Currents is an interdisciplinary arts and practice-led-research journal dedicated to the flow of ideas occurring between the disciplines of visual art, film, production, architecture, design, dance and theatre; along with art, architecture, theatre and music history. Collaboratively published between the Centre of Visual Arts (CoVA) University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia, Currents charts the social, creative and historical dialogues generated by early career researchers across these discrete yet interrelated disciplinary fields.


Currents aims to publish engaging, experimental and rigorous research by emerging scholars from the disciplines of visual art, film, production, architecture, design, dance and theatre along with art, architecture, theatre and music history papers. Currents will accept submissions by graduate and postgraduate students undertaking arts related research in line with the fields outlined above. We will accept submissions in the following form: practice-led research papers, interdisciplinary research, historical research and contemporary theory papers alongside publication appropriate creative works.

Currents Style Guidelines ︎(click here)


Articles submitted to Currents should contain elements of original research. Preference will be given to articles 3000—5000 words in length.

Creative Works

Creative works including video, documentation, audio and publication-specific creative pieces accompanied by an supporting paper up to 1000 words will be accepted for review and publication with Currents.


The Editorial Committee invites suitably qualified graduate and post-graduate candidates to review recent books, exhibitions, films, performances or printed music for Currents. Unsolicited reviews may also be considered for publication. Reviews are normally 1000-1500 words in length.


In addition to the above, Currents also invites interviews and dialogues between multiple authors. These should include an introduction of 200-400 words and be a maximum of 3500 words. Potential contributors are asked to contact the Currents editorial staff before submitting an interview.

Open Access and Peer Review

Currents is an open access, peer reviewed journal with all submissions falling under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This means that all published material can be shared and adapted with appropriate attribution as long as it is not for commercial purposes.

The peer review process for each paper is facilitated by the editorial committee and editorial coordinators and includes a blind peer-review process by two academics who are considered professionals in the field under discussion. The reviewers will assess the paper in accordance with select criteria pertaining to contribution to the field, clarity and structure of argument and the authors’ engagement with appropriate literature. All feedback and recommendations by reviewers will be anonymous until final recommendations have been made. At that point referees can choose to reveal themselves to authors.

Editorial —


Jeremy Eaton
Kelly Fliedner

Editorial Committee

Paul Boyé
Emily Collett
Jeremy Eaton
Kelly Fliedner
Jonathan Graffam
Donna Hensler
Emanuel Rodriguez-Chaves
Hannah Spracklan-Holl

Advisory Board

Dr Clarissa Ball
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Dr Tessa Laird
Prof Su Baker
Dr Danny Butt
Ms Vikki McInnes


For further information please email Jeremy Eaton or Kelly Fliedner
Currents is a collaboration between the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the  University of Melbourne and the School of Design, University of Western Australia, and is funded through the Schenberg International Arts Collaboration Program. The Advisory Board and Editorial Committee are comprised of staff and graduate students from across the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

Currents acknowledges the traditional owners of the land  on which this journal is produced — the Boonwurung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and Whadjuk people. We pay our respects to land, ancestors and elders, and know that education involves working with their guidance to improve the lives of all.