CfP: Special issue on Failures in Cultural Participation


Article deadline: March 15, 2020 

Patterns of cultural participation have been the focus of policy research for decades. Particularly since the millennium, quantitative data, often collected by governments, has established the notion of ‘non-participation’ as a ‘problem’ that the state needs to address (Balling and Kann-Christensen, 2013; Jancovich 2015 Stevenson, 2013, Stevenson et al., 2015). Yet despite decades of policies and projects to address this and a growing body of research, carried out by consultants and academics, celebrating the success of such interventions in addressing social inclusion and increasing personal wellbeing, the same ‘problem’ appears to remain in regard to the diversity of people who engage with state supported cultural organisations and activities (Warwick Commission, 2015). It has even been claimed that Europe is becoming it is becoming a “less cultural continent” (European Commission, 2013).

     The way in which many projects, organisation and artists are funded and evaluated, combined with the state of financial precarity in which a large number permanently function, means that stories of failure about how cultural participation policies and projects have been enacted are largely overlooked and even supressed in the dominant discourses of cultural policy. This limits and reduces the capacity for “social learning” (May 1992) which may better facilitate change. Without an honest acknowledgement and critically reflective exploration into the nature and extent of failure present in the existing projects and policies by which cultural participation is supposedly supported, then the legitimacy of the status quo will remain difficult to challenge.  

     This special edition of Conjuctions invites contributions that explore the role and place of failure in regard to cultural participation. We invite empirical, theoretical and practice informed contributions from across a range of disciplines. Topics may include, but need not be confined to, the following:

  • The value and role of recognising, understanding and learning from failure for cultural policymaking OR for cultural objects, artefacts and activities
  • Defining and recognising failure in cultural participation projects/policies
  • Cases studies of failure in cultural participation projects/policies
  • The politics of failure in cultural participation projects/policies
  • The morality and ethics of failure in regard to cultural participation projects/policies
  • Evaluating and reporting on failure
  • The relationship between quality and failure in delivering cultural projects
  • Framing failure in evaluations
  • Discourses of failure and success in cultural policy/cultural practice

Articles should be between 6000-8000 words, including endnotes, captions and headings. All articles will undergo blind peer review for final selection in the special edition

     Any questions related to this special edition can be sent to the guest editors:

Dr Leila Jancovich:

Dr David Stevenson:

Submissions can be made at:

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2020

CfP: Special issue on Health, media and participation 


Abstract submission: October 1, 2019 (Article abstracts, 500 words incl. title and 5-7 keywords. Author bio 50 words)

Article deadline: January 10, 2020 

To an increasing extent we are using media to make sense of, communicate about or track our health, physical as well as mental. With this issue of Conjunctions we wish to explore this expanding and interdisciplinary field of media and health and emerging forms of participation in health through media. The issue aims for a deeper understanding of how and with what consequences digital and social media are becoming an integral part of how medical practitioners as well as private persons practice, communicate about and understand health and illness. The topic of media and health invite scholars to consider how perceptions of health, health practices and the life of patients are changing with the interweaving of digital media participation.

This special issue addresses the multiple ways in which the uses of digital media contribute to the reconfiguring of traditional doctor- and patient roles – and practices as well as culturally constructed perceptions of health and illness. How do the participatory affordances of digital technologies change perceptions of what it means to be healthy and how we cope with illness? What is at stake as patients become more engaged in their health, illness, visits to the GP through the use of tracking devices, social media and information searching?

Scholars are invited to focus on the role of digital media of all kinds in new health practices. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach coupling media studies on health with sociological, cultural or healthcare perspectives. Empirical analyses as well as methodological and theoretical discussions are welcomed. As health practices and perceptions differ greatly across the world, we invite contributions from a broad range of social and cultural contexts.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mixed methods approaches to gathering and analysing data on media and health
  • Empirical analyses of public health campaigns and news media coverage of health-related issues
  • The digitisation of the healthcare system in doctor and/or patient perspective
  • Empirical analyses of health-related practices on social media or through self-tracking technologies or other forms of participatory patient practices
  • Theoretical and methodological discussions about challenges and opportunities on the topic of health studies within digital humanities
  • Discussions and use of core concepts within media- and health studies such as affordances, domestication, power, place and time as well as patient empowerment-, participation- and education.


  • October 1, 2019: Submission of abstracts (500 words title included, 5-7 keywords. Author bio 50 words)
  • October 10, 2019: Editor decision on selection of abstracts for the special issue
  • January 10, 2020: Submission of articles
  • February, 2020: Review phase
  • May 1, 2020: Final submission of revised articles
  • Medio 2020: Publication of special issue

Abstracts or any questions regarding this special issue should be sent to:

Cfp: Feminism, social movements and everyday activism


Deadline: Papers must be submitted by August 20, 2019

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

    Any questions relating this special issue can be send to Louise Fabian at

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

This special issue addresses the multiple ways in which community and creative research practices and methodologies can positively influence active citizenship and nurture social transformation. The issue consists of five peer reviewed articles, three “project experiences” and one interview. The five articles deal with creative and participatory research methodologies by focusing on small-scale specific contexts, like sensitive art practices in low-income neighborhoods, new perspectives on anthropological engagement, interactive film-making, collaborative research with circus artists and power distribution in peace-building processes. The project experiences bring us closer to a Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage site, to a Finnish project dealing with the arts as public service and to a Brazilian initiative dealing with social currency and labor activities to face marginalization. Finally, the interview addresses theoretical and methodological issues in the field of cultural participation, coming from Eastern Europe. In this way, the special issue covers a range of perspectives on and approaches to cross-cultural participatory methods and creative research tools that allow us to work from a society-friendly point of view in dealing with society’s fragilities, necessities or unexplored potentials.

Published: 2018-05-24

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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.