Intellect is excited to be one of the main sponsors of the forthcoming Fashion in Fiction Conference

Fashion in Fiction: Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives 2014 will focus on the material and non-material forms of fashion for a range of professional, commercial, historical, social, cultural and creative purposes. The conference will be international and cross-cultural in order to highlight the largely transglobal, transcultural multiple flows of fashion discourse and to broaden the analysis of fashion beyond a purely traditional Western frame of analysis.

Find out more:

Read more Posted by James Campbell at 16:26 (0) comments
JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students
Call for papers

JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students is the first UK journal of academic work for and by art students, serving as a platform for peer to peer engagement and for research currently taking place within institutions as part of post and undergraduate study.  The journal seeks submissions from current students in the arts across the disciplines (including fine art, research, performance, textiles, graphics and illustration) and those within their first year of graduation.  Predominately aimed at those studying at postgraduate level, JAWS is the first academic arts journal entirely produced by and dedicated to current students work. It works to open new lines of discourse and collaboration and seeks to promote early career researchers across a wider academic community, demonstrating the ability, dedication and professionalism of it’s students. 

Publication in JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students provides students with valuable experience of writing for an academic journal (an essential component of PhD study or an academic career) as well as circulation and recognition of their research.  It is not only an opportunity to take their academic writing to the next level but also to share outcomes and findings across a research network. This journal strongly believes in research as a living pragmatic entity - it should not languish unread in a file bending bedroom shelves, it is only through sharing and discussion that new ideas can be allowed to develop and grow.
JAWS does not set themes for our submissions, preferring to divine trends and thematics from what students deem current and relevant to them. The journal seeks critical reviews, self-contained extracts from research blogs and diaries and reflective essays and papers with arguments and their hearts. JAWS also calls for work that explores the relationship between practice, writing and research including high quality photographs of artworks as part of practice led or based research and artist intervention regarding the image/text relationship.
All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract (maximum 100 words) and a list of keywords (approx. 5) to assist in guiding our peer reviewers. Submissions and queries should be emailed to the editor at
Read more Posted by Jessica Pennock at 16:31 (0) comments
Call for Undergraduate Papers: Film Matters
Focus on National Cinema, Auteurism, and Genre

Film Matters, published by Intellect, is seeking papers written by undergraduate film scholars for issues 6.2 (2015) for a special issue guest edited by Margaret C. Flinn and her students from Ohio State University. For more information about Film Matters, please visit: 

Calls for papers are open to any undergraduate student, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning worldwide and working toward a bachelor’s degree in any field. Recent graduates are also eligible, providing they submit to a call, the deadline for which occurs within six months from their graduation date. For issue 6.2 we are particularly interested in papers that address questions of national cinemas, auteurism, and genre, but any original piece of written scholarship, involving film criticism, history, or theory will be considered for publication. By submitting a paper for a call, authors are certifying that: they are undergraduate students, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning and working toward a bachelor’s degree (or they are recent graduates of six months or less from the date of the call deadline); and their submitted essays are original pieces of written scholarship, authored solely by them, and have not been published in any form, in any publication, heretofore.
Submissions should be written in English and range from 2,500 to 4,000 words in length, with 3,000 words being the ideal target. They should be scholarly in nature, with references to research formatted according to MLA guidelines (7th edition). Essays incorporating images or that could easily incorporate images are of particular interest. Furthermore, they should make a well-supported argument and not simply report. Please limit your submissions to one per author, per call.
After a prescreening, submissions will undergo a blind peer review process, typical of scholarly journals. Referee comments will be returned to those authors who progress beyond the prescreening; unfortunately, due to the high number of submissions, the editorial board is unable to provide comments to those papers that do not make it past this point. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to work closely with the FM editorial board to revise their pieces prior to publication. Please include a cover sheet, which includes the author’s name, title of essay, institutional affiliation, and contact information; all other identifying information should be removed from the body of the text, in order to aid the blind peer review process.
Please e-mail submissions as Microsoft Word e-mail attachments to the attention of Margaret C. Flinn:
Submissions should be received by October 15, 2014 for consideration in issue 6.2
All questions should be referred to Margaret C. Flinn (
Read more Posted by Jessica Pennock at 15:04 (0) comments
Interview with Katherine Larson and Lynn Zubernis, editors of Fan Phenomena: Supernatural

Read the interviews with Katherine Larson and Lynn Zubernis about their own fandom and what compelled them to edit their new book Fan Phenomena: Supernatural.

Lynn Zubernis, editor of Fan Phenomena: Supernatural
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
I’m a huge fan of the Supernatural tv series – in fact, I’m so passionate that I’m pretty much fandom monogamous!
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
What appeals to me most about Supernatural is its family dynamic and its willingness to explore not just the scary and the suspenseful, but the emotional. I actually watched the show casually for a year without being drawn into the fandom. I could see the good things about it – it’s well written, beautifully filmed, very well acted. But none of those characteristics made me fall head over heels for the show. It wasn’t until an intense emotional scene between brothers Sam and Dean Winchester that I suddenly sat up and dropped what I was doing and said “OMG this is the BEST SHOW EVER!” That was it – I was in love.
Those emotional moments and that family dynamic are still what captivate me, and that’s been extended to the other important characters in the Winchesters’ lives too. The idea expressed on Supernatural that “family don’t end with blood” is a powerful one, and I think it resonates with many fans. I like to say that what we call ourselves – the SPN Family – is more than just a hashtag on twitter. It’s the way the community feels for many of us, in a very real way.
The casting director for the show also deserves all the kudos, because the chemistry between the lead actors has always been what brought the characters to life, and that continues in the current ninth season. The Winchesters and the angel Castiel are deliciously flawed but well-intentioned characters, struggling to overcome repeated tragedy, and their ‘otherness’ makes them relatable to many fans.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
I think that family dynamic and the compelling characters continues to be what draws fans to the show and has kept it on the air for an amazing ten seasons. People relate to the Winchesters and Castiel – their heroism, their humanity, their struggles, and their ‘otherness’. Supernatural has retained an impressive quality over the past decade, largely because most of the cast and crew have been with the show since the beginning and remain as passionate and loyal as the fans.
In addition, the show established a close reciprocal relationship with its fans early on, even before the advent of Twitter and Tumblr, through face-to-face interaction at numerous conventions and in the fourth-wall-breaking dialogue the show itself established with its fans. We’ve been researching and writing about Supernatural since its third season, and our early conversations with creator and showrunner Eric Kripke and showrunner Sera Gamble were all about connecting with fans – from the beginning, that dynamic was something the creative side was interested in.
Kripke had a deft hand in creating ‘meta episodes’ that spoke to the fans, sharing inside jokes and making it seem like we were all “in this together” trying to save a show that was a bit of an anomaly on its network and seemed constantly on the verge of cancellation in its early years. That dynamic and closeness has continued, evidenced by the use of the term ‘SPN Family’ by fans, cast and crew to describe the Supernatural phenomenon.
The passion of the Supernatural fans has contributed to the show having a cultural impact far beyond what you might expect from a little show on the CW network. The SPN fandom was ahead of the social media curve, gaining a reputation for winning online polls and contests early on – and that hasn’t changed. The fandom’s strong presence online brought many of the Show’s iconic images and quotes into popular awareness, with quite a few expressions finding their way into the pop culture vernacular. The fandom’s online presence has in turn contributed to the show’s popularity and longevity.
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?
It was actually my passion for Supernatural that drew me to the field of fan studies. I fell so hard for the Show that, as a psychologist, I began to ask ‘what the hell is happening to me’ and turned to fan studies for an answer. When I discovered the amazing fandom community and experienced firsthand what a supportive and healthy place it can be, I wanted to do the research that would back up those perceptions. Combining my own background in psychology with the wisdom of the acafans who preceded me, provided me with some answers – and at the same time, kept raising more questions. I’m still fascinated by my own evolution as a fan, and by the phenomenon of fandom in general.
As soon as I heard about the Fan Phenomena series, I knew that Supernatural belonged – although it’s still on the air, the Show has established itself as a fan phenomenon. We’ve been fans of Supernatural for almost nine years, and have been researching the show for almost eight, so writing the SPN volume for this wonderful series was a privilege. We knew immediately that we wanted the volume to reflect the reciprocal relationship between the creative side and fan side, so we were thrilled to include essays about the show written from multiple perspectives – fans, academics, cast (actors Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel, and Richard Speight, Jr., who plays The Trickster/Gabriel) and crew (brilliant cinematographer Serge Ladouceur) all contributed chapters. We think the result is a book which celebrates the show and reflects the SPNFamily.
Katherine Larson, editor of Fan Phenomena: Supernatural
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of? 
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you? 
The complex family dynamic that forms the basis of the series appeals to me on a personal level. The problems of these two brothers are at once disturbingly familiar and yet laced with enough otherworldly elements to allow the viewer some distance when that family dynamic might cut too close to the bone.  On an intellectual level, I love the ways in which the show manages to encapsulate so many aspects of popular culture.
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact? 
Supernatural seemed to be at the forefront of changing relationships between fans and producers. The producers of the show have demonstrated a knowledge and interest in the ways in which the fans watch and then use the series and this is reflected back in the show itself.  Fourth wall breaking is becoming commonplace now, but Supernatural has been doing it for a while and doing it so well.
What drew you to fan studies and encouraged you to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series in particular?

We started out as fans of the series and then began examining what was happening to us, in part because our reaction to the show was so visceral and compelling – really like nothing we’d ever encountered before.  This of course led to research – it’s what we do as academics – and the discovery of an entire field of study.  First we were hooked on the show and then we were hooked on the field itself.  After that there was no looking back.  And, after researching the Supernatural fandom for several years and from all perspectives (that of the fan, the producer and the academics) and producing two other books on the fandom, it seemed a natural fit to edit this volume.  It was also a place where we could allow some of those other voices – fan and producer – to exist side by side with the more academic explorations of the series.

Read more Posted by Jessica Pennock at 10:08 (0) comments
Re-Imagining the City launch in Melbourne
28th May 2014, 9am - 6pm

Intellect is excited to announce that there will be a launch for the book Re-Imagining the City on 28th May in Melbourne. The launch will be a part of the Transformations: Art and the City symposium.

Re-Imagining the City examines how contemporary processes of globalization are transforming cultural experience and production in urban spaces. It maps how cultural productions in art, architecture, and communications media are contributing to the re-imagining of place and identity through events, artifacts, and attitudes. This book recasts how we understand cities, how knowledge can be formed, framed, and transferred through cultural production and how that knowledge is mediated through the construction of aesthetic meaning and value.

To find out more about the symposium please visit their website

Read more Posted by Alice Gillam at 14:30 (0) comments
Win a copy of Fan Phenomena: The Hunger Games!

Up for grabs today is Fan Phenomena: The Hunger Games. For a chance to win send the answer to the following question to

Who originally owned Katniss' Mockingjay pin?


Read more Posted by Jessica Pennock at 10:42 (0) comments