Art/Research International is a forum dedicated to exploring and advancing art as and/or within the research process across disciplines and internationally.
You can subscribe to these announcements by registering as a User on the right.
The Editorial staff at Art/Research International would iike to pay tribute to Carl, an artful scholar, and a leader in the arts-based research community.Read More Read more about In Memory of Dr. Carl Leggo
Call for submissions for a special issue of
Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal
Encountering Artistic Research Practices: Analyzing their Critical Social Potentialities
(Anticipated publication date February, 2020)
Guest Editors: Karin Hannes, Social Research Methodology Group, KU Leuven, Belgium & Rudi Laermans, Theory, Culture and Religion Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium
An abundance of artistically inspired research practices use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. Many of them are currently pushed forward by scholars who combine an artistic and an academic background. The idea that art can be used as a way to understand human action and experience contributed to the further development of socially engaged artistic research practices (Wang, Coemans, Siegesmund & Hannes, 2017; Cahnmann-Taylor & Siegesmund, 2017). The latter emphasize participation, dialogue, co-action and the occurrence of immersive experiences as a key element of the research process (Kester, 2011). Researchers and artists involved in these practices tend to use art as a vehicle to engage with the texture of social life, eventually disrupting the seemingly natural flow of the social in order to stimulate reflection and invite action for change (Bax, Gielen & Ieven, 2016; Meier & Frers, 2016). This may be done within public space in the broad sense or in the context of the more specific frameworks opened up by theatre, dance or music performances.
For this special issue we invite contributions that investigate actual modes of social encountering through art and design in the public domain and how such practices create social value. We assume that many of these practices are not intrinsically critical but may result, often unintentionally, in new forms of “instrumentalization” and “commodification” (Cameron & Coaffee, 2005). We are therefore particularly interested in examples of artistic practices creating encounters between people and the public domain that have a clear critical edge and enhance the common good; have been (or have become over time) repurposed to serve other-than-social goals; or are rather ambiguous. This includes a focus on the underlying dynamics through which artistic practices either re-enforce or re-define general notions of “differing” and how the corresponding ideas either challenge existing societal power mechanisms or alternatively keep them into place (Beyes & Steyvaert, 2011; McDowell, 2018).
Specific lines of interest for this call include:
Papers should preferably be situated on the crossroad between theory and method. On a theoretical level we invite contributions furthering our understanding of the impact of the blurred lines between art, social life and scholarship as illustrated by socially engaged artistic research practice. Critical perspectives that challenge our current understanding of what art can or is supposed to achieve in social terms will also be considered. We particularly encourage contributions that question the idea that artistic practices should necessarily be perceived as a means to a social end. Empirical research papers and case studies are warmly welcomed on the condition that they not only illustrate the impact of the use of art in widening audience participation or transforming participants and communities, but are also situated in relation to changing economic, cultural, educational, social and/or political contexts.
We invite contributions (broadly defined as manuscripts, literary, visual, audio or performances-based artworks or traces of them, and other presentations) for the Theoretical Musings and In Action sections of Art/Research International. Submissions are due by May 15, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Karin Hannes at Karin.email@example.com. Please review the Art/Research International submission guidelines and download the journal's formatting guide before making your submission. These can be found on the journal website at:
Please clearly indicate on your title page that you are directing your submission to this special issue.
Guest Editor biographies:
Karin Hannes, KU Leuven Karin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualitative inquiry team from the Social Research Methods research unit, Centre for Sociological Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven
The team specializes in the development and testing of innovative methods and artistically inspired analytical approaches, both on the primary research level and the meta-synthesis level. Research pays attention to the potential of arts-based, visual and multisensory approaches in the context of socially engaged research practices, with a particular focus on community based and participatory research practices. On the meta-level the team advances the debates on the use of quality and reporting criteria in the broad field of qualitative inquiry, including arts-based methods traditions. The team also contributes to the further development of the evidence base in the domain of social and public health sciences, through the production of qualitative and mixed-method systematic reviews of the literature.
Rudi Laermans, KU Leuven
Theory, Culture & Religion research unit, Centre for Sociological Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven.
The research group studies cultural change in fields like religion, artistic production, politics or consumption to give flesh and bones to container notions like individualization or post modernization. Within the arts, a main research focus is processes of co-creation and artistic collaboration in the performing arts against the background of the neoliberal regime of flexible artistic accumulation. Attention is therefore also given to artists' situations of socio-economic precarity and how it is related to a logic of self-precarization due to a more general valuation of self-expression. Moreover, the interest in direct artistic co-production is combined with a focus on critical practices of “communing” or sharing materials, procedures ... on the one hand, and on logics of social value production through participatory modes of addressing audiences on the other. In dealing with these topics, qualitative methods are used in combination with a broad theoretical angle transcending the traditional divide between the humanities and the social sciences.
The interactions between artistic practice and qualitative inquiry are of particular importance to both groups.
Bax, S., Gielen, P. & Ieven, B. (Eds.) (2016). Interrupting the city: Artistic constitutions of the public sphere. Amsterdam, NL: Valiz.
Beyes, T., & Steyaert, C. (2011). The ontological politics of artistic interventions: Implications for performing action research. Action Research, 9(1), 100-115.
Braidotti, R. (2011). Nomadic theory: The portable Rosi Braidotti. New York: Columbia University Press.
Cahnmann-Taylor, M., & Siegesmund, R. (Eds.). (2017). Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice. New York: Routledge.
Cameron, S., & Coaffee, J. (2005). Art, gentrification and regeneration–from artist as pioneer to public arts. International Journal of Housing Policy, 5(1), 39-58.
Jackson, S. (2011). Social works: Performing art, supporting publics. New York: Routledge.
Kester, G.H. (2011). The one and the many: Contemporary collaborative art in a global context. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Malzacher, F. (2015), Not just a mirror. Looking for the political theatre of today. Berlin, DE: Alexander Verlag.
McDowell, L. (2018). Gender, identity and place: Understanding feminist geographies. New Jersey, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Meier, L., & Frers, L. (2016). Encountering urban places–Visual and material performances in the city. In L. Meier & L. Frers (Eds.), Encountering urban places: Visual and Material performances in the city (pp. 17-24). New York: Routledge.
Wang, Q., Coemans, S., Siegesmund, R., & Hannes, K. (2017). Arts-based methods in socially engaged research practice: A classification framework. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 2(2), 5-39.Read More Read more about Call for Submissions for a special issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal Encountering Artistic Research Practices: Analyzing their Critical Social Potentialities
Guest Editors Esther Fitzpatrick and Rosemary Reilly have extended the call for this special issue until June 1st, with an expected publication date of February, 2019.
Read on for the full call for submissions.Read More Read more about Call for Special Issue on Craft Extended to June 1st
Making as method: Reimagining traditional and indigenous notions of “craft” in research practice
(Expected publication date February 2019)
Guest Editors: Esther Fitzpatrick, University of Auckland, New Zealand and
Rosemary Reilly, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
We invite manuscripts, performances, and other presentations or representations that depict, explore, and expand the full range of craft’s potential – from embodied knowledge and knowledge construction to political agitation and social justice through methodological, theoretical, performance, and empirical work for the Theoretical Musings and In Action sections of Art/Research International. We also encourage ekphrastic poetic responses to examples of 'craft' in research practice, and different examples of reimagining 'craft' in the digital age for the Reviews section.
Submissions due by April 30, 2018. Inquiries should be directed to Esther Fitzpatrick at email@example.com
Please review the Art/Research International submission guidelines and download the journal's formatting guide before making your submission. These can be found on the journal website at: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ari/index.php/ari/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
Please clearly indicate on your title page that you are directing your submission to this special issue.Read More Read more about Call for Proposals - Special Issue on Craft
The second issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal is now available. We hope you enjoy it and welcome your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read More Read more about Art/Research International Vol 2. No 1.
Art/Research International is pleased to welcome guest editors Dr. Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, and Dr. Sheila Squillante, Chatham University. They are currently seeking proposals for this special issue on Poetry and Social Justice, for publication in January/February 2018.Read More Read more about Announcing a Special Issue on Poetry and Social Justice
Co-editors in Chief, Diane Conrad and Patricia Leavy, are happy to announce the launch of the first issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. Vol 1 No 1 is openly accessible on the Open Journal Systems at the following link: https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/ari/issue/view/1881 (or by clicking "Current" in the menu above).
We thank the authors and our volunteer editorial team for making this issue possible and welcome submissions for our next issue.
Please note that for optimal viewing/reading online you should have the latest versions of your operating system and browser. PDFs of the articles are available for downloading. HTML versions of the articles will be forthcoming.
We would appreciate any feedback you’d be willing to offer. You can contact the journal at: email@example.com
Enjoy!Read More Read more about First Issue Now Available!
Thank you to Pauline Sameshima for designing the logo for Art/Research International and for sharing your process (below).
In designing the ARI logo, I had the humbling honour of working with a brilliant and generous team and I am grateful for the opportunity. Here I share a little of my thinking in the logo design process.
First, a journal "brand" must be conceived. The brand is not the logo, but what the logo promises—the attributes of some of the things the journal can offer. The brand is the journal's unique selling feature. The logo should be a reminder of these attributes. I was fortunate to know the work of the co-editors and examples of logos they liked helped me to see that they valued connectivity and overlap.
I chose to use a turning wheel because it represents a dynamic team facilitating forward-thinking research in perpetual motion. The sum is greater than the parts. The wheel is interdisciplinary, unconventional, and part of the symbolic global. There is a peace sign in the logo representing support of social justice issues. The Venus symbol (circle substituted with iconic triangle dress) recalls feminist philosophies and sociology outlooks. The logo also alludes to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man’s widespread arms and legs to symbolize inclusion, harmony, and aesthetics in the journal’s brand.
~ Pauline SameshimaRead More Read more about Conceiving Brand through Logo Design