Southeastern Theatre Conference

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
2–6 March 2011

Add drama to your life! Join Amy for the 62nd Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel 2-6 March. Over 4,000 theatre artists and practitioners are set to participate in this year’s 4+ day event. 300 workshops are scheduled as well as master classes, musical coaching, auditions and staged readings. A collection of Intellect’s books and journals will be on display throughout the conference so come by, take a look at our portfolio and learn more about publishing with us.  Hope to see you there!


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Intellect at CAA


99th Annual College Art Assn Conference

9–12 February 2011 – New York, New York


Art was in the air as Intellect joined over 10,000 attendees at this year’s 99th annual College Art Association conference New York City. The CAA convention draws an international crowd of artists, curators and scholars, and is one of the most influential events of its kind in the world.  Over a three-day period, representatives from nearly 100 different countries contributed to more than 810 panel sessions ranging from Exploration of New Media to Policing Sacred Art. The energy, curiosity and participation of the crowds made for a memorable convention. And what other event provides entry to some of the world’s top museums and galleries (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Modern Museum of Art, to name just a few) as part of your conference registration? It doesn’t get any better than this.


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Naming a Book (on using Facebook to figure out Britney Spears). A Guest Blog by Christopher Smit

Writing The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption has led to odd interpersonal interactions. The conversation usually goes something like this:

“So, what are you working on these days?”
“Actually, a book on Britney.”
“Britney…who? Spears!? No, really, what are you doing?”

I’ve had many conversations like this, most of which ended with friends or colleagues trying to come across as open, let’s say, to new ideas, accepting the strange, unconventional turns of my popular culture postmodern critical studies. There have always been folks who wonder about the wide variety of topics that I, a media studies professor, spend my analytical and energies on: eyebrows have lifted about the validity of my work on the glam rockers Kiss, the death narratives of Elvis Presley, and other ponderings about the connections between pornography and cooking shows, the ideological content of sitcoms, and so forth.

But with Britney, there seems to be a more critical tone to the suspicions. Why on earth, in an academic climate that is demanding more prestigious publications from its practitioners, would I spend six precious months writing a book about this bubblegum topic? Couldn’t I chew on something much more substantial, important, culturally significant? Why pay so close attention to this woman who had become a sort of superhero of superficiality?

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The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption is now available.

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British Film
The Window on our world

Last Saturday's Guardian newspaper reported Gurinder Chadha - the director of Bend it Like Beckham - commenting on the success of The King's Speech at Baftas saying:

'It's not simply that British films do well at the box office and generate revenue, it's that they provide a window to the world of what Britain and its culture is about. Our films have the ability to tell global audiences who we are ...'

This is precisely the point of view that has motivated Intellect to establish Directory of World Cinema.

By looking at films from different regions of the world we are given a window into what makes people all over the world so different, and also what makes those people the same. In this way we can each develop a better understanding of "the other": an understanding that avoids stereotypes and acknowledges both the unity and diversity in humanity.

For centuries literature has provided the source material for reflection on what it means to be human. While literature continues to enlighten us more recently film has provided a visual alternative. Film not only offers a narrative similar to literature it also provides a visual and audio feast for our senses. 

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Developing Dialogues reviewed by Michelle Johnston for the Australian Journalism Review


'In the past 10 years there has been growing recognition of the value of community media to a democratic public sphere. This recognition has brought with it an increasing number of publications, both in Australia and internationally, about community and participatory media. In the same period of time, the authors of Developing dialogues have been regular contributors to the growing number of academic books and articles on the topic, but this book represents something different. The focus of previous publications has been on community media producers, community policy, the process of production, and comparisons with mainstream media. Forde et al have, in this book, recognised the collapse of producer/audience boundaries that is typical of community
media and their focus here therefore is audience. The book is the result of an extensive qualitative survey of national community media audiences – something not done before.
' - Michelle Johnston

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Find out more about Developing Dialogues.

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Call for Papers: Journal of Applied Arts & Health

Call for Papers

Submissions are invited for issue 2.1 and 2.2 of Journal of Applied Arts & Health.

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

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 art form 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 art forms 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

Submissions should be sent before 28 February to the Principal Editor, Ross Prior, University of Northampton, at  
Submissions for later issues can be sent after this date.

Journal of Applied Arts & Health is published by Intellect

Principal Editor Ross Prior, University of Northampton; Associate Editor Mitchell Kossak, Lesley University; Reviews Editor Hayley Singlehurst, University of Northampton

ISSN: 2040 2457 | Online ISSN: 2040 2465 | 2011, Volume 2, 3 issues per year
Institutional subscription: £132/ $144 | Online subscription: £99/ $114 | Individual subscription: £33/ $45

For further information or to view the free issue, please click here.

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Call for essays and reviews - Contemporary Chinese Art and Criticality


‘Contemporary Chinese Art and Criticality’

A Special Guest Edited Edition of the Peer-Reviewed Intellect Journal
Journal of Visual Art Practice
Publication Spring 2012

Guest Editors:
Dr. Paul Gladston, Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Visual Culture, the University of Nottingham
Dr. Katie Hill, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Art and Curator of the Chinese Poster Collection, the University of Westminster

The relationship between contemporary Chinese visual art and criticality is a highly problematic one. In producing and exhibiting their work internationally, contemporary Chinese artists are not only made to negotiate often strongly contrasting restrictions on freedom of critical expression within and outside the People’s Republic of China (PRC), but also differences in established cultural understanding between China and other parts of the world about the potential function of art as a focus for public critique. This special edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Visual Art Practice will seek to address issues relating to the relationship between contemporary Chinese art and criticality, taking into account as wide a range of differing cultural and intellectual perspectives on the subject as possible. Potential contributors are invited to address specific questions relating to the critical significance of contemporary Chinese art as well as the differing cultural, social, economic and political conditions within which that art is produced and received both inside the PRC and internationally.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
•    The nature of political suppression within the PRC and how artists seek to construct a critical art and critical discourses related to the production of art within that context;
•    Cultural resistance in China to Western(ised) conceptions of artistic criticality;
•    The public impact of a critical contemporary Chinese art both within and outside the PRC;
•    The relationship between aesthetics and criticality in relation to contemporary Chinese art;
•    The relationship between contemporary Chinese art and the possible construction of a civil society within the PRC;
•    The openness of contemporary Chinese art to contrasting interpretations of its critical function within differing cultural, social, economic and political settings;
•    The problematic effects of cultural translation on an understanding of the relationship between contemporary Chinese art and criticality.

The editors invite abstracts of original essays and reviews that address the theme of ‘Contemporary Chinese Art and Criticality’. Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words and should be submitted in electronic form to by 31st March 2011. Abstracts submitted after that date will not be considered. Invitations to submit full essays or reviews, including style guidelines, will be sent out by 21st April 2011. Completed essays or reviews should be submitted no later than 31st August 2011.

All abstracts should be presented in either English or Mandarin Chinese. Essays and reviews may be presented in Mandarin Chinese by agreement with the editors for subsequent translation into English.

Please note: the editors welcome contributions from artists, curators, critics, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows as well as from established academics.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Gladston at


Katie Hill at

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Call for Papers: Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction
Special Issue of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication

Call for Papers: Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction

Special Issue of Empedocles, guest edited by Pekka Isotalus
(University of Tampere) and Owen Hargie (University of Ulster).

There is growing need for a European publication platform for
interpersonal communication and social interaction research and
theory development. In order to give the European communication
research community an opportunity to assess the scope of such a
platform, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of
will publish a special guest-edited issue on
interpersonal communication and social interaction, which could also
be the starting point for a new journal dedicated to this area of
research: European Journal of Human Communication.

As guest editors for a special edition of Empedocles to be published
in December 2011, we welcome proposals for articles that explore
contacts and bonds between people, whether in private or public
contexts, whether maintained face-to-face or mediated via
communication technologies. The articles can focus on interpersonal
relationships; group and team communication; conversational
organisation; verbal and nonverbal communication; language and
social interaction; intercultural dimensions; public speaking; radio
and television performance; rhetoric; argumentation; persuasion and
mutual influence; communicative competence and interpersonal skills;
ethnography of speaking; and, other related approaches to human
social interaction.

We encourage qualitative approaches to research, while also
encompassing quantitative inquiry. For this special issue,
theoretical, evaluative or interpretative studies are especially welcome.

The journal publishes double-blind peer reviewed articles
(6,000-8,000 words). Submissions should be sent by email before June
15, 2011, to guest editors Pekka Isotalus (
and Owen Hargie (
Empedocles uses the MHRA referencing system. Please download the
notes for contributors for further information.


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'New Media and Blood' (on witnessing YouTube videos of Egypt and Tunisia). A guest blog by Christopher Smit

Today's post by Christopher Smit is his second offering as Intellect's latest guest blogger. Smit focuses on the relationship between 'new media' and the recent scenes of violence recorded on the streets of Egypt and Tunisia.

Words by Christopher Smit

I just watched Anderson Cooper from CNN and his crew get attacked by rioters in the streets of Cairo, Egypt. It was posted on the CNN website minutes after it happened. The footage, while shaky because of the surrounding chaos of the scene, is high-quality, HD. Like most CNN online videos, it smacks of a professional aesthetic even as its content mirrors that of the pedestrian motif.

In last week’s class, a 200 level course on New Media, I shared with my students a video from YouTube that showed striking scenes from another recent protest in Egypt. This too was posted almost immediately after it happened. And like the CNN video of Cooper getting attacked, this one is also high quality, HD footage sponsored by a news and media organization called RT.

However, it is the handheld, HD but low resolution, 22 second YouTube clip of recent street riots in Tunisia that has made me reflect the most about the relationship between revolution, new media, perspective, and blood.

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Something for the weekend. Issue 12 of The Big Picture magazine is available as a FREE download

Ahead of the print edition being available to purchase online from Magcloud, you can now download issue 12 of The Big Picture to enjoy in its full small screen glory. Ok so it doesn't smell as nice as the print version, but is still rather tasty.

The January/February 2011 issue of The Big Picture Magazine is entitled 'The Big Society' and is themed around ideas of Oppression, Uprising and the Cinema of The Masses.

Along with the usual roundup of classic film posters, features include a look at Ralphy's prized Red Rider BB Gun as an evocative cinematic object, a location focus on Beijing, 1000 words about 'The Everlasting Influence of Night of the Living Dead', and a profile on Lisbon based painter and illustrator Luis Melo.

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