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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...
 

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: http://www.abduldube.nu/ and http://www.abduldu.be/.  
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:

http://issuu.com/sidepzine/docs/reparcc0001

 
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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