Although media practice as a field and community embraces a plurality of media, the materiality of its scholarly forms of production and communication remain predominantly text-based. How then, can a journal of media practice (JMP) extend from a speculative focus on what media practice as research could be, to an exploration of the alternative forms of communication and circulation it could enable?
This special issue of the Journal of Media Practice — guest edited by the Centre for Disruptive Media and Disruptive Media Learning Lab — will experiment with how media practice, in rethinking research as practice, could also disrupt the way we mediate this research through various formal and informal scholarly forms (including the academic journal).
Three central questions will be posed:
Topics of Conversation
The aim of this digital only, open access special issue is to put forward a number of provocations with respect to what a ‘journal of media practice’ should or could be. To provide an alternative to the standard journal article, the guest editors will structure this issue around a selection of conversations to emphasise the evolving and collaborative nature of research.
The format and length of the publications or works around which these conversations will be centred will be open to negotiation – they can be multimodal, text-based or hybrid; articles, blog posts or books. The conversations will then be able to openly evolve (from ‘drafts’ to ‘final versions’ and beyond) incorporating peer commentary and reviews from invited media practitioners and the audience at large.
We propose the following topics of conversation, but are also open to other suggestions. Please outline in your submission which topic(s) you will be addressing:
JMP Editors Note
Longer term, the editors are interested in further exploring the legacy of this special edition in terms of a replacement for JMP Screenworks which will no longer be formally supported by JMP, but which will be an archive space for the period it has run.
Expressions of interest / outlines of proposed submissions to guest editors Jonathan Shaw and Janneke Adema at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20th.
Following initial discussions, submissions will be required by July 1st 2016. These will then be developed and explored as online conversations around the experimental platform during the summer.
This experimental issue of JMP will be hosted at http://journal.disruptivemedia.org.uk/