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What was Audrey Hepburn's first significant film role?


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Call for papers: Journal of Design, Business & Society

The Journal of Design, Business & Society is a scholarly peer reviewed journal that publishes high-quality academic papers, case studies, and critiques that examine the role of design in business or society, as well as book reviews of relevant literature. We aim to promote cross-disciplinary research, and therefore, in addition to soliciting design papers, we are also interested in receiving manuscripts on research about design that are coming from non-design areas, such as business, marketing, management, health, psychology, social sciences, environmental sciences, and so on. The journal is published twice a year by the international academic publisher Intellect. The journal also commissions special issues with guest editors.

The Journal of Design, Business & Society works in collaboration with a range of universities, has a partnership agreement with Design for Business: International Research Conference, and with organizations such as the Melbourne International Design Week, agIdeas, the Design Foundation, and the Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Currently we are inviting manuscripts that explore any of the following themes:
·       Design for Business
·       Design for Society
·       Design for the Environment
·       Design and Innovation
·       Design Thinking
And from any of the following perspectives:
·       Industry
·       Branding
·       Consumerism
·       Fashion
·       Products
·       Sustainability
·       Transportation
·       Communications
·       Digital Media
·       User Experience
·       Built Environments
·       Architecture
Please email manuscripts of 5,000 to 8,000 words, of any inquires to The journal uses Anglia Ruskin's Guide to Harvard's Referencing System. All images need to be included with ALL SUBMISSIONS. Authors are responsible for copyright permissions.
Principle Editor:
Dr. Gjoko Muratovski, Auckland University of Technology (
Associate Editor:
Dr. Toni Johnson-Woods, University of Queensland (
Associate Editor:
Dr. Robert Crocker, University of South Australia (
Editorial Assistant:

Ekaterina Loy, Intellect (

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Fan Phenomena Week - Zachary Ingle

Zachary Ingle, editor of Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski, discusses his own fandom and what drew him to the Fan Phenomena series: 

What film, TV or book series are you a fan of? 
The Simpsons
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you? 
It has been my favorite TV show for almost 25 years now, since its debut. In fact, for much of that time, it was the only TV show I consistently watched. I think it is the smartest and funniest TV show ever produced.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact? 
The intelligence of the writing, the vastness of its Springfield universe, and its ability to stay fresh after all these years.
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?
I was already a fan of two of Intellect's other series--the Directory of World Cinema and World Film Locations, both of which I enjoy collecting, reading, and contributing to. I knew that this new series exploring fan phenomena was an excellent idea from the first time I heard about it, and eagerly wrote chapters for the volumes on two of my other passions: Star Wars and Marilyn Monroe. Editing the volume on The Big Lebowski was a tremendous opportunity, as it has some unusual rituals attached to its fandom, such as Lebowski Fests and its own religion, Dudeism. I consider it an honor getting to edit my own book for Intellect.

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Fan Phenomena Week - staff views
Some of Intellect’s staff share their thoughts about Fandom and the cultural impact of their favourite phenomena.
Alice Gillam, Marketing Assistant
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Veronica Mars
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It was never particular popular in terms of ratings and was in fact cancelled after 3 seasons. It has avid fans that have helped fund a kickstarter in order to bring the characters back in a standalone movie. It enjoyed critical success, however this was mainly for the first season. It was unusual in being a teen TV series with a strong female lead, who was allowed to be difficult, complex and often not particularly nice in a way that female characters in mainstream TV programs rarely are. However it probably did not have any significant cultural impact, unfortunately this type of complex female lead is still pretty rare in pop culture. It was cancelled is favour of a reality show about the Pussycat Dolls.
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?
I'm not a big fan of dressing up so it would probably be something I could get away with putting minimal effort into. Perhaps Mystique disguising herself as me.
Tim Mitchell, Assistant Publisher
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Six Feet Under
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
Intelligent use of popular culture to discuss questions about death and how it is approached in western society.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It is an incredibly well–written series set within the confines of a particular family and funeral home with each episode taking the death of an individual to explore wider cultural issues of religion, race, drugs, sex, identity and so on. Excellent use of black humour and cynicism. Occasionally shocking but never gratuitous. One of the finest examples of television production values and a narrative arc being used in a way that matches the aesthetic impact of both cinema and the novel in their respective ways.
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?

Not sure this applies, thoroughly everyday characterisation, which is part of the attraction! 

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Interview with Jennifer K Stuller
Editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In this interview find out Jennifer K Stuller’s thoughts on her own fandom, fandom studies and what inspired her to write Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of? 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
As a pop culture historian with a focus on the journey of the female hero, Buffy Summers and her friends were a revelation in terms of its representation of heroism. The focus on both personal strength and community - and how that inspires in the real world is what appeals to me most about BtVS's "Fan Phenomena."
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact? 
Wonderful, unexpected, intelligent, funny, emotionally resonant, and deeply layered storytelling. A new vision of heroism that forever changed how female heroes, and how communities of heroes, are represented in popular culture. 
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?
Seeing how transformative fandom can be for individuals and communities. Fandom can inspire creative endeavors, social change, new projects, educational initiatives, and so much more. The themes in Buffy resonate back and forth with fandom, they were, and continue to be, in conversation with fandom. 

I was encouraged to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series by a colleague and friend from the Whedon Studies Association. Being deeply involved in Buffy fandom, from co-leading a university course that used the series to explore issues of human nature to planning a party to celebrate Buffy's 30th birthday at a local comic book store with my GeekGirlCon sisters to being a part of Whedonesque Burlesque (and performing as Joyce Summers) to co-producing a book launch party that turned a Seattle bar into "A Night at the Bronze" to being asked to speak about fan activism as a featured speaker at the 6th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (June 14) all of my interaction and participation as a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has enriched me intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. It's brought me family, self-confidence, community, and so much more. The chance to work with a community of writers and thinkers to delve into the larger impact of this phenomena was a delight and a privilege. 


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The Soundtrack Call for Papers & Conference Presentations
CINESONIKA 4: The Forth International Conference & Festival of Sound Design

Conference Dates: 8-9th July, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Amy Herzog (Queens College, CUNY)

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions on sound in relation to the moving image. Media thinkers, film scholars, art historians, performance theorists, composers, filmmakers, sound practitioner, multimedia semiotitians, philosphers of perception - we invite these and others to submit proposals for 20 minute panel presentations. All accepted abstracts will be considered for inclusion in the CINESONIKA issue of The Soundtrack academic journal if expanded into papers and submitted for peer review (1000-3000 words for short articles, 5000-6000 words for long papers). Articles should be formatted according to the Intellect Style Guide.

Submit an Abstract - Please wite "Cinesonika 4 Abstract" in the subject heading.

Deadlines for Abstracts (under 500 words): 1st June, 2014

Please submit your abstract and short bio both as attachement (.doc or .pdf) and also pasted into the body of your email submission to

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Special Issue: Indigenous Film and Media
International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (MCP) seeks papers for a themed issue on Indigenous Film and Media. Papers should address any aspect of Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Maori, Sami, etc. film, media, and popular cultures. MCP is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and popular cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those which run across cultures, nations, and nation-states. Consequently, this themed volume welcomes comparative research across media and/or Indigenous ethnicities and cultures. In particular, the volume highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and African film, media, and popular cultures.

Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:
New Media
Video Games, Blogging, YouTube
Popular Literature
Comic books, Graphic novels, and Cartoons
Radio shows
Theater, Festivals, Spectacles, and Ceremonies
Visual art

MCP invites interested contributors to send (4,000-8,000 word) essays, short commentaries (2,500-3,000), and book reviews (1,000-2,500) on Indigenous film, new media, social media, and popular cultural politics to the Guest Editor at the following address: on or before May 30th 2014. Contributors should also include brief biographical notes of approximately 200 words. 

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