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Journeys in and through Sound

Guest Editors:

Dr Alison Baker

Victoria University, Australia

[email protected]


Dr Todd Anderson-Kunert

[email protected]


Special Issue Focus:

Themes and Scope

For this special issue we will engage with those using sound across a range of disciplines in order to address and revive aural ways of knowing. The ephemeral nature of sound is part of what makes it special, it’s consumption is based on a temporal experience, a fleeting moment of comprehension that accumulates to create a greater understanding of the whole form (LaBelle, 2015). Through timbral information, sound also offers an extra level of comprehension beyond simply what is said, taking listeners on an emotive journey (Samuels, Meintjes, Ochoa, & Porcello, 2010). This special issue will push back on hegemonic modes of knowledge production in the academy, which have privileged written text. Following the ideas of Gergen and Gergen (2010) on performative oriented work we hope to create a new ‘truth zones’ that allow for the inclusion of multiple knowledge forms and traditions, particularly those that emphasize visceral and affective qualities.

Pieces in this issue will highlight the relational and enculturated nature of sound as well as the social and cultural elements listening. We will include an eclectic collection of audio publications and written manuscripts, which will be anchored in various disciplinary traditions (i.e. anthropology, sound studies, psychology, communication studies, sonic arts). We anticipate submissions that speak to different ways of using sound in research including:


·         practice-led inquiry

·         sound as used in qualitative research methods projects

·         sound and audio as it is used in documentary projects for social change


By focusing on the sonic qualities highlighted within these contributions, a layer of understanding is made possible that can’t be replicated in another form. This special issue will draw attention to the significance of the firsthand experience of these works, pushing for deep and radical listening. Authors will be invited to submit a singular piece or set of audio pieces that uses sound as central part of their research practice. Finally, a theoretical introductory paper that surfaces the connections as well as the divergences between the pieces submitted, with the aim of developing a trans-disciplinary understanding of sound.


Submissions will include a written piece (3000 – 6000 words including references), which will be accompanied by audio pieces. We are committed to privileging the audio works for this special issue and we hope that authors will centre this part of the contribution. We envisage the written pieces to provide some theoretical or methodological insights into the process or final sound piece/s, or a discussion of how the works have ‘traveled’ in the public realm.

About QRJ
Qualitative Research Journal (QRJ) is an international journal devoted to the communication of the theory and practice of qualitative research in the human sciences. It is interdisciplinary and eclectic, covering all methodologies that can be described as qualitative. It offers an international forum for researchers and practitioners to advance knowledge and promote good qualitative research practices.

Qualitative Research Journal deals comprehensively with the collection, analysis and presentation of qualitative data in the human sciences as well as theoretical and conceptual inquiry.

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to Qualitative Research Journal are made using Aries Editorial Manager, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

Submission Deadline:

Deadline for manuscripts: 30th June 2017

Further Information

More information, on the journal and submission process can be found on the journal homepage here. Alternatively, please contact the Editors: Dr Alison Baker ([email protected] ), Dr Todd Anderson-Kunert ([email protected]) or Lizzy Seal, Publisher ([email protected]).