Call for Submissions


Architectures of the South: Bruising, Wounding, Healing, Remembering, Returning, and Repairing

Guest Editors: Catalina Mejía Moreno (Central St. Martins, UAL) & Huda Tayob (University of Cape Town)

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Issue IV: Architectures of the South –  Call for Proposals

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: 6 December 2021 (updated)

For this issue of […], we are inviting submissions which speak to spaces and site-specific objects across geographies of the south. We are interested in how material, visual, sonic or textual pieces which turn and return to traces of “bruising”, “wounding”, “healing” “remembering”, “returning” and “repairing” might enable us to comprehend entangled relationships between bodies, the built environment and wider ecologies. Bruising and wounding of bodies (whether human or otherwise) and land are the visual and physical surfacing of violence and trauma, or manifestations of inflicted harm. While the immediate impact might be highly visible, the longer term effect of trauma is no less significant, even if at times less visible. 

Issue IV: Architectures of the South questions what is at stake for architecture and spatial practice to think from the south as an embodied location of knowledge and power. We argue that to critically and ethically engage with the South, we need to engage with the epistemic and methodological foundations of how we understand spatial discourse of the South in the first place as viewed through a racialised, classed and gendered bodies. We recognise that this often involves looking across disciplinary boundaries, and associated ways of seeing and working.

We ask how a return to these terms (bruising, wounding, healing, remembering, returning and repairing) through the body in space, might enable us to draw out relational spatial histories and practices. We are interested in submissions which engage with how these terms and acts might speak not only of enduring colonial and neo-colonial violence, dispossession and extraction, but also of acts of resistance, or movements against the unliveable as essential to repair and healing, reparation, and spaces of imagining liveable lives. This issue hopes to further creative methodologies of critique, and collectively share and generate ways of looking, talking and thinking about the built environment, architectures, land and violence in non-extractive ways. 


We ask how embodied relationships to land are worked through architecture, text, image, sound, video and photography, and various other modes of creative practice. As a journal of creative practice, […] is particularly interested in creative works. Your proposal (due 1 December 2021) will need to be achievable within the time frame, for a final submission of the full work by March 2022. 

*Once the initial selection has been made, all accepted participants will be invited to attend a workshop, taking place in late January 2022 and online as a collective peer-review session and to discuss the web-based iteration of the work. 


All submissions must meet the following criteria in meeting the aims of […] :

  1. Reflect a critical and substantial response to the thematic or critical knowledge concern of the Issue to which the submission is being made. 
  2. Fit the journal’s aims towards the publication of creative research.
  3. Reflect a critical and substantial response to the subjects and/or actions of the Global South.
  4. Present in or translate through multimedia and /or the online digital format of the Journal.
  5. The contribution should not be previously published online or in a mutli-media / interactive form. If previously published (this includes exhibited or performed) in a different form, reference to prior publication, formats and justifications for revisited publication must be supplied with the initial submission.
  6. Should not have any ethical or legal concerns.
  7. Contributes to balanced representation.

Submissions are received only through the SUBMISSION PORTAL  and before 6 December 2021 (updated from 1 Dec) in response to this call for submissions.  Submissions should follow the criteria for submissions (above) and meet these guidelines. The portal is structure to receive the following listed details:

  1. Provide an indication on whether the creative research submission can be presented in one of the following online and interactive formats; detailing which format may be best suited to the research in question, and why (use the form to indicate):
    • Media enhanced by text or visa versa; such interactive essays or digital conversation / interviews (should include media formats such as audio, visual or other media contributions).
    • Multi-hyperlinked media and /or hyperlinked text;  linking to own or external media and sites and may include multiple media formats.
    • Interactive Map (spatial); with media and/ or text  linked to a spatially mapped location or sites.
    • If you are a digital artist or collaborating with a digital artist and are proposing a digital submission to be developed by yourself or a collaborator without assistance (apart from hosting) from the Ellipses editorial team. 
  2. A written statement or abstract of 500 words (max) of the proposed creative research submission; indicating aims, critical research position and response to the thematic concern of the issue (see above).
  3. A written description of 500 words (max) of the media and / or interactive digital contribution of the proposed creative research submission. Media contributions may vary and should include media formats suited to the research in question. The description may include references to attached samples or links (use the portal to attach and add links)
  4. A short biography (200 words max) and publication history of the author,  collaborating authors or collective.
  5. Issue editors may add further guidelines related to specific issues.
  6. Accepted submissions will be subject to a publication agreement, which includes fair allowances for open access publication, use, distribution rights (within the Journal) and criteria by the journal on fair restrictions to the republication of the work in the form developed for the issue.
Submit Proposal at :  Issue IV Submission Portal


Selection & Peer Review Process: 

Submission, shortlisting and peer reviews are conducted online in a protected and archived submission portal. Selection and review follow this process:

  1. Editorial Selection and Review: an initial shortlisting of submissions is conducted by the Editor in Chief and Issue Editor/s.  This shortlisting is aimed at identifying:
    • Submissions that meet the submission criteria and guidelines of […].
    • Submissions that respond to the open call and align with the thematic or critical knowledge concern the issue in question. 
    • Assuring balanced representation in the submissions being put forward for peer review.
    • Shortlisted authors may be asked by Issue Editors to supply supporting or updated submission details for the 2nd review round.
  2. Editorial Board & Blind Peer Review is conducted against shortlisted submissions, this is done by both a panel of elected peer reviewers and selected members of the Editorial Board. Reviewers assess the following:
    • Submissions meet the submission criteria of the issue and Journal and align with the aims of the Journal (see above), which will include: 
      • The extent to which the submission engages critically and creatively with questions of knowledge production.
      • The extent to which the submission acts as a meaningful contribution to knowledge making on/in creative decolonial research related to the Global South.
      • The extent to which the submission meets the requirements for digital production into the Journals formats.
    • Has no legal or ethical concerns. 
  3. Review outcomes will be sent directly to authors by the Editor in Chief and Issue Editors as one of the following outcomes and with instructions for next steps:
    • Accepted for publication as proposed in the submission.
    • Request a revision on aspects of the submission before acceptance.
    • Rejected for publication (to be accompanied with reasons for the rejection).

Critical Engagement & Knowledge  Transparency: 

[…] Ellipses Journal for Creative Research is committed to opening up and making transparent the processes of criticality and knowledge development for Creative Research in the Global South. In an act towards radicalising the methods of generation, review, development and publication, our issues are subject to any of the following: 

    1. Open to Editorial Teams for Issues: we understand that knowledge and critical engagement in the Global South more often than not takes place within communities of practice rather than with individuals. We therefore encourage the election of editors and editorial teams from collectives, partnerships and knowledge collectives. 
    2. Post Publication Review: in following the historical trajectory of Ellipses and its founding in the collective production of its first issue aimed at knowledge production transparency – we ask for post and some pre-publication reviews to be published alongside published research submissions. 
  • Community Knowledge Engagements: following publication Ellipses aims to bring the published research into an engagement with a community of practice in Creative Research, in the global south and its diaspora. This is done by working with editors and editorial teams to develop knowledge events or actions that aim to expand visibility and further engagement with the themes and methodologies of the issue and research in question.

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