Call for papers: Journal of Design, Business & Society

The Journal of Design, Business & Society is a scholarly peer reviewed journal that publishes high-quality academic papers, case studies, and critiques that examine the role of design in business or society, as well as book reviews of relevant literature. We aim to promote cross-disciplinary research, and therefore, in addition to soliciting design papers, we are also interested in receiving manuscripts on research about design that are coming from non-design areas, such as business, marketing, management, health, psychology, social sciences, environmental sciences, and so on. The journal is published twice a year by the international academic publisher Intellect. The journal also commissions special issues with guest editors.

The Journal of Design, Business & Society works in collaboration with a range of universities, has a partnership agreement with Design for Business: International Research Conference, and with organizations such as the Melbourne International Design Week, agIdeas, the Design Foundation, and the Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Currently we are inviting manuscripts that explore any of the following themes:
·       Design for Business
·       Design for Society
·       Design for the Environment
·       Design and Innovation
·       Design Thinking
And from any of the following perspectives:
·       Industry
·       Branding
·       Consumerism
·       Fashion
·       Products
·       Sustainability
·       Transportation
·       Communications
·       Digital Media
·       User Experience
·       Built Environments
·       Architecture
Please email manuscripts of 5,000 to 8,000 words, of any inquires to The journal uses Anglia Ruskin's Guide to Harvard's Referencing System. All images need to be included with ALL SUBMISSIONS. Authors are responsible for copyright permissions.
Principle Editor:
Dr. Gjoko Muratovski, Auckland University of Technology (
Associate Editor:
Dr. Toni Johnson-Woods, University of Queensland (
Associate Editor:
Dr. Robert Crocker, University of South Australia (
Editorial Assistant:

Ekaterina Loy, Intellect (

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Fan Phenomena Week - Zachary Ingle

Zachary Ingle, editor of Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski, discusses his own fandom and what drew him to the Fan Phenomena series: 

What film, TV or book series are you a fan of? 
The Simpsons
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you? 
It has been my favorite TV show for almost 25 years now, since its debut. In fact, for much of that time, it was the only TV show I consistently watched. I think it is the smartest and funniest TV show ever produced.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact? 
The intelligence of the writing, the vastness of its Springfield universe, and its ability to stay fresh after all these years.
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?
I was already a fan of two of Intellect's other series--the Directory of World Cinema and World Film Locations, both of which I enjoy collecting, reading, and contributing to. I knew that this new series exploring fan phenomena was an excellent idea from the first time I heard about it, and eagerly wrote chapters for the volumes on two of my other passions: Star Wars and Marilyn Monroe. Editing the volume on The Big Lebowski was a tremendous opportunity, as it has some unusual rituals attached to its fandom, such as Lebowski Fests and its own religion, Dudeism. I consider it an honor getting to edit my own book for Intellect.

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Fan Phenomena Week - staff views
Some of Intellect’s staff share their thoughts about Fandom and the cultural impact of their favourite phenomena.
Alice Gillam, Marketing Assistant
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Veronica Mars
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It was never particular popular in terms of ratings and was in fact cancelled after 3 seasons. It has avid fans that have helped fund a kickstarter in order to bring the characters back in a standalone movie. It enjoyed critical success, however this was mainly for the first season. It was unusual in being a teen TV series with a strong female lead, who was allowed to be difficult, complex and often not particularly nice in a way that female characters in mainstream TV programs rarely are. However it probably did not have any significant cultural impact, unfortunately this type of complex female lead is still pretty rare in pop culture. It was cancelled is favour of a reality show about the Pussycat Dolls.
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?
I'm not a big fan of dressing up so it would probably be something I could get away with putting minimal effort into. Perhaps Mystique disguising herself as me.
Tim Mitchell, Assistant Publisher
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Six Feet Under
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
Intelligent use of popular culture to discuss questions about death and how it is approached in western society.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It is an incredibly well–written series set within the confines of a particular family and funeral home with each episode taking the death of an individual to explore wider cultural issues of religion, race, drugs, sex, identity and so on. Excellent use of black humour and cynicism. Occasionally shocking but never gratuitous. One of the finest examples of television production values and a narrative arc being used in a way that matches the aesthetic impact of both cinema and the novel in their respective ways.
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?

Not sure this applies, thoroughly everyday characterisation, which is part of the attraction! 

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Interview with Jennifer K Stuller
Editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In this interview find out Jennifer K Stuller’s thoughts on her own fandom, fandom studies and what inspired her to write Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of? 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
As a pop culture historian with a focus on the journey of the female hero, Buffy Summers and her friends were a revelation in terms of its representation of heroism. The focus on both personal strength and community - and how that inspires in the real world is what appeals to me most about BtVS's "Fan Phenomena."
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact? 
Wonderful, unexpected, intelligent, funny, emotionally resonant, and deeply layered storytelling. A new vision of heroism that forever changed how female heroes, and how communities of heroes, are represented in popular culture. 
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?
Seeing how transformative fandom can be for individuals and communities. Fandom can inspire creative endeavors, social change, new projects, educational initiatives, and so much more. The themes in Buffy resonate back and forth with fandom, they were, and continue to be, in conversation with fandom. 

I was encouraged to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series by a colleague and friend from the Whedon Studies Association. Being deeply involved in Buffy fandom, from co-leading a university course that used the series to explore issues of human nature to planning a party to celebrate Buffy's 30th birthday at a local comic book store with my GeekGirlCon sisters to being a part of Whedonesque Burlesque (and performing as Joyce Summers) to co-producing a book launch party that turned a Seattle bar into "A Night at the Bronze" to being asked to speak about fan activism as a featured speaker at the 6th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (June 14) all of my interaction and participation as a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has enriched me intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. It's brought me family, self-confidence, community, and so much more. The chance to work with a community of writers and thinkers to delve into the larger impact of this phenomena was a delight and a privilege. 


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The Soundtrack Call for Papers & Conference Presentations
CINESONIKA 4: The Forth International Conference & Festival of Sound Design

Conference Dates: 8-9th July, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Amy Herzog (Queens College, CUNY)

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions on sound in relation to the moving image. Media thinkers, film scholars, art historians, performance theorists, composers, filmmakers, sound practitioner, multimedia semiotitians, philosphers of perception - we invite these and others to submit proposals for 20 minute panel presentations. All accepted abstracts will be considered for inclusion in the CINESONIKA issue of The Soundtrack academic journal if expanded into papers and submitted for peer review (1000-3000 words for short articles, 5000-6000 words for long papers). Articles should be formatted according to the Intellect Style Guide.

Submit an Abstract - Please wite "Cinesonika 4 Abstract" in the subject heading.

Deadlines for Abstracts (under 500 words): 1st June, 2014

Please submit your abstract and short bio both as attachement (.doc or .pdf) and also pasted into the body of your email submission to

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Special Issue: Indigenous Film and Media
International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (MCP) seeks papers for a themed issue on Indigenous Film and Media. Papers should address any aspect of Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Maori, Sami, etc. film, media, and popular cultures. MCP is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and popular cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those which run across cultures, nations, and nation-states. Consequently, this themed volume welcomes comparative research across media and/or Indigenous ethnicities and cultures. In particular, the volume highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and African film, media, and popular cultures.

Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:
New Media
Video Games, Blogging, YouTube
Popular Literature
Comic books, Graphic novels, and Cartoons
Radio shows
Theater, Festivals, Spectacles, and Ceremonies
Visual art

MCP invites interested contributors to send (4,000-8,000 word) essays, short commentaries (2,500-3,000), and book reviews (1,000-2,500) on Indigenous film, new media, social media, and popular cultural politics to the Guest Editor at the following address: on or before May 30th 2014. Contributors should also include brief biographical notes of approximately 200 words. 

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Fan Phenomena Week
28th Apri - 2nd May

We are delighted to announce Intellect’s Fan Phenomena Week, which will be taking place 28th April – 2nd May.

We will be celebrating the release of the latest four in the Fan Phenomena series, Fan Phenomena: Supernatural, Audrey Hepburn, The Big Lebowski and The Hunger Games. The week will include interviews, competitions, videos, free articles and a live panel discussion on Twitter by the editors of the series on Thursday 2nd May.

Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all that is going on throughout the week. 

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Call For Papers: Journal of Arts & Communities
Double Special Edition in partnership with ArtWorks and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Journal of Arts & Communities is dedicated to researchers and practitioners from around the world who wish to increase the understanding and development of the socially engaged arts.  
In partnership with ArtWorks & the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a double Special Edition of the Journal of Arts & Communities is planned for publication in 2015.  There is a Guest Editorial Team for this Special Edition who will work in partnership with the Journal of Arts & Communities editorial team. This team includes Susanne Burns, Project Director, ArtWorks, Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning, Barbican London, Dr Abigail Gilmore, University of Manchester, Judith Hills, University of Sunderland and Chrissie Tiller University Of Goldsmiths who join Stephanie Knight, Principal Editor of the Journal of Arts & Communities and Greg Giesekam who is Associate Editor. Chrissie Tiller is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arts & Communities.
ArtWorks is a distinct initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation championing the value of the work of artists in participatory settings, by identifying and promoting the range of skills needed to inspire and engage people taking part.
The ArtWorks philosophy is simple: people involved in participatory art will be more deeply engaged – and for longer – if the actual experience of taking part is a quality, positive experience. Valuing and professionalising the skills needed by the artists involved is the first step to inspiring this experience.
Over a three year period, ArtWorks has been harnessing the best practice from the British Isles and piloting new practice to create career development opportunities so artists working in participatory settings have the support they need to become great facilitators, leaders and teachers.
Beyond this, ArtWorks is working to transform radically the way we treat participatory art in the British Isles. Artists, commissioners of participatory art, training providers and policy makers all have a fundamental role to play in helping make this happen.
ArtWorks has been working closely with Higher Education, recognising that this partnership can enrich the practice and increase and deepen our understanding of the work, and develop provision for artists' development and reflection. As a consequence of this partnership, a large body of research has emerged that supplements the work being undertaken by others in the field.
In support of these developments the Journal of Arts & Communities in partnership with ArtWorks announces this Call for Contributions to the double Special Edition.
The Journal of Arts & Communities encourages a wide range of contributions and contributors, including, but not limited to, the following: essays pursuing original lines of inquiry, raising challenging issues about the field, or documenting innovative work; interviews with practitioners or debates between practitioners and/or theorists; case studies of individual practices or projects, particularly those which have a broader significance in relation to ongoing concerns in the field and those which provide opportunities for project participants to reflect upon their participation; photo-essays or other forms of project documentation; accounts of innovative training practices or approaches to evaluation and critical reflection; reports on conferences or proposals to publish more extended proceedings. Beyond our normal book review section, we also welcome proposals to discuss particularly significant publications which might merit fuller discussion.
Details for Contributors
Although we are open to discussion on the length of specific contributions, prospective contributors might observe the following guidelines as to length:
  • Discursive articles tackling broader issues of theory or practice or introducing particularly significant practice: up to 6,000 words, although we may agree to extend this in exceptional circumstances to 10,000 words;
  • Interviews, debates and case studies: up to 4,000 words;
  • Photo-essays, or other forms of visual project documentation – up to eight pages of visual documentation;
  • Reports of conferences: up to 1,500 words; we may also agree some visual documentation, where appropriate.  Proposals for more extensive conference proceedings should be discussed prior to submission;
  • Book discussions, Notes and Queries: up to 750 words.
Contributors should follow the Harvard referencing system for citations and
include a list of works cited at the end of the article. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
Illustrations and images are welcome. Photographs can only be accepted as
production-ready, high resolution electronic images in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format.
Minimum resolution for images is 300 dpi. All illustrations and images should be accompanied by a caption and numbered. Images should be sent in the order in which they are expected to appear in the article. It is the contributors’ responsibility to obtain copyright permission, where necessary, to reproduce images.
Submissions should be sent via e-mail in Word format to the Principal Editor You are welcome to discuss proposed articles in advance of submission; in particular, we encourage practitioners who may wish to explore ways of documenting their practice to get in touch to discuss possible approaches. 
The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th September 2014.
All submissions will be sent to the panel of guest peer reviewers for assessment of their suitability for publication in these special editions. 
The views expressed in the Journal of Arts and Communities are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors or the Editorial Board.
For further details on submission guidelines please consult the Intellect website:
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Masoud Yazdani: Founder and publisher of Intellect

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, who will then post them into the comments section below. 

Mark Lewis
Managing Director


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Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 1.2

Intellect is delighted to announce that the editorial of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 1.2 is now available for FREE

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