WARP Conference Special Edition: Call for Papers

December 7, 2022

Walking-with Amsterdam: Reflections on Walking as Research Practice (WARP Conference special edition)

Call for papers

The WARP Research group in collaboration with Soapbox journalinvites all interested in walking as research practice to contribute to the upcoming publication ‘Walking-with Amsterdam: Reflections on Walking as Research Practice (WARP Conference special edition)’ edited by Soapbox and the WARP Conference organising team.

This publication comes after the Walking as a Research Practice (WARP) Conference, a two-day conference that brought together scholars from many different fields in the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts, as well as creative practitioners, for a transdisciplinary dialogue about the capacities of walking practices as research. With its emphasis on the body, the senses, placemaking and becoming, walking is inspired a critical rethinking of traditional methodologies and perspectives. 

Aiming to share and disseminate the results, reflections, collaborations, and outcomes born out of the Walking as Research Practice (WARP) Conference 2022 we invite all participants of the WARP Conference to submit a paper, and we also welcome contributions by non-presenting members of the conference. We also hope that members of the WARP Reading Group will feel motivated to contribute, as well as those in the wider walking as research community.   

Read the full Call for Papers

OPEN BOARD POSITIONS 2022

We are currently looking to expand our team. Soapbox is a student-run journal focused on promoting voices that creatively engage with concepts and cultural objects in the broadest sense, through publishing academic, artistic, and interdisciplinary works. Soapbox is a collaborative effort in gaining experience and experimenting with running a small publishing platform. All members take part in actively shaping what Soapbox is by weighing in on editorial decisions and take part in any aspects of publishing (both online and in print). 

In general, the time commitment expected is between four and six hrs/week, including a weekly two-hour meeting. The journal is run on a voluntary basis. For all roles, applicants should be based in the Amsterdam area and available for at least the remaining academic year (until June 2023).

If you're interested, please email info@soapboxjournal.net with any particular role(s) you would be interested in.

Deadline: October 31st

Editor-in-chief

  • Act as representative of Soapbox with third parties.
  • Keep an overview of and manage/coordinate/delegate all the practical aspects of the journal both print and online (finance, distribution, PR, events, funding, etc).
  • Communicate closely with the Administration person and the other teams; hold others to deadlines.
  • Chair the weekly meetings. 

Managing editor 

  • Delegate and oversee all matters relating to the publication and production of the print issue.
  • Facilitate discussion on the issue’s theme and content; produce and distribute a call for papers; organise and manage a submission and selection process; set the editorial calendar.
  • Move content through stages of production: communicate with authors, assign editors, organise peer review, contact scholars for a foreword/afterword, arrange a proofreading process.
  • Liaise with designers and printers.
  • Communicate closely (including setting deadlines) with the administration team, the funding team, and the issue’s editors.

Funding 

We would like to stress that we need applicants for this position to commit to being consistent and reliable for the duration of the editorial timeline of one issue, which tends to take one year.

  • Researching grants, and applying for grants, which includes writing application letters and budgets, sourcing additional documents, and asking for letters of recommendation.
  • Maintaining contact with various institutes for funding per year/event, providing the team with regular updates.

Web coordinator

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  • Delegating Reader 1 and Reader 2 for each submission.

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IT

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Call for papers: Interface

For the next issue of Soapbox we invite young researchers and established scholars alike to submit academic essays or creative work that critically engages with the theme of interface. We are inviting extended proposals (500-1000 words) that follow the MLA formatting and referencing style. We don't charge a submission fee.

Send your proposal to submissions@soapboxjournal.net by December 14th 2021.
Mediation by Murray Gibson, 2020. Gobelins tapestry, wool and cotton, 25 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist: murraygibsontapestry.com

An interface is a space of contact and interconnection. Thinking within but also beyond a media studies framework, we can understand our lives to be constantly mediated by interfaces of one form or another. Broadly speaking, they serve as an intermediary between an individual and a system, or alternatively conceptualised, between experience and infrastructure. Interfaces mediate between a body and its environment, private and public, subject and object. In each instance, the interface enables interaction and activity. Think of the movement from print to digital media, the structural design of spaces and buildings, the reception of knowledge from an academic paper: as we move through the world we encounter and interact with a range of interfaces that delineate the possibilities of experience in profound ways. Their politics can be intentionally designed or inherently implicated in their operations. As such, interfaces are cultural as well as political: they connect us to a matrix of histories and structures while their imbrication in power can afford and advance the needs of one group at the expense of another. 

We invite you to think through and beyond the somatechnic view of the interface, allowing perspectives that explore the aesthetic, infrastructural, affective, material, and political dimensions of the interfaces that give shape to contemporary experience. 

FULL CALL FOR PAPERS
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Soapbox is an open access publication platform offering two different means for publishing: our print journal and our online platform. We encourage the exploration of how to practice cultural analysis across a wide variety of media—textual, visual and/or auditive. When submitting you agree to our copyright and publishing terms and conditions. Please go over our guidelines before submitting. 

JOURNAL

We publish a yearly double-blind, peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary scholarship. Our focus lies mainly on academic research papers, however, as a cultural analysis platform we also encourage creative work (e.g., creative nonfiction, visual, graphic, and photography series, etc.). 

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We do not have an open call for papers for our print journal at this time. Keep an eye out on our social media and sign-up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

ONLINE

Our digital platform accepts submissions of a variety of formats all year round. We look for engaging, original work—written, visual or auditory—on a variety of cultural topics, whether of an academic or more experimental nature. Ultimately, our online platform intends to showcase the development of ideas traditionally explored in academia in order to apply and translate these to more approachable forms and styles. 

You can submit your work via the form below. You should receive a response from us within fourteen days of your emailed submission.

Editing Process

Keep in mind that all submissions are subject to a thorough editing process. In it, two members of our web team review and suggest changes to help make each submission suitable for online publication. Every submission goes through two but no more than three editing rounds. The editorial board reserves the right to refuse publication of an article at any phase of the editing process.

Online Submission Guidelines

Essay

We accept full papers as well as short abstracts. Make sure to follow the guidelines below when submitting: 

  • A full submission must be no more than 2500 words
    (exc. footnotes, abstract and bio). 
  • Title must not exceed 70 characters.
  • Follow MLA formatting and referencing. 
  • Mention whether this work has been, or will be, published elsewhere
    (e.g., personal blog, social media, other publishers).
  • Include a horizontal cover image with rights secured
    (copyright free images can be found on Google using the right search term, Unsplash, and Creative Commons).
  • Include a short abstract/introduction
    (no more than 80 words).
  • Add up to six keywords that contextualize the paper’s main argument
    (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc)
  • Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own.
    (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).

Optional

  • A short bio (e.g., artistic and/or research background, interests and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc).

Review

Can be of a book, art exhibition, performance, event, etc. 

  • A full submission must be between 700-1000 words
    (exc. footnotes, intro/summary, and bio).
  • Title must not exceed 70 characters.
  • Follow MLA formatting and referencing. 
  • Mention whether this work has been, or will be, published elsewhere
    (e.g., blog, social media, other publishers).
  • Include a horizontal cover image with rights secured
    (copyright free images can be found on Google using the right search term, Unsplash, and Creative Commons).
  • Include a short abstract/introduction.
    (no more than 80 words).
  • Add up to six keywords that contextualize the review’s main argument
    (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc).
  • Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own
    (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).

Optional

  • A short bio (e.g., artistic and research background, interest and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc).

Experimental

TEXTUAL
  • If longer than 1000 words, your piece will be published weekly as a series.
  • Title must not exceed 70 characters.
  • Follow MLA referencing.
  • Mention whether this work has been, or will be, published elsewhere
    (e.g., blog, social media, other publishers).
  • Include a horizontal cover image with rights secured
    (copyright free images can be found on Google using the right search term, Unsplash, and Creative Commons).
  • Include a short introduction
    (between 50 to 100 words).
  • Add up to six keywords that contextualize the content
    (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc)
  • Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own
    (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).

Optional

  • A short bio (e.g., artistic and research background, interest and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc).
VISUAL
  • Email the original file (not just a link). 
  • Title must not exceed 70 characters.
  • Follow MLA referencing.
  • Include a short introduction that contextualizes the image/video.
    (max. 200 words).
  • Mention whether this work has been, or will be, published elsewhere
    (e.g., blog, social media, other publishers).
  • Include a horizontal cover image with rights secured
    (copyright free images can be found on Google using the right search term, Unsplash, and Creative Commons).
  • Add up to six keywords that contextualize the content
    (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc).
  • Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own
    (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).

Optional

  • A short bio (e.g., artistic and research background, interest and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc).
AUDIO
  • Email the original file (not just a link).
  • Title must not exceed 70 characters.
  • Follow MLA referencing.
  • Add the required credits
    (e.g., script, recording, voices, editing, etc).
  • Include a short introduction that contextualizes the content
    (max. 200 words).
  • Mention whether this work has been or will be published elsewhere
    (e.g., blog, social media, other publishers).
  • Include a horizontal cover image with rights secured
    (copyright free images can be found on Google using the right search term, Unsplash, and Creative Commons).
  • Add up to six keywords that contextualize the content
    (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc).
  • Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own
    (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).

Optional

  • A short bio (e.g., artistic and research background, interest and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc).

Online Submission Form


Copyright and Publishing Terms and Conditions

By submitting to either of our publishing channels (printed journal or online) you agree with the following terms and conditions:

  • Every online submission goes through two but no more than three editing rounds. Every journal submission goes through an anonimised selection procedure, a thorough three round editing process, and a double blind peer-reviewing.
  • The editorial board reserves the right to refuse publication of an article at any phase of the editing process.
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  • In case an exact copy of the submitted work is published elsewhere (in print, digital, or online format), you are required to credit Soapbox Journal for Cultural Analysis as the original publisher.

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