Call for Submissions

Call for Special Issue:

Exploring the boundaries of the audiovisual industries in an Irish context: production, distribution, consumption

Abstracts (300 words) should be submitted by 31 January 2022 together with a 50-word academic bibliography.
Final papers are due in July 2023 with proposed publication in December 2023.
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2022
Notification of acceptance 31 March 2022

Maria O’Brien: Informal enquiries very welcome maria.obrien AT dcu.ie

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy (IJAMCP) is seeking submissions for a special issue on the subject of audiovisual cultural policies in Ireland. You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion.

From the funding structures, content and reception of internationally acclaimed TV series Normal People to the worldwide success of feature length animation Wolfwalkers by the Kilkenny based animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Irish audiovisual culture is increasingly visible globally. There is a significant body of academic work on Irish film from multiple perspectives. However, it is contended that the policies (as widely defined) that serve to shape what we might consider as cultural audiovisual products, are under examined. This special issue will consider audiovisual policies in Ireland from a cultural policy perspective. It  is a facet of cultural policy research that common terms in use (such as policy, culture, audiovisual) are subject to varying interpretations. It is the intention of this CFP to welcome  an expansive interpretation of the meaning of these concepts.

Given the transnational/global nature (and these terms are not used interchangeably) of the audiovisual industries in Ireland, the understanding of the policies that shape the cultural fabric of Ireland includes policies from beyond the nation-state, including other national policies and those of supranational bodies (European Union) and international organisations (World Trade Organisation, UNESCO) and more.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the audiovisual industries in Ireland enables critical  analysis from multiple perspectives; including but not limited to digital media theories, cultural studies, political economy, cultural and creative industries discourse, critical legal research, and public policy analysis (to offer some perspectives). The use of multiple perspectives allows for interrogation of the meaning-making role of the audiovisual industries and the role of cultural policies (as widely defined) in shaping the audiovisual landscape in Ireland.

Policy is understood as something governments choose to do or not to do. This issue uses David Throsby’s (2009) concept of explicit and implicit policies to broaden the scope of analysis to policies that might not usually be considered as cultural policies. These might include such diverse areas as labour rights within the audiovisual industries, copyright and IP regulation, taxation policies, funding structures, regulation and more.

We invite proposals on topics such as (but not limited to):

·      Convergence in audiovisual industries: policy perspectives

·      Political economy of cultural & creative industries

·      Labour policies and the audiovisual industries

·      Diversity and the audiovisual industries: policy perspectives

·      The role of international policies (e.g., EU/UN/WTO)

·      The significance of funding policies for audiovisual production & distribution

·      Gender and gendered policies in the audiovisual industries

·      Production studies – supports and policies

·      Copyright and Intellectual Property issues

·      Covid-19 policy responses & the audiovisual industries

·      Definitional aspects of audiovisual media: policy perspectives

·      Tourism policies and the audiovisual industries

·      Regulation of audiovisual industries & the AVMSD

·      Creative Europe funding and the audiovisual industries

·      Governance and the audiovisual industries

·      Globalisation and the audiovisual industries

·      Digital media policies

·      Soft power and the audiovisual industries

·      Methodologies in analysing cultural audiovisual industries

·      Cultural value and the creative industries

·      Teaching cultural audiovisual industries

Papers should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words (5,000 words max including bibliography) and will be subject to peer-review. Proposals for alternative forms such as perspectives on practice, interviews and case studies are also welcome. The special issue will be guest edited by Dr Maria O’Brien of DCU (maria.obrien@dcu.ie). Informal expressions of interest are welcome. Abstracts (300 words) should be submitted by 31 January 2022 together with a 50-word academic bibliography. Final papers are due in July 2023 with proposed publication in December 2023.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2022

Notification of acceptance 31 March 2022

IJAMCP is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing original research on the arts and cultural sector in Ireland. See www.culturalpolicy.ie.

David Throsby (2009) Explicit and implicit cultural policy: some economic aspects, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 15:2, 179-185, DOI: 10.1080/10286630902760840

OTHER CALLS: The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy is open for submissions for the 2021-22 Volume

We will be seeking contributions in the following areas:

Proposals for special issues of the journal are also always welcome.

Section Word count Submission Deadline
Research Articles 4,000-5,000 Abstracts by 31 July 2021, Paper submission December 2021
Book Reviews 1,000-2,500 May 2022
Policy & Report Reviews 1,000-3,000 May 2022
Perspectives on Practice 1,000-3,000 May 2022
New Voices: Postgraduate Research 2,000-3,000 March 2022

Detailed information for each section can be found here and through the Style Guide here.

For further enquiries, please contact the corresponding Section Editor:

Research articles Victoria Durrer

Ruth Barton

Victoria.durrer@ucd.ie

ruth.barton@tcd.ie

Book reviews Marie Kelly kelly.marie@ucc.ie
Policy reviews Phil Ramsey pt.ramsey@ulster.ac.uk
Perspectives on Practice Ali FitzGibbon a.fitzgibbon@qub.ac.uk
New Voices: Postgraduate Research Pat Collins p.collins@nuigalway.ie

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