Welcome to this special issue of the Journal of Media Practice, ‘The disrupted Journal of Media Practice’. This special issue—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). 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?

Three central questions have been posed:

  • How is media practice disruptive of and re-performing the way we do scholarly communication and education?
  • How can JMP reconfigure (the politics of) its own practice?
  • What should a disruptive ‘journal’ of media practice look / sound / feel like?

Topics of conversation

The aim of this 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 have structured this issue around a selection of conversations to emphasise the evolving and collaborative nature of research. The submissions around which these conversations are centred are multimodal, text-based or hybrid; articles, blog posts or books. The conversations openly evolve (from ‘drafts’ to ‘final versions’ and beyond) incorporating peer commentary and reviews from invited media practitioners and the audience at large.

On this platform you can find (links to) the various submissions to this special issue. These submissions are all works-in-progress and will be further developed on this platform as (part of) a selection of conversations around media practice, which will take place from July 1st until September 15th 2016. After this period, the submissions will undergo an open peer review procedure to improve them further and to make a selection of those submissions that will be included in the online and paper-version of the Journal of Media Practice, based on their strength, quality and relevance.

Join the Conversation!

You are more than welcome to join our conversations around media practice research. The conversations are structured with the aid of hypothes.is. For more information about how to use hypothes.is and how to add the specific tags we are using to structure our conversations around the submissions to this special issue, please see here: http://journal.disruptivemedia.org.uk/2016/06/28/using-hypothes-is/

The conversations on this platform and indeed the projects themselves will not be finished or closed after the 15th of September, they will continue to develop. They will exist in various versions – the versions on this platform (or linking out from this platform), the online version of the JMP journal, the printed journal, etc. – and you will continue to be able to interact with them with the help of hypothes.is

If you have any questions about this special issue, please contact the editors at cfp@dmll.org.uk

Topics of conversation:

  • Practice-based Methodologies
    What methods are most suited to creative practice as research? How can we more closely align practice as research through methodology?
  • Performative Publishing
    How do the media we use perform their content and vice versa? How we can bring together and align more closely the material form of a publication with its content? What is the agency of our media, and how are we entangled with the media we use?
  • Processual Research
    From iterative publications to evolving scholarship, in what ways can we better emphasise the processual and ongoing nature of scholarship?
  • Politics & Economics
    What kind of inhibitions do the politics and economics of publishing pose to a disruptive media journal? How can alternative forms of publishing form the starting point for a new politics and new social and economic relations?