Call for Papers: Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture

Volume 7, Issue 3 (7.3), Fall 2016:

Chinese Media Histories, from the telegraph to the Internet.

Guest Editors:

- Gabriele BALBI, USI-Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)

- Changfeng CHEN, Tsinghua University (China)

- Jing WU, Peking University (China)

Media history has largely focused on North American and single European countries’ media and, among them, especially on the history of broadcasting. This special issue aims to enlarge media history under two perspectives. Geographically, it aims to enlarge “classic” borders focusing on China and it would like to reconstruct the development, the role, and the controversies of Chinese media over time. Temporally, starting from the 19th century, this issue adopts a longue durée approach and, besides broadcasting, aims to integrate communication technologies such as printing press, telegraphy, telephony, photography, movie industry, digital media, and other media. This would help to enlarge classic media history into plural media histories and to bring attention to complex interrelationships between media and modernization process in China since the 19th century.

Articles for this special issue ‘Chinese Media History’ could, for example, address the following ideas:

- Which are the “constitutive choices” (Star 2004) that built Chinese media systems?

- Which was the impact of Western technologies and polices over the development of Chinese media system?

- How did new media technologies, institutions and practices influence the process of modernization in China’s social, cultural and political life?

- Which is the role of Chinese media history in the international media history? To what extent the history of Chinese media system differs from Western ones?

- How can history help in better understanding the media in China today?

Contributors can come from a wide range of disciplines: media and communication studies, telecommunications, political economy, political sciences, cultural studies, social history, geography of communication, and others. The three editors would like to collect papers broad in theoretical analysis and even informative in empirical case studies, in order to provide to European readership a comprehensive and maybe didactical issue on the development of the media in China in the last two centuries. Papers will be also selected with this scope in mind.

Submissions of no more than 7.000 words in length are to be original, scholarly manuscripts formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines ( ).

Notes should appear as endnotes and cited works listed in alphabetical, then chronological, order in a separate ‘References’ section at the end of the article. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY and sent as e-mail attachments to the guest editors, at

All inquiries should also be addressed to Professor Balbi at


- abstracts of 250 words can be submitted until 15 December 2015

- accepted authors will have to submit the full papers by 15 April 2016

- the issue is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2016.

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Crime week

We are delighted to announce Intellect's Crime week which will be taking place from the 30th November to the 4th of December.

Crime week will celebrate the release of our brand new series, Crime Uncovered and the two new books in the series, Detective and Anti-hero. The week will include interviews, competitions to win the books, videos and free articles. Our film magazine, Big Picture will also be featuring articles on crime movies that week.

To be kept up to date with all that is going on throughout crime week, please follow us on Twitter, follow our page on LinkedIn, and like us on Facebook 

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Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 6.2

Intellect is delighted to announce that Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 6.2 is out now.

'Unconscious Communication' - a series of papers on the theme of the unconscious communication, from a group of writers representing diverse disciplines such as linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and the arts. Guest edited by Dr. Tomasz Fortuna of the British Psychoanalytical Society, it contains five articles by leading voices in the field – R. D. Hinshelwood, Lesley Chamberlain, Sean Fowler, Ken Robinson and Pieter Seuren. The two 'Critical Readings' are by Neville Symington and Jonathan Sklar, and Maiike Engelen provides a new feature of the journal 'Reflections'. 

Unconscious Communication 
pp. 121-126(6) 
Author: Fortuna, Tomasz

Words and calls: The unconscious in communication 
pp. 127-139(13) 
Author: Hinshelwood, R. D.

The Sad Rider 
pp. 141-153(13) 
Author: Chamberlain, Lesley

Burnout and depression in academia: A look at the discourse of the university 
pp. 155-167(13) 
Author: Fowler, Sean

The ins and outs of listening as a psychoanalyst 
pp. 169-184(16) 
Author: Robinson, Ken

Unconscious elements in linguistic communication: Language and social reality 
pp. 185-194(10) 
Author: Seuren, Pieter A. M.

The impossible profession and its possible outcomes formulated in 60 experiences in a nutshell 
pp. 195-197(3) 
Author: Engelen, Maaike

A theory of communication for psychoanalysis 
pp. 199-208(10) 
Author: Symington, Neville

Psychoanalysis, analytic societies and the European unconscious 
pp. 209-220(12) 
Author: Sklar, Jonathan

You can access the issue by clicking here 

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International Journal of Islamic Architecture

We are delighted to announce that our journal, International Journal of Islamic Architecture has been accepted by SCOPUS: "This is a very strong and impressive journal with an excellent editorial policy, homepage and online access, publishing articles that are extremely well cited. It fully merits inclusion in SCOPUS.”

This journal publishes articles on the urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture of the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions.

To find out more about the journal click here

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ADCHE 14.2, 'GLAD: Controversy and Conformity' Special Issue 

Intellect is delighted to announce that Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 14.2 is now available. This special edition, edited by Jill Journeaux, Sally Wade and Tim Bolton, originated from the Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) conference in 2015 held at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. The conference, Controversy and Conformity was both a celebration of the 25th anniversary of GLAD and an opportunity to reflect and learn from our experiences of art and design education, in order to develop strategies and practices for the future.

Inside this special issue:

25 years of the Group for Learning in Art and Design: A context, Jill Journeaux 

The bookbinding workshop: Making as collaborative pedagogic practice, Elizabeth Kealy-Morris

Curiosity over conformity: The Maker’s Palette – a case for hands-on learning, Sharon Blakey and Jane McFadyen 

Problem-finding as a research strategy connecting undergraduate learning with staff research in contemporary education institutions, Cathy Gale 

Undergraduate student involvement in Fashion and Textile research, Helen Burbidge

Paradox and potential: Fine Art employability and enterprise perspectives,  Katrine Hjelde 

Exploring evidence-based practice with external partners: Research development and the ADM - HEA northwest network,  Jill Fernie-Clarke and Barbara Thomas 

Graphic Design Educators’ Network: Re-establishing the purpose and value of a graphic design subject association, Justin BurnsJames CorazzoKirsten HardieRobert HarlandDarren Raven 

Reviews by  Dr Daniel Pryde-Jarman and  David Durling 

The full issue can be accessed here

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Call for Papers: Fashion Style and Popular Culture

From Native American headdresses worn by festival-goers at Coachella to Valentino’s recent Spring/Summer 2016 runway show inspired by ‘wild, tribal Africa’, cultural appropriation is rampant in western fashion. This issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture will examine, critique, and contextualize modes of appropriation in the fashion system through producers, consumers, indigenous communities and the media.

In the mid-aughts, debates around cultural appropriation moved into the blogosphere and popular press. The term ‘cultural appropriation’ has become the vernacular used to interpret and criticize contemporary fashions. While popular culture has finally acknowledged cultural appropriation in public discourse, Euro-American fashion has had a long-standing historical relationship to appropriation, exoticism, and the use of ‘the Other’ for design ‘inspiration’.Analysis of cultural appropriation, from both historical and contemporary perspectives, requires us to question power relationships, inequalities, and answer the ultimate question: who is benefitting and profiting from cultural appropriation?

Authors are invited to submit papers that explore the following:

• Cultural appropriation as design process

• Politics of design ‘inspiration’ and the creative process

• Commodification of cultural styles by the fashion industry

• Historical examples of cultural appropriation and intersections with power dynamics

• Political and economic implications of what does (and does not) get appropriated in

popular fashion

• Everyday appropriation, identity negotiation and ambivalence

• Intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and/or religion with appropriation in fashion

• Performativity, ambiguity, appropriation and the body

• Critical analysis of the debate between ‘cultural appropriation’ and ‘cultural appreciation’

• Media representations of cultural appropriation in the fashion industry

• Interface of economics and appropriation within the fashion industry

• Colonialism and power relationships as articulated through fashion

• Consumer response to cultural appropriation

• Legal aspects of cultural appropriation

• Political stakes and the scale of cultural appropriation in style and fashion

• Postmodernism and the impossibility of the unique

Manuscripts should be approximately 5000 words and prepared using the Intellect Journal House Style, which may be accessed at:

Deadline for 1–2 page abstract: 15 February 2016

Deadline for complete manuscript: 1 September 2016

Please send abstracts to: Denise Nicole Green ( and Susan B. Kaiser (

For questions regarding submissions or inquiries regarding the journal, Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, please contact Principal Editor, Joseph Hancock:

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Call for Papers: The Poster

This journal is a forum for the study of visual rhetoric in the public sphere; a place to discuss how and why visual messages are thrust into the world and the media forms used to do so. The Poster stands as a privileged symbol of visual rhetoric manifest in the world, and as such visual rhetoric is at the heart of this journal.


Articles should be provided as MS Word files with low-resolution images (72dpi) included in the text at the intended positions in the text: full print resolution images will be called for later. You can send us both colour and greyscale images. Please help us out by using the Heading 1 (H1, H2, H3) and Text Body styles in the first instance as this, and the indication of position of the images, helps us enormously in the editing and production of the final document. Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words long. Once a paper is accepted we’ll ask for the full resolution images.

Visual contributions

These contributions must make an explicable narrative point. They should be presented, in the first instance, as low-resolution .jpg or .png files (72 dpi), numbered in the order in which they should be read (if ambiguity is the intent please help us out by sending us a visual that explains their intended organisation). Please include (as either metadata or on an accompanying list) details of copyright, authorship and ownership.


Reviews should be between 1000 and 2000 words long and if they carry images or excerpts of the reviewed material should be copyright cleared with the author or the owners of the intellectual copyright. Please send all journal submissions to the editor Simon Downs at

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Clothing Cultures 3.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new release of Clothing Cultures 3.1. This journal brings together discourses pertinent to the study of dress practices, and the latest issue is a special issue on public and private Dress featuring various articles and an exhibition review.

List of articles (partial list):

For the full list of articles click here

‘Photographed at the Royal Festival Hall’ ... discursive constructions of dress, time and space in post-war British fashion media 
pp. 7-22(16) 
Author: McDowell, Felice

This article discusses how the Royal Festival Hall (RFH) was featured as a location in editorial photo-spreads published in British fashion periodicals Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar throughout 1952.

Experiential luxury shopping at the Louis Vuitton Flagship in Paris: Dramas of identity 
pp. 23-40(18) 
Author: Manlow, Veronica
This is an ethnographic field study including observations, interviews and analysis of responses of twenty shoppers at the Louis Vuitton flagship on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The purpose is to outline the dimensions of the luxury shopping experience that distinguish it from hedonic shopping in other contexts.

Hungarian women toe the line: How Communist propaganda parallels corporate advertising 
pp. 41-54(14) 
Author: Medvedev, Katalin

This article suggests that fashion communication, especially fashion advertising, is a form of propaganda, and that propaganda is sometimes disguised as a form of sartorial communication.

Thirty centimetres above the ground: The regulation length for Greek skirts during the dictatorship of General Theodoros Pangalos, 1925–19261 
pp. 55-65(11) 
Authors: Pichou, Myrsini; Kapartziani, Chrysoula

In Greece, the General Theodoros Pangalos during his dictatorship (1925–1926) applied a regulation in order to control the length of women’s skirts. This article looks at the reasons behind this regulation and it’s effects on society.

Wool you wear it? – Woollen garments in Norway and the United Kingdom 
pp. 67-84(18) 
Authors: Hebrok, Marie; Klepp, Ingun G.; Turney, Joanne

The article will compare consumer perceptions, attitudes, practices and knowledge concerning wool as a material and as garments in Norway and in the United Kingdom, through a case study of wardrobes owned by six middle-class families. 

To find out more about the journal click here or email 

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The Journal of Short Film

The Journal of Short Film is pleased to announce the immediate release of Volume 35 on DVD.  The Journal of Short Film is a not for profit peer reviewed publication that is devoted to the distribution of the underrepresented medium of short film.  To date the Journal of Short Film has published and distributed close to 300 films from a completely free submissions process.

JSF 35 features submissions that came from the UK, although it does not make any claims to being representative in any particular way. In fact, rather than by capturing any special national element, the works gathered here impressed us with the breadth of their interests internationally and the fine feeling for the particular regionally.  What unites them all is an exceptional sense for people’s character as it displays and shapes itself in relation to others: in the family, in the workplace, in the chaotic concentration of the marketplace and the transient moments of public transit, and in the abstract relations generated by the medium itself.

Find out more here


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Journal of Curatorial Studies: Reception and Launch

The editors of the Journal of Curatorial Studies invite you to celebrate the publication of three recent issues: "Latin American Curating and Exhibitions" (3.2+3), "China: Exhibitions and Display Culture" (4.1), and the newest open issue (4.2). Accompanying the launch will be underpressure, a screening of videos and a photo/audio project that provide a glimpse into the diversity of topics and sites examined in the Journal of Curatorial Studies. Refreshments will be served.

Artists: David Bates Jr., Maurice Benayoun, Björk, Christof Migone, Alessandro Rolandi, Santiago Sierra

November 12, 7:00-9:00 pm

Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond Street, Suite 376, Toronto

The Journal of Curatorial Studies is a peer-reviewed publication that explores the increasing relevance of curating and exhibitions and their impact on institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture.,id=205/

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