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ARID takes a break from publishing during 2016

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The editors at ARID Journal are so busy right now with their own projects and teaching that we regret that we will not publish our annual online issue during 2016. Please check back with us in early spring 2017 for submission guidelines.


Watch the trailer for PAYA—a film by ARID contributor Jenna Cavelle

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PAYA documents the history of Paiute Native Americans who constructed and managed 60-miles of intricate irrigation systems in Owens Valley for millennia long before LA secured its largest source of water through modern engineering a century ago. After the Indian War of 1863, surviving Paiute returned to the Valley from the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains to find their ancient waterworks taken over by white settlers. Today, 150-years later, the Paiute continue the fight to save their waterworks, which are remnant in the Owens Valley landscape. PAYA (“water” in Paiute) stands to recover Paiute water culture and history through the powerful medium of documentary film.

PAYA website: http://payathemovie.com

PAYA trailer from Jenna Cavelle on Vimeo.


ARID 2015 is now available!

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This 2015 issue marks another milestone in our quest to make ARID a sustainable not-for-profit publication. Climate change continues to drive many of the projects and writings featured in this year’s ARID, and we have found our contributors expressing a greater urgency around this global issue. The research represented illustrates that the scale of climate change requires practitioners from every discipline to bring their expertise and methodologies to the problem. We need everyone: artists, designers, scientists, the problem is just that big.

To peruse our fifth issue, click here.

Please consider supporting ARID Journal this year with your tax-deductible donation. Visit our Support Us! page for more information.


Arid Journal now accepting submissions for our Fall 2015 online issue

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ARID seeks written submissions from independent scholars, writers, researchers, and journalists that showcase innovative, compelling and intellectually rigorous storytelling. We also encourage visual, film, and audio submissions including photo essays, illustrations, cinema, soundscapes, music and other forms of cultural production.  We encourage both scholarly articles and papers as well shorter, more informal essays.

Authors are encouraged to submit related art and photography with their written pieces. Artists and photographers may submit stand-alone visual essays. Articles and essays must be original and unpublished and not under consideration by other journals at the time of submission. We will consider previously published media works on a case-by-case basis.

We are now accepting submissions for our Fall/Winer 2015 issue through July 1st, 2015 at our online submission site at: http://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/Arid.

All submitted works are reviewed in an open, peer-reviewed process by at least two reviewers familiar with the content and scope of work submitted. Works selected for further editing and possible publication will be notified by September 15, 2015. Please visit the Submissions page for guidelines and works accepted before submitting your submission online.


Fall 2014 issue of ARID Journal is now available!

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Our fourth installment of ARID features a wide variety of writings and artworks from photography and video to dance/performance and sound and radio art. Art/science collaboration features prominently in all sections, especially with regard to sustainability. In fact, during the planning and production of this issue, the ARID editorial team became very engaged with the idea of sustainability at both a macro and micro scale. Andrea Polli acted as managing editor the Fall 2014 issue.

To peruse our fourth issue, click here.


ARID Journal now accepting submissions four our Fall 2014 issue

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ARID seeks written submissions from independent scholars, writers, researchers, and journalists that showcase innovative, compelling and intellectually rigorous storytelling. We also encourage visual, film, and audio submissions including photo essays, illustrations, cinema, soundscapes, music and other forms of cultural production.  We encourage both scholarly articles and papers as well shorter, more informal essays.

Authors are encouraged to submit related art and photography with their written pieces. Artists and photographers may submit stand-alone visual essays. Articles and essays must be original and unpublished and not under consideration by other journals at the time of submission. We will consider previously published media works on a case-by-case basis.

We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2014 issue through June 1st, 2014 at our online submission site at: http://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/Arid.

All submitted works are reviewed in an open, peer-reviewed process by at least two reviewers familiar with the content and scope of work submitted. Works selected for further editing and possible publication will be notified by July 1st, 2014. Please visit the Submissions page for guidelines and works accepted before submitting your submission online.


Happy New Year from the editors of ARID Journal!

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To start off the New Year we would like to invite you to take a look at our first print-on-demand issue!

ARID’s Fall/Winter 2013 issue focuses on the Centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct—a controversial 233 mile-long hydraulic water conveyance system that has historically been the primary source of potable water for the city of Los Angeles since the aqueduct was first put into service in 1913.

This print-on-demand issue is available at cost from HP Mag Cloud. With your order you will also receive a free PDF of the journal for your mobile devices. Click the link below to order.

ARID Journal Fall/Winter 2013

ARID Journal Fall/Winter 2013

ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology’s programmatic theme for Fall 2013 focuses on the Centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct—a controversial 233 mile-long hydraulic water conveyance system that has historically been the primary source of potable water for the city of Los Angeles since…

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Tyler Stallings’ 3rd Aridtopia installment in partnership with KCET Artbound

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Every issue, ARID Journal selects a significant article featuring or authored by a Southern California cultural producer, artist, designer, or architect to be published in partnership with KCET’s Artbound.

To coincide with our special Fall 2013 Los Angeles Aqueduct issue,  UCR’s Culver Center for the Arts curator and writer-at-large, Tyler Stallings provides his third installment for Aridtopia—a speculative, utopian community in the Mojave Desert first conceived and imagined by Stallings for Artbound.

Read it here: http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/inyo/arid-los-angeles-aqueduct-tyler-stallings.html


BOOM Fall 2013 features several contributions from ARID editors

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BOOM | Fall 2013The ARID editors would like to suggest that our readers pick up the newest issue of BOOM: A Journal Of California published by UC Press. BOOM’s Fall 2013 issue, focusing on the Aqueduct at 100, features contributions from several ARID editors including Hadley and Peter Arnold, William Fox, and Kim Stringfellow.

Visit BOOM’s website at www.boomcalifornia.com to subscribe.

BOOM’s list of “What to do, see, hear, and read this fall in California: http://www.boomcalifornia.com/2013/09/the-boom-list/.


A dedication to Mary Alm, PhD (1969-2013) from her husband and ARID co-author, Barry Lehrman

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Mary Alm (1969-2013) was my muse, dear wife of nine years and mother of our son. She died peacefully after a grueling 15-month fight with breast cancer, just days after we submitted the final manuscript to Arid. The week before she was stricken by an undetected metastasis, I was finally able to bring her up to the Owens Valley to see the place that is now the foundation of my academic career.

As the cool and calmly collected presence reigning in my boundless ideas, Mary Alm brought focus to my life and provided the inspiration that encouraged me to aim for the moon.

As a health psychologist, Mary gave me a perspective into human behavior that enriched my scholarship into urban landscape systems and sustainability. This article was our first published collaboration to connect the gulf between our disciplines. Writing together—often at her weekly infusions during the darkness brought by the cancer—gave us strength to persevere against the relentless toll chemotherapy inflicted and to continue to pursue our dreams of future endeavors together.

As a lasting tribute to our love, this article is dedicated to Mary’s genius, goodness, and grace.

–Barry Lehrman, September 5, 2013