M/C: Journal of Media and Culture, looking at the idea of “Regional"

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
M/C: Journal of Media and Culture

Cultural life in the regions is part of what makes our regional centres vibrant places to live, work, create, share, and participate, as well as providing the basis for insights concerning place, space, and identity that can be divergent from those arising from other locatednesses. The experience of regional Australia is unique. John Woinarski has written that there "are places in Australia that are awe-inspiring, spectacular, mysterious; they touch our spirit and help define our nation"; but these places are complicated, for ideas of the bush or the outback are "sometimes more shifting myth than reality". This issue of M/C Journalseeks to solidify some of these understandings along with the experiences of living, working, creating, researching, or thinking in or through regional Australia. It aims to explore regional cultural constructions of these places, spaces, and identities, as well as of the communities that breathe life into these landscapes, whilst also bringing into question relations between the regional, the local and the global. This issue also aims to explore some of the opportunities for collaboration between different regions across Australia as well as between regional Australia, metropolitan areas, and the wider world, particularly through humanities and creative arts perspectives. Of especial interest are papers that highlight how cross-sector and cross-disciplinary efforts can work to promote regional areas: to tell stories about diverse communities, cultural centres, and sites of hardship, innovation, and resilience.

Areas of investigation may include but are not limited to:

  • Ways in which regional centres collaborate with metropolitan areas
  • How cross-institution collaborations benefit regional areas
  • How cross-sector collaborations benefit regional areas
  • How cross-disciplinary networks benefit regional areas
  • How the traditional ideas of regional areas are exploited and challenged
  • The importance of local history / local studies in regional areas
  • The importance of teaching activities and research activities in regional areas
  • The importance of facilitating community engagement in regional areas

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).


  • Article deadline: 19 Apr. 2019
  • Release date: 9 June 2019
  • Editors: Tully Barnett, Simon Dwyer, Rachel Franks, and Jane Mummery

Please submit articles through this Website. Send any enquiries to regional@journal.media-culture.org.au.