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: Political Participation, Mass Disruptions, and the New Fortresses


The outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011 along with continuous regional instability, the wars against terrorism, and the collapse in global economy has lead to a severe humanitarian crisis. Consequently, refugees and migrants are moving across continents to flee extreme violence, repression, and poverty. The nation-states are struggling to make adequate politics and refugees are to an increasing extent articulated as uncontrollable disruptive masses or crowds that threaten the economic and cultural coherence of nation-states. This is not least reflected in the proliferation of xenophobic politicians and political parties gaining governmental influence and in the establishment of new “fortresses”. The notion of “fortress Europe” (Carr 2015) has in this context been used to describe the highly symbolic and affective processes of guarding nations and continents, which paradoxically rely on migration in order to sustain and prevail. This situation is critical and it calls for the acute investigation of the processes that are at stake when movements subvert existing political systems of power and new fortresses – physical as well as imaginary – are set up (Bermajo 2009; Carr 2015; Hann 2014).

This special issue seeks papers that inquire into the ways in which the relationship between movements of people, new fortresses and new political subjectivities configures political participation. In particular we are interested in the ways in which fortresses restrict and control movement and access to participation within national communities, but also in how new forms of political participation and activism are enacted in response. The issue seeks papers that 1) qualify what a fortress is (i.e. imaginary constructs, borders, data-generated surveillance), 2) inquire into the ways in which fortresses imagine, mediate and invent movements of people as masses and crowds, 3) examines the intersections between fortresses and affective body-politics imbedded in interfaces and data-generated archiving, 4) explore new social movements and activism responding to the crisis and 5) examine the relationship between the individual, the mass, and the crowd and this configures or restricts political participation and the right to act, speak, and move.

Posted: 2016-03-22 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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