New issue of Studies in Comics 7.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Studies in Comics 7.1 is now available.  This issue highlights the role of Studies in Comics as a venue for top-notch comics scholarship written and reviewed by scholars from all over the world. Contributors to issue 7.1 are currently working and studying in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Japan, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, New Zealand, and several different major regions of the United States. The subjects of their contributions are equally diverse, addressing texts, formats, and techniques that have rarely or never seen discussed before. 

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Special issue of Asian Cinema 27.2 now available!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the special issue of Asian Cinema 27. 2 is now available. This special issue focuses on Iranian cinema, with a collection of essays investigating more deeply the representation of eroticism in Iranian film: the creative strategies involved in both its extra-diegetic form and its internal logic. 


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List of articles (partial list):


Utopia and censorship: Iranian cinema at the crossroads of love, sex and tradition

Authors: Amir Ganjavie

Page Start: 113


When faced with strict censorship and social and moral barriers, what methods have Iranian directors developed in order to address love, desire and passion? In what ways do these methods emancipate or emasculate Iranian artists in their quest to express love and eroticism? This article attempts to answer these questions, arguing that it makes little sense to say that any authoritative system with a system of hegemony could prevent its citizens from expressing this impulse in their works since the sexual instinct is life’s drive and only at the moment of death can humans deny its existence. What is essential, radical and utopian is to read the meaning of eroticism in Iranian cinema through the specific culture in which the drive has been developed and shaped.


When the sun goes down: Sex, desire and cinema in 1970s Tehran

Authors: Blake Atwood

Page start: 127


The 1970s witnessed an explosion of sex in Iranian cinema, and the representation of bodies and desires became more explicit than ever. The rise of on-screen sex flew in the face of successive guidelines released by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs (MCA) in 1966 and 1972, which sought to limit the production and exhibition of films that featured sexual relations. This article explores this paradox and begins to trace the contours of a history of cinematic sex in mid-century Iran by examining film industry advertising schemes, especially film posters, alongside three sex-driven films: Mansur Purmand’s Shir tu shir (Chaos) (1972), Feraidun Goleh’s Zir-e pust-e shab (Under the Skin of the Night) (1974), and Parviz Sayyad’s Dar emtedād-e shab (Into the Night) (1978). 

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New issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3 is now available. 


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Gathering place: Urban indigeneity and the production of space in Edmonton, Canada

Authors: Karen Wall

Page Start: 301


This article examines material and intangible traces of Aboriginal history and cultural presence in a theoretical context concerned with public spaces promoting transformative, dialogic, cross-cultural encounters. Case studies consider urban spaces as gathering places in terms of their relevance to indigenous practices of metissage. What is at stake for settler colonial cities in the recognition and inclusion of indigenous presence and historical relationships? Aboriginal cultures can and must play a critical role in the development of a mature civic identity rooted in a complex mutual history, with implications for urban social and ecological sustainability in the future.


Cartographies of disappearance: Thresholds in Barcelona’s metro

Authors: Enric Bou

Page Start: 347


This article proposes an analysis of Barcelona’s metro system following David Pike’s threshold concept, key to the topography of the ‘vertical city’. This will be done through reading maps and literary texts that illustrate three closely related issues: an interpretation of Barcelona’s metro network and its meanings; the disappearance of some metro stations and underground spaces, such as hidden connecting corridors, which create a shallow presence of the past into the present, examples of urban spaces that are buried and forgotten; and subway life as portrayed in some literary texts with particular emphasis on the use of mythology.

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CFP: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture

ISCC Call for Papers Special Issue 9.1: Reggae Studies in a Global Context


Submission deadline: 10 March 2017


Guest Editors: Carolyn Cooper and Leonardo Vidigal (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG, Brazil)


A substantial body of academic literature on reggae is now established globally, with many scholars studying this phenomenon with a transcultural approach and covering a wide range of inter/disciplines. This special issue of Interactions invites original articles on Reggae Music, from its emergence and development in Jamaica to the transformations the music has undergone in its global dispersal.


ISCC is especially interested, but not limited to, the following themes:


  • History of Reggae
  • Reggae as culture
  • Reggae Music and Media
  • Musical and sociological analysis of Reggae Music
  • Reggae’s influence on Global Popular Music
  • Global manifestations of Reggae Music
  • The Bob Marley phenomenon
  • Sound-Systems and other Reggae Music collectives
  • Reggae Films and videos
  • Reggae Music in the context of creative industries 

Prospective authors should submit an abstract between 200 and 350 words to and by 10 March 2017.


Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact details in all correspondence.


A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 6000 to 8000 words, including references) due on 15 June 2017.


Full paper submissions are to be:

  • Original, scholarly manuscripts that follow the journal’s submission guidelines
  • Formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines
  • Sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY as e-mail attachments to and

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the issue is scheduled for publication in March 2018.

All inquiries about this Call for Papers can be addressed to Prof. Carolyn Cooper at or Dr. Leonardo Vidigal at

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New issue of Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2

Intellect is pleased to announce that Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2 is now available. 

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List of articles (partial list):


Materializing virtual reality: The performativity of skin, body and costume in Tobias Bernstrup’s artwork

Authors: Viveka Kjellmer

Page Start: 151


Swedish artist Tobias Bernstrup (b. 1970) works with multimedia, music, performance, video and computer games. He creates fictional alter egos in his works and returns to his characters in an ongoing re-meditation, digitally or in real-world artistic performances. The costume is a paradoxical entity: both an inseparable part of the artist’s body in the performance process and something that can be removed, yet remains part of the character. The nude body onstage can be seen as another costume, the bare skin serving as an interface between visual and physical experience. Bernstrup and his virtual alter egos slip between existences where skin, body and costume tie his virtual and physical realities together.


Sleeve notes: PJ Harvey’s Gothic world 

Authors: Abigail Gardner and Katerina Flint-Nicol

Page Start: 163


Referencing literary and cinematic readings of the term, this article argues that Harvey performs an English, Victorian Gothic. The authors argue that she recuperates the female Gothic for contemporary times allowing it resonance beyond its literary and cinematic beginnings. Drawing on some of those literary and cinematic debates on the Gothic and the eerie, they consider how her costumes across the three albums White Chalk (2007), Let England Shake (2011) and The Hope Six Demolition (2016) showcase ‘remnants’ both of the past and, of the forgotten.


Tribes: The Walk

Authors: Sodja Zupanc Lotker

Page Start: 179


This visual essay illustrates some of the curator’s basic ideas behind the project at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015. This project presented over 80 costume and mask projects over the course of 11 days in June 2015. Costumes were ‘exhibited’ on live performers in the centre of Prague, where the city performed the gallery of this exhibition. The Tribes was conceived mainly through an open call that invited professionals and students to propose their ‘tribes’. The tribe was to be defined as a minimum of three people, having the same or similar ‘dress code’ (costume, or fully body mask) and similar behaviour code.

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New issue of the Journal of Illustration 3.2

The new issue of the Journal of Illustration 3.2 is now available.


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List of articles (partial list):

Subverting authority in illustrations of Dante’s Commedia

Authors: Matthew Collins

Page Start: 173


In this article, illustrations of Dante’s Commedia are viewed from the particular angle of textual subversion, which increased in degree overtime. It begins with a consideration of Dante’s own subversive habits in the context of the medieval literary world in order to highlight the fact that illustrators who visually undermined the letter of the text were in ironic harmony with the spirit of this work. The article then moves on to show that by Dante’s renaissance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries illustrators felt far freer to blatantly meld their own imaginations with that of the original author, and by the mid-twentieth century, certain Commedia illustrations subjected text to image in varying ways.


Mapping experience in reportage drawing

Authors: Louis Netter

Page Start: 207


Reportage drawing is a revelatory act that combines the challenges of quick, gestural drawing with a level of accuracy in the depiction of people and places. Add to that the complications of working in sometimes hostile or, at the very least, less than ideal environments and you have a highly unique drawing act. Through interviews conducted with reportage artists Jill Gibbon, Gary Embury as well as the authors own work and reflections, the article compares and contrasts the aims and intentions of the artists, and tensions between the journalistic and social commentary aims will be explored through individual practice.

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Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty 7.2, out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty 7.2 is now available.


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List of articles (partial list):

Glamour labour in the Age of Kardashian 

Authors: Elizabeth Wissinger

Page Start: 141


This article examines the Kardashian phenomenon, as it unfurls in a changing labour market, where glamour is becoming a common aspiration, no longer the domain of a privileged few. Wissinger argues that practices of no-holds-barred sharing and giving up privacy online are normalized, and presented as the ticket to achieving glamour, visibility and social acceptance. 


Kardashian komplicity: Performing post-feminist beauty

Authors: Giuliana Monteverde

Page Start: 153


This article explores complicity by way of beauty, post-feminist neo-liberalism and the Kardashian-Jenner family. Monteverde asserts that dismissals of the family as vulgar stem from sexist and femmephobic interpretations of their hypersexual, hyperfeminine gender performances, and the genre they are most famous for: reality television. The Kardashian-Jenners should be approached from a feminist perspective, with appropriate nuance and reflexivity. Acknowledgement of complicity provides the space to do this.

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New issue of Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook 14.1

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook 14.1 is now available.


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Still ‘Desperately seeking the audience’? Audience making in the age of media convergence (the Lilyhammer experience) 

Authors: Vilde Schanke Sundet

Page Start: 11


This article addresses ‘audience making’ in the age of media convergence, when television drama is increasingly produced for both a national and an international audience to be consumed in either linear ‘flow’ or on-demand user modes. It argues that how the television industry wants to see its audience influences how it actually sees it, which, again, impacts both the production of television drama as well as the industry’s evaluation of ‘success’ for this genre. 



Television drama series and transmedia storytelling in an era of convergence 

Authors: Lothar Mikos

Page Start: 47


Based on the analysis of several transmedia outlets of television drama series this article will show how production companies, networks and other TV channels attempt to involve viewers via transmedia storytelling in a fragmented media market with a fragmented audience in creating a 360-degree experience. 


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Book 2.0, 6.1&2

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Book 2.0, 6 1&2 is now available.


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List of articles (partial list):


‘Orphans of Poetry’: The poetry of childhood and the poetry for children of Robert Graves 

Authors: Michael Joseph

Page Start: 9 


‘Orphans of Poetry’ examines poems by Robert Graves in order to argue three related points: that Grave’s ideas about childhood and children’s poetry, which anticipate more contemporary attitudes, were significantly shaped by his harrowing experience in the trenches in World War I; that Graves had an extraordinarily complex idea of nonsense as something larger than reasonableness and believed in its ‘explanatory power’; that his idea of nonsense dovetailed with the notion of poetic truth. 


Reflections on teaching poetry 

Authors: Caron Freeborn

Page Start: 35


In this article, Freeborn reflects on her practice as poet, her experience as a teacher of literature and creative writing, and her own training, and how these have contributed to her personal approaches to teaching poetry writing in Higher Education. She also examines how these approaches have helped her overcome the acknowledged particular difficulties of teaching both the reading and the writing of poetry.

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Affecting and Curating, Feeling the Curatorial
Whitechapel Gallery, London, Thursday January 19 2017

To mark the publication of a two-part issue on affect and curating in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, a special event Affect and Curating, Feeling the Curatorial’ is being held at Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday January 19th 2017.


The event will bring together a range of speakers to consider how museums, galleries, art world events and artworks function as sites for the transmission of affects. If 'affect' operates independently from meaning, identity or thought, on the level of pre-conscious physical responses and resonances, how might focusing on it challenge and complicate understandings of curating and curatorial approaches?


The panel will consist of Journal of Curatorial Studies co-editors Jennifer Fisher, Helena Reckitt, Lisa Blackman and Nina Wakeford. Together they will be discussing the 'affective turn' in curating and society more broadly.


To find out more about the event, including how to book tickets, click here. 

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