Call for papers: Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Special Issue on Science Fiction in South Asian Film, Media, Arts and Literature.

Although science fiction has been a popular literary genre in several South Asian languages it has received very little critical attention. The absence is even more acute in the areas of cinema, theatre, radio, television, the visual arts, and new media. This lack of scholarship leads to the misassumption that science fiction has been of little consequence to the South Asian literary, cinematic and artistic imaginations. However, this has hardly been the case, as one realizes from the popularity of vernacular science fiction over at least two centuries of literary history. In more recent times,cinema, painting, installation art, graphic novels, plays, as well as radio and television series have drawn upon science fiction to generate new inquiries into time, space, history and memory,raising ontological questions about technology’s interface with the contemporary world.
This issue is an attempt to recover and assess the histories and imaginaries of science fiction in South Asia across a diverse range of mediatized, artistic and literary forms. It marks a small step towards calibrating the region’s scientific and technological imagination outside of a developmental paradigm. We seek to solicit contributions from scholars, filmmakers, artists, writers, as well as sic-fi enthusiasts offering historical and critical perspectives on significant texts,individuals, institutions, and themes that have shaped the cultural and artistic expression of science fiction across South Asia.
Dates and Submissions policy
Please write or aartiwani@gmail.comto discuss your ideas. Abstracts of 500 words along with an author bio should be emailed to us by the 15th November 2014.
In addition to critical essays of 6000-8000 words, we also welcome shorter creative pieces of 2000-4000 words, in the form of interviews, photo essays (B/W), speculative pieces, translations of short stories, and artists’ reflections on science-fiction influenced work.
The deadline for the first draft is 30th January 2015. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the final submission will be due by 30thMarch. The issue will be published by June 2015.
All copyrights are to be cleared by the authors. Guidelines to the Intellect house-style are available at

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Call for Papers: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Special Edition: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology in East Asia

Guest-Editors: Bo Zheng (Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and Sohl Lee (Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Stony Brook University, 

Ecology is at the heart of contemporary politics. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, the smog in Beijing, and the “pristine” DMZ in the Korean peninsula force us to confront the ecological consequences of a globalized neoliberal system. Contemporary artists in East Asia have since longendeavored to raise environmental consciousness, stage ecological interventions, and experiment with new ways of life in nature. The purpose of this special issue is to document their work and develop theoretical insights that deepen our understanding of the relationship between art and political ecology.
Recently a set of new theoretical ideas—Thing Theory (Bill Brown), New Materialism (Jane Bennett), Posthumanism (Francis Fukuyama) and so on—have gained much traction in Europe and North America. They challenge the basic premise of complete human agency, which has been the philosophical foundation of the Anthropocene. We see two areas that need advancement in this theoretical upsurge. First, how could we connect these new formulations with classical ideas of nature in East Asia? Second, how should we not lose sight of political urgencies like decolonization and anti-neoliberalization while we dive deeper into the philosophical terrain of ecology? This special issue will serve as a first step in addressing these concerns. Thus we are particularly interested in creative projects and writings that pursue ecological justice together with social and political equality, because the search for vibrant ecologies is inherently linked to the search for radical democracies.
The theoretical and thematic explorations we seek include but are not limited to:
·      How do artists negotiate the post-colonial paradigm of equality and social justice alongside new investigations in ecology?
·      What is the renewed role of aesthetics in understanding politics of ecology, equality, and justice? How does art transform our understanding of ecology or the practice of eco-activism? Conversely, how does eco-political art transform our understanding of aesthetics? Do we see a new conceptualization of aesthetics based on collectivism and radical politics? 
·      Is there a privileged aesthetic language with which we can discuss the politics of ecology, such as new tactics of data accumulation and information visualization? How have the traditions of documentary realism and landscape painting figure into the aesthetics of eco-politics?
·      How do the examples of ecological art complicate the category of “contemporary Asian art” built heavily on art produced in urban centers?
·      How does the concept of ecology as a parameter and subject of artistic practice question the nation-bound categorization in contemporary art—and subsequently contribute to enriching, or overcoming, the “local/global” dyad?
·      How do artists simultaneously engage with the geopolitics of Cold War and the greenwashing “environmentalism” in areas such as the DMZ?
·      How was the notion of “nature” conceived and transformed in pre-modern and early modern periods? How does contemporary practice in East Asia—informed by classical discourse on nature—position itself in relation to Thing Theory/ New Materialism/ Posthumanism developed by Euro-American thinkers?
We welcome both shorter articles that describe and analyze specific artworks (1,500-3,000 words) and full-length papers that investigate theoretical issues and/or articulate important movements (6,000-8,000 words). The geographic region of “East Asia” includes Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan), North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. Essays with comparative perspectives will also be considered. Artworks can range in various mediums including painting, installation, photography, video, conceptual art, media art, documentary film, theatre and performance.
Please send us an abstract (250-500 words) and CV before 1 February, 2015. We will inform authors of our initial decisions by 1 March, 2015. Complete drafts will be due on 1 July, 2015 for review and revision.


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Journal of Curatorial Studies
Special Issue: Latin American Curating and Exhibitions

This double issue is the first of several that will use a geographic theme to address under theorized aspects of curatorial history and practice. The nine essays, examining Latin American identity, aesthetics and politics, cover nearly 150 years of curatorial and exhibitionary projects occurring in Europe and North and South America. The issue proceeds chronologically, from the early representations of Latin American countries in nineteenth-century world’s fairs and universal expositions, and continues to the contemporary scene of biennials and museum installations. Along the way, the authors also delve into survey exhibitions, urban interventions, and public memorials.
Curating the Nation and the Hemisphere: Mexico and Brazil at the US Centennial
Exposition, 1876
A ‘Primitive’ Latin America on View at the 1889 Exposition Universelle
Occupying Paris: The First Survey Exhibition of Latin American Art
Cuban Art and Culture In and Around the 1939 New York World’s Fair
Mexican Art Today: Inés Amor, Henry Clifford and the Shifting Practices of Exhibiting Modern Mexican Art
Staging the Global: Latin American Art in the Guggenheim and Carnegie Internationals of the 1960s
Feeling the Past: Display and the Art of Memory in Latin America
‘Where’ Else Could We Talk About?: The Border as Nomadic Site
Jill Magid’s Woman with Sombrero: A Poetic Interrogation of Artistic Legacy
Théâtre Du Monde (La Maison Rouge/Museum of Old and New Art), Luis Paredes:
Escapes y Refugios (Museo Para la Identidad Nacional), In Praise of Deserters (Inex Film), 13th Istanbul Biennial: Mom, Am I Barbarian?, Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (National Gallery of Canada)
The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating (Jean-Paul Martinon, ed.), Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics (Nina Möntmann, ed.), Institutional Attitudes: Instituting Art in a Flat World (Pascal Gielen, ed.), Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present (Marcus Brüderlin, ed.), The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds (Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel, eds), Art Production Beyond the Art Market? (Karen Van Den Berg and Ursula Pasero, eds), Audience as Subject (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Visual Cultures as Seriousness (Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff), Artist-Run Spaces: Nonprofit Collective Organizations in the 1960s and 1970s (Gabriele
Detterer and Maurizio Nannucci, eds), Outrage: Art, Controversy and Society (Richard Howells, Andreea Deciu Ritivoi and Judith Schachter, eds)
The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores curating and exhibitions and their relation to institutions, communities, and display culture at large. The journal supports in-depth investigations of contemporary and historical exhibitions, case studies of curators and their projects, and analyses of the theoretical and critical dynamics influencing the production and reception of exhibitions.
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Call for Papers - Crime Uncovered: The Detective (edited by Barry Forshaw)

Intellect is currently looking for chapter contributions to The Detective, one of the first titles in a new book series examining character types in crime fiction. The Detective, edited by Barry Forshaw (author of Death in a Cold Climate [Palgrave Macmillan] and editor of British Crime Writing [Harcourt]), is an examination – and celebration – of the police detective throughout the long history of crime literature, TV and film, and will be looking to identify the individual characteristics that define these much loved characters and discuss how they relate to their surroundings, country and class – and the criminals they relentlessly pursue.
The book will be made up of three main elements: key protagonist case studies, author interviews and thematic essays on the detective in crime fiction.
As such potential authors are asked to contribute either:
·      essays that examine a chosen perspective on the global character type of the police detective as represented throughout the history of crime writing, film and television, or
·      essays on individual protagonists. These chapters will focus on one character and act as a case study of the character type in question. Please choose from one of the following police detectives to examine:
  • Commissaire Jules Maigret (Georges Simenon, France)
  • Commander Adam Dalgliesh (PD James, Great Britain)
  • Detective Martin Beck (Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Sweden)
  • Commissario Salvo Montalbano (Andrea Camilleri, Italy)
  • Detective Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly, USA)
  • Jefe Javier Falcon (Robert Wilson, Spain)
  • Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Søren Sveistrup, Sweden)
  • Detective Inspector John Rebus (Ian Rankin, Scotland)
  • Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg (Fred Vargas, France)
  • Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Lynda La Plante, Great      Britain)
  •  Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren (Håkan Nesser, Sweden
  • Detective Steve Carelli (Ed McBain, USA)
  •  Detective Inspector Saga Norén (Hans Rosenfeldt, Sweden/Denmark)
  • Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Elizabeth George, Great Britain)
  •  Detective Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo, Norway)
  • Detective Erlendur Sveinsson (Arnaldur Indriđason, Iceland)
Each case study will examine the protagonist through a filter of suggested topics that could include: Setting/location, plot structure, narrative techniques (used by the author to direct their protagonist), character background (and how this affects their general view on the world), methodology/procedure, personal philosophy and/or moral ‘code’, historical/political/social context in which they operate, fashion/style, props/gadgets, adaptation (changes that take place in the transition from the printed page to the screen), relationships/partners/sidekicks.
Essays should be approximately 4,000–4,500 words and written in an intelligent but jargon-free and accessible style that will appeal to the crime fiction fan and student, as well as the scholar.
If you would like to contribute to this title please contact the editor for more information:
Editor Biography:
Barry Forshaw writes on crime fiction and film for various newspapers and edits Crime Time. His books include Nordic Noir, British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate. Other work: British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir, the HRF Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and Italian Cinema. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and teaches a City University MA course on the history of crime fiction.

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Citizenship, Teaching & Learning
Call for papers

Deadline for submissions 17th October 2014

Melissa White
University of New Brunswick
Sarah King
University of New Brunswick
Submissions are invited for a special issue of CTL devoted to exploring citizenship in higher education. The idea that institutions of higher education are institutions of civic instruction is not new. In fact, it is an ancient idea that continues to resonate in our current construction of education. Some of the first examples of civic education can be found in the seat of democracy, Ancient Greece, where the concept of public education was created to ensure citizens could participate in a democratic society (Crittenden 2011). Civic instruction was both an implicit and an explicit outcome of the liberal foundation on which post-secondary education was built. However, in recent years, the influence of neoliberal ideology on post-secondary institutions has obscured such democratic aims as the focus on career preparation and economic prosperity has eclipsed service and engagement as the core goals of a university education. Unsurprisingly, recent research indicates that young people are democratically disengaged from their societies (Cairns 1993; Kymlicka & Norman 2000; Sears & Hyslop-Margison 2007), and that explicit civic instruction can help to combat this disengagement. However, much of that research is undertaken in the context of K-12 education. This special issue aims to highlight the higher education perspective on citizenship education and provide space for discussion of the civic purposes of higher education.
Papers on the theme of citizenship and higher education are invited (4,000–6,000 words and following the guidelines of this journal found at: The guest-editors will review the submissions and invite up to six authors to revise their papers for inclusion in the journal. 
Submissions are invited on a broad range of themes related to citizenship and higher education. 
Suggested themes include:
  • Current debates/issues related to citizenship and higher education.
  • Pedagogies of engagement and teaching and learning practices in citizenship and higher education.
  • Profiles of successful programmes incorporating citizenship into higher education.
  • Exploration of particular contributions made by individual scholars to the field of citizenship and higher education.
  • Comparative work exploring the practice of citizenship teaching and learning in higher education in various contexts.
  • Alternative perspectives and approaches to citizenship and higher education.
  • Discussion of research methodologies and approaches in the study of citizenship and higher education.
A total of six articles and a guest editorial will be included in the edition.
Call for papers – May 2014
Initial papers due – October 2014
Confirmation of Participation – 15 November 2014
Revised papers due – 1 January 2015
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