The Journal of Arts & Communities is dedicated to researchers and practitioners from around the world who wish to increase the understanding and development of the socially engaged arts. In partnership with the Knowledge Exchange Network on Participation and Engagement in the Arts, the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), and with the Cultural Participation Fund (FCP) from Netherlands, the Journal of Arts & Communities announces a Special Edition dedicated to Arts & Communities: international reflections from Utrecht on participation and engagement, which will be published in Winter 2015.
There is a Guest Editorial Team for this Special Edition who will work in partnership with the Journal of Arts & Communities editorial team. This team includes Leila Jancovich, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy, Arts and Festivals Management, Leeds Metropolitan University; Teunis IJdens Senior Researcher at the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts - LKCA); Professor Franco Bianchini, Leeds Metropolitan
University and Jan-Jaap Knol, Director of the Cultural Participation Fund, who join Stephanie Knight, Principal Editor of the Journal of Arts & Communities and Hamish Fyfe and Greg Giesekam who are Associate Editors.
The knowledge exchange network on participation and engagement in the arts (@ARTSKEN) exists to debate issues of policy and practice, share existing research and support new work, investigate models of good practice and challenge current thinking. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Economic and Social Research Council, and it aims to:
- create a climate of collaboration between different research disciplines as well as between research, policy making and practice
- develop international comparative analysis
- contribute to the development of practice amongst individual artists, arts and community organisations
- inform policy by broadening the network to include policy makers and professionals from a wider arena than normally covered by arts networks,
- maximise the impact of the network through collaboration or partnership with think tanks and Non Governmental Organisations
- contribute to the development of policy for a more vibrant and fairer society
The Journal of Arts & Communities encourages a wide range of contributions and contributors, including, but not limited to, the following: essays pursuing original lines of inquiry, raising challenging issues about the field, or documenting innovative work; interviews with practitioners or debates between practitioners and/or theorists; case studies of individual practices or projects, particularly those which have a broader significance in relation to ongoing concerns in the field and those which provide opportunities for project participants to reflect upon their participation; photo-essays or other forms of project documentation; accounts of innovative training practices or approaches to evaluation and critical reflection; reports on conferences or proposals to publish more extended proceedings. Beyond our normal book review section, we also welcome proposals to discuss particularly significant publications which might merit fuller discussion.
Details for Contributors
Although we are open to discussion on the length of specific contributions, prospective contributors might observe the following guidelines as to length:
-‐ Discursive articles tackling broader issues of theory or practice or introducing particularly significant practice: up to 6,000 words, although we may agree to extend this in exceptional circumstances to 10,000 words;
-‐ Interviews, debates and case studies: up to 4,000 words;
-‐ Photo-essays, or other forms of visual project documentation – up to eight pages of visual documentation;
-‐ Reports of conferences: up to 1,500 words; we may also agree some visual documentation, where appropriate. Proposals for more extensive conference proceedings should be discussed prior to submission;
-‐ Book discussions, Notes and Queries: up to 750 words.
Contributors should follow the Harvard referencing system for citations and include a list of works cited at the end of the article. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
Illustrations and images are welcome. Photographs can only be accepted as production-ready, high resolution electronic images in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Minimum resolution for images is 300 dpi. All illustrations and images should be accompanied by a caption and numbered. Images should be sent in the order in which they are expected to appear in the article. It is the contributors’ responsibility to obtain copyright permission, where necessary, to reproduce images.
Submissions should be sent via e-mail in Word format to the Principal Editor firstname.lastname@example.org You are welcome to discuss proposed articles in advance of submission; in particular, we encourage practitioners who may wish to explore ways of documenting their practice to get in touch to discuss possible approaches.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 27th February 2015. All submissions will be sent to the panel of guest peer reviewers form assessment of their suitability for publication in these special editions.
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