A special issue of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Culture Unbound will be produced in conjunction with the conference.
Inspired by digital media scholar Janneke Adema’s book, Living Books: Experiments in the Posthumanities (2021) – in particular the chapter “Publishing as a Relational Practice” – the focus issue will be an experiment not only in journal publishing but also in the way scholarly practices are performed in order to “allow for alternative, more ethical, critical, and responsible forms of research to emerge” (Adema 2021: 159).
Drawing inspiration from the book and the examples of “experiments with openness in digital publishing” Adema highlights in it (168), the panelists will receive the full transcript of their respective panels and, through collaborative and constructive engagement, will ‘remix and reflect’ on not only the dialogue itself but also on the processes around the dialogue. The objective is not to produce – or reproduce the idea of – knowledge as a product, but to exemplify how knowledge is a process or, more correctly, processes.
Although the editorial committee will provide suggestions, parameters for length, etc., for the end result, how this manifests with each panel will be the product of the panelists’ collaborative processes. In line with the spirit of the Bridging Research Praxes Across Pluralities of Knowledge conference, peer-review will not be undertaken in a traditional academic or ‘scientific’ sense, but in the sense of what Adema refers to as “peer-to-peer review” by the panelists themselves as a ‘collaborative community’ (170-171). The final issue will include both the transcripts (lightly edited for publication) and the result of each panels’ ‘remix and reflect’ outcome.