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That secession is treason, and that all who uphold it by menace or force, or by giving aid in any degree, or in any manner, are traitors, and legally subject to capital punishment.
– Gardner’s Institutes, 1860

The term secession is usually used to refer to any withdrawal from a federation or political state. In the context of modern art, secession also refers to the artistic withdrawal from the art academies which occurred in the late-nineteenth century.

INDEX JOURNAL invites art historical papers on withdrawals, both collective and individual, from states, institutions, academies, trade, corporate bodies, and other milieus. We are looking for submissions that address forms of atomisation, decolonisation, postcolonial nationalism, anti-globalism, as well as responses to the cosmopolitanism that has underpinned the research agendas of this century’s global art histories.


Papers should be no more than 7,500 words and in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (Notes and Bibliography)

Only completed papers considered.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the editors well before the due date.
Submit completed papers by 4 April 2022 to