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...

Call for Papers: Participation Across, Between and Beyond Disciplines and Institutions


The concept of participation is experiencing its transdisciplinary heyday. This is not least due to a range of broad cultural and technological transformations that challenge established relations between e.g. media institutions and media users, citizens and authorities, companies and consumers, patients and health systems. It is therefore important to clarify how participation is practiced and researched, and to discuss the value (or non-value) of acclaimed participatory processes. This issue explores ‘transdisciplinary participation’. The goal is to clarify how various disciplines understand and use the concept of ‘participation’, and how they distinguish between participation, collaboration, cooperation, involvement, interaction, and co-creation etc. and to investigate if and how it is possible to develop a common understanding of participation which can be deployed across disciplines, while also taking into consideration the inherent complexities of participation.

Deadline: May 15, 2015.

Posted: 2014-11-19 More...

Design and layout

We have the pleasure of collaborating with Abdul Dube. Abdul specializes in visual thinking and he integrated the notion of 'Participatory Cultural Citizenship' in the design and layout of the articles in the first issue. Read more about Abdul Dube and his work: and  
Posted: 2014-11-09

First issue available

Posted: 2014-11-09

Conference Zine


At the conference "RETHINK: Participatory Cultural Citizenship" the Aarhus based agency SideProjects, Abdul Dube and René Sørensen, developed a ZINE FACTORY. Throughout the conference the participants cocreated a zine documenting the conference and our shared experience of participatory cultural citizenship. See the creative reflection on participatory cultural citizenship here:

Posted: 2013-12-20

Call for Papers: Mediatized Cultural Activism


In recent years participatory and activist practises in the public space have been increasingly entangled with digital networks. This is evident in large-scale protests such as the Occupy Wall Street movement, the various activist practices related to the so-called Arab Spring, the Taksim Gezi Park protests, and in activists groups such as Femen, Pussy Riot, and Anonymous. We seek papers that investigate how digital networks redesign the modalities of activist participation, ask how we can understand the relation between visual culture and activist practises, investigate the institutional limits and opportunities of activism, ask who have stakes in cultural resistance, and investigate the possibility for cultural dissent to emerge as political resistance.


Deadline: Papers must be submitted by December 19, 2014.

Posted: 2013-11-20 More...

Call for Papers: Participatory Cultural Citizenship


For more than a decade the internet has been invested with high hopes for democratic empowerment of non-institutional voices (Jenkins 2006, Fenton 2008, Bruns 2008, Gauntlett 2011, Lievrouw 2011), but also, over time, with concerns regarding the type of democratic interactionand the possibilities for citizens’ voices to be heard (Hess 2009, Couldry 2010). It is from such perspective that we invite papers that address the opportunities, limits and challenges of collective creation and citizen empowerment and evaluate the political potentials or impacts of cultural participation including non-professional or ‘vernacular’ production.

Deadline: Papers must be submitted by February 28, 2014

Posted: 2013-11-20 More...
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