This initiative seeks to develop new research methodologies and new forms of criticism and analysis appropriate to collaborative, participatory and socially engaged art practice. Field will develop projects that encourage dialogue across the boundaries between art history and criticism and adjacent disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, urban studies, and political theory. The initiative will also produce FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism, a new on-line, peer-reviewed publication supported by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Visual Arts.