New title announcement: Comedy Studies

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About Comedy Studies

ISSN: 2040610X | 2 issues per volume

Principal Editor
Chris Ritchie, Solent University

Associate Editor
James Harris:

Reviews Editor
Joe Jenness:

Illustrations Editor
Donna Hetherington:

Comedy Studies covers multiple aspects of comedy, with articles about both contemporary and historical comedy, interviews with practicing comedians and writers, reviews, letters and editorials. The journal seeks to be instrumental in creating interdisciplinary discourse about the nature and practice of comedy, providing a forum for the disparate voices of comedians, academics and writers.

The first issue includes interviews with comedians Ross Noble and Marcus Brigstocke along with reviews, reports and articles, which include: 'The origins of comic performance in adult-child interaction' and Sophie Quirk's 'Who's in charge? Negotiation, manipulation and comic license in the work of Mark Thomas'. A  full  contents list along with abstracts for each article are available on the journal's webpage.

For information on submitting an article to the journal of Comedy Studies visit the 'Call for Papers' online or contact Chris Ritchie for details.

 If you have any questions please contact James Campbell

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Part Three: The Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Volga-Volga

For this third and final installment, film scholar Rimgaila Salys leads us through a viewing of Volga-Volga a Soviet musical comedy from 1938 by Grigorii Aleksandrov.



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Intellect’s new journal portfolio for 2011

Intellect is proud to announce the following new titles:

Film studies
Journal of Scandinavian Cinemas (ISSN 2042-7891; Editors Anders Marklund, Casper Tybjerg, Gunnar Iversen, Andrew Nestingen, Patrick Vonderau; The journal aims to become an indispensable contributor to the growth of knowledge about Scandinavian film-making and to provide a stimulating platform for discussions on Scandinavian cinema and its cultural background.

Short Film Studies (ISSN 2042-7824; Editor Richard Raskin; Designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole, the journal will be an essential resource for those interested in short film whether from an analytic perspective or in relation to creative practice.

Performing arts
Performing Islam (ISSN 2043-1015; Editor Kamal Salhi; The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores the modern and contemporary interactions between Muslim life and faith, and theatre/performance studies.

Cultural & media studies
Citizenship Teaching and Learning (ISSN 1751-1917; Editor Ian Davies; The CTL advances academic and professional understandings within a broad characterisation of education, focussing on a wide range of issues including identity, diversity, equality and social justice within social, moral, political and cultural contexts.

Hospitality & Society (ISSN 2042-7913; Editors Paul Lynch, Alison McIntosh, Jennie Germann Molz, Editor Emeritius Conrad Lashley; . This unique publication will be the ‘meeting point’ for communities of scholars who use hospitality as a lens of analysis and/or focus of investigation. It aims to be a forum in which various disciplines interact so as to expand the frontiers of knowledge and contribute to the literature on hospitality.

Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (ISSN 2043-0701; Editor Ailsa Cox; The journal provides an international forum for all those writing, reading, translating or publishing the short story, in all its current diversity - including flash fiction, the novella, cycles, sequences, anthologies and single-author collections; hypertext, popular fiction (e.g. science fiction, horror), the prose poem, the non-fiction story and other hybrid genres.

Visual arts
Design Ecologies (ISSN 2043-068X; Editors Shaun Murray, Neil Spiller; The journal addresses a growing need for a cross disciplinary approach to develop strategies and articulate complex problems that impact on the theory and practice of artists, designers, architects, engineers, earth scientists and ecologists.

Animation Practice, Production & Process (ISSN 2042-7875; Editors Paul Wells, Jayne Pilling; In recognition of a growing interest and prestige for animation among scholars and practitioners, the journal is dedicated to addressing the ideas and issues in the processs, practice and production of animated screen works.

Art & the Public Sphere (ISSN 2042-793X; Editor Mel Jordan; The journal seeks to provide a critical examination of art's relationship to the ‘public’, 'publicness', 'making public' and 'publishing', as well as art's role within the history of Western democracy and art’s participation in opinion formation, free discussion and political action.

Book 2.0
(ISSN 2042-8022; Editor Anthony Harrild;
The aim of the journal is to publish articles and reviews on the latest developments in all aspects of book creation, design and production, including the latest developments in technology and software.; innovations in distribution; questions regarding the use of books and their electronic counter parts.

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Part Two: The Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: The Radiant Path

Today, film scholar Rimgaila Salys leads us through a viewing of The Radiant Path (or The Shining Path) a Soviet musical comedy from 1940 by Grigorii Aleksandrov.

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Beauty and the Beast Book Launch at the BFI Filmstore

Intellect author and film scholar Elisabetta Girelli will be discussing her book Beauty and the Beast: Italianess in British Cinema during a launch event at the BFI Filmstore in London. Girelli will be accompanied by a number of her colleagues from the University of St Andrews who will also be discussing their latest books.

The event will take place between 3 and 5pm on Sunday 7th March

Copies of Beauty and the Beast will be available to buy at a reduced rate from the BFI FIlmstore during the event.

Further details

Dear friends and colleagues,

We cordially invite you to attend the launch of new books by members of the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. As the newest department of Film Studies in the United Kingdom, we would like to introduce ourselves and our work to the wider film community in London. Please join us to celebrate the simultaneous publication of several new titles, and to toast the vitality of film cultures in the UK.The event will take place between 3 and 5 pm on Sunday, 7 March 2010, 3-5 pm at the BFI Southbank Filmstore in London, the destination of choice for  everything connected to film.

Dina Iordanova, Director, Centre for Film Studies at the University of
St Andrews

Authors taking part in the event

Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History
Revised edition, by Robert Burgoyne

New Bulgarian Cinema
By Dina Iordanova

Cinema at the Periphery
Co-edited by Dina Iordanova, David Martin-Jones
and Belén Vidal

Beauty and the Beast:
Italianness in British Cinema
By Elisabetta Girelli

Scotland: Global Cinema – Genres, Modes and Identities
By David Martin-Jones

Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe
By William Brown, Dina Iordanova, Leshu Torchin

Cinemas, Identities and Beyond
Edited by Ruby Cheung with D. H. Fleming

Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit
Edited by Dina Iordanova with Ragan Rhyne

Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities
Edited by Dina Iordanova with Ruby Cheung

A Companion to Spanish Cinema
By Bernard Bentley

To find out more direct your enquires to

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We are pleased to announce that we have a new e-book distributor, OverDrive Content Reserve

We are pleased to announce that we have a new e-book distributor, OverDrive Content Reserve

Content Reserve is a secure, web-based, wholesale distribution service for the sale and delivery of digital media, including e-Books. OverDrive's Content Reserve has become one of the world's largest aggregators of commercial e-Books, audiobooks and other digital media, representing over 500 publishers and content suppliers. Libraries use Content Reserve as a purchasing portal and retailers select content from Content Reserve to stock their retail websites.

For more information about Content Reserve, please visit them online...


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Call for Papers: Journal of Screenwriting (2.1)


We invite researchers, educators and practitioners to contribute to Issue 2.1
of the Journal of Screenwriting, a new peer-reviewed journal set up to focus
on this important aspect of moving image pre-production and
conceptualisation.  Contributions are sought on the history, theory and
practice of screenwriting and related topics, covering a wide range of
practices from film and television to animation, new media and computer

The Journal of Screenwriting brings together research and reflection on
pedagogy, professionalism and practice in an area which has been somewhat
overlooked in academic discourse.  New work has conventionally been
scattered throughout journals devoted to specific aspects of media theory or
practice, and this is the first UK academic journal to bring together serious
screenwriting-related work under one title.  The Journal is international in
scope, and seeks wide-ranging work which is critical, rigorous and original in
its contribution to this developing area of study.  We expect to include work
which employs a diverse range of methodological approaches, including textual
analysis, production analysis, practice as research and historical investigation.

Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length.  Topics may
include (but are not limited to):

•    Screenplay text analysis
•    Studies of individual practitioners, including screenwriters
•    Story and narrative analysis
•    Methodologies and theories appropriate for research and study in this field
•    Industrial structures, institutions and practices in relation to screenwriting
•    Gender and race issues
•    Genre studies
•    Comparative study between nations or regions, cultures and industries
•    Creativity and screen idea development
•    Conventions, norms and craft
•    Screen-reading and the reception of the screen idea
•    The history of screenwriting
•    Cognitivism, psychology and psychoanalysis in relation to screenwriting

We also welcome articles suggesting new approaches to the study of
screenwriting, and articles presenting new approaches to the teaching of

Articles, to include a 200 word abstract, should be sent by Monday 15th March 2010 to the Principal Editor Jill Nelmes, and to the Co-Editor Barry Langford. Please contact either Jill or Barry regarding any queries about suitability of subject or other requirements.


Find out more about the Journal of Screenwriting

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Part One: The Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Circus


Cryptonym (the distributed presses blog at the University of Chicago Press) has invited noted Russian film scholar Rimgaila Salys, author of The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov to introduce us to some of the fun and provocative films that were among the most popular works of Russian cinema in the 1930s and 40s. For today's installment, Salys looks at Circus, an eccentric work from 1936.

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Call For Papers: Directory of World Cinema: Britain

Directory of World Cinema: Britain
Editors: Dr Emma Bell & Neil Mitchell

Each edition comprises a series of short essays arranged around key genre/themes that introduce each section of the ‘directory’ of key directors and films. Each essay is accompanied by 6-8 directory reviews of key films related to the essay.
Essays are 1500-2000wds, and directory reviews are 200wd synopsis/bio plus 500wd review. We are also asking for individual directory reviews of films.
They are also 200wd synopsis/bio plus 500wd review.

You can find out more about the series here:

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Final Call For Papers: Journal of Applied Arts and Health (1.2)

Final Call for Papers Vol 1.2 must be received no later than March 1st 2010

Aims and Scope
The Journal of Applied Arts and Health (JAAH) serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in the area of Applied Arts and Health.
Applied Arts in this framework includes any artform which is used in an applied way to intentionally bring about change within a health context. The terms ‘pure and applied science’ or ‘pure and applied mathematics’ are frequently used and understood therefore the term ‘applied arts’ should logically follow. All art is in a manner ‘applied’ in that it deals with intentionally evoking an aesthetic response. However, ‘applied arts’ are those which use the conventions of the various artforms but are manipulated through artistic skill to bring about intentional change. This tends to be done not in a didactic fashion but in a spirit of co-participation with all involved. For example applied theatre practices in social reform or the use of fine art in occupational and expressive arts therapy would both fit this definition.

The emphasis of the journal is to evidence the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. The journal provides a forum for the publication and debate within a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion.

This journal defines ‘health’ in its broadest possible term which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health. The journal provides artists, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators, therapists, programme administrators and funding bodies an opportunity to report and reflect upon innovative effective practices. The effectiveness of applied arts practices is currently under-researched and this journal provides a vehicle for high quality scholarly activity. The journal embraces contributions of an international dimension.

Call for Papers

The journal invites contributions from artists, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators, therapists and programme administrators throughout the world seeking to broaden the evidence-base in the application of arts to health and healthcare practices. JAAH publishes:

•    Peer-reviewed articles
•    Interviews
•    Book reviews
•    Conference reports

Submissions should be sent to:

Please refer to the Intellect Style Guide before submitting an article to this journal.

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