It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Masoud Yazdani, founder and publisher of Intellect. Masoud died on Tuesday 18 February, aged 58, following a year-long battle with cancer. Masoud is survived by his wife, Ayshe, and 3 children, Mina, Shirin and Omid.
Masoud had a life-long interest in publishing, but it was in 1984, following a brief but life-changing apprenticeship with Walter J Johnson, founder of Academic Press and Ablex Publishing, that he first launched himself into the world of academic publishing with the founding of Intellect and the academic journal Artificial Intelligence Review.
Masoud and I have been great friends for just about 30 years. We first met in the mid-1980s when we both worked for a small innovative business in Oxford working in the, then, new and exciting field of computing called Artificial Intelligence. We became immediate friends, and built a friendship that has lasted to this day, regularly nurtured by our mutual love of playing squash and eating out in Indian restaurants. I have particularly fond memories of those early days, the two of us spending many hours in his spare bedroom stuffing envelopes with journals, sticking stamps and posting them to the subscribers. From those small beginnings, Masoud's intelligence, creativity and energy, and his constant readiness to take risks, and his desire to be different, has transformed Intellect into the outstanding company we know today, providing an indispensable platform for publishing emerging and important original thinking in Film Studies, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, and Communication & Media.
But Masoud was not just a brilliant academic entrepreneur; he was also a great mentor and role model. Those who knew him will always tell you of his kindness and generosity. He was always willing to go to great lengths to help those in need, to provide support, to encourage, or to act as an advocate.
Masoud can never be replaced, but we at Intellect intend to keep his spirit and memory alive by building on his legacy, upholding his ethos so that Intellect continues to be a company he would be proud of.
Those of you who knew Masoud, either as a friend, colleague, or both, are invited to email email@example.com, who will then post them into the comments section below.
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Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India 18th and 19th December 2014
The 5th International Illustration Research event joins forces with the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration and is hosted by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. The symposium this year will focus on the praxis of illustration in an expanded field, including histories of local/regional illustrative practices and the traversing of diverse media platforms.
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 4th July
27th February, Dundee Contemporary Art
For the first time in Scotland Alfredo Cramerotti will present some key concepts of Aesthetic Journalism published by Intellect in 2009.
The cinematic circus is coming to town
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From a German twonship back in the early 1900s, a magical circus has travelled the crooked streets of time to present to you its curious wares...
Whispered about across the decades, re-imagines inside the madhouses of Europe, dreamed in the night-visions of sleepwalkers...
The Caligari Experience promises to be a dazzling, immersive event drawing on some of the most cutting edge practice in movement & aerial performance, digital art, and sound to be found in UK today.
Prepare yourself for a multi-screen extravaganza, with 3D Projection Mapping
by Limbic Cinema & Live Film Score by Minima.
Visit the website for more information http://bit.ly/1glFvnV
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