McGill International Cellphilm Festival

Call for Papers: What’s a Cellphilm?



What’s a Cellphilm?: Integrating Mobile Phone Technology into Participatory Arts Based Research and Activism

Book edited by Katie MacEntee, Joshua Schwab-Cartas and Casey Burkholder, McGill University

Deadline for Abstracts: April  1st, 2015

Deadline for Full Submissions: July 1st, 2015

This edited collection will address cellphilming as an emerging Participatory Arts-based research methodology. Cellphilms are videos made on a cellphone and considered by some as a promising–yet still emerging–research methodology. Cellphilms are easily disseminated from cellphone-to-cellphone, screened at community events, and/or uploaded onto various social media sites. Cellphilms democratize the participatory research process while raising new and questionable ethical concerns about the researcher-researched relationship, dissemination, and consent, among others (Mitchell, Moletsane, de Lange, 2014).

This book aims to bring leading scholars and activists together in order to stimulate discussion and propel the theorizing and practice of cellphilming as a Participatory Arts-based method.

The edited volume seeks contributions from established and new scholars working from any disciplineaddressing diverse contexts and geographical locations, including:

– Communications;
– Community activism;
– Education;
– Geography;
– Indigenous Studies;
– Media Studies;
– Medicine and Public Health;
– Participatory Arts Based Methods;
– Visual Studies; and
– Youth Studies.

Chapters could discuss a range of issues related to the development of cellphilming as methodology. For example, authors might wish to consider:

  • How might employing existing community technologies, such as cellphones, shift the researcher/participant dynamic in Participatory Visual Research (PVR)? What might happen to the role of the researcher?
  • How do you foresee the integration of cellphone technology influencing PVR as a methodology? What new ethical concerns will it raise?
  • How might mobile technology promote learning on the land?
  • How might cellphilming be used to integrate indigenous traditional practices into the process of knowledge transfer from elders to youth?
  • How might the integration of digital technology respond to commitments to democratize the participatory research process?
  • What are the ethical considerations associated with the integration of cellphone technology into research practices?
  • How might employing cellular technologies respond to the dynamics of intersectionality in research?

Submission Guidelines

We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers from contributors who use cellphilms in research and/or activism. The collection will be in English.

Deadline for Abstracts: April 1st , 2015

Content: 200-400 words abstract with title, author’s name, a short 100-word bio with affiliation, and contact information by April 1st, 2015.

Invitations to submit a full paper will be sent to selected authors by May 1st, 2015.

Deadline for Full Draft Submissions: July 1st, 2015

Full papers should be between 5500-7000 words, including references and end notes.

Final acceptance is conditional upon peer-review assessments.

The final papers, inclusive of revisions following peer-review, will be due in the fall of 2015. The anticipated publication date for the collection is the fall of 2016.

Please send proposals to Katie MacEntee: AND Casey Burkholder: