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'Fiction Machines'

Guest Editors: Charlie Tweed (Bath Spa University), Tony David Sampson (UEL) and Andy Weir (Arts University Bournemouth)

In this special issue of the IJCMR we will ask how fictional methods are being employed to rethink and renegotiate our relationship with current and future technologies; how such methods can be used from activist and political perspectives; how they can address and critique post-truth conditions; how they can reveal forgotten histories and non-human perspectives; and how they can be used to speculate on, and design, new futures and new sorts of machine.

 

This special issue of invites practice-based researchers with an interest in Fiction Machines to submit works that locate themselves around one of the following thematic strands:

 

  • Activist fictions

  • Speculative design fictions

  • Non-human fictions

  • Post-truth fictions

The deadline for submissions is 30 October 2019 for publication in July 2020. Please email 300-word abstracts to c.tweed@bathspa.ac.uk.

 

We will accept work in three submission categories

  • 'Single-Piece Explorations' (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)

  • 'Multi-Piece Portfolios' (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)

  • 'Practice Discoveries' (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

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'Re-Envisioning the Role of Creative Media Research'

 

Guest Editors: Sophie Swoffer (De Montfort University) and Matthew Freeman (Bath Spa University)

 

In this special issue, comprised of presenters from the conference Cracking the Established Order (CtEO) in 2019, authors are encouraged to develop their presentations into innovative, practice-focused outputs. We ask presenters to explore the ongoing ‘accelerating influence’ of practice-based research, as it continues toshape new ways of thinking about research and creative methodologies. Focusing on the evolution and increasing importance of creative practice within academic contexts across the artsand humanities, we ask you to return to the key question of ‘Can practice allow us to re-envision the role of a traditional researcher?’. We are looking for ways that practice-based research provides a possibility for the formation of new knowledge – both critical and embodied - created and articulated through unique forms and formats.

 

Submissions might also engage with the following specific thematic areas:

 

  • The resilient potential of practice as a means of inviting change, scrambling the established order and resisting rigid structures.

  • The evolving importance of practice-based research within academic contexts

  • The relationship between theoretical knowledge and creative practice, is it interchangeable/ equal/ conflicting?

  • The theoretical lense(s) of your practice and its impacton social, political and cultural contexts

  • The intensive and potentially invisible labour of creating practice.

  • Methodological approaches of your practice-based research

  • The impact of different media within practice-based research (e.g spoken word, text, image, digitised technology)

  • Embodied practice as a means of exploring the self/selves 

  • Practice as a tool of transformation and presence

  • Practice as a means of celebrating artistic freedom and diversity

 

We will accept work in three submission categories

  • 'Single-Piece Explorations' (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)

  • 'Multi-Piece Portfolios' (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)

  • 'Practice Discoveries' (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

 

The deadline for abstracts is 31st October 2019 for publication in May 2020. Please email 300-word abstracts to sophie.swoffer@dmu.ac.uk and m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk.

 

Please ensure you title your submission ‘Cracking the Established Order’, followed by the title of your work. A publication timeline for the special issue is as follows:

  • Authors submit abstracts for consideration: October 31st, 2019

  • Authors submit first drafts of their submission: November 30th, 2019

  • Editor(s) conduct peer-review: December 2019-January 2020

  • Editor(s) return revision suggestions back to authors: February 1, 2020

  • Authors submit revised (final) versions of submissions: March 15, 2020

  • Editor(s) complete copyediting/proofing of submissions: April 30, 2020

  • Special issue published: May 1, 2020

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'Grounded Place'

Guest Editors: Dafydd Sills-Jones (Auckland University of Technology) and Paul Newland (Bath Spa University)

We live in a world of ecological crisis; a world in which we are witnessing sharpening class differences between a mobile global elite, economic migrants, and an often still largely stationary working population. Shifts in global and local power have seen the nation state, international capital and grounded communities thrown into new combinations and relations. In response to these changes, how might moving media practitioners and artists communicate, evoke or interrogate ‘groundedness’, or what Arif Dirlik refers to as a sense of what is included in place ‘from within place’? (Arif Dirlik, ‘Globalization, indigenism, social movements, and the politics of place’, Localities, 1 (2011): pp.47-90).

Submissions could engage with this open question in many ways, including, for example:

  • How might media practitioners and artists explore the relationship between groundedness, the extra-local, and the global?  

  • What aesthetic judgements might media practitioners and artists make, develop or utilise in order to evoke a sense of (or relationship with) groundedness? 

  • How might media practitioners and artists usefully examine how far groundedness and an ecologically-based notion of ‘place’ might offer a way of resisting the universalising discourse of ‘development’? 

 

Submissions might also engage with the following specific thematic areas:

  • indigenous epistemologies and ontologies

  • cosmopolitanism and aesthetics

  • revisiting Situationalist strategies

  • landscape

  • ruralism 

  • the urban, exurban or suburban

  • phenomenology, memory and embodied knowledge

  • ecology

  • notions of belonging, home and homeliness

  • political resistance

 

The deadline for 300-word abstracts is 31 July 2019. Email: Dafydd Sill-Jones (dafydd.sills-jones@aut.ac.nz) and Paul Newland (p.newland@bathspa.ac.uk).

We will accept work in three submission categories

  • 'Single-Piece Explorations' (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)

  • 'Multi-Piece Portfolios' (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)

  • 'Practice Discoveries' (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

 

We also encourage reflections on practice-research methods and contexts that engage with the questions raised above. 

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