Ground Works Releases CFP for “Creating Knowledge in Common”

Ground Works

Nov 10, 2022

Ground Works, a2ru’s peer-reviewed online platform for outstanding arts-inclusive interdisciplinary research, has released a call for proposals for its latest special issue, “Creating Knowledge in Common.” The guest editors for this special edition are Shannon Criss (University of Kansas), Kevin Hamilton (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Mary Pat McGuire (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).

This Ground Works special edition, “Creating Knowledge in Common”, centers university-community partnered creative inquiry. The editors define creative inquiry as shared, open frameworks of knowledge-building that use a variety of tools for awareness, reflection, and creative making to ask questions and discover answers together. We invite submissions that illuminate arts-integrative creative inquiry conducted by teams who build common ground through university-based and community-based approaches.

In recent decades, universities have positioned themselves within a larger social system of change, sharing resources and using direct engagement and exchange to support knowledge creation across society. Community members also partner with faculty and students to establish common research and project goals, strengthened by a variety of ideas, knowledge, and perspectives. The arts and design fields provide a dynamic element to this partnered research, advancing issues of importance to communities.

This edition asks: What structures are needed to collectively and meaningfully build on diverse knowledge traditions from across academic and community practices? How do these efforts ensure that both processes of inquiry and the knowledge produced are of value to all parties? What new knowledge about collaboration do these efforts produce? How do arts-based approaches extend and enrich university-community collaborations? These types of questions are familiar to interdisciplinary research teams, and essential to supporting the equitability and impact of such projects.

The editors hope to bring together a rich variety of engagement methods, partnership dynamics, and participatory processes in a collection of case studies and models of community-university collaboration. Examples include collaborative partnerships that result in new creative works or that activate arts- or design-based processes in service of shared civic priorities.

Submissions from both academic and community partners are encouraged. Submissions may be collaborative or sole-author but should present a collective story and understanding of the partnered work. Successfully evaluated projects will be included in the special issue of Ground Works entitled Creating Knowledge in Common.

As with all submissions to Ground Works, submission to Creating Knowledge in Common begins with a brief Stage 1 suitability review that includes a short summary of the project, a statement of relevance, and appropriate links.

All submissions to Stage 1 must be received by January 31, 2023.

Visit the Ground Works site for the complete call for submissions and to begin the submission process.

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