CFP: ‘Grounded Place’ – International Journal of Creative Media Research

From: Matthew Freeman [m.freeman(at)]

CFP: ‘Grounded Place’ – International Journal of Creative Media Research

Hello all,

We’re running a special issue for our International Journal of Creative Media Research on the theme of ‘grounded place’, guest edited by Paul Newland. I figured the topics have close overlaps with colleagues in environment humanities, as well as those interested in place/heritage. If interested, please email Dafydd Sills-Jones (dafydd.sills-jones(at) and Paul Newland (p.newland(at) – and Kate/Owain, please do forward the CFP to any potentially interested CEH colleagues.

Call for Papers

‘Grounded Place’: A special issue of International Journal of Creative Media Research

Guest Editors: Dafydd Sills-Jones (Auckland University of Technology) and Paul Newland (Bath Spa University)

We live in a world of ecological crisis; a world in which we are witnessing sharpening class differences between a mobile global elite, economic migrants, and an often still largely stationary working population. Shifts in global and local power have seen the nation state, international capital and grounded communities thrown into new combinations and relations.  In response to these changes, how might moving media practitioners and artists communicate, evoke or interrogate ‘groundedness’, or what Arif Dirlik refers to as a sense of what is included in place ‘from within place’? (Arif Dirlik, ‘Globalization, indigenism, social movements, and the politics of place’, Localities, 1 (2011): pp.47-90).

Submissions could engage with this open question in many ways, including, for example:

  • How might media practitioners and artists explore the relationship between groundedness, the extra-local, and the global?
  • What aesthetic judgements might media practitioners and artists make, develop or utilise in order to evoke a sense of (or relationship with) groundedness?
  • How might media practitioners and artists usefully examine how far groundedness and an ecologically-based notion of ‘place’ might offer a way of resisting the universalising discourse of ‘development’?

Submissions might also engage with the following specific thematic areas:

  • indigenous epistemologies and ontologies
  • cosmopolitanism and aesthetics
  • revisiting Situationalist strategies
  • landscape
  • ruralism
  • the urban, exurban or suburban
  • phenomenology, memory and embodied knowledge
  • ecology
  • notions of belonging, home and homeliness
  • political resistance

The deadline for 300-word abstracts is 31 July 2019. Email: Dafydd Sills-Jones (dafydd.sills-jones(at) and Paul Newland (p.newland(at)

We will accept work in one of three submission categories:

  • ‘Single-Piece Explorations’ (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)
  • ‘Multi-Piece Portfolios’ (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)
  • ‘Practice Discoveries’ (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

We also encourage reflections on practice-based research methods and contexts that engage with the questions raised above.

International Journal of Creative Media Research is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access academic journal devoted to pushing forward the approaches to and possibilities for publishing creative media-based research:

More detailed descriptions of the above submission categories can be found on the journal website’s Author Guidelines page:

Dr Matthew Freeman, FHEA

Reader in Multiplatform Media

Unit of Assessment Leader, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Co-Director, The Centre for Media Research

Film and Media Subject Lead, SWW AHRC DTP

Author: Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre

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