Intellect attending Performance Studies International
Intellect will be attending PSi in Leeds from Wednesday 27th June till Sunday 1st July

Intellect is excited to be attending PSi again this year. We have arranged some special events to take place at our stand in Parkinson court during Friday and Sunday lunchtime or just drop by any time to say hello.

On Friday 29th at 13.15 at the Intellect stand we will be holding a meet the editor session with Matthew Reason, one of the editors of Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices, an edited collection that explores peoples ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being.

At the Intellect stand at 13.15 on Sunday 1st July Dr Ross Prior will be signing his new book Teaching Actors, the first book of its kind and one that specifically addresses actor trainers’ understanding of teaching within their practice.

We also have a special launch to look forward to on Friday evening. At 6.30pm Amelia Jones and Adrian Heathfield will launch their book Perform, Repeat, Record at The Live Art Bistro with speeches, drinks and snacks. All are welcome to attend this event, which will be held at The Loft, 1 Cross York Street, LS2 7EE.
If you are planning on attending PSi then please drop by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you in Leeds.

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2nd International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium

Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa

23rd -25th November 2012 
Massey University, Wellington, NZ

As part of the BLOW Festival 2012, the MINA symposium will take place in the College of Creative Art’s magnificent new Te Ara Hihiko building.

 MINA is an international network that promotes cultural and research activities to expand the emerging possibilities of mobile media. MINA aims to explore the opportunities for interaction between people, content and the creative industry within the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.

The symposium will provide a platform for filmmakers, artists, designers, researchers, ‘pro-d-users’ and industry professionals to debate the prospect of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in art and design environments and the creative industries. MINA invites paper proposals relating (but not limited) to; mobile lens media, iPhoneography, mobile video production, mobile-mentaries (mobile documentaries), mobile network and transmedia, mobile communities, mobile media and social change, mobile visual arts, mobile locative media, citizen journalism, mobile visual literacy, mobile media in education and mobile technologies and civic media.

Papers will be published in the Intellect journal Ubiquity #MINA2012 Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation special edition.


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Launch for PUBLIC 45: Civic Spectacle
Monday, 25 June 2012, 6-8 pm


Monday, 25 June 2012, 6-8 pm
Bar Italia, ­­­­2nd floor
582 College Street, Toronto
Screening of Ryan Stec’s Bright Lights: Big City throughout the evening
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Edited by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher (Journal of Curatorial Studies), PUBLIC 45: Civic Spectacle considers how large-scale events have challenged conventional understandings of audience, spectacle, and what it means to “view” art. The recent success of Nuit Blanche, for instance, breeds a paradox: in one night, the number of visitors often surpasses the attendance at major art institutions for an entire year. Despite such numbers, this popular exhibition format has so far yielded limited scholarship, which PUBLIC 45 seeks to engage. This issue on Civic Spectacle analyzes the greater context of performances that includes the time-honoured cultural forms of festivals and parades along with more spontaneous and oppositional events, such as flash mobs and activist interventions. Indeed, beyond Nuit Blanche, these types of civic spectacles respond to a situation of urban crisis: the loss of sustainable jobs as tourism and service industries replace manufacturing, the weakened political clout of cities as suburbs and exurbs become wealthier and more populous, and the challenges to retain a sense of community in the stressed circumstances of the downtown core.

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Coming soon: Directory of World Cinema: France and Britain
Excellent additions to Intellect's Directory of World Cinema series

Directory of World Cinema: France

In 1895, the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere patented the first  “motion camera.” Their first film—showing workers leaving their factory in Lyon—was hand-cranked through the camera and lasted 50 seconds.

For over a century, French filmmakers have created some of the most artistic and intellectual films ever made.  Through its history, French cinema has pioneered a variety of styles and movements…and the birthplace of film continues to set the standard for modern masterpieces, like Jean Luc Godard's New Wave classic, Breathless, released in 1960. This New Wave movement directly influenced film cultures around the world, particularly in Japan and Latin America.

This landmark volume of the Directory of World Cinema series showcases the great directors and film movements of France, but it also goes further to help readers discover hidden gems. The book mines the stylistic elements of every genre from comedy, horror, and avant-garde to crime and romance. In addition, each artistic movement is placed within the cultural context of its time. Through essays and reviews from varied experts, readers will learn about this essential element of French culture.

Directory of World Cinema: France offers a visual and dynamic journey through one of the world’s most important and idiosyncratic film industries.  It’s a must-have for serious students of both film…and France.


Directory of World Cinema: Britain

From the gritty Trainspotting, to the darkly humorous gangster film Snatch, to the recent multiple award-winning The King's Speech, Great Britain boasts a long and strong film tradition. These classics, along the other milestone films that have defined British cinema, take center stage in the latest volume in Intellect’s popular series, the Directory of World Cinema.

DWC: Britain presents a plethora of critically acclaimed films that showcase the flavour and cultural heritage unique to Britain. Through essays, reviews, and articles on a variety of genres, in conjunction with stills from the films, the Directory of World Cinema: Britain focuses on the vast selection of movies considered inscrutably British. Inside you will find such classics as The 39 Steps or The Red Shoes along with contemporary fare that has become just as classic.

The Directory of World Cinema series showcases the unique culture and history of countries around the world as expressed through the medium of film. These books look to move scholarly criticism beyond the academy into the mainstream.  In this volume dedicated to Britain, readers will discover the films of the popular and renascent British film industry through a neatly constructed collection of compelling essays and reviews.

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Call for Papers: Clothing Cultures
Intellect's latest Fashion journal is now accepting submissions.

Clothing Cultures brings together discourses pertinent to the study of dress practices. It considers the ordinary and everyday practices of wearing clothes as well as issues concerning their production and consumption. From design to manufacture, to shops and shopping, and performance and display, clothing in all its guises is analysed and discussed here. Issues arising from the dressed (and undressed body) in both local and global contexts provides a platform for the establishment of clothing as a culture.

Submissions are solicited for this new and exciting inter-disciplinary academic journal. These include:

Full articles of 5000 words in length;
Object analysis of 1000-2000 words in length;
Research in progress – 750 words;
Exhibition and book reviews of 500 words.

Please send abstracts and submissions to the Editors, Jo Turney or Alex Franklin. Please also send Editors any requests for information regarding deadlines.

For further information visit the journal online.

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Joan Lazarus receives the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Intellect author Joan Lazarus who has been honoured by the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award, which she will receive at the AATE Awards event this August.

The Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field. Named in honor of Campton Bell who served as President of CTC, Professor at the University of Denver and one of the founders of the Children's Theatre Foundation.

Joan Lazarus is Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Theatre Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Joan is author of our forthcoming Theatre textbook Signs of Change: New Directions in Theatre Education.

An interview with Joan will appear on our blog in the near future.

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Fashion Tales
Intellect's Fashion project and conference dispatches

The last week has seen Intellect attend two prestigious fashion conferences, firstly the Costume Society of America annual conference and now the Fashion Tales International Conference 2012 in Milan.

This was the Costume Society of America's 38th Annual Meeting and National Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. It was great to meet with both established and emerging scholars in the fields of fashion, dress and curation and to share Intellect's exciting new Fashion portfolio. Many thanks to the organisers Jose Blanco and Patricia Hunt-hurst for an inspiring and enjoyable symposium – we look forward to working with many CSA members on future Intellect publications.

Intellect Founder and Chairman Masoud Yazdani is currently enjoying some Milanese hospitality and no doubt an espresso or two at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore where the 2012 Fashion Tales conference is taking place. Report to follow.

The Fashion Tales mission includes the statement:

'The field of Fashion Studies has become wider and structured at least during the past fifteen years. However, we still need to consolidate an interdisciplinary and international reflection on themes, methodologies and goals of all different forms of narration that constitute today the corpus of fashion discourses and imagery (academic, cultural, medial and industrial) that is the way through which the materiality of fashion is represented.'

Intellect's exploration of fashion and culture reflects this rationale and over the past few years we have increasingly focused on publishing exceptional scholarship relating to fashion, textiles and clothing cultures. This project really gained momentum with the launch of our journal Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty (issue 1 is available for free online and includes Efrat Tseëlon's seminal extended editorial, 'Outlining a Fashion Studies Project'). As a result of the excellent work of all those involved, now in its second volume the journal has become a very successful addition to our portfolio, and as such, we have produced a special celebratory 'coffee table' book containing all the articles from Volume 1 plus some additional content (see our website).

Next came several scholarly books including Susan Hayward's excellent study of French Costume Drama in the 1950s: Fashioning Politics in Film and Susan Ingram and Katrina Sark's locational history of Berlin Fashion, Berliner Chic. Combining our multidiciplinary approach to subjects and our heritage in Film Studies, Intellect's next foray into fashion came in the form of another journal, Film, Fashion & Consumption, which has rapidly become one of our key film publications, edited by Pamela Church Gibson and including facinating articles from 'The new 'porno-chic'? Fashion, consumption and film pornography' to 'Ruffled feathers: Costume, gender and authorship in the Black Swan controversy'.

As a result of a high number of excellent proposals and the support of organisations such as the PCA, ITAA, CSA, POPCAANZ, EUPOP and others, 2012/13 will see the publication of many exciting new Fashion publications. For example: Shanghai Street Style (explores and reveals the relationship between culture, city and street fashion); Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies; Why Would Anyone Wear That?: Facinating Fashion Facts and Decadence and Decay: Fashion in the 1970s. Intellect is also delighted to announce three new fashion journals: Fashion Style & Popular Culture; Critical Studies in Mens Fashion; Clothing Cultures. If you are interested in subscribing, or contributing to these journals, information can be found by clicking on each journal and visiting their respective pages on our website.

If you would like to find out more about Intellect, our fashion portfolio and publications, please contact James Campbell.

Thank you to all of our editors, authors and contributors, we are glad to be working with so many of the brightest and boldest lights in Cultural Studies and fashion scholarship.

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This week Twitter's Movie Talk on Sunday (#MTOS) revisits the City of Light for a lively discussion of Paris in film
Event takes place on Sunday, June 10th

Join Movie Talk on Sunday on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 for a discussion of Paris in film:

At the end of Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942), Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), "We will always have Paris," a phrase that has been repeated in various contexts by not only movie buffs, but also by many other francophiles. Paris is considered the birthplace of cinema (although it was invented elsewhere in France): on the evening of Saturday, December 28, 1895, in the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines, for the first time ever, films—a series of ten shorts by the Lumière brothers—were publicly screened to a paying audience. Paris is, in this respect, the ur-cinematic city. From those early days, many film movements in Paris have since flourished and succeeded each other, including poetic realism, the New Wave, the Left Bank Group, the Cinema du Look, the Cinema de banlieue, along with countless filmmakers who consider themselves independent from any group or movement. Two of the most recent critically acclaimed films made/set in Paris include Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Martin Scorsese's Hugo. Paris has been permanently in the spotlight for over 100 years of filmmaking and is still arguably the dream destination for cineastes—and cinephiles—the world over. This week (Sunday, June 10th), Twitter's Movie Talk on Sunday (#MTOS) revisits the City of Light for a lively discussion of Paris in film. The following questions will be tweeted in ten-minute intervals (starting at 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time/3 pm Eastern Standard Time):

Q1. Why does Paris continue to attract/appeal to filmmakers?

Q2. What is/are your favorite film(s) set in Paris, and why?

Q3. Which director(s) most effectively depict Paris onscreen?

Q4. Which film genres are best suited to being set in Paris? What film genres would you like to see more of?

Q5.  Have you ever seen a film set/made in Paris that you didn't like? Which one(s), and why?

Q6. If you were a director, would you choose to make/set your film in Paris? Why or why not?

Q7.  What actors (male and female) best symbolize the Parisian mystique?

Q8. What are the some of the clichés associated with films set in Paris?

Q9. What are the best known appearances of iconic Parisian sites/monuments/locations/parks in film?

Q10. What do you love the most about Paris--on and off screen?

The great cinematic heritage of Paris is investigated in our recent publications:

World Film Locations: Paris (Marcelline Block)

Directory of World Cinema: France (Tim Palmer & Charlie Michael)

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Design Ecologies 2.2: a sentient relic explores strategies and tactics in the deluge of our environmental alterity, through nexuses between ecological, notational, instructional and aesthetical design visions. We are looking for models and speculations for grasping non-anthropocentric as a design methodology and collapse of the natural onto the artificial, all in connection with Design Ecologies. Architecture as a convoluted plane of tactics and meta-strategies for giving rise to a twisted strain of designing in the built environment. Designing may be understood to be an exploration of alternative principles to emergent practical environmental problems.

Design Ecologies
was set up as a platform for state-of-the-art experiments that link architecture, technology and philosophy. Dividing its remit between events – most recently exhibitions and seminars at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art - and publications, Design Ecologies officially launched with its inaugural journal issue in January 2011. A second issue, The Unprimed Canvas - named after an offhand remark by Francis Bacon, to the effect that he considered the process of painting to start with priming the canvas, not assuming it had already been primed - followed later that year, and saw Timothy Morton contribute an editorial. The next issue, The Ill-Defined Niche, will hit the shelves May 2012. We're honoured to have the editorial written for this issue by the inimitable Nick Land, author of The Thirst for Annihilation, the collection of startlingly original essays collected in the volume Fanged Noumena, and more recently the Urban Futures blog.

Regular updates at:

We invite submissions of articles from any discipline to speculate on the formation of your projects/ buildings/ performances as a critical practice that activates our understanding of intuition, inventory and discovery in architecture.
The four areas of interest include:
1. Ecological design visions.
2. Notational design
3. Instructional design visions.
4. Aesthetical design visions
We also welcome case studies and project profiles of 1–5 pages in length

Submissions are welcome from both scholars and practitioners. Contributions may
be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and should be accessible to the non-specialist
reader. Papers must be submitted in English.

Please send all submissions to:

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