News  
New book series - Fan Phenomena
Update - Editorial Guidelines now available to download

This new series is prompted by a growing appetite for books that tap into the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness. We will look at particular examples of ‘fan culture’ and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of these fascinating – and often unusual – ‘universes’.

The concept of the book series is to address cult/fan culture within a specified gaze. Topics will range from mythic actors like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean to the long-lasting television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer to film juggernauts like Harry Potter, James Bond and Star Wars.

Download the Editorial Guidelines here.

If this series interests you please take a look at our 2013 Journal of Fandom Studies. Submit an article to the Journal of Fandom Studies here.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 09:42 (0) comments
Greek Cinema Launch Event

Lydia Papadimitriou & Yannis Tziousmakis recently held a launch for their new book Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities at King’s College in London and, with some invaluable help from the college, the night was a huge success. The attendance of Greek scholars, PhD students and established film scholars prompted an excellent Q&A session, which largely focused on internationalising Greek film studies and the role of Greek Cinema in this process.

Attendees enjoyed being able to speak with the two editors and three contributors who were present for the event and the book went down a storm with almost all the copies being sold that night.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 11:57 (0) comments
PUBLIC: Experimental Media
Issue 44 now available

PUBLIC is a beautifully designed peer-reviewed journal founded in Toronto as an intellectual and creative forum that focuses on how theoretical, and critical issues intersect with art and visual culture.

Issue 44: Experimental Media, edited by Peggy Gale

Contents
    ‘An Open Field: Experimental Media’ [Editor's Introduction]
    ‘Cultural Engineering’, Tom Sherman
    ‘Medium Practices’, Nicky Hamlyn
    ‘Excerpts from the Strategic Reality Dictionary’, Konrad Becker
    ‘On Medium Specificity’, Michael Snow
    ‘Words at Issue’, Christina Battle
    ‘The Time of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Archive’ / ‘Le Temps des Archives Audiovisuelles et Multimédiatiques’, Jean Gagnon
    ‘The Cinematographic in Museum Spaces’, Christopher Eamon
    ‘Enter the Gallery’, Peter Ride
    ‘Flies in the Ointment’, Elle Flanders
    ‘Yvonne Rainer’s Where’s the Passion?‘, Peggy Gale
    ‘Notes on Attention, Projection, Foreplay and the Second Encounter’, Mike Hoolboom
    ‘Reporting from “The Field”: Experimenta India’, Shai Heredia
    ‘A moving image that can remember its past lives…’, David Teh
    ‘The Second Encounter: Notes on the Problematic of Art and Political Practices’, Dont Rhine
    ‘Whose territory? Indians 2.0′, Steven Loft
    ‘Capture and Loss: Memory, Media, Archive’, Vera Frenkel
Portfolios
    *Corpus Callosum, Michael Snow
    Various Projects, David Rokeby
    I Am Micro, Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel
    Splendour in the Grass, Christine Davis
Column
‘Chris Marker’s Only Music Video (Almost, Still)’, Ian Balfour
Reviews
    Canadian Art in the 1960s and 1970s through the Lens of Coach House Press, Art Gallery of Ontario, Caoimhe Morgan-Feir
    Un-home-ly, Oakville Galleries, Laura DiMarco
    Yinka Shonibare: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water, The Israel Museum,  L. Sasha Gora
    The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence by Susie Linfield, Sara L. Martel
DVD
Yvonne Rainer, Where’s the Passion?

Find out more: http://www.publicjournal.ca/

Subscribe to PUBLIC

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 12:36 (0) comments
Call for Papers: Studies in Musical Theatre
*Special issue: 'The Glamour, the Gags, and the Girls: The Musical Revue in Europe and America Before World War II'

Special Issue of Studies In Musical Theatre, guest edited by Jonas Westover

Proposal Submission deadline: 01 February 2012


According to many scholars, the theatrical revue began in America with 1894’s The Passing Show, and this entertainment blossomed into one of the most popular genres by the 1910s. Borrowing from the variety and vaudeville stage, the revue used a thin plot (though this would eventually disappear) to include many types of acts in a single show. Ziegfeld and the Shuberts dominated the stage until the end of the decade, each producing an annual series that featured an eclectic mix of singers, dancers, chorus girls, comedians, and more. The 1920s saw a rapid expansion of such shows, but a slow decline began with the onset of the Great Depression and continued until the second World War, when it became a largely nostalgic event.

But the revue was so much more than an American genre, and it did not necessarily begin in the 1890s. Its transatlantic appeal saw the type of show flourish in France and England, and some revues even played in more than one country. Examples include the productions of the Folies Bergere (France), Hullo, Tango (1913, England), and Parade (1935, America). From Radio City Music Hall to the Ice Follies to the King of Jazz, the revue was everywhere. What about the extravaganza and the spectacular and other nineteenth-century antecedents? What about filmed revues? What about the meaning and function of revues in a broader social and cultural context? Why did the genre slowly dissipate and change over time? The history of the revue and its place in entertainment history still holds many questions that remain unanswered.

This issue of the journal seeks to explore the revue in detail, focusing on the period of its Broadway heyday (c.1894-c.1939), but also embracing European revue, the transatlantic traffic of revue, and various offshoots of the revue on stage or screen. We encourage the submission of abstracts of 300 words or (preferred) articles of 4000-6000 words for issue 7.1, to be published in January 2013. In particular, we welcome:

  • Critical, biographical explorations of forgotten stars, composers, dancers, or comedians;
  • Historiographical or sociocultural studies of shows and their contexts;
  • Production histories focusing on performance practice, costume, lighting or set design;
  • Musicological or textual considerations of scores, scripts, or songs;
  • Archival explorations relating to recordings, movies, or advertising

Due to the early date of publication, the deadline for submission of abstracts or articles is 1 February 2012, with a view to full drafts being completed by 1 May 2012. Material should be submitted directly to Jonas Westover at jwestover@gc.cuny.edu.

 

Read more Posted by Bethan Ball at 10:18 (0) comments
BOOK LAUNCH: Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities

Posted on behalf of the editors

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We would like to announce the publication of the collection of essays
Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities, edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis (Intellect, 2011), and invite you to attend its launch that will take place at King's College, London, on Wednesday 25th January (6-8 pm, room K2.32, Strand Campus).

Jointly hosted by the Department of Film Studies and the Centre of Hellenic Studies at King's College  the launch will include brief presentations by the editors and some contributors, a Q & A session with the audience and a drinks' reception. The book will be available for sale with a 50% discount, at £12.50.

For further information about the launch, please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/events/specialevents/GreekCinema.aspx

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis

Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 16:46 (0) comments
Call For Papers: International Journal of Islamic Architecture
*Special issue: Thematic volume planned for January 2013 Streets of Protest: The Politics of Public Space

Proposal Submission deadline: 15 March 2012

The diverse ways individuals and groups contest and remake public space is of interest to the field of architecture, especially at this moment of economic recession. From “guerrilla,” “tactical,” to “DIY” urbanisms, all celebrate the agency of the individual or small groups to make modest changes by claiming public spaces without the need for extensive investments or infrastructure. Such calls are conveniently in line with the emphasis on the neo-liberal subject’s individual agency and capability. What happens when ordinary people demand not so modest but copious and radical changes?

From Cairo to New York City, political protests through the past year have provided inspiring images of revolutionaries who have come together voluntarily and demanded change from their governments. Dismayed by top-down governance structures, auto-censorship of mass media, and at times the inefficiency of representational politics, ordinary people have claimed their rights as citizens. They have activated the streets and squares turning them into political “spaces of public appearance.”  But the uneven geopolitics of privilege have inevitably shaped the perception and portrayal of political protest events in different regional, religious and cultural contexts. For instance, police and municipal authorities have evicted Occupy movements from the squares of various US cities alluding to hygiene and safety. In contrast, political protests in non-Western countries are portrayed as synonymous with the emergence of more democratic societies. Celebrating Western media and technology, most Western leaders and analysts have treated the movements and protests in the Middle East as a novelty playing down earlier histories of popular protest. Such celebration of democracy parallels warnings of the lurking Islamist threat in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. 

These recent events have much potential to contribute to our understanding of the relationship between the politics, poetics, and spaces of the streets, particularly in the context of the Islamic world. Practical occupation appropriates public space temporally and transforms its image, and hence use, permanently. So far, commentaries and research on the topic have predominantly emphasized the use of social media while the question of how public space provides opportunities for participation and appropriation has been understudied. The use of public spaces goes hand in hand with the varied uses of media. Technology acts not only as “extensions of man” but also of public space; at the same time, it generates new forms of repression that reshapes the use of public spaces.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 11:55 (0) comments
Call For Papers: The Reflective Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field

The Reflective Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field
By Daniel A. Kelin, II and Kathryn Dawson
To be published by Intellect Books

As the teaching artist profession grows and diversifies, collecting and sharing foundational wisdom by long-time practitioners will help support the work of early career drama/theatre teaching. This book will provide a recommended framework for reflective drama/theatre teaching artist practice as a resource for individuals in the college/university, professional theatre and/or arts organization settings. To illustrate the framework, accessible case studies of demonstrated practices written by drama/theatre teaching artists from a range of contexts will be shared. We hope to inspire students, teaching artists and arts organizations to explore the depth and breadth of drama/theatre teaching artist practice through reflection on and clarification of their core philosophies and beliefs.

Seeking insight into your process

We seek case study submissions from drama/theatre teaching artists that describe a specific drama/theatre program, project, production or residency workshop, focusing on the choices, philosophies, external influences, pedagogies and theories (learning, cultural, gender, queer, etc.) that shape the drama learning experience design, implementation and assessment. A clear focus on how and why choices are made throughout the practice is desired. Case studies should reference most, if not all, of the Component Criteria outlined below by the book’s authors.

Submission proposals

Please submit a 250-word summary of your proposed submission that makes considered use of the Component Criteria provided in the book outline below. Include the guiding question/s, the context and purpose (specific need/condition of participants if useful), and philosophies, external influences, pedagogies and/or theories that contributed to the planning, implementation, and assessment of the program, project, production or residency workshop.

Send submissions or inquiries to:

Daniel A. Kelin, II, Education Director, Honolulu Theatre for Youth/Teaching Artist, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Kathryn Dawson, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Drama for Schools, University of Texas at Austin

Deadline for 250-word description: March 15, 2012

If selected, we will provide you with guidance on developing your submission to 1500 words. A first draft will be due August 1, 2012. If your submission is selected for the book, you will receive contributor credit and byline.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 11:29 (0) comments
New book series from Intellect - Fan Phenomena
Call for Editors/Contributors

This new series is prompted by a growing appetite for books that tap into the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness. We will look at particular examples of ‘fan culture’ and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of these fascinating – and often unusual – ‘universes’.

The concept of the book series is to address cult/fan culture within a specified gaze. Topics will range from mythic actors like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean to the long-lasting television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer to film juggernauts like Harry Potter, James Bond and Star Wars.

Each of the subjects we choose have massive visual appeal as they deal with fan fashion, memorabilia, (fan)homages, merchandising and branding that help to create the immersive world that extends beyond the phenomenon itself. The books will aim to exploit this visual aspect to align them with other Intellect book series such as the World Film Locations and Directory of World Cinema series that make good use of relevant collected imagery.

Click 'Read more' below to find out more.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 17:12 (0) comments
Craft Research, Volume 4.1 - Call for submissions

After two successful issues and the third forthcoming in March 2012, Craft Research is preparing to expand to two issues per year. From 2013 there will be two issues, one in January and one in September each year.

Submission
 
The final date for submission of contributions for Vol 4.1 is Friday 1 June 2012.

For guidance notes or further information, or to submit an article or review, please contact the editors or visit the journal's website for details

Kristina Niedderer
Katherine Townsend
 

Read more Posted by Nic Reisner at 10:22 (0) comments
Intellect's 2013 New Journals Portfolio

Intellect is proud and delighted to announce our 2013 journal portfolio. The list exemplifies our commitment to widening critical debate in new and emerging areas of academic study.

Applied Theatre Research
ISSN: 20493010 | Online ISSN: 20493029
Editors: John O’Toole, Melbourne University and Penny Bundy, Griffith University

Aims & Scope
Applied Theatre Research is the worldwide journal for theatre and drama in non-traditional contexts. It focuses on drama, theatre and performance with specific audiences or participants in a range of social contexts such as: education, developing countries, business and industry, political debate and social action, and with children and young people; theatre which happens in places such as streets, conferences, war zones, refugee camps, prisons, hospitals and village squares as well as on purpose-built stages. Read on

Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
ISSN: 20477368 | Online ISSN: 20477376
Principal Editor: Flavia Laviosa, Wellesley College
First Associate Editor: Manuela Gieri, University of Basilicata; 
Second Associate Editor: Grace Russo Bullaro, City University of New York;
 Third Associate Editor: Stephen Gundle, University of Warwick; Reviews Editor: Ellen Nerenberg, Wesleyan University

Aims & Scope
The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies is a fully peer reviewed English language journal, which explores Italian cinema and media as sites of crossing, allowing critical discussion of the work of filmmakers, artists in the film industry and media professionals. The journal intends to revive a critical discussion on the auteurs, celebrate new directors and accented cinema, and examine Italy as a geo-cultural locus for contemporary debate on translocal cinema. The journal also welcomes contributions on the hybridisation of film and media aesthetics, and the development of innovative transmedia texts and crossmedia narratives. Read on

The Journal of Fandom Studies
ISSN: 20466692 | Online ISSN: 20466706
Principal Editor: Katherine Larsen, The George Washington University
Associate Editor: John Walliss, Liverpool Hope University

Aims & Scope
The multi-disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship into the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. We focus on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming), The journal aims to address key issues in fans studies itself, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship. Read on

The Journal of Popular Television

ISSN: 20469861 | Online ISSN: 2046987X
Principal Editor: James Leggott, Northumbria University
Associate Editors: Julie Anne Taddeo, University of Maryland and Tobias Hochscherf, University of Applied Sciences, Kiel Online; Editor/Assistant: Derek Johnson, University of East Anglia

Aims & Scope
Firmly based in the belief that popular television continues to play a major cultural, political and social role, The Journal of Popular Television has a reach both to those within the academic fields of television, media and cultural studies, and to wider scholarly communities, for example in politics, history, literature and sociology. It will bring together contributions from established and leading names within the field, with perspectives from newer researchers. Read on

For more information about these or any of our journals please contact marketing@intellectbooks.com.

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 16:51 (0) comments