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.



Cfp: Feminism, social movements and everyday activism


Deadline: Papers must be submitted by 1 June 2018

This special issue of Conjunctions addresses new and historical forms of feminism, everyday activism and social movements dealing with gender related issues and struggles around the world. We invite contributions that explore the protest repertoires, imaginations and practices of movements that fight for political, social, cultural, juridical or economic rights, as well as theoretical contributions that explores theories of feminism, gender, gender theory, queer theory and gender activism. Furthermore, we welcome contributions that analyse examples of everyday activism, popular culture and cultural resistance.

We invite empirical, theoretical and activist contributions from across disciplines, and especially welcome articles that explores the interconnections between ethnicity, class and gender and/or the relationship feminism, Marxism, post-colonialism, socialism and anarchism.

Topics may include, but need not be confined to, the following:

  • The protest repertoire of gender activism
  • Mediated gender activism and online feminism
  • Intersectionality and the critique of ‘white feminism’
  • Cultural resistance and gender in popular culture
  • Social movements and gender
  • Sex industry and human rights activism
  • Everyday discrimination
  • Pink capitalism
  • Transnational feminism
  • Politics of care, domesticity and reproduction
Posted: 2017-12-20 More...

CfP: Affect, Social Media, Politics


Deadline for submission: 28 Feburary 2018

In prolongation of Affect and Social Media #3 /Conjunctions: Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation /welcomes proposals that  interpret and explore affective and emotional encounters with social media and the ways in which the interfaces of social media in return modulate affectivity. Fake news have come to be a highly debated framework to understand the consequences of the entanglements of affect, politics and social media. But theories on fake news often fail to grasp the consequences and significance of social media content that are not necessarily fake, but are merely intended to affectively intensify certain political positions.

It is in this context that it becomes crucial to understand the role of affect in relation to the ways in which social media interfaces function, how affective relations are altered on social media and not least how politics is transformed in the attempt to capitalize on the affective relations and intensities potentially fostered on social media.

This special issue invites empirical, theoretical and practical contributions that focus on recent (political) media events - such as Brexit, the US and French elections and the refugee crisis - and how these unfolded on, and are informed by, social media. Proposals might, for instance, address how the Trump campaign allows us to develop a new understanding of the relationship between social media and politics. As such the issue seeks papers that develop new understandings of affective politics and take into account shared experiences, affective intensities, emotional engagements and new entanglements with social media.

Posted: 2017-11-01

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...
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Vol 5, No 1 (2018): Community and Creative Research. Developing Participatory Methodologies

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