Film Matters – Intellect launch the first undergraduate film journal

Film Matters is the first international undergraduate, peer-reviewed film journal, offering students from around the world an unmatched opportunity to showcase their academic talent. Published four times a year, each issue will contain feature articles, as well as a robust film and book review section.

This innovative and timely publication will appeal to a vast community of international film scholars, as potential contributors and readers. The journal will enable unparalleled access to professional academic publishing opportunities for undergraduates, and will exhibit cutting-edge research from outstanding future film scholars worldwide.

Film Matters is published by Intellect in partnership with the Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Film Matters benefits from Intellect’s international publishing heritage in film studies, with publications including Film International, The Big Picture and the Directory of World Cinema

The journal acknowledges the graphic power of cinema, and encourages visual literacy of film through its elegant design and rich layout. With both open and imaginative themed issues such as women in cinema, and films and social change, the journal will push film studies forward in new and original directions.

Film Matters is a unique global venture, offering publishing opportunities for a new, younger generation of film scholars. Film Matters reflects the dynamic culture of film studies internationally, and will provide fresh perspectives on canonical works, and original insights into films and filmmakers too long ignored.’ – Dr. Lou Buttino, Chair of Film Studies Dept., UNC Wilmington.



About Film Matters   
2010, Volume 1
4 issues per year
ISSN 2042-1869


Subscription rates
Personal: £33, $33
Institutional: £99, $99
Online only: £60, $60

Liza Palmer
University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Tim Palmer
University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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The Big Picture (issue 6) has arrived!


Issue 6 of The Big Picture magazine is now available to DOWNLOAD FOR FREE from

The issue, which is all about spectacle and stars, will be available to pick-up from all the usual stockists by Wednesday next week. Click to find out where you can get your hands on a copy...


What is The Big Picture?

Well...The Big Picture is a visually-focussed free film magazine that goes beyond the borders of the screen to reveal cinema's unique power to entertain, inspire and connect to each and every one of us.

The free magazine (and the accompanying website) offers an intelligent take on cinema, focussing on how film affects our lives. Aimed at the enthusiastic film-goer at large, The Big Picture provides an original take on the cinematic experience. Drawing from cinema's fundamental visual power, The Big Picture turns traditional magazine publishing on its head, allowing the powerful filmic images to do the talking rather than masses of text.


In this issue...

'On Location' in Monument Valley, '1000 Words' discussing Beautiful Creatures and 'Spotlight' focusing on evocative colour use on the silver screen.

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Calls for Papers: Journal of War and Culture Studies

We invite researchers, educators and practitioners to contribute to the Journal of War and Culture Studies (JWACS), the academic journal of the international scholarly association, the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS).
Volume 3
Issue 2
War, Culture, Technology 
Editors Martin Hurcombe and Simon Kitson
Deadline for receipt of articles: 15 February 2010
Publication date: July 2010
The aim of this issue will be to consider the ways in which cultural representations of warfare have embodied, reflected and contributed to the often problematic dialogue between science and the arts since the advent of mass, industrialized warfare in the late nineteenth century.
Issue 3: Performance and War 
Editors Debra Kelly and Luke Dixon
Deadline for receipt of articles: 7 May 2010
Publication date: October 2010
The concept of the ‘theatre of war’ is both a military and a cultural one. The very essence of the dramatic situation is necessarily predicated on conflict, and war and theatre have been locked in a productive tension since the beginnings of western dramatic production. This issue will focus on how war has been represented in a variety of dramatic forms in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and on the effects of war on dramatic creativity and production. We are keen to receive papers from a drama as well as a conflict perspective.
Submission details
The Journal of War and Culture Studies is interdisciplinary and international in scope. We welcome the submission of work by both established and younger scholars in the field.
All articles should be 5,000–6,000 words in length, and follow the Intellect style guide, available online

Articles should be sent as e-mail attachments to Helena Scott

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Call For Papers: Directory of World Cinema: China

Call for Submissions
Directory of World Cinema: China
Edited by Gary Bettinson, Department of Media, Film, and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University, U.K.

Intellect is seeking contributors to the China volume of its Directory of World Cinema, centred upon the cinemas of Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Intended as an authoritative and comprehensive resource for both students and scholars, the volume will provide a wide-ranging survey of filmmaking in the three Chinas, chiefly in the form of critically-engaged film reviews, analytical essays (examining key aspects of Chinese film history, industry, reception, and aesthetics), and case studies devoted to leading figures and generic trends. Grounded in academic film history, theory, and analysis, the volume aims to enrich readers’ appreciation and knowledge of Chinese film.


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Intellect exhibits at ALA Midwinter Meeting

Intellect recently attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, 15-17 January.  The American Library Association (ALA) is a non-profit organization based in the US that promotes libraries and library education internationally. 


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New title announcement: Horror Studies

Intellect is delighted to announce the arrival of our latest journal Horror Studies. The first issue of this new biannual peer reviewed journal is available to download for FREE .

About Horror Studies

ISSN 20403275 | 2 issues per volume

Managing Editor
Michael Lee, University of Oklahoma

Reynold Humphries

Dale Townshend, University of Stirling

Gary Rhodes, The Queen’s University of Belfast

Steven Bruhm, University of Western Ontario


Horror Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the rigorous study of the aesthetics of horror in all of its cultural and historical forms, from film and literature, music and dance, to fine art, photography and beyond. Seeking to advance the academic study of horror in theoretically and historically informed ways, Horror Studies is devoted to publishing high-quality articles and reviews relevant to its focus.  With a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, Horror Studies seeks to foster fruitful dialogue on horror between a wide range of different critical and scholarly traditions.

The first issue is composed of a plethora of intriguing articles including: ‘Mummy Knows Best: Knowledge and the Unknowable in Turn of the Century Mummy Fiction’, ‘“Evil against Evil”: The Parabolic Structure and Thematics of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist’ and Adam Wadenius’ investigation into abjection and defiant masculinity in Todd Solondz’s Happiness ‘The Monstrous Masculine’. Abstracts are all available online.


Further details

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Call for papers


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Call For Papers: Directory of World Cinema: Spain

Call For Papers
Directory of World Cinema: Spain

Edited by Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain.

The editor is in the process of assigning contributions for the Directory of World Cinema: Spain. The Directory will be published in both print and online formats, with the edited print volume for Spain to be published by the end of 2011, and every other year from then on. The online repository for the Directory is seeking contributors for film reviews throughout the year and will be available free to all. For more information on this go to:

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Patricia Cain, author of Intellect’s forthcoming book Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner has won the prestigious Aspect Prize

We would like to congratulate Patricia Cain, author of Intellect’s forthcoming book Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner, for winning the prestigious 2010 Aspect Prize.

The Aspect Prize is organized in conjunction with the Paisley Art Institute in an annual exhibition. Glasgow-based Cain’s detailed depictions of Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum under construction led to the judging panel voting overwhelmingly in her favour.

One of the judges, Charles Jamieson commented: “The confidence and complexity of her paintings made Patricia a clear winner and although judging was difficult, in the end it was the strength and impact of the work itself which swung it in her favour.”

Her entry, Riverside Museum Interior # 2 is to become a permanent part of The Fleming Collection. Her first book, Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner, based on her PhD, will be published by Intellect later this year.
The Aspect Prize Finalists’ Exhibition runs from Tuesday January 12- Friday January 15 at The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DU.

Many congratulations Trish!

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Meeting the Publishers Seminar
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The seminar "Meeting the Publishers" will take place on January 20th, 2010, from 14h-16h in room D2.01 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The invited panel consist of:

Mila Steele - Commissioning Editor for media & cultural studies - SAGE
Masoud Yazdani -  Chairman INTELLECT
Erik van Aert - Publisher Social Sciences - AMSTERDAM UNIVERSITY PRESS
Moderator: Jean Paul Van Bendegem - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium - Managing Editor "Logique et Analyse"

The first part is aimed at describing the broader context and the current state of affairs within academic publishing: a  quick view of activities within a major publishing company, recent evolutions within scientific publication such as the open access movement, how the publishing houses respond to those challenges in their book/journal/IP policies, the business models used to cope with increasing risk situation and the consequences of that for academic publishing, quality assessment issues such as the importance (or not) of being indexed, ranked, impact factors, the coverage of new forms of research such as applied arts research.

The second part is orientated to inform young scholars with respect to the do’s and don't in their dealings with publishing houses. What opportunities are there for young researchers to have their research published in books? How should they proceed and communicate?
Each participant will make a 10-minute intervention for each of the two parts. After that, we'll move into the Q&A part.

Part 1 Presentation Slides


Part 2 Presentation Slides


For more information please contact Lucy Amez.

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The Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds Issue 1(2) is now available


This is to announce the publication of issue 1(2), 2009, of Journal of
Gaming and Virtual Worlds


A life no longer worth playing: some remarks on in-game suicide
Authors:  Michael Nagenborg And  Christian Hoffstadt
Page Start: 83

A Fable: or, how to recognize a narrative when you play one
Authors:  Adam Rovner
Page Start: 97

Teleporting the library?
Authors:  Simon B. Heilesen
Page Start: 117

The body of the avatar: rethinking the mind-body relationship in virtual
Authors:  Denise Doyle
Page Start: 131

Developing a methodology for corpus-based computer game studies
Authors:  Isamar Carrillo Masso
Page Start: 143

DiGRA 2007  Digital Games Research Association International Conference:
Situated Play
Authors:  Daniel Schultheiss
Page Start: 171

Authors:  Mark Mullen And  George Bergstrom And  Craig McKenney And  Sonia
Page Start: 173

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