Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is an academic journal for border-crossing cultural research, including cultural studies as well as other interdisciplinary and transnational currents. It serves as a forum with a wider scope than existing journals for various subfields of cultural research and is globally open to articles from all areas in this large field. The journal was launched in 2009 we will celebrate our five year anniversary by inviting all our readers, authors, guest editors and followers to a workshop the subject ‘Publishing for Public Knowledge’ that will be held on November 20, 2014.
Since the beginning, Culture Unbound has published a large number of articles on a wide range of topics. Some of them are single articles, but the core of our publication consists of thematic sections on particularly interesting and relevant issues. These are edited by specially invited guest editors who contribute with a unique insight into the latest developments within their fields of research. The first five volumes contain 19 thematic sections: ‘What’s the Use of Cultural Research?’; ’City of Signs/Signs of the City’; ‘Surveillance’; ‘Rural Media Spaces’; ‘Culture, Work and Emotion’; ‘Literary Public Spheres’; ‘Uses of the Past: Nordic Historic Cultures in a Comparative Perspective’; ‘Fashion, Market, Materiality’; ‘Creativity Unbound – Policies, Government and the Creative Industries’; ‘Exhibiting Europe: The Development of European Narratives in Museums, Collections and Exhibitions’; ‘Shanghai Modern: The Future in Microcosm?’, ‘Culturalisation at an Australian-Swedish Crossroads’; ‘Self-Care Translated into Practice’; ‘Objectification, Measurement and Standardization’; ‘Reports and Reflections from The Field: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies’, ‘Feminist Cultural Studies’, ‘Communicating Culture in Practice’ and ‘Pursuing the Trivial’. They can all be found under Back Volumes.
Culture Unbound’s previous themes for 2014 focused on “Capitalism: Current Crises and Cultural Critique”, “Social Movements – Ritual Space and Media” and “Changing Orders of Knowledge: Encyclopedias in Transition”. These have recently been followed by a double issue, encompassing two separate themes: “Therapeutic Cultures” and “Sustainabilities”. Therapeutic culture is edited by Alan Apperley, Stephen Jacobs and Mark Jones and focuses on how ideas and ideals around wellbeing and personal development are taking a larger but also more ambiguous place in public life. ‘Sustainabilities’, edited by Carina Ren, Tom O’Dell and Adriana Budeanu explores the role of the, equally hyped, discourse on sustainability within the cultural economy. You can read and download all new articles under Current Volume.
Over the coming year Culture Unbound will raise many interesting subjects. A number of other themes we have in the pipeline for 2014 and 2015: ‘Writing at Borders’, ‘Concurrences: Archives and Voices in Postcolonial Places’, ‘Motion and Emotion’ and ‘Cultures of Disaster’. Apart from the thematic sections we also publish independent articles on a whole range of topics within the wide field of cultural research.
Culture Unbound is based at three vigorous Linköping University units that provide a unique Swedish profile, building new bridges between regional and global research traditions:
- The Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS), with interdisciplinary transnational exchange.
- The Department of Culture Studies (Tema Q), with interdisciplinary research and PhD education.
- The Swedish Cultural Policy Research Observatory (SweCult), interface for cultural research and the cultural sector.
Culture Unbound is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal, hosted by Linköping University Electronic Press. Initial support has been granted by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), and annual funding comes from Linköping University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Swedish Research Council and the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
The editors welcome proposals for articles, reviews and thematic topics. If you want to edit a thematic section of Culture Unbound you are welcome to contact our executive editor, Martin Fredriksson: email@example.com. Read more in Culture Unbound’s Guidelines for Guest Editors.