the Journal

The journal publishes complete texts in English or French. The in-print version of the journal is available in university libraries across North-America and Europe. We recently adopted an open-access policy, and more recent articles may now be downloaded from our website: www.racar-racar.com. The journal thus allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or reference the full text of its articles, or to use them for any legal purpose.


Copyright Policy

The intellectual property and the copyright for the original content of all articles belong to the authors. In return, authors grant RACAR free and exclusive licence for the initial publication, as well as the right to produce and distribute the text for an unlimited amount of time and without territorial restriction. The author is responsible for obtaining copyright permissions and high-resolution JPG files for any images accompanying their article. Authors are permitted to self-archive in a public repository using a PDF provided by RACAR. 


Anti-plagiarism policy

The journal RACAR rejects all forms of plagiarism and considers the following as an act of plagiarism:

– Copying, in whole or in part, the work of someone else and presenting it as one’s own;

– Copying, in whole or in part, one’s own, previously published work without making reference to the original publication (self-plagiarism).

Prior to the publication of an article, authors confirm in the contract they sign with the journal that they are the official copyright owners, and that they are not infringing on the rights of anyone else with regards to either their text or any accompanying illustrations/images.

For its part, RACAR will conduct various forms of research using a variety of tools (such as software and data bases, but also indexes of print journals), in order to ensure that the article contains no instances of either plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

If plagiarism is detected, the journal will take the following measures:

Before Publication

– If plagiarism is detected before the publication of the manuscript by either a member of the editing committee or by an external referee, the author will be contacted immediately. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the author will either be asked to re-write the text or to correctly cite her or his sources with precise references to the quoted text. If the plagiarism is substantial (20% of the text or more), the article will be rejected automatically and the author will no longer be able to publish in RACAR.

After Publication

–  If plagiarism is detected after publication, the article will be withdrawn from the journal and the author will no longer be able to publish in RACAR.

Editorial board

Editor in Chief
Mitchell B. Frank, Carleton University

Anne Dymond, University of Lethbridge
Erin Silver, University of British Columbia
Olivier Vallerand, Université de Montréal

Managing Editor
Saelan Twerdy

English Reviews Editor
Devon Smither, University of Lethbridge

French Reviews Editor
Zoë Tousignant, Musée McCord-Stewart

Editorial Board
Ignacio Adriasola, University of British Columbia
David Garneau, University of Regina
Analays Alvarez Hernandez, Université de Montréal
Joana Joachim, Concordia University
Erin Morton, St Francis Xavier University
Eduardo Ralickas, UQAM
Carmen Robertson, Carleton University
Felicity Taylor, University of Ottawa
Lana Whiskeyjack, University of Alberta
Michael Windover, Carleton University