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Thursday, 12 July 2012

CALL - for papers to fusion, new international open-access journal

fusion is a new international open-access online scholarly journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. Co-founded by the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the College of Arts, University of Lincoln (UK), fusion will publish refereed articles, creative works and other practice-led forms of output.

fu·sion (fy  zh n) noun.
  1. The merging of different elements into a union.
  2. The blending of different elements to form a larger nucleus with the simultaneous release of energy.
  3. A combination of different ingredients and techniques from very different cultures or countries.
fusion aims to:
  • to provide a space where the blurring of different disciplinary, cultural, local, national and global ideas and creative practices can flourish;
  • to increase scholarly appreciation of transdiscplinarity, transculturalism and transnationalism in the communication, media and creative arts industries; 
  • to encourage early career researchers by offering the opportunity to work alongside established researchers in the editorial, peer reviewing and writing processes;
  • to share the benefits of transnational collaboration and discussion of issues seen through the lens of fusion and hybridisation;
  • to foster critical awareness of the dialogic fusion produced between globalisation and regionalism.
fusion is also open to reviews, and commissioned articles. Appearing twice a year, each issue is organised around a theme involving the fusion of two or more ideas, disciplines or cultures, and edited by a small team of guest editors whose research interests reflect the particular theme.  The editorial teams will include at least one early career researcher or Higher Research Degree student.  Submissions will be refereed by an international board of established and emerging scholars working across diverse paradigms in Media, Communication, and the Creative Arts Industries.

Call for papers

Theme:  fusion in the communication, media, creative industries and media arts

Deadline:  17 September 2012

For the first issue the theme is, simply, fusion.  They invite submissions on any aspect - past and present - of the communication, media and creative industries which explore, analyse or otherwise attend to issues of fusion and hybridisation.  They also invite submissions on these same issues seen through the lens of critical regionalism.  The editors wish to encourage joint submissions, particularly those which include an emerging researcher.  Submissions may be visual, aural, still, moving and written material.

Guest Editors for this issue

Professor Craig Bremner and Damian Candusso (Charles Sturt University, Australia)
Professor Brian Winston (Lincoln University, UK)
Associate Professor Jane Mills (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Contributors are invited to submit articles or creative works on fusions and hybridising processes across a wide range of media, communication and creative industries topics.  Joint submissions which include a research student or early career researcher among the authors are especially welcome. 

Submissions which may be visual, aural, still, moving or written are invited for any one of the following sections of fusion.
  • Articles of between 4,000-6,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.
  • Reports, edited interviews, feature reviews of up to 4,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.
  • Reviews, responses, reprints of seminal reports and articles, and debate items of up to 2,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.
Before submitting, you must read the 'Submission' page for the journal's Author/Creator Guidelines and Refereeing Process.  Authors need to register with the journal before submitting.  If you are already registered, you can simply log in.  For enquiries, please contact the fusion Editorial Assistant Michelle O'Connor at moconnor@csu.edu.au

Publication Schedule

Submission Deadline: 17 September 2012
Review comments: 9 November 2012 
Revised submissions due: 19 November 2012
Issue publication: 3 December 2012

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