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.
Intellect is delighted to announce that the editorial of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 1.2 is now available for FREE http://bit.ly/1ho7sgO
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
13 March 2014 | Motion Bristol
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.
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the film's role in creating a culture of the midnight movie, audience participation, and the cult film circuit
influence of developing the pastiche tribute film (for its homage to B-Grade Sci Fi, Hammer horror, early 20th century musicals, pulp, comics, etc.)
glam rock aesthetics/drag style
language and linguistics explorations pertaining to the creative use of dialogue and audience call and response during the film
diverse aspects of fan art, fan tributes, and fan culture
economics of fan culture, including creation of low budget cult classic and/or how a cult subject becomes a franchise (sequels, stage revivals, etc.)
Abstracts should be 300 words long. Please include a CV or resume with your abstract. Abstracts due March 3, 2014. Final chapters of 3,000-3,500 words will be due July 15, 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to editor Marisa Hayes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, April 25th, 2014
Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, April 25th, 2014
Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the third annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the University of the Arts, London UK (272 HIGH HOLBORN, London WC1) from July 29th – 31st 2014.
EUPOP 2014 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This could include European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Comics and Popular Literature, Sport, Heritage, and Curation. The special streams will include themes such as Violence (Horror), Commodification of Popular Culture, Sport, Spirituality(the Occult), Nationalism and its Ideological Forms, Paganism (Celtic Studies, Nordic Mythologies), and Technology. The closing date for this call is April 25th, 2014. There will be opportunities for networking, publishing, and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2014 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at: www.intellectbooks.com
Papers and Complete Panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels – not more than 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.
Proposals comprising a 300 word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF should be submitted to Pamela Church Gibson (email@example.com - the same address is available for general administra-tive queries) until March 28, 2014. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.
The conference draft program will be announced at the end of May, 2014, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. Keynote speakers: Information will be posted shortly. The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.
EPCA President, Pamela Church Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal of European Popular Culture editor, Graeme Harper, email@example.com
PCA-Finland Director, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi, firstname.lastname@example.org
IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki, email@example.com
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A blog post by Ed Winkleman
"I'm constantly still amazed at how much of how the art world truly works remains a mystery to so many people who wish to participate in it. Perhaps that's the same for most creative industries, but I feel I have a stronger sense of what it takes to break into show business or professional sports or other fields I'm not at all involved in than many young artists or wanna-be art dealers have about how the commercial gallery system operates."