CFP: JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students

The Journal of Arts Writing by Students is seeking submissions for their next issue.

Please find the Call for Papers here.


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CFP: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies
Innovations and Tensions Italian Cinema and Media in a Global World

In 2017, JICMS celebrates its 5th anniversary (2012–2017) with an international conference. This conference will provide a forum for developing innovative directions for the journal. We will exchange ideas about transnational approaches to Italian cinema and media and foster debate on the role of Italian cinema and media in the complex tapestry of global societies in the twenty-first century.

With this CFP the conference organizers invite proposals for single papers, pre-constituted panels and roundtables that would identify innovations and tensions shaping contemporary Italian cinema and media productions in a global world.


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Smart Cities Week's interview with Michael Mattmiller

Smart Cities met with Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle to talk about what he considers to be the biggest challenges on the path to creating a smart city, and how he thinks cities will change in the next 5 to 10 years. Read the full interview here.




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Short Film Studies 8.1 Call for Papers


Short Film Studies is a peer-reviewed journal designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives. These are the works that will be singled out for close study in Short Film Studies Vol. 8, Number 1:

Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni
Finland/Denmark, 2014, 13 min.
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Cesar Diaz Melendez
Spain, 2014, 3 min.
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The deadline for submitting completed articles for peer-review is 1 March 2017.

See the full Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines here. 


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Smart Cities Week, 27th-29th September Washington D.C

Developed by the Smart Cities Council, the recognized leader in smart cities education, Smart Cities Week is North America's premier smart city conference and exhibition focused on holistic, integrated approaches to smart cities that save money while improving results.


The event highlights best practices breaking down barriers to progress and instilling a culture of collaboration — cross-cutting solutions that public officials can use to improve livability, workability and sustainability in their communities. You will see, hear and experience showcase demonstrations of the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are helping cities save money, build more robust economies and enhance citizens lives.


Smart Cities Week is your opportunity to learn about, see and be inspired by the smart technologies that are already working in cities just like yours. The event will give you knowledge, insight and proven ideas that you can put to work right away.


Smart Cities Week will focus on three key themes:

Connectivity: Improving connections with citizens as well as between key stakeholders

Climate: Combining technology and innovation to make cities more sustainable and resilient

Compassion: Using digital technology to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all citizens

Join government and industry thought leaders in Washington, D.C. on September 27-29, 2016 for the second annual Smart Cities Week

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Interview with Craig McDaniel and Jean Robertson from Spellbound

Intellect caught up with Craig McDaniel and Jean Robertson from Spellbound to find out more about the book and the inspiration behind it.

Could you describe your new book in a few words?

    Spellbound: Rethinking the Alphabet offers a concise examination of the historic development and contemporary use of alphabetic writing, and presents two approaches we have invented for rendering the letters of alphabets in highly visual ways. While the book’s primary emphasis is on the Roman alphabet and our re-designs for Roman letters, a multi-cultural context is also introduced especially through the inclusion of two chapters by guest essayists who explore aspects of Arabic and Cyrllic alphabets. The book makes the case that while historically the Roman alphabet has remained anchored in variations of shapes as the means to symbolize letters, we have entered a cultural context in which dramatic changes in the visualization of writing are within our grasp. Factors driving change in the ways in which we communicate by writing include the cultural (e.g., the constant search for opportunities for creative expression) and the technological (e.g., digital communication makes more flexible approaches to the alphabet feasible). The book advances key points of analysis through a wealth of illustrations. 

Where do your own personal and academic research interests lie?

    One of us (McDaniel) has devoted his career to exploring various strategies for melding the visual and the verbal in experimental approaches to literature and visual art. One of us (Robertson) has researched and written extensively on a wide range of topics about contemporary visual art. Together, we have researched various approaches to the development of experimental alphabets, which vary in terms of their aesthetic “flavors” and in terms of their functionality. The three guest essayists who contributed chapters to Spellbound expand our book’s perspectives  – Aaron Ganci is a visual communication designer, Erica Machulak is a specialist in medieval literature (including English and Arabic), and Gabriel Ritter is a curator of contemporary art. 

What did you enjoy the most when writing this book?

    We were captivated to discover how flexible the new approaches to the alphabet we have invented can be. This alphabetic flexibility opens vast new areas of further research: a change in alphabets can allow access for different levels of intellectual, cultural and psychological meaning; and a change in alphabets can – if certain qualities are invested in them – be surprisingly easy to learn, use, and remember. 

In this title, you state that the written language is on the verge of its greatest change since the advent of the printing press. What do you think has contributed to this change?

The advent of digital forms of communication has prepared the ground, allowing us to write, transmit and store written communication in forms that humans could never effectively and efficiently process prior to the computer. Digital tools have also ushered in cultural change – such as the widespread use of social media – that have prepared us to welcome additional and, perhaps, dramatic changes in the ways we communicate. 

In what ways do you think research on typography and language will evolve over the coming years?

Today visual and verbal (as well as aural) forms of communication mix and meld to an extraordinary degree. Research about typographic formats will, we believe, increasingly pay attention to how different parts of the brain can be accessed and stimulated by various communicative strategies working individually and cooperatively. 

Do you have a favourite chapter from the book and if so why?

    Can we name two favorite chapters?  The chapter by Erica Machulak,  'Thinking in Scripts: The Look of Arabic,' is beautifully written; her analysis of the subtle nuances of approaches to the written word in Arabic gives our book an invaluable moment of grace. The second  'favourite' chapter is the Conclusion: we believe this book will ultimately prove to be prescient about future changes that are only now taking shape. Our final chapter gives, we hope, tantalizing hints in the right directions. While we are generally optimistic about the changes we envision, we also note that challenges will accompany us in a world in which written communication becomes increasingly open to personalization and tribalization. 

Do you have a favourite Intellect Book and if so what is it?

TV Museum, by Maeve Connolly, is a very smart book that offers readers a lot to think about. Television (much like the alphabet) is one of those fulcrums upon which significant aspects of our entire culture pivots. Plus, the visually-rich design of this book captivated us.

What are your future research projects and plans?

    We have very recently completed our research on the fourth edition of our co-authored volume Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). The new edition incorporates our recent research about making art in a post-Internet world. That publication milestone signals it is now time for us to embark on more travels to research new manifestations of contemporary art in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 … !!
    One of us (Robertson) is now working on research for art in the 19th through 21st centuries, for a new survey text (being developed by Thames & Hudson); and the other (McDaniel) is starting to develop plans for an exhibition of experimental versions of iconic texts (e.g. U.S. Declaration of Independence and, perhaps, Pride and Prejudice) rendered in our new visual alphabets.
The research that anchors our publication of Spellbound with Intellect continues; for example, some of our most recent examples of experimental literature will be available soon in the online literary journal Word Riot. 

Are you attending any conferences this year or next?

We will be giving a presentation on aspects of our experimental work on the alphabet at the upcoming College Art Association Annual Conference (in NYC in February 2017).

To buy a copy of Spellbound please click here

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Free extract from Precarious Spaces

Intellect are delighted to offer a free extract from our latest release, Precarious Spaces. This title addresses current concerns around the instrumentality and agency of art in the context of the precarity of daily life. the below extract is takenf rom the first chapter titles 'Why Precatious Spaces' by Katarzyna Kosmala and Miguel Imas.


This volume addresses current concerns in art discourse around the instrumentality and agency of art in the context of the precarity of daily living, urban informality and the proliferation of alternative forms of organizing. Authors from South America as well as Europe, the United States and Canada engage with spatial strategies behind the utilization of precariousness, and examine ways of challenging forms of precarity, and indeed, the instigation of precarity.

The volume draws upon interdisciplinary research including cultural and visual studies,art theory, organization studies, architecture, urban planning, geography and contemporary philosophy, and supplements local histories and experiences in the Global South, as well as their theoretical frameworks, with theories of art and socio-political practice as they have been debated and developed in European and North American contexts. The book offers a survey of socially and community-engaged art practices in South America and from there expands to address similar issues in the Global North. The individual chapters examine examples of projects based on performances of space that can be seen as exceeding the norm, as well as case studies concerning art-informed inquiry aimed at social and
transformative consequences, set against the backdrop of neo-liberal economies that have contributed to the emergence of precarity in both life and work. Such an inquiry implies not only a particular philosophical and theoretical position, but equally demonstrates how,in practice, groups, individuals, and communities can challenge constructed, established orders to create spaces of emancipation. Thus, the book offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective for engaging with some of the themes of precarious spaces by mobilizing the use of arts-based inquiry both as a research method and as an intervention that aims at social and organizational change; drawing on resources that originate from South America, including examples from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile, supplemented with
insights and resources emerging from the North, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

The key phrases surrounding precarity, such as unstable condition of today’s living;
flexible, context-dependent and time-contingent employment; self-organization, disposability and contingency, have opened up new thresholds in theory development as well as in artcentred activism and the arts more generally. Foster (2009) identifies contemporary art practice with the precarious condition many artists share and respond to by creating meanings from uncertain circumstances, especially through a comment or an evocation of discourse,in response to a political confusion, and in association with socio-economic unrest. Such
processes associated with reimaging the precarious condition into spaces of opportunity also require a theoretical reflection upon the processes of intervention and self-organization. At the same time, the scope of the critique of contemporary Capitalism and neo-liberal sentiments threatens to generalize precarity as a somewhat undifferentiated and ubiquitous condition.

We could argue, following on from Judith Butler’s investigation into human vulnerability in Precarious Lives: The Power of Mourning and Violence (2004), that, while what can be termed as precariousness is common to all life and contemporary living, a state of precarity associated with the contemporary moment of neo-liberalism is largely politically induced and, we would add, requires to be problematized. Precarity commonly refers to a living condition based on temporality, fragmentation and job insecurity in increasingly flexible labour markets. Precarious spaces are often seen as not being stable, settled or well staked out; these spaces are perceived as unstable, unsettled and relatively unmapped or less visible.
Precarious places reflect exposure to spaces that are marginal in our societies (Wacquant, 2008) and yet, often, informality of marginalized groups becomes a groundwork for ‘inverse colonialism’ (Yiftachel, 2009).

To read more from this book please click here to buy your copy.

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AATE Distinguished Book Award

Many congratulations to Stephani Etheridge Woodson for her book, Theatre for Youth Third space which has won the AATE Distinguished Book Award for 2016! This book is part of our very popular, Theatre in Education series.

To find out more about the book please click here

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Journal of Illustration 2.2

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of the Journal of Illustration 2.2 is now available to purchase.

If you have any questions about the journal click here or email

Articles within this issue include: 'The reader-viewer' in Indian literate-media contexts: A Kerala archive' by Kavitha Balakrishnan, 'Rumour, Legend, Tradition, Fact: A critical project report' by Luise Vormittag and 'The Nomadic Illustration' by Catrin Morgan 


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CALL FOR PAPERS: One-day Conference on Transmedia Musics
University of Leicester, Friday November 18th 2016

Targeted towards a special edition for publication in 2017/18 of The Soundtrack, and as part of the 50thAnniversary of Media at the University of Leicester, Intellect journal The Soundtrack and IDeoGRAMS (the Interdepartmental Group for Research into the Arts, Media and Society) are pleased to announce a one-day conference on transmedia musics. Paper proposals are invited in any of the following areas and anything else relevant (this is simply indicative):

o   Music which is used across transmedia texts

o   Scoring across media

o   Re-using music versus original scores in transmedia texts

o   Levels of musical integration across the text

o   Music in film, TV and game franchises

o   Musical aesthetics in transmedia texts

o   Compositional strategies for transmedia production specificities

Please send your proposals (250 words) plus a 100 word biography and affiliation details, in word format (i.e. not pdfs) to Dr. Anna Claydon at Please indicate on your proposal document if you wish to be considered for the journal special edition.

DEADLINE Sept 1st. Acceptances will be sent out during the following week. The final schedule will be issued on September 26th.

Should your paper be invited to submit to the journal following the conference (you will know by December 1st), the deadline for your submission will be February 1st 2017. For further information about The Soundtrack, please go to:,id=146/

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