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Special Theme Call for Papers

The Intuitive Researcher


Guest Editor: Jocene Vallack

What is considered to be respectable academic research has been changing. As far back as 1992 Jurgen Habermas pointed out in his book, Postmetaphysical Thinking , that “we now think more tolerantly about what might count as science.” (Habermas, 1992) Gone are the days when only positivist methodologies based on physical measurements were required in order to be regarded as respectable science. The world of qualitative research is now clearly understood to be highly competent in offering solid insights and robust knowledge about all human and organisational issues. This liberating shift has allowed many more variances in the way in which academics pursue their enquiries.

One of these relatively new approaches may be referred to as Arts-informed research methods. This is a wide-ranging term which includes both the visual arts and the performing arts as ways of understanding research questions, collecting data and establishing and interpreting insights. The unconscious always speaks through image, not rational dialogue, so arts-based approaches allow one to access intuited knowledge. The research data for intuitive researchers is likely to include metaphor and symbol.

These Arts-informed research methods together with other qualitative approaches are welcomed for this Special Issue. Papers may showcase research which either uses arts as a process for inquiry, or presents art as a research outcome. Authors who have incorporated approaches such as (but not limited to) Autoethnography (Ellis, Jones, & Adams, 2013), Alchemy Methodology (Vallack, 2015), Storytelling and Narrative Inquiry (Iseke, 2013) , Heuristic Inquiry (Moustakas, 1990), Dance as Research (AUSDANCE, 2017) or Phenomenology (Crotty, 1996). Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts and papers for peer review. First-Person and experimental approaches to research are encouraged.


AUSDANCE. (2017). Artists in the academy: reflections on artistic practice as research.

Crotty, M. (1996). Phenomenology and Nursing Research (1 ed.). Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Ellis, C., Jones, S. L. H., & Adams, T. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of Autoethnography. USA: Left Coast Press.

Habermas, Jürgen (1992) "Postmetaphysical Thinking: Philosophical Essays, trans. William Mark Hohengarten." Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 15  

Iseke, J. (2013). Indigenous Storytelling as Research. International Review of Qualitative Research,, 6(4), 559-577. doi:DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2013.6.4.559

Moustakas, C. (1990). Heuristic Research: Design, Methodology and its Applications. London: Sage

Vallack, J. (2015). Alchemy for Inquiry: A Methodology of Applied Phenomenology in Educational Research The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Freemantle, Western Australia.

Submission and review process

Submissions will be processed as received and in line with the EJBRM continuous publication model will be published on final acceptance.

Abstracts can be sent by email for evaluation prior to submitting a full paper. Send to the Guest Editor, Jocene Vallack at (Please put EJBRM - The Intuitive Researcher) in the subject line.

All papers must be submitted using the online submission form. Read the submission guidelines first.


Guest Editor Biography

Vallack Formerly an actor, writer, director and drama teacher, Dr Jocene Vallack worked mostly in TV Education (Channel 7, Melbourne) and then for four years in theatre-in-education, touring throughout Australia. She trained further at the Actors’ Centre in London, before completing a PhD in Education and working as a Research Fellow at Central Queensland University. She has held memberships with Australian and British Actors’ Equity Alliances, and various qualitative research associations. Currently she is a Lecturer in Arts Education at James Cook University, in Townsville, Australia.  She has developed an original, arts-based methodology for research, called Alchemy, which focuses on writing and producing theatre as academic research. She has lectured in Research Methodologies at Monash and LaTrobe Universities, and also as a volunteer at St John’s University in Tanzania.