Call for Papers: Journal of Music, Technology & Education
Special issue on Technology and Performance in Popular Music Education

Guest editors: Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell  

Performance in popular music education is an increasingly technologized space. As guitars, drums and microphones are gaining greater acceptance in school music curricula around the world through performance-based pedagogical models, such as the Modern Band curriculum of Little Kids Rock, and Musical Futures’ informal learning approach. Turntablism, music production and rapping have a growing presence in programmes from primary school to graduate level. Songwriting courses, rock camps and international collaborative pop projects sprout up globally in physical spaces and online, while children and young people write, produce and release multi-media popular music artefacts from their bedrooms and basements. Popular music has always relied on, grown through, and pushed innovation in technology. With students embracing change faster than many teachers can imagine relevant pedagogical approaches, new paradigms of performance are emerging: drummers become musical directors at the helm of a plethora of technologies, bassists play synthesizers as much as guitars, and front-people are masters of Ableton, loop pedals and computerized gloves. As performance and production skill sets thus diversify and converge, so other technologies democratize the music-making landscape.
The domains of technologically mediated popular music performance in educational contexts require the attention of critical scholars and actions researchers. This special issue of JMTE invites colleagues to submit papers including, but not be limited to, critical perspectives on the following:
·      Epistemologies and intersectionality in technology and popular music performance;
·      Music, technology and the liminal popular music performance classroom space;
·      Negotiating performance, (social) media and intellectual property in popular music performance;
·      Gender and technology in popular music performance;
·      Ethics and technologically mediated pro-sumption of popular music.
Please submit full papers of between 5,000 and 7,000 words to:
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Call for submissions to Northern Lights, Volume 16 - Themed Issue on: Television Drama in the Age of Media Convergence
TV drama seems to be in a state of permanent transformation. However, the present transformation hits the core of TV drama as we knew it, challenging the very concept of what TV drama used to be. Even if we choose to maintain the concept of TV, questions abound: Does digital TV increase choice and diversity, or does it just offer more recycled TV drama programmes? Does it change the role and obligations of public service broadcasting? To what extent are global TV drama formats favoured and enjoyed by audiences? The recent transition to digital TV and the impact of media convergence raise crucial aesthetic, cultural, social and political questions.
Technologically, TV has experienced a digital revolution, paving the way for seamless viewing via online distribution and streaming. Besides streaming, companies such as HBO and Netflix have launched themselves as commissioners and producers of original programming with yet-unknown consequences for traditional TV channels and production companies. Consequently, new models of production, distribution and consumption are developing. The tendency towards convergence between cinema and TV drama has accelerated. Directors usually associated with cinema such as Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion and Steven Soederbergh have made joint ventures with TV production companies, launching exclusive TV series with film actors. Furthermore, the intersections between television and social media, from debates on various websites to hashtags, live-tweeting and second screen phenomena, constitute an area of clear importance.
During the same period, TV drama has been an object to globalisation on a compelling scale, which manifests itself in different ways. This is felt in increasing coproduction and co-financing, in international casts and international exchanges of directors and script writers. English/American is the language of advantage, in which all kinds of cross-national productions are primarily performed. Is this state of affairs challenged by Asian, South American, or non-English European productions?
Alternative tendencies co-exist with globalisation and binge viewing. Broadcast TV is no longer considered “the private life of a nation state” (John Ellis 1982). Nevertheless, national broadcasters in many nations, such as the Scandinavian countries and the UK, continue producing TV drama, and the often-excellent ratings suggest that there remains an audience for their productions. Although national TV drama may primarily address a domestic audience, it is often made from a cross-cultural perspective, addressing the extended family at home as well as the more remote relatives in other countries. But how is this achieved?
In this volume of Northern Lights, we will focus on the transformation of TV drama in the age of media convergence and consider how we can understand this transformation by reconfiguring our theoretical and analytical approaches.

Topics of article proposals may include (but are not restricted to):
  • Production studies: What can researchers’ contact with the cultural industries provide vis-à-vis audience studies or text studies? In which ways do routines, rituals or production rules interfere with the production processes? Which roles can be attributed to the choice of places and spaces of production? Which roles do local, regional or national organisations play in the planning processes, and which part is played by aesthetics/timing/economy in international cooperation? How does television production change according to the new challenges and opportunities presented by TV series in a ‘post-television’ era?
  • Text studies and aesthetics: So-called quality drama characterised by high production values has been key to the recent interest in TV drama taken by TV researchers worldwide. But what exactly is quality drama? Is the concept of ‘production values’ valid in aesthetic analysis? Narrowing the perspective: What are the consequences of digital transformations and the new means of distribution? To what extent have the concepts of genre and narrative design changed alongside platforms and business models?
  • Distribution studies: Analyses of the changing economic and technological conditions of distribution. In the face of digital distribution to smartphones, tablets, and computers, to which degree can we still speak of ‘television’? New business models have emerged or are emerging, such as subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), transaction video-on-demand (TVOD), and ad-supported video-on-remand (AVOD). When it comes to streaming, there are also distinctions to be made, e.g. download-to-rent or download-to-own. What are the consequences of these new modes of distribution?
  • Audience studies: Reconsiderations of the aims and results of audience studies from a national/global perspective. Can dominant audience patterns be discerned vis-à-vis national TV drama productions, adaptations, and international remakes respectively? How are viewing patterns changed by factors such as second screening, streaming on demand, and the option of viewing wherever you are? What roles do fan cultures and online discussions play?
Send extended abstracts of 500-600 words to volume editors Professor Gunhild Agger ( and Associate Professor Mette Mortensen (
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015
Notification of authors: 15 April 2015
Final article submission: 1 September 2015
Publication: Spring 2015
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Call for Papers: Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
David di Donatello 1956–2016: 60 Years of Awards

In 2016, the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the David di Donatello prize with a themed issue. The purpose of this issue is to pay homage to this award for its cultural influence on Italian and world cinema, to review its history and endorse its international role. The Editor intends to publish a collection of articles that would document and historicize the value of the David di Donatello as the utmost expression of Italian and international film heritage and symbol of collective cinematic memory.

This CFP invites scholars, award ceremony organizers, archivists, film-makers, actors, journalists, producers and other professionals in the film industry to contribute with critical and historical articles, reports, interviews and biographies.

Send proposals in British English to the Editor, Flavia Laviosa, at, by 25 February, 2015 and provide the following information:
1) a 500-word abstract outlining:
a) the topic
b) critical approach
The abstract should clearly state the goals of the article and provide a cohesive description of the objective of the argument.
In addition to the abstract, please submit the following:
a) relevant bibliography and filmography
b) 200 word biographical notes followed by a detailed list of academic publications or professional accomplishments.
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Call for Articles and Submissions: Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion
Special Focus Issue: The Impact of ‘Queer’ and ‘Gay’ on Men’s Fashion

Dr. Alex Bitterman, Guest Editor

Critical Studies in Mens Fashion is currently accepting submissions for a special focus issue on the impact of ‘queer’ and ‘gay’ on men’s fashion.  The deadline to submit a manuscript for this focus issue is 15 May 2015.
Contributions are welcome from all disciplines including: fashion studies, anthropology, art, art history, design, business, consumer studies, cultural studies, economics, gender studies, humanities, literature, marketing, psychology, queer studies, religion, sociology, and textiles.  Diverse methods including critical analysis, reportage, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis and arts methods are accepted. 
Potential topics for this focus issue are broad, but may include:
•      Meterosexuality
•      Gender-specific clothing typologies
•      Explorations of gender ‘appropriateness’ and identity in men’s fashion
•      The perception of stereotype in men’s fashion
•      Transitioning between ‘queer’ and mainstream culture
•      Profiles of prominent gay fashion designers
•      Investigations in differences between fashion culture for gay men vs. straight men
•      Defining and breaking barriers defined by sexual orientation relative to men’s fashion
All manuscripts will undergo double blind peer review.  Articles will be selected on their content, scholarship, and technical quality.  The content must be in line with the vision of the journal in advancing scholarship on men and appearance. 
All submissions must follow Intellect’s house style for review.  Attached and at:  Manuscripts should be approximately 5000 words and use British spelling.  It is the author’s responsibility to clear image rights usage if images are included in the manuscript.  
Please send submissions and queries to:
Dr. Alex Bitterman, Guest Editor
Dr. Andy Reilly, Principal Editor

Please feel free to circulate this call broadly to colleagues who may be interested.

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Call for papers: MIRAJ
Issue 4:1
‘Feminisms’. The current resurgence of feminist debate in western cultures has produced a spate of retrospectives charting the rise of feminist art by women in Europe and North America in the 1960s and ‘70s.  While debates now incorporate multiple and global feminisms, the use of the moving image, as a mode of documentation, advocacy and activism, as well as an art form, remains central to women’s struggles to overcome the inequalities that the so-called post-feminist 1990s so successfully masked. We invite articles, feature articles or review articles on all aspects of women’s moving image theory and practice, both historical and contemporary, arising from the experiences of women across the globe.
All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide (,name=journalstyleguide/)
Please submit completed manuscripts only. Send all contributions and proposals by e-mail in DOC or RTF format to the EditorialAssistant:

Deadline: 17 April 2015 

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The Big Picture film poster Competition

In partnership with Park Circus films, we’re giving away three exclusive posters for festive films that have become as synonymous with the Christmas season as Santa Claus or injuries at a black Friday sale.

The holiday wouldn’t be complete without a cosy revisiting of Frank Capra’s 1946 gem It’s A Wonderful Life, Brian Henson’s mischievous rehash The Muppet Christmas Carol and Robert Zemeckis’ CGI laden but no less magical The Polar Express - so you’ll be pleased to know that all three are back on the big screen at selected cinemas throughout the month of December.

All you need to do to win the set of three posters is tell us your favourite Christmas movie and why in 100 words or less.

Simply email your entry to before Friday December 19th for your chance to win.

Find out more here.

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Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists
Cathy Madden - Reading & Book Signing at UBookstore
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Price: Free

Teaching people to understand the ways they are interfering with their natural coordination, the Alexander Technique applies the use of consciously coordinated responses to ease tension, alleviate chronic stress, and improve performance. In a new guide-book specifically for performers, Alexander Technique coach Cathy Madden presents the practice as it applies to common concerns and specific applications in the life and work of performers. Join us at the Univerity Bookstore  for a reading and signing. Cathy will share from her new book and expand on how anyone can benefit from ridding themselves of unnecessary muscular and mental effort using the Alexander Technique.

Cathy Madden is principal lecturer for the University of Washingtons Professional Actor Training program, director of the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio in Seattle, and associate director and research director for BodyChance in Japan. She was a founding member and is a former chair of Alexander Technique International.

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