Call for Papers: Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education (Special Issue: 'Exploring Situatedness')

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Call for Papers
December 29, 2023
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Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Fine Arts, Teaching and Learning

Call for Papers: Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education


Special Issue: 'Exploring Situatedness’


Deadline for manuscripts is Friday 29 December 2023


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The peer-reviewed international journal Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education seeks submissions for a Special Issue on place-based learning entitled ‘Exploring Situatedness’. This call is a partnership with the European Institute of Arts (ELIA) in alignment with the theme for the ELIA Academy in Portugal in May 2023 ( For the purposes of this call, place-based learning is defined as higher education educational experiences that intentionally integrate local communities and environments as one of the primary resources for learning art, design and communication.


We welcome submissions from individuals working within and beyond the academy, including artists, researchers, scholars, community organizers, professors, administrators and public policy advocates. We seek contributions representing a variety of creative contexts and geographical locations, and encourage diverse scholarly approaches, including vernacular research methods and arts-based research.


Submissions may focus on (but are not limited to) some of the following:


  • Real-world creative learning problems that position students to think through and act on the issue like experts

  • 'Situatedness' as a conceptual framework

  • Learning embedded within a particular social and physical environment (Lave and Wenger 1991)

  • ‘Learning in and with the world’ (Biesta 2018)

  • The roles of artists and artmaking, designers and designing

  • Engaging local community members as co-designers of, or mentors for, educational experiences

  • Working with/within economically vulnerable and historically impacted communities

  • Creative place-making or creative place-keeping

  • Issues of access, equity, sustainability or maintenance.




Biesta, G. (2018), ‘What if? Education beyond expression and creativity’, in C. Naughton, G. Biesta and D. R. Cole (eds), Art, Artists and Pedagogy: Philosophy and the Arts in Education, London: Routledge, pp. 11–20.


Costanza-Chock, S. (2020), Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, Boston, MA: MIT Press.


Goethe Institut (2014), The Role of Artists & The Arts in Creative Placemaking, Baltimore, MD: Goethe Institut.


hooks, b. (1989), ‘Choosing the margin as a space of radical openness’, in Yearning: Race, Gender and Cultural Politics, Boston: South End Press.


Lave, J. and Wenger, E. (1991), Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.


Zeuli, K., Rosario Jackson, M. and Beattie, S. (2021), ‘Reckoning with a Reckoning: How Cultural Institutions Can Advance Equity’, NonProfit Quarterly, 23 February, Accessed 29 January 2023.


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