In/Stead is a journal devoted to artistic practice and philosophical reflection, both in relation to the process of that practice and the contexts in which it occurs.

Its interest is in innovative artistic practice, accepting essays and creative work in relatively new areas that now form part of the academy.


The name In/Stead has its inspirational source in the novel-writing workshops run by Christina Stead in New York during the 1940s. Stead, the renowned author of thirteen novels including The Man Who Loved Children, Seven Poor Men of Sydney & For Love Alone, is seen as a ‘writer’s writer’ with a political conscience and interests in philosophical and aesthetic questions.

In her workshops she encouraged participants to write whilst simultaneously understanding how writers across time construct plot and character within political, psychological and aesthetic contexts.

Areas of Inquiry

In/Stead is a companion publication to the journal Double Dialogues. While the focus of Double Dialogues is also scholarly discourse pertaining to the arts, In/Stead gives primacy in its scholarly vision to the actualities of creative practice and creative processes.


The papers in In/Stead draw widely from all areas of artistic endeavour, encompassing multiple areas of inquiry:

1. The Creative Process

Whether in relation to film; theatre; dance; creative writing, the visual arts, music or hybrid combinations of any of these (or others). These papers will tend to be informed by theory.

2. Research and Art-Practice Projects

In/Stead provides an opportunity for people to share the process of their art-making with periodic updates of its construction.

3. Creative Writing

Creative pieces may or may not include an exegetical component, but will tend to be informed by theory.

4. Contexts and Practices

Essays that act as either a review of contemporary work or which contextualise contemporary questions about artistic practice and the theory of such practice. Papers may also include the discussion of ways in which the practice of art might be seen as problem-solving in relation to social, economic and political issues.

5. Authors Speak

This section is for published writers to have an opportunity of informing potential readers about their recent publications. Writers have an opportunity to dramatise the kinds of problems they were attempting to solve, to note the extent to which they believe this was realised or not, and to invite commentary in regards to aesthetic and intellectual questions deemed relevant to contemporary thought and artistic practice. Note that contributors are required to provide a copy of the published work with their paper, so that the essay on the work can be refereed and reviewed for accuracy and pertinence.


In/Stead is published twice yearly as a Autumn and Spring editions. If you would like to make a submission, please familiarise yourself thoroughly with the published papers to determine if your work is suitable for publication in this journal and use the contact form to express your interest.

The Editorial Executive reserves the right to edit all contributions on the recommendations of blind referees. These changes will be made without consultation with authors unless such editing would change the argument of the submission.


  • If a submission is accepted for publication it will be a refereed publication.
  • Essays should be no less than 1,500 words and no more than 3,000 words

Copyright remains vested in the individual contributors who are responsible for ensuring that all material within their articles have been used with relevant permissions and citations. Contributors may use their own material in other publications provided that the editors are formally advised in advance and that In/Stead Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication.

Editorial Board


Prof Ann McCulloch, Deakin University, Australia (Executive Editor)

Dr R.A. Goodrich, Melbourne University, Australia
Dr Paul Monaghan, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr Tony Hood, Deakin University, Australia
Assoc Prof Dominique Hecq, Swinburne University, Australia