6 June 2019


Opportunity Description

Call details for Issue III: Embodied Methodologies, Creative Research in the Global South

Issue III Guest Editor: Dr. Mareli Stolp

Artistic Research (AR) accepts as fundamental the idea that the traditional separation in Western thought between theoretical and practical knowledge (episteme and phronesis) can and should be challenged; in Artistic Research approaches, theory and practice are seen as integrated and mutually informative.

The integration of practical and theoretical knowledge has been argued to be fundamental to areas of African knowledge.  The third issue of […] Ellipses takes this idea as axiomatic, and positions Artistic Research as a Southern epistemology. This edition invites explorations of ways in which Artistic Research is practised in multiple disciplines on the African continent and in the Global South. Submission proposals are encouraged that engage positions on decolonising methodologies and challenge disciplinary boundaries and epistemological traditions.

The situatedness of the artistic practitioner within the creation process and the discursive rendering thereof is central to the methodology of much of artistic research output. Issue III of […] invites submissions in which embodied and tacit knowledges are positioned as primary areas of investigation – projects where bodily and/or experiential knowledge is seen as central to the research methodology.

Submissions that approach tacit and embodied knowledge predominantly from Afro-centric and Southern perspectives are particularly encouraged. Projects are furthermore encouraged that actively explore the body and its position in art-making; bodily experience; tacit knowledge; embodiment; pragmatic involvement in the artistic practice which is being studied; autonoetic awareness; and projects that connect to notions of ‘carnal sociology’.

[…] makes use of an online platform to develop and publish submissions and may therefore be explored as multi-media and interactive types: interactive narrative, film, image, dynamic text, sound, animation, gifs, 360 formats, etc. Publication formats are developed together with the digital editor, once a proposal is selected. Submissions for […] III should therefore include:

  • A biography of the author or authors.
  • A 250 to 500 word abstract describing the research or project;
  • A broad description of initial thinking on how the author(s) would like to use the digital publication platform;
  • Supporting documentation.

How to Apply


Submit Proposal at: ARA Submissions Portal

All proposal submissions are managed via the ARA Submissions Portal, through which all submissions are logged and reviewed. Submissions via the Journals contact form will not be accepted. For a submission to be considered the online submission form needs to be completed in full.

Review and Publication Process

  • All submissions are reviewed by the Editor in Chief, Guest Issue Editor and Digital Editor of the Journal via the ARA Submission Portal.
  • Two review rounds are conducted.
  • The first round outcomes will be a short-list of accepted submissions that fit the criteria of the specific Issue’s area of interest and the requirements for creative research within the framework of […]. Candidates on this shortlist will be invited to submit further information or supporting documentation and engage directly with the Issue Editor on the proposal, thus leading into a second review round.
  • The second round is a final review led by the Issue Editor, Digital Editor and any additional advisors.
  • This round reviews the potential of the submission to be both relevant and suitable as creative research and how publishable it is in the digital and interactive format of […] Ellipses Journal.
  • Once submissions have passed the second review phase, authors will work closely with the Issue Editor, Digital Editor and the digital content team to develop the creative research for its online publication.
  • Developed and pre-published submissions are sent for blind peer review via an access only section of Ellipses Journal site. Each submission receives two blind peer reviews, which can be responded to within limits of the online development.
  • Published submissions are further reviewed in an open manner by peers in respective fields of creative research. In much the same manner as a performance or exhibition would be publicly reviewed via an art critic in a public platform, such as newspaper or blog (reviewers may remain anonymous).

Journal Frequency

[…] Ellipses Journal issues are published annually with occasional Special Issues in the same year.  Annual issues are theme based and led by an elected Issue Editor/s, who develop the annual call for submissions, review & select submissions and assist in the development of the research on the Journal’s digital platform.