Crime week competition!

A poster of True Detective is up for grabs this week! For your chance to win please answer the below question and send your anwer to by the end of the day.

In which American state does the season one of the TV series True Detective take place in?

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Call for Papers: Radio Journal

CALL FOR PAPERS Volume 14:1 northern spring 2016

With Volume 14:1, editors Mia Lindgren and Michele Hilmes announce the relaunch of The Radio Journal. Along with regular submissions, we will include a SPECIAL SECTION ON PODCASTING.

Digital platforms have transformed the world of radio, no single technology more so than podcasting. Now an essential part of broadcast radio, as well as a thriving art form in its own right, podcasts challenge traditional radio structures, forms, genres, production methods, and listening cultures as much as they also extend and shore up the radio medium. Whereas much has been written about podcasts in online blogs and mainstream media, scholarly work about the genre and form is still emerging, as highlighted by Bonini’s (2015) recent review of the literature. The Radio Journal invites scholarly work exploring and investigating the podcast (r)evolution from multiple perspectives:

-- How can we understand podcasting in relation to radio?

-- What makes an excellent podcast?

-- What methods can we use to study podcasting?

-- Who is producing innovative podcasting work, where and how?

-- Is podcasting radio? Or not?

The Radio Journal is a double blind peer reviewed journal. We look for articles that explore the production, circulation and reception of radio and creative soundwork, and encourage a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on both historical and contemporary issues in sound-based journalism and media studies. See our website for more information.

Scholars around the world are invited to submit original articles of 6000–8000 words (including notes and references – but not including the author biography, keywords or abstract), following Intellect style guidelines.

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Articles including a brief abstract (approx. 200 words) and 6 – 8 keywords should be submitted to Please include a separate cover page with: article title; author’s name and affiliation; author’s biography (100–200 words); and author’s institutional postal and email address. No identifying information should appear on any other pages of the article, to aid in the blind review process.

Bonini, T. (2015). The ‘Second Age’ of Podcasting: reframing Podcasting as a New Digital Mass Medium. Quaderns del CAC 41, 18 (July), 21-30

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Call for Papers: Book 2.0

The editors of Book 2.0 would like to invite articles dealing with the promotion (both digital and physical) of books and literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We are looking to bring together a wide variety of contributions within the confines of this topic. Particular focus could be placed on reading spaces, events and festivals, social media and marketing or emerging and alternative forms of literature that have grown in popularity over the period. We are also eager to look at the roles of the publisher, the author and the reader in generating and sustaining promotion and hope to encourage contributions spanning the gamut of current book markets, from trade right through to academic publishing. 

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words to Daniel Boswell ( )

Aims & Scope

Book 2.0 is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish articles and reviews about all forms of contemporary book production and design in an attempt to explore the theoretical space opened up by digital technology. Thematic concerns include adaptation, access and cultural mapping. It will explore innovations in technology, distribution, marketing and sales and book consumption, and in the research, analysis and conservation of book-related professional practices. Book 2.0 aims to provide a forum for promoting and sharing the most original and progressive thought and practice in the teaching of writing, illustration, book design and production, and publishing across all sectors.


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Q&A with Fiona Peters and Rebecca Stewart

What was the inspiration behind Crime Uncovered: Antihero?

The paradoxical idea of an anti-hero is one that continues to fascinate and enthral. These characters, who subvert notions of heroism, are often ineffectual and flawed, and yet we are drawn to them. Furthermore, we are enticed to be complicit in their acts of ‘anti-heroism’. This collection of essays was born out of a desire to understand why we continue to root for the anti-hero in literature, film and television, despite our conscious revulsion at some of their actions. As well as engaging with well known characters, such as Walter White of Breaking Bad fame and Patricia Highsmith’s deliciously amoral Tom Ripley,  this collection introduces readers to lesser known anti-heroes, such as John Burdett’s Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. 

Who are some of your favourite crime authors and why?

Agatha Christie has always been one of my Rebecca’s favourite crime fiction authors. This is partly due to the fact that she has been reading Christie since she was 11, and have been devouring her narratives ever since. Further to the sheer pleasure that she gets from her writing, you arguably get a lot more from her writing than the reputation of cosy whodunnits would suggest. Christie was a writer who in her time broke every ‘rule’ of Golden Age detective novels.

As evidenced by her chapter in the volume, Fiona’s favourite crime author is Patricia Highsmith. She became hooked after being given a copy of Deep Water in 1982, and it has been a great pleasure to her to be able to incorporate this love into her teaching and also the monograph Anxiety and Evil in the Writing of Patricia Highsmith (Ashgate, 2011) and several journal articles and book chapters, most recently this volume and her guest edited issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection (2015)

What first attracted you to the study of the crime genre and fiction?

Partly we were attracted to the study of crime fiction because we love it: this hugely popular genre is one that we have always got a lot of pleasure from. However, more than this, the critical approaches to crime fiction that have appeared in recent years, such as gender studies, narrative theory and film theory, have all inspired us to study and teach the genre. The very fact that narratives that deal with crime and detection are so diverse and essentially defy classification make the engagement with these texts so satisfying. Furthermore, with an interest in what literature can show us about social and historical contexts, the study of crime fiction is one that is particularly fruitful. 

How do you think critical and literary theory for crime fiction has grown and evolved over the years?

As can be seen in the increase of academic conferences and university courses that look at crime fiction, this genre is clearly being reassessed from a critical and theoretical perspective. Rather than being ignored or looked down upon as ‘genre fiction’, critical engagement with this genre is becoming ever more prevalent. A case in question is the international conference series Captivating Captivity, that has been run by us at Bath Spa University, and that continues to identify different relevant themes every years – ones that prove to demonstrate that crime fiction is more than a genre but a way of thinking about the world. 

What do you think makes Intellect’s Crime uncovered series stand out from the rest?

What we find most exciting about this series is that it presents a focused discussion of some of the key areas in which crime fiction illustrates and reflects on social and individual morality, in this case the Anti-Hero, but also seen in the collection of essays dealing with the Detective. Furthermore, the volumes all include a variety of different perspectives and authors/series in one book, something that is not available elsewhere at the present time. The mixture of current and well known authors/series with the lesser known will allow the reader to both learn more about what they know, and be introduced into what they have yet to discover. 

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Call for Papers: Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Issue 8.2, Open Call Issue (due for publication December 2016)

Deadline for Full Papers: 31 January 2016

Send submissions to editorial assistant Hetty Blades  ac1417 [@]

We invite submissions for the next open call issue, on topics in the field of dance and somatic practices.

Themes might include:

*The pedagogical philosophy of somatics and how this might be seen to challenge or negate dominant approaches to learning and creativity

*The history of somatic practices

*The current application of somatics to dance/performing arts training and education

*The aesthetic implications of working with/from a somatic understanding

*The ‘body’ as a site of discourse in western culture, the influence of eastern cultures on notions of embodiment and how somatic practices challenge/collude with these ideas.

Standard articles will be in the range of 4000-6000 words. A more flexible approach may be possible for other formats and styles of submission but contributors need to work within the existing Journal design template (a free to view issue is available on the Intellect website as illustration). If a contributor wants to deviate from the template it must be discussed with Hetty Blades first and prior to submission. 

Notes for Contributors (click for file)

Guidance Notes (click for file)

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Call for Papers: Film, Fashion & Consumption

Film, Fashion & Consumption is a peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an arena for the discussion of research, methods and practice within and between the fields of film, fashion, design, history, art history and heritage.

With Pamela Church Gibson as Editor, and an Editorial Team drawn from other experts in the field, this journal seeks to stimulate ongoing research on these topics and to attract contributions not only from scholars researching in these areas but also from practitioners, who are traditionally excluded from academic debate. The journal thus aims to unite and enlarge a community of researchers and practitioners in film, fashion, consumption and related fields, whilst also introducing a wider audience to new work, particularly to interdisciplinary research that looks at the intersections between film, fashion and consumption.

We invite all interested scholars and practitioners to contribute to Film, Fashion & Consumption. Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length excluding references, should follow the Harvard referencing system, and should be written in English, with all quotations translated. Please submit your article as an e-mail attachment in Word format to the journal Editor Pamela Church Gibson: 

Your submission must include the following information on a separate page:
* Article title
* Your name, institutional affiliation, including department, address, and email address
* An abstract of about 150 words
* Five to six keywords
* A brief biography

‘Short Cuts’
Fashion, Film & Consumption have launched a ‘short cuts’ section with the aim of inspiring shorter and more immediate pieces of between 1,000 and 2,000 words. ‘Short Cuts’ encourages short analyses, debate-driven polemics, responses to a theme, and other forms of scholarship and writing that are concise, succinct, and rigorous yet, not constrained by the conventions of the journal article. If you are interested in submitting to ‘short cuts’ please contact the journal Editor. 

All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide.

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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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