CfP Issue 29: Co-creation and collaboration


FORUM Postgraduate Journal Call for Papers, Issue 29 (2019): Co-Creation and Collaboration

Art forms such as opera, theatre and dance routinely remind us of the power of ensemble performance, but examples of collaborative practice can also be found in fields more usually associated with solo activity. Artists’ colonies and shared studios fostered close working relationships between painters such as Picasso and Braque, and Gilbert & George have spent their whole working lives as a collaborative duo. In poetry, the Japanese renga form is a structured but improvised collaboration; Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads marked a notable attempt at a joint venture; Eliot’s The Waste Land was transformed by Pound’s editorial input. Current academic research often foregrounds interdisciplinary approaches, while theories of intertextuality emphasise the interconnectivity of different works and the reader’s interpretive role in a text’s meaning.

But artistic dialogues can also be combative and provocative, as in medieval flyting, the Dozens, and rap battles. Drawing on the works of others may result in appropriation, pastiche, parody or plagiarism. Historically, collaboration can be problematic or even dangerous: during wartime it became a dirty word, the opposite of resistance. In our increasingly polarised ideological landscape, is political compromise achievable, or even desirable?

For issue 29 of FORUM we seek submissions from a range of disciplines which engage with concepts of co-creation, collaboration, co-authorship and cooperation. Submissions may relate to, but are not limited to:

- Artistic partnerships, collectives and cooperatives
- Knowledge exchange in and between universities and learned societies
- Translation and adaptation
- Intertextuality
- Interdisciplinarity
- Ekphrasis
- Citation, allusion, palimpsests, sampling, satire, pastiche and parody
- Oral and folk traditions
- Open source publishing and online collaborations

FORUM is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and the arts. Authors must be current postgraduate students, or must have completed their postgraduate degree no more than three years ago. Formatted according to MLA guidelines, papers must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length, and book reviews around 1,250 words. FORUM also considers multimedia or alternative presentations for publication.

Please e-mail your article or book review, a short abstract, and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled .doc(x) files to  or submit online at by 1 October, 2019. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.