Call for Papers: Collaboration and Community – Special Digital Creativity Journal Issue (Vol 23, No 2) in honour of Colin Beardon

Submissions deadlines: 10 Nov 2011 (abstracts), 1 Jan 2012 (full articles)

Please circulate this CfP – particularly among Colin Beardon’s colleagues, collaborators and friends.

Colin Beardon, the founder of the Digital Creativity journal, has a long and celebrated career particularly in multidisciplinary, collaborative and community-based HCI design for digital creativity across disciplines, art and theatre in particular. In creating the journal, alone, he has made a significant contribution to the community. His current activities also include chairing the Artworks Community Theatre and nature preservation in Waiheke Island, New Zealand, where he resides. Colleagues, students and collaborators know him as a friendly and wise gentleman, a far-seeing and generous mentor, and a hard-working contributor with a very special eye for the value and complexity of collaboration between art, science, technology, design and society. (More on Colin Beardon can be found at:,

With this Digital Creativity Special Issue (Vol 23, No2) Call for Papers, in honour of Colin Beardon, we solicit contributions on the theme of Collaboration and Community in digital creativity, works and applications. We are particularly interested in papers that offer case studies and critical insights on how digital communities and computer-enhanced collaboration are currently organised, what are the aesthetics and politics of the applications and the artistic works, and how we may improve upon them in future research and practice. Papers that discuss Colin Beardon’s specific contributions are particularly welcome. Possible topics for paper proposals include, but are not restricted to:

– Analyses and critiques of contemporary collaboration and community applications (leading to insights on future development)

– Methods, paradigms and applications for digital collaboration and community across disciplines

– Case studies in collaborative and/or community-building artwork, design, storytelling and drama

– Citizen activism and social environments, arenas of the discussion of common values online

The special issue Forewords/Introduction(s) will be written by the guest editors: Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola, Media Lab Helsinki / Aalto University School of Art and Design (Finland), and Ernest Edmonds, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).


Initial proposals should be extended abstracts in English, between 800-1200 words. The categories for final submission are Short Papers between 2500-3500 words, and Long Papers, between 5000-7000 words. The papers will be selected through a blind peer review process. Upon acceptance of the abstract, you will be sent further authors’ guidelines based on the Digital Creativity guidelines (Instructions for Authors) at

The extended abstract should include the following information: 1) Name of author(s) with email addresses and affiliation, if applicable 2) Title of the paper 3) Body of the abstract 4) Preliminary bibliography 5) Author(s)’s short bio(s) 6) Indication of whether the submission will be a short or a long paper.

Important dates:

Initial proposals (extended abstracts) deadline: November 10, 2011

Notification of acceptance (by editors’ review): November 20, 2011

Final papers are due on: January 2, 2012

Blind peer-reviews due on: February 1, 2012

Revised final papers are due on: March 1, 2012

Special issue published: Mid-2012

Recipients: Please forward your abstract as a PDF attachment in an e-mail addressed to the special issue and Digital Creativity editors, three recipients below:

Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola, special issue quest editor <>

Ernest Edmonds, special issue quest editor <>

Digital Creativity editors <>

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