NECS, London & Screen, Glasgow

Intellect has been busy this summer attending some exciting conferences in screen studies: NECS in London in late June and Screen in Glasgow in early July.
The thematic focus of NECS this year was “Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media”, which translated into a range of inspiring panels I was lucky to hear: from presentations on wrinkled voice of Marlene Dietrich, sound of youtube video, sonic walks, Bertolucci’s struggles with sound in his early films, politics of subtitling to the finer points of application of Lacan and Deleuze’s work on sound in cinema. Phil Powrie, editor of Studies in French Cinema participated in a lively Publishers’ Panel, which gave the delegates the opportunity to hear about issues surrounding academic publishing in film studies.
This year’s Screen conference, entitled “Repositioning Screen History”, was dedicated to archive. Housed, as usual, in Gilmorehill Centre, in a beautiful converted church, Screen was a great opportunity to meet some old friends and make some new acquaintances, and hear panels and plenaries that challenged some of my preconceptions. Sunny weather in Glasgow, and the bohemian setting of the West End made for a great conference experience.
I very much enjoyed meeting so many of those of you who presented at the conferences, and speaking to you about your work. We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please do check out the Publish with us section of our website for more information. Congratulations also to organisers of both Screen and NECS for a great conference:::: and I look forward to seeing you next year!

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Explorations in Media Ecology - the latest addition to Intellect's journal portfolio

Intellect is delighted to announce that from 2011, we will be publishing the seminal journal, Explorations in Media Ecology. Now in its 10th volume, this publication continues to break new ground and under the editorship of Paul Grosswiler will be a fantastic addition to our Cultural & Media Studies portfolio.

Explorations in Media Ecology explores the relationships between media, technology, symbolic form, communication, consciousness, and culture. Its scope is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Media ecology provides a rich philosophical, historical and practical context for studying our increasingly technological and mediated society and culture with an emphasis on historical context.

Lance Strate - the journal's founding editor - wrote an article for The Guardian's The Big Ideas series this week: 'Marshall McLuhan's message was imbued with conservatism'.

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Intellect will be attending the AATE conference in Chicago this week
Including a special Applied Theatre event

Back by popular demand!  Join Juliana Saxton, award winning co-editor of Applied Theatre, for a book signing at this year’s American Alliance of Theatre Education event in Chicago.  Juliana will be discussing her blockbuster book on Friday, July 29th at the Intellect exhibit from Noon to 2pm.

The AATE conference at the Renaissance Downtown Chicago Hotel runs from July 26-31st and provides theatre educators, playwrights, practitioners and performers a venue to discuss and share cutting edge techniques and practices in performing arts today.
Applied Theatre, last year’s AATE Outstanding Book of the Year, is a pioneering work examining the impact of drama brought into the community as a catalyst for change.  This book details critical case studies with a historical and theoretical overview, and includes practical hands-on activities and exercises.
Last year’s author signing was a tremendous success—so please come by and meet Juliana as well as Intellect’s Jessica and Amy next week in Chicago.

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Intellect journal Horror Studies featured in The New York Times


Intellect's Horror Studies journal has been featured in a New York Times article 'The Critique of Pure Horror' which explores the continuing fascination the genre exerts on so many people.


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Intellect editor appointed as new Director at Mostyn, Llandudno

The Arts Council of Wales and Mostyn are delighted to announce that Alfredo Cramerotti, currently Senior Curator at QUAD, Centre of Art, Media and Film in Derby, has been appointed as the new Director of Mostyn. He succeeds Martin Barlow, who steps down in September after 14 years at the helm during which he oversaw the Mostyn’s recent £5.1m prize-winning expansion and redevelopment.
Brian Howes, Chair of Mostyn gallery Council says:
“The appointment marks an exciting new phase in the evolution of the gallery and Alfredo Cramerotti brings with him a wealth of experience gained through leadership of some of the most exciting visual arts projects in Europe.”
At QUAD since 2008, Cramerotti has delivered an ambitious and innovative programme that includes the organisation of FORMAT International Photography Festival. As commissioner, art manager, and editor he has also played key roles in major international initiatives including recently co-curating Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Spain and the Furla Award for Contemporary Art in Italy.
From Trento in northern Italy, Cramerotti studied ‘Art in Context’ at the Universität der Künste, Institut für Kunst im Kontext in Berlin followed by the Critical Studies Programme at the Lund University, Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. He has authored and published several volumes including ‘All That Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism’ which accompanies his current exhibition at QUAD.


Alfredo is author of Intellect's Aesthetic Journalism and the editor for our Critical Photography series.

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London Film & Media conference, 12-14 July 2011

Intellect exhibited at the first London Film & Media conference, held at the Institute of Education in London, on 12-14 July.

The conference included a fascinating range of papers exploring different aspects of film and media from around the globe, from African cinema to celebrity in TV reality shows and from health in film and media to women in South Korean cinema. The keynote speeches addressed such issues as media censorship in the UK and the media’s manipulation of facts in news reporting of two high profile cases – both very topical in the wake of the recent phone-hacking scandals.

It was great to meet so many of you who came to the stand and discuss your work. There were some very interesting proposals discussed, and we look forward to hearing from you further.  Many thanks to the organisers for a useful and interesting conference, and we look forward to next year.

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Wish You Were—Boom!
Slate discuss Atomic Postcards

"Having a great time," reads the archetypical postcard. "Wish you were here." But what about when the "here" is the blasted, irradiated wastes of Frenchman's Flat, in the Nevada desert? Or the site of America's worst nuclear disaster? John O'Brian and Jeremy Borsos' new book, Atomic Postcards, fuses the almost inherently banal form of the canned tourist dispatch with the incipient peril, and nervously giddy promise, of the nuclear age. Collected within are two-sided curios spanning the vast range of the military-industrial complex—"radioactive messages from the Cold War," as the book promises. They depict everything from haunting afterimages of atomic incineration on the Nagasaki streets to achingly prosaic sales materials from atomic suppliers to a gauzy homage to the "first atomic research reactor in Israel," a concrete monolith jutting from the sand, looking at once futuristic and ancient. Taken as a whole, the postcards form a kind of de facto and largely cheery dissemination campaign for the wonder of atomic power (and weapons). And who's to mind if that sunny tropical beach is flecked with radionuclides?

Read the article in full at

Atomic postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War is published by Intellect.

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Berlin Book Launch

Late in the month of June a launch event was held at St George's English Bookstore in Berlin to celebrate the publication of Susan Ingram and Katrina Sark's mesmerising Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion. Katrina Sark takes up the story on her blog, Suites Culturelles:

Susan Ingram and I dedicated our book, Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion to the women of Berlin, and it was a very special honour and pleasure to be able to present the book in Berlin and to invite many of the women who made this project possible, inspired us, and continue to inspire us. The book launch took place at the St.George’s English bookstore in Prenzlauer Berg.Read on...

Berliner Chic is published by Intellect

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Intellect at InSEA world Congress

Intellect recently attended the 33rd InSEA World Congress at the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. The Congress happens every three years and brings together InSEA members, academics, art educators and students from over 60 different countries. The programme consisted of seminars, workshops, social events and an impressive exhibition complied by members. Many thanks to InSEA and the organizers for an engaging and inspiring four days.

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Article in The Radio Journal wins a prestigious award

Intellect would like to congratulate Dr Amanda Wrigley, whose article published recently in The Radio Journal, has won a prestigious award.

Dr Amanda Wrigley, Research Associate at the University of Westminster in the United
Kingdom, won the Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award,
given by the Board of the (American) Comparative Drama Conference for ‘the
best comparative essay on any aspect and period of Greek drama or theatre that
was published in English in any journal in 2010’. Her article, ‘A Wartime Radio
Odyssey: Edward Sackville-West and Benjamin Britten’s The Rescue (1943)’,

appeared in Volume 8, Issue 2. Intellect would like to join the editors of the journal in congratulating Amanda, and we are proud to have published such a widely respected piece of work.

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