Academic Space

A new and experimental space for long form, typically more academic writing than you’ll find elsewhere on the site. We are looking for provocative and engaging writing from any academic discipline that will contribute to the work of Media Diversified and push us further.

As well as responding to current concerns and events, we’d like something that endures, cutting-edge ideas and approaches that will fortify and inspire. This is a democratising impulse, a move against the ivory tower of privileged knowledge and expertise. It’s part of a conversation. We are looking for clarity without jargon, careful thinking that takes risks, runs off with ideas but doesn’t compromise on rigour. We want to think deeply about the big problems that face us in everyday life, nationally and globally. In return we will offer you a lively new readership for your work and a fast turnaround. We are looking for submissions of up to 2,000 words. Send in a short abstract, 200 words or less to

Guidance for writers:

The aim of the academic space is that articles should be accessible to the ‘reading public’ rather than specialists.

Be meticulous in your research, reading and referencing. It can be relatively easy these days to inadvertently use (plagiarise) other people’s ideas. Make sure that you credit your sources. This is more than a legal matter; it involves a politics of recognition and generosity.

Part of making your ideas and the literature that you reference accessible is to use sources without paywall protection. For books you can use the URL for the book on the publisher’s website or use Google Books. For academic articles try to use links to author archived texts such as those on or on personal websites.

Please embed any references as hyperlinks into the main body of the text. If this is not possible you can list your references at the end of the article (don’t use an electronic referencing system).

If you use quotes from articles or books, please include the page number at the end of the quote in brackets – e.g. (p.20). This will be helpful to readers who want to read the original text.

If your article includes footnotes, put them in brackets in the relevant part of the text – e.g. (1), (2) – and at end of sentence. The corresponding notes should be placed at the end of the article.

If you want to use particular image(s) make sure that you have permission to do so and/or that they are available under Creative Commons.

The word limit for articles is 2000.

Please include a short author bio, a photograph and your social media details with your submission.


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