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The Wellesley news speaks to Flavia Laviosa

The Wellesley news speaks to editor of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies about the journal.

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Wellesley magazine interviews Flavia Laviosa

Editor of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media studies is interviewed by Wellesley magazine on how her teaching and love for cinema resulted in the peer-reviewed journal.

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Call for Papers: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies

Italian Cinema in the World

Translational and transnational directions of Italian cinema
 
CALL FOR PAPERS
 
Themed Issues  
Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
 
New DEADLINE:  31 March 2015
 
At the awards ceremony of the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival, on 6 September 2014, Swedish director Roy Andersson, winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, said in his acceptance speech that Italian films — especially Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist masterpiece Bicycle Thieves — had a major impact on him. ‘You have such a fantastic film history,’ he told his Italian hosts. ‘And I know that in Italy you have taste.’
Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycles), leading figure of the sixth generation of directors in China, and whose new thriller Chuangru zhe/Red Amnesia was selected in the competition for the 71st Venice Festival, declared during the event ‘ANICA meets China: The Dragon and the Butterfly. How Italian cinema can cooperate with China’, on 3 September 2014, the strong influence of Italian cinema on his work and how he was profoundly moved when visiting the places where Fellini shot 8 ½.
Italian cinema is translational, transnational and rhizomatic. It is imported and exported, transferred, translated, adopted, adapted and re-interpreted. It is also both European and Mediterranean, moves in many other less-explored directions towards Nollywood, Bollywood and constantly intersects with other cinemas.

Consequently, new trends in Italian film studies address cinema reflecting a multiethnic Italy, a nation interconnected with other continents, and open up a neglected seam: the influence of Italian cinema on world cinemas, Italophone filmmakers and diasporic cinemas. Within such transnational framework, scholars are invited to engage in a methodological tension between studying national cinema and transnational critical approaches to Italian cinema, thus recovering these overlooked connections and re-composing them in a historic and aesthetic map, marked by cross-national dialogues and trans-generational exchanges.

Italian cinema today can be viewed as a geo-cultural and spatio-temporal bridge for the multidirectional routes connecting the tempestuous coalescence of cultures and a landing stage setting the dramaturgy of the galloping change of the world ethnic-socio-economic make-up, and artistic fabric. Against such a dynamic backdrop of events and in light of the historical and artistic influence of Italian cinema on world cinemas, the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies inaugurated a transnational direction in Italian film studies publishing two themed issues (Volume II: 1 and 3, 2014; www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=215/) examining specifically the intersections between Italian and Chinese/Asian cinemas.

JICMS intends to focus on the rising role that Italian cinema plays in the world arena, as well as on cooperation opportunities between Italian and foreign film industries. With this CFP, the Editor aims to shift the critical paradigm outside the inwardly focused field of Italian film studies and invites contributions that would further (1) explore the influence of Italian cinema on world cinemas; and (2) investigate how it reaches beyond the imagined boundaries of its (pen)insularity.

Abstracts should be sent to the Editor, Flavia Laviosa flaviosa@wellesley.edu by 31 March 2015, and should include the following information:

1)      A 500-word abstract outlining:
 
a) The topic
b) Critical approach
c) Theoretical bases of the proposed article.

The abstract should clearly state the goals of the article and provide a cohesive description of the objective of the argument. In addition to a 500-word abstract, authors should send:
2) Relevant bibliography and filmography
 
3) 200-word biographical notes followed by a detailed list of their academic publications

4) The date of submission of the article, if the proposal is accepted, will be within 10 weeks from the official invitation to submit the article.

 

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Call for Papers: Punk & Post-Punk, volume 4, 2015.

Punk & Post-Punk is working on an issue dedicated to the interface that exists between religion and punk. We are keen to secure articles that look deeply into this contested area, that go beyond the accepted binary correlation.

 
We are particularly interested in the following:
 
- Any article that traces links/interactions between established and non-established relgions and documented punk reactions to those.
 
- Explorations of the concept of spirituality within a punk context.
 
- Specific case studies regarding particular bands with known or subtextual affiliations to religous thought.
 
- Explorations of the philosphical values of punk 'atheism' or contextualisation of antagonism towards accepted religious frameworks
 
- Discussion of matters including gender politics and ethnicity which collide with expecations of either in connection with religion.
 
Articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, including keywords, full references, bibliography and an abstract of no more than 300 words detailing the key areas of investigation, supplemented with colour images, which are at least 300 dpi. Given the scope and breadth of the topics listed above, authors are kindly asked that their contributions be accessible to the non-specialist reader whilst retaining all of the requirements of academic rigour. Endnotes should appear at the end of the article, and works cited listed in alphabetical, then chronological order in a separate 'References' section, also at the end of the article. Submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY via e-mail attachments to the editors, Dr Philip Kiscely, at P.Kiszely@leeds.ac.uk. Manuscripts should be formatted according to Harvard Style guidelines (full guide available at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/Intellect%20style%20guide.pdf). 

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Call for Papers: Short Film Studies
Aims and Scope
Short Film Studies is a peer-reviewed journal designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives. These are the works that will be singled out for close study in Short Film Studies Vol. 6, Number 2:
 
Draft
Naomi Levari
Israel, 2004, 17 min.
(activate subtitles option)
 
Cock Fight
Sigalit Liphshitz
Israel, 2000, 13 min. 40 sec.
 
Article submissions
We invite all students of the short film – including researchers, teachers and film-makers – to contribute to Short Film Studies Vol. 6, Number 2. Each article should focus on either of the two works mentioned above and should not exceed 1,500 words. Any aspect of the selected work may be chosen for study, including interpretive issues, dramaturgy, camera work, editing style, sound, closure, etc. Preference will be given to submissions which explore the premises of the film itself instead of taking the postulates of a particular theoretician as their principal focus. Potential contributors should begin by sending a max. 50-word abstract to the editor, Richard Raskin at raskin@dac.au.dk. A prompt response will follow, regarding the suitability of the proposed contribution and authors encouraged to proceed with their articles will be given submission guidelines that include a link to a shot-by-shot breakdown of the selected film.

The deadline for submitting completed articles for peer-review is September 15th, 2015. 

For submission guidelines please visit: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=191/view,page=2

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Call for Papers: Metaverse Creativity

Articles should be between 5000 and 10,000 words in length, including keywords, full references, bibliography and an abstract of no more than 300 words detailing the key areas of investigation, supplemented with colour images, which are at least 300 dpi. Given the scope and breadth of the topics listed above, authors are kindly asked that their contributions be accessible to the non-specialist reader whilst retaining all of the requirements of academic rigor.

In addition to full text articles, proposals for reviews, scope related interviews and photo essays that document, evaluate or reflect on creative activity in the metaverse can also be undertaken. In this instance individuals are required to submit visual material together with a written proposal which should include a critical introduction of no more than 500 words outlining to the editorial team why the work submitted is relevant to the theme of the journal. Please refer to the Intellect Style Guide before submitting to the journal.
 
Topics include (but are not limited to) the following list:
 
Broad Perspective Topics
(i.e., the wider context of digital existences and creativity – not limited to virtual worlds)
  • Art, Science and Technology:
    • Theoretical texts that discuss various aspects of Art and Science, including those that present projects that can be placed under such a heading.
    • Texts that discuss topics/projects that can be classified under Art and Technology.
    • Art as Research / Practice Based Research.
  • Online Creativity Within A Broader Context:
    • Social networks / Online communities / Blogosphere.
    • E-learning in cyberworlds.
    • Networked performances and collaborations.
    • Art and heritage in cyberspace, cyber-museums.
  • Historic Precedents and Inspirations:
    • Comparative studies between historic and contemporary states of mental immersion involving the 'suspension of disbelief' – such as carnivals, fairs, the circus, the theatre, cinema, and the literary novel/work of fiction – in juxtaposition to online virtuality, particularly as it manifests in a three dimensionally embodied state.
    • Studies on historic costume design, architecture, interior and object design as cultural signifiers that find novel usage within the visual culture of the metaverse as well as gaming worlds today.
  • Cyberworld Technologies:
    • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality.
    • Shape modelling for cyberworlds.
    • Multimodal interaction and rendering.
    • Computer vision for augmented and mixed reality.
    • Cognitive informatics.
    • Brain-computer interfaces.
    • Affective computing.
    • Social computing.
    • Data mining and warehousing in cyberworlds.

Virtual Worlds
(i.e. texts that focus in online, three dimensionally embodied existences / creative activity in the Metaverse or inside Gaming Worlds)
  • Creative Output:
    • The examination of emergent creative trends in three-dimensional online worlds.
    • The critique and examination of the creative output itself.
      • Art
      • Design
      • Architecture
      • Science
      • Entertainment
    • Inquiry into the literary output manifested in the blogging activity surrounding user defined online virtual worlds.
    • Virtual worlds of the future.
  • The Avatar:
    • The creative, psycho-social and economic processes involved in the creation of single or multiple identities by a single user.
    • Identity, presence and self in virtual worlds.
    • Interpersonal communication in virtual worlds.
    • Leadership and team building in virtual worlds.
    • Legal, ethical and moral issues in virtual worlds.
    • Love, sex, friendship and work in virtual worlds.
    • The creation of visual/sonic persona.
    • Play/Role Play.
    • The avatar as object of art.
  • Education/Research:
    • Propositions for implementing novel educational strategies through the three dimensionally embodied agency of the metaverse.
    • Case studies that have developed novel educational strategies or technology indigenous to the metaverse, for implementing learning in diverse fields and for diverse learner groups and ages through the usage of online virtual worlds.
    • Using augmented and virtual reality for learning
      • Mixed reality: the merging of real and virtual worlds.
      • Haptic, audio and visual interfaces.
      • Holographic computing platforms.
      • New interactive technologies.
    • Research methods in virtual worlds.
    • Serious games.
    • Virtual worlds used for corporate training.
  • Therapeutic Uses of Virtual Worlds:
    • Education and research related to natural sciences, medicine, engineering in online virtual worlds.
    • Virtual world usage in health, social care, counselling and psychology.
  • Technologies and Innovative Practice in Virtual World-building:
    • Virtual Reality.
    • Immersive Devices.
    • Augmented Reality.
    • Mobile accessibility of virtual worlds.
  • The Social and Physical Infrastructure of the Metaverse:
    • Cyberlaw.
    • Metanomics.
    • Cyberpsychology.
    • Cyberanthropology.
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College Art Association Conference (CAA)

Amy Damutz and Gabriel Solomons from Intellect attended the 103rd annual CAA conference in New York on February 11th-14th. The conference provided a great platform for Intellect to meet with authors and editors and was really successfull.

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Intellect stand at the conference and for making it a success. If you would like to follow up with anything from Intellect about the conference please email gabriel@intellectbooks.com or amy@intellectbooks.com.

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Call for Papers: INTERACTIONS: Studies in Communication and Culture
Thematic Issue: Masculinity in the 21st Century

Guest Editor: Elwood D. Watson, East Tennessee State University

 
Over the better part of the past two decades, masculinity is a subject that has ignited considerable interest among journalists, bloggers, researchers, academics and the the mass public. There has been no shortage of articles exploring men's lives. Generation X is the demographic group of Americans born from 1965-1979. This is a unique generation on many levels with undoubtedly provocative stories and insights to share with others. Men, like women, are very diverse and pluralistic in regards to our ethnic makeup, life experiences, political affiliations, social values, religious persuasions, sexual identity, educational levels and other factors.
 
This issue of Interactions is dedicated to examining all the various experiences, facts, fictions, stereotypes, myths, cultural identity, etc., associated with contemporary manhood in the 21st Century. Articles could address religion, race, divorce, sexual identity, masculinity, work, family life, consumerism, marriage, popular culture, education, relationships, gender, 21st century perceptions of Generation X, baby boomers, millennials, economics, mental health, disabilities as well as other related topics.
 
Submissions are to be 6000 to 8000 words in length, are to be original scholarly manuscripts formatted according to Harvard Style guidelines (full guide available at
http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/Intellect%20style%20guide.pdf) Endnotes should appear at the end of the article, and works cited listed in alphabetical, then chronological order in a separate 'References' section, also at the end of the article. Submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY via e-mail attachments to the the guest editor, Elwood D. Watson, at watsone@etsu.edu All inquiries should also be addressed to Professor Watson at
watsone@etsu.edu or by dialling +1 (423) 439 8575.
 
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2015, and the issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2016.
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CALL FOR ARTICLES: Special Issue: ‘Public Relations: communication, engagement and dialogue’

Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies – Special Issue 7.2 (Fall 2015)

Guest Editors: Sunsi Huertas, Paul Capriotti (Rovira i Virgili University)
The field of Public Relations is experiencing a major transformation due to the appearance of new communication technologies and social changes. Major potentialities for communication have emerged, as well as new risks that (some of) these entail. Organizations in the public and private sectors should rethink their communicative strategies and acknowledge emerging audiences in order to face these challenges. Therefore, scholars and practitioners in Public Relations should continue doing critical research on key topics.
 
The X International Conference on Public Relations Research, organized by the Association of Researchers in PR (AIRP), will take place at the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) in April 2015. The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies wants to devote its special issue to this topic.
 
We welcome research on:
 
- The professional sector of Public Relations
 
- Strategic and organizational communication
 
- Community Management and emerging audience
 
- Current research in Public Relations
 
- Innovation in Public Relations
 
- Public Relations for social change
 
- Power, activism and critical perspectives in Public Relations
 
- Public Relations and crisis management
 
The journal plans to include articles of around 6500-7000 words, as well as brief research notes and reports of around 2000-3000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full articles for proposed contributions should be sent to catalan.journal@urv.cat by 1 March 2015. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review.
 
Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
All correspondence to:
 
Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

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Call for Papers: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies

In 2016, the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the David di Donatello prize with a themed issue. The purpose of this issue is to pay homage to this award for its cultural influence on Italian and world cinema, to review its history and endorse its international role. The Editor intends to publish a collection of articles that would document and historicize the value of the David di Donatello as the utmost expression of Italian and international film heritage and symbol of collective cinematic memory.


This CFP invites scholars, award ceremony organizers, archivists, film-makers, actors, journalists, producers and other professionals in the film industry to contribute with critical and historical articles, reports, interviews and biographies.
Send proposals in British English to the Editor, Flavia Laviosa, at flaviosa@wellesley.edu, by 25 February, 2015 and provide the following information:
1)      a 500-word abstract outlining:
 
a) the topic
b) critical approach
The abstract should clearly state the goals of the article and provide a cohesive description of the objective of the argument.
In addition to the abstract, please submit the following:
a)      relevant bibliography and filmography
 
b)      200 word biographical notes followed by a detailed list of academic publications or professional accomplishments.
 

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