Hyphen is a new student-led online journal for showing arts, media and communication research. It currently features the work of researchers at the University of Westminster’s CREAM (Centre for Research and Education, in Arts and Media), and CAMRI (Communications and Media Research Institute).
The journal is about research-practice, taking the hyphen, or space between the two as the conceptual frame for the contents. Hyphen does not aim to be a traditional journal; it is not peer-reviewed in the normal way. Submissions are through an editorial board of CAMRI and CREAM researchers. Therefore Hyphen features discursive, personal, or creative pieces. Submissions may be the record of work in progress, while still being finished pieces, presentable to an audience. The aim of Hyphen is to explore the difference and interplay between practice and research. What is the difference between the product of research and its practice? What types of knowledge does each produce?
Hyphen also intends to cross disciplines in a practical and mutually beneficial way. The language aims to be concrete, clear and not addressed to those necessarily conversant with a particular discipline. The subject matter tends towards the explanation of process, perhaps a record of fieldwork, reflections on the methods or thoughts on data-gathering, Hyphen is a way of telling each other what we are doing. It is also an opportunity to discuss our research and our practice, and our place in the academy.
Issue 1 of Hyphen will be published in March 2019. Hyphen is linked with the CREAM/CAMRI Caucus March 2019 Exhibition at Ambika Gallery, University of Westminster, and will be published in advance of a joint CREAM/CAMRI symposium during that week. We also encourage participation in this event as widely as possible.
In/Between the doing-making of our particular creative-research practices, both delineating and linking, the hyphen gestures to an extralinguistic space of intensive qualities often lost in merely academic writing, and exposes the unique and challenging character of our chosen modality of study.