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Intellect is delighted to announce our latest film series KinoSputnik, titles within this series include: Aleksandr Askoldov The Commisar, Aleksandr Sokurov Russian Ark, Sergei Paradjanov Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
Filmed in 1966 and ’67, but kept from release for twenty years, The Commissar is unquestionably one of the most important and compelling films of the Soviet era. Based on a short story by Vasily Grossman, it tells of a female Red Army commissar who is forced to stay with a Jewish family near the front lines of a battle between the Red and White Armies as she waits to give birth. The film drew the ire of censors for its frank portrayal of the violence faced by Russian Jews in the wake of the revolution. This book is the first companion to the film in any language, recounting the film’s plot and turbulent production history as well as offering close analysis of the artistic vision of its director, Aleksandr Askoldov.
Russian Ark (2002) drew astonished praise for its technique: shot with a Steadicam in on ninety-six minute take, following the Marquis de Custine as he wandered through the vast Winter Palace – and through three hundred years of Russian history. Providing a comprehensive synopsis, in-depth analysis and an account of the production history, Beumers offers an insight into the now legendary work of Alexsandr Sokurov.
Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965) is a landmark of Soviet-era cinema because of its emphasis on folklore and mysticism in Carpathian Hutsul culture, which broke with Soviet-realism. This book, as the first full-length companion to the film, offers readers a close analysis of the film’s symbolism, a plot synopsis, and a history of the legendary production process. It closes with an account of the film’s reception by critics, audiences and Soviet officials, and the controversies, which have kept it a subject of heated debate for decades.
Now accepting abstracts to be considered for a new book, Fan Phenomena: Disney from Intellect Press. This title will be part of the latest series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.
The Disney (Fan Phenomena) title will look beyond the Disney canon of films, shows, products and places, into the heart of the fan culture that has passed a love of the phenomenon from generation to generation. This project is aimed for both fans and those interested in the cultural aspects and social impacts of Disney.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
· Disneyana and the economics of collecting Disney merchandise
· The D23, the Official Disney Fan Club vs. grassroots fan clubs (including the original Mickey Mouse clubs)
· Experiencing hyperreality: Theme Park events and pilgrimage
· Fan podcasts, websites
· Retelling Disney stories through YouTube videos or Reddit theories
· Disney goth/villains and the aesthetics of the shadow/darker side of Disney
· The ethos of the Disney family
· The mythos of Uncle Walt
· The diverse aspects of fan art, fan tributes, fan tattooing, fan crafting, etc.
Ten essays will be selected and published within the following broad categories: Fashion, Fan Media, Language, Economics, Virtual, Influence, Philosophies, Character/Characterization.
Abstracts should be 300 words long. Please include a CV with your abstract. Abstracts are due April 30, 2017. Final chapters of 3,000-3,500 words will be due September 1, 2017. Please direct all questions and submissions to editor Priscilla Hobbs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies 4.2 is now available to buy this is a Special Issue on ‘Musiking in media fandom’.
Articles within this issue include: ‘Sherlock’s violin: Making the Victorian modern through musical fan culture’ by Elizabeth A. Clendinning, ‘Folk in a digital age: The importance of face-to-face community values in filk music’ by Sally Childs-Helton and ‘Reading and [w]rocking’: Morality and musical creativity in the Harry Potter fandom’ by Catherine Hall.
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Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.2 is now available to buy.
List of articles (partial list):
'Wu Jianren's New Story of the Stone and interrogating turn-of-the-century urbanist ideology in China' by Tom Marling, 'Festivals and tradition in contemporary Florence' by Christian Frost, and 'Tracing the Politics of Urbanism and Abjection: Space and Identity in Trainspotting' by Gabriella Salvador D'Ambrosio.
We are pleased to announce that Adriana Ionascu, Editor of Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, has been shortlised for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016. The exhibition runs from 14 September to 23 October at the Jerwood Space in London before touring various locations in the UK, with prizes to be announced on 13 September.
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See more about the journal and the latest Call for Papers here.
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English pop music was a dominant force on the global cultural scene in the decades after World War II—and it served a key role in defining, constructing, and challenging various ideas about Englishness in the period. Kari Kallioniemi covers a stunning range of styles of pop—from punk, reggae, and psychedelia to jazz, rock, Brit Pop, and beyond—as he explores the question of how various artists (including such major figures as David Bowie and Morrissey), genres, and pieces of music contributed to the developing understanding of who and what was English in the transformative post-war years.
The Journal of Arts Writing by Students is seeking submissions for their next issue.
Please find the Call for Papers here.
Innovations and Tensions Italian Cinema and Media in a Global World
In 2017, JICMS celebrates its 5th anniversary (2012–2017) with an international conference. This conference will provide a forum for developing innovative directions for the journal. We will exchange ideas about transnational approaches to Italian cinema and media and foster debate on the role of Italian cinema and media in the complex tapestry of global societies in the twenty-first century.
With this CFP the conference organizers invite proposals for single papers, pre-constituted panels and roundtables that would identify innovations and tensions shaping contemporary Italian cinema and media productions in a global world.
Smart Cities met with Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle to talk about what he considers to be the biggest challenges on the path to creating a smart city, and how he thinks cities will change in the next 5 to 10 years. Read the full interview here.