Call for papers: Special Issue > The Playful Academic

Dear all,

Hopefully a few of you might be interested in this, as I know lots of you are playful academics yourselves J

The Playful Academic: Playful attitudes, approaches and activities in learning, teaching and research

Call For Papers for special issue of Journal of Play in Adulthood (full details on the journal website: https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk/news/7/)

Guest Editors

Rikke Toft Nørgård, Aarhus University

Alex Moseley, Leicester University

Josephine Eghave Midttun Solheim, Aarhus University

In academia and higher education, there has been little research considering playful attitudes, approaches and activities in relation to academic development, research practice, teaching and learning or other institutional practices. This special issue seeks to create an international and transdisciplinary dialogue around what it could signify and entail to be a playful academic as it is conceptualised and practiced through different attitudes, approaches and activities as well as the connections between them. The overall aim is to explore the transformative academic potentials and possibilities of playful academia in the broadest and deepest sense of this term.

The special issue seeks to explore and qualify both scholarly and practice-related understandings of what ‘the playful academic’ is and could be – as well as to discuss the complex relations between this and learning, teaching and research in relation to the present and future higher education landscape. Importantly, the call invites for contributions that are themselves playful academic acts and show the courage and curiosity to draw up alternative academic ways of for thinkers and practitioners to participate in a dialogue on this. Taken together, the purpose of the special issue is to connect thinking around and practice of the playful academic more closely to dimensions of learning, teaching and research and for higher education futures.

All in all, the special issue seeks to establish playfulness, playful practice and playful thinking as important perspectives within academia and higher education institutions. Here, the special issue provides a space for sharing knowledge on playful learning, teaching and research as well as putting forward to be more playful academics in the way we create and share knowledge on such topics. The goal is to both showcase and stimulate playful academic thinking and practice and contribute to theoretical and methodological development while also providing important studies, insights and results within the area that can inform and inspire future thinking and practice broadly.

The call invites for contributions on both the macro, meso and micro level as well as within the three different themes of (1) academic learning, (2) academic teaching, and (3) academic research (listed in more detail online: https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk/news/7/).

Article length

5000-8000 words for academic articles (including references) The full articles should adhere to the submission guidelines and processes outlined here:

 https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk/submissions/

Copyright informaton

The Journal of Play in Adulthood makes content available on an open access basis, with the default of a CC-BY 4.0 licence. Authors retain their own copyright of submitted material, simply licencing the journal to publish. No fees are charged to read, or to publish in, the journal.

Important dates

December 10th, 2019: Deadline for submitting abstract

January 10th, 2020: Notification of acceptance/rejection

July 1st, 2020: Deadline for submitting full paper

September 1st 2020: Review of papers

November 1st 2020: Submission of final versions

January 2021: Target publication date

Regards,

Andrew

Andrew Walsh MSc MCLIP FHEA FRSA CMgr MCMI

University Teaching Fellow, National Teaching Fellow

Academic Librarian for Education and Professional Development.

Editor of the Journal of Play in Adulthood.

https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk

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