We are pleased to announce that our special disrupted issue of the Journal of Media Practice (JMP), ‘The disrupted Journal of Media Practice’ has now been officially published.
This special disrupted issue of the JMP has been conceptualised, edited and performed collectively by Coventry University’s Centre for Disruptive Media (CDM) and the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL). Disruption, for us, should be seen as an affirmative practice, in the sense that it allows us to experiment with new forms of critique and to rethink and performatively disrupt some of academic publishing’s core foundational concepts and practices, from the single author and the linear argument to the fixed and finalised text-object.
As editors, it was important to experiment with how media practice, in rethinking research as practice, could also be involved in disrupting the way we mediate this research through various formal and informal scholarly forms (including the academic journal). As such we put forward a number of provocations with respect to what a ‘journal of media practice’ should or could be, to provide an alternative to the standard single-authored linear 8000-word journal article, that continues to dominate the field, as well as the Journal of Media Practice itself. What would experimental and interventionist forms of mediation and presentation in this respect look like for media practice? And how can JMP stimulate ongoing conversations `around these issues? As such we wanted to explore three central questions in this special issue:
How is media practice disruptive of and re-performing the way we do scholarly communication and education?
How can JMP reconfigure (the politics of) its own practice?
What should a disruptive ‘journal’ of media practice look / sound / feel like?
With this hybrid (online and print) open access issue, we want to explore the potential disruptive nature of media practice publishing, as a positive force beyond the safe and pleasant ground of the print-on-paper article; but disrupting our forms of communications will have wider consequences, not least in considering the future of university teaching, learning, research and publication in a context of digital media and disruptive technologies…
You can read more about Disrupting the Journal of Media Practice here
The Taylor and Francis version is available here
The complete designed post print version is available here
And the specially developed processual website with in-process, conversations and meta-projects can be found here
Our sincere thanks goes out to everyone who made this possible, in particular to all of the contributors, participants and reviewers who believed in this experiment and were willing to embark on this journey with us. A special thank you to editors of the Journal whose support at critical stages made sure this published!
A final thanks goes to the wonderful Mark Murphy of Surely Design who’s insight and diligence has produced a truly remarkable design.