Call for Papers

Translating Communities

In this call for papers, Spark: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research invites postgraduate scholars of all disciplines to share interpretations of community in their respective fields of study.

Conceptions of community are often associated with the notion of connections between individual elements bound together in some form of shared structure. Yet contrary to this notion of fixity, communities are sites of exchange and evolution which in which these connections are translated in a variety of forms. Within the linguistic sense translation entails communication of words, ideas, concepts and meanings from one language to another, facilitating understanding between communities. Similarly, there is a need for research to be translated between academic disciplines, unlocking specialist terminology, for interdisciplinary approaches to thrive. In another sense, research can be translated into policy and practice; impacting directly and indirectly on communities

The word communities has been purposefully left undefined in order that a broad range of submissions be possible. Ways in which the idea of community could be interpreted might include but are not limited to:

– Real and imagined

– Ecological, biodiverse and environmental

– Culture, subculture, hierarchy and power relations

– Healthy and unhealthy

– Intimacy, isolation, enclave and diaspora

– Creativity, technology, commerce and economics within communities

– Historical (lost), contemporary, and future communities

– Community led research

In the spirit of the theme we welcome all interdisciplinary and collaborative papers examining communities from a varied range of perspectives.

An initial summary (max. 200 words) of your proposed article should be submitted via the online form by 31st May 2017. Alternatively, you can send us your proposal directly to us at

If the summary is accepted you will be contacted by the editorial committee promptly and a complete article of around 5000 words should be sent to by the closing date of 30th June 2017. Articles will be peer reviewed and published electronically on our website in Autumn 2017.

The editorial committee can be contacted at