Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation

The journal seeks to create an international and transdisciplinary forum for the investigation of user-generated production and user-driven cultural participation across a variety of social fields and participatory platforms, e.g. urban spaces, aesthetic co-productions and online environments. The overall focus is to explore the socially transformative and democratic potential of cultural participation processes, to qualify the academic understanding of what ‘cultural participation’ is and what it involves, and to discuss the complex relations created between user-generated material and established institutions. We invite submissions from a variety of disciplinary fields such as cultural studies, media studies, cultural geography, aesthetics, science and technology studies, health care, information science, sociology, anthropology, and gender studies.



Call for papers: Community and Creative Research. Developing Participatory Methodologies


Deadline: Papers must be submitted by August 15, 2017

Special issue editors: Lorena Sancho Querol and Claudia Carvalho (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Cultural researchers across disciplines are increasingly investigating and experimenting with practice-led, creative and participatory methodologies and approaches. This academic rethinking of research practices could on the one hand be understood as a long-waited willingness to not only look at, but also engage socially with, what is researched. On the other hand it could be approached as a result of an increasing pressure on academic research to create more tangible/inclusive results and effects.

This special issue addresses the multiple ways in which community research practices and methodologies can positively influence active citizenship and nurture social transformation in both rural and urban areas (e.g. a neighbourhood), in specific cultural settings and in various types of institutions (e.g. cultural and media institutions, health institutions). But also the challenges raised by participatory-creative research in terms of their potential renegotiation of established notions of autonomous-critical research, academic quality, effect and ownership.

Posted: 2017-03-11 More...

Call for practice-based papers and projects: Playful Participation


Deadline: Practice-based papers must be submitted by August 7, 2015

Conjunctions: Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation aims to create a forum in which academics and practitioners can share reflections regarding the possibilities and difficulties involved in participatory practices. In this special issue we therefore seek practice-based papers and projects that report experiences with playful participation. Papers might report and document projects related to fields such as playful culture, playful learning, playful cities and playful organisations. Besides reporting on specific projects, the papers might discuss and reflect on how playfulness is utilised with or without success to motivate participation, as well as reflecting on how playful participation can be evaluated: When is playful participation successful?

Papers and projects can be in the form of 3,000-word papers or primarily visual documentation.

Posted: 2015-02-23

Call for papers: Playful Participation


Deadline: Papers must be submitted by August 7, 2015   

Play is a powerful source in people’s encounters with their everyday life, surroundings and society. Furthermore, play is increasingly intertwined with a range of different fields, from learning, exercising and city planning to creative work relations. Identities are built through playful interactions with games (Sutton-Smith, 1997) and social media, playful learning engages students’ abilities and competencies, and organisations use play as a motor for innovation and engagements. The attempts to utilise playful behaviour in cultural, educational as well as organisational contexts reveal tensions when rational social organisation meets forms of playful participation that are less bound by instrumental obligations. In this special issue we call for papers that investigate these inherent contradictions of playful participation, for instance by asking the fundamental question: What exactly is playful participation? But also: How might playful encounters motivate participation? To what extent can playful participation be utilised for e.g. cultural or educational purposes without losing sight of ‘being playful’? And how does playfulness challenge pre-established norms of participation? Papers might address questions of playful participation in relation to fields such as, but not limited to, playful culture, playful learning, playful cities and playful organisations.

Posted: 2015-02-23 More...
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Vol 3, No 1 (2016): Playful Participation

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