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Special issue of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 - now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 is now available. 

 

This special issue of JICMS is dedicated to ‘Italian Horror Cinema’. In both fan culture and the academy (which are frequently connected), Italian horror films have been singled out for their alleged transgressions, and the challenges they arguably pose to various ‘norms’, ‘whether these be aesthetic norms of commercial mainstream cinema film-making or broader social and ideological norms’ (Hutchings 2003: 132). This special issue seeks to engage with this developing trend, as an outlet for such trans-disciplinary research: sitting within the concerns of both Film Studies and Italian Studies, while embracing the exigencies of historically informed nuance.

 

For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com

 

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

All the colours of the dark: Film genre and the Italian giallo

Authors: Alexia Kannas

Page Start: 173

 

Recent scholarship on the giallo film – and Italian horror more broadly – has emphasised the use of the Italian term filone (‘thread’ or ‘streamlet’) instead of ‘genre’ to describe the particular production contexts of Italian genre film in the post-war period. This article considers how and why the giallo problematizes film genre as it is traditionally conceived, and argues that the giallo film is uniquely positioned to pose fundamental questions about genre as a theoretical system, as well as to question the task of genre criticism itself. Through an examination of historical approaches to film genre via the giallo case study, the article shows how this group of films debunks theories of generic evolution and complicates the notion of generic hybridity. Whilst challenging the cultural hegemony of Hollywood, framing the giallo as a genre demands a radical conceptualisation of genre systems that more readily accommodates their propensity to shift and change over time.

 

A comparative analysis of the factors driving film cycles: Italian and American zombie film production, 1978-82

Authors: Todd K. Platts

Page Start: 191

 

This study shines light on the general factors involved in film cycle development and non-development through a focus on Dawn of the Dead’s (Romero, 1978/79) influence in the Italian and US film markets. Four factors, commercial success, sociopolitical events and broader social currents, supporting cultural phenomena and ephemera, and industrial compatibility, are comparatively assessed with respect to the Italian zombie cycle from 1978 to 1981 and the lack of an American cycle from the same period. The comparative approach advanced in the article properly historicises the development of zombie cinema after one of its landmark films. Moreover, while the approach is applied to late 1970s/early 1980s zombie cinema, it offers a general analytic for future film cycle scholarship.

 

Streaming Italian horror cinema in the United Kingdom: Lovefilm Instant

Authors: Stefano Baschiera

Page Start: 245

 

This article investigates the distribution of Italian horror cinema in the age of video streaming, analysing its presence and categorisation on the platform Lovefilm Instant UK, in order to investigate the importance of ‘niche’ in what is known as the long tail of online distribution and the online availability of exploitation films. The author argues that looking at the streaming presence of Italian horror and comparing it to its prior distribution on home video formats (in particular VHS and DVD) we can grasp how distribution and access have shaped the understanding of the genre. In particular, this article addresses the question of the categorisation of the films made by the S-VOD services and the limits of streaming distribution, such as lack of persistency in availability and the need for enhanced curatorship.

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Open Call for Undergraduate Videographic Film Scholarship

Film Matters is seeking critical video essays made by undergraduate film scholars for its first issue of videographic film scholarship. 

 

For more information about Film Matters, please click here.

 

Please email links to videos, with written statements attached as Microsoft Word documents, to: VideographicFM@gmail.com

 

All questions should be referred to Allison de Fren and Adam Hart at VideographicFM@gmail.com

 

Calls for video essays are open to any undergraduate student, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning worldwide and working towards 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 (or up to a year, providing that the recent graduate is not enrolled in graduate school). Any original piece of videographic scholarship, involving film criticism, history, or theory will be considered for publication. By submitting a video for a call, authors are certifying that: (1) 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 twelve months or less from the date of the call deadline, providing they are not enrolled in graduate school); and (2) their submitted videos are original pieces of scholarship, authored solely by them, and have not been published in any form, in any publication, heretofore.

 

Submissions must include two components: (1) a video essay of 3-8 minutes, uploaded to Vimeo. Note: please make your video essay private and include your link and chosen password on the cover sheet (see below); and, (2) an accompanying written statement (saved as a Microsoft Word document) of 1000 words maximum that explains the maker’s intentions. (NOTE: this should not simply be a transcript.) 

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CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture

The integral place of science in global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology on television, in films, and across the internet, makes it more important than ever to examine the dynamic and complex connections between popular culture and science. 

 

Working with a distinguished international board, the Journal of Science and Popular Culture - a new, peer-reviewed academic publication - aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. Contributions from academics, scientists, communicators, industry professionals, practitioners, and others with an interest in the interface of science and culture are now invited. The first issue will be published October 2017 with ongoing publication starting 2018.  Submissions for the first issue must be received by April 30.

 

For more information about JSPC and its board, click here.

 

Full articles of 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references and other material), shorter proposals, and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil: drstevengil@gmail.com

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CFP: Choreographic Practices: Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis

CFP: Choreographic Practices: Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis

Submission deadline: July 1st 2017

 

Guest Editors: Sondra Fraleigh and Robert Bingham

 

This issue is dedicated to exploring questions that connect dance and performance to a global context of environmental crisis. We invite submissions that consider how the choreographic, broadly conceived, interrogates and illuminates the nature of environmental crisis, explores the relationship of human and other-than-human world, and/or charts pathways towards a more sustainable and equitable future. In light of a growing sense of urgency around the need to change dominant patterns of thinking and practice in relation to planetary resources, we invite, in particular, submissions taking intellectual and aesthetic risks that push authors and readers alike to consider anew our place in the world as humans. We do not set limits on how environmental crisis is defined, welcoming submissions that connect dance and choreography to contexts of global warming, climate change, Anthropocene, species extinction, environmental justice, colonialism or other frameworks that focus on specific local or global crises and histories. We also welcome proposals that critique the notion of environmental crisis and its urgency. In keeping with the aesthetic and intellectual ethos of Choreographic Practices, we invite diverse perspectives taking the form of critical essays, creative documentation, blogs in print, visual essays, dialogues, interviews and debate. We encourage submissions in both conventional and alternative modes of writing, including performative and visual essays.

 

CP is seeking a broad range of perspectives addressing dance practices in relation to environmental crisis. Possible areas of focus in this respect include: 

 

• Aesthetics of environmental crisis in dance and performance 

• Animal studies and the human animal in dance 

• Cultural studies, crisis, and dance 

• Dance and performance in the Anthropocene 

• Dance and somatic pedagogies in the Anthropocene

• Dance, spirituality and ecology 

• Dance, capitalism, and crisis 

• Eco-criticism and dance 

• Ecological frameworks for dance and performance 

• Eco-psychology and dance 

• Eco-somatics 

• Environmental dance 

• Movement arts and environmental humanities 

• Site-specific dance and the environment 

• Somatic psychology, dance and ecology

 

This special issue is due to be published in Spring 2018. Please submit completed contribution by July 1, 2017 to ChoreographicPractices@live.co.uk

 

If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Sondra Fraleigh or Robert Bingham (guest editors for this special issue): eastwest@q.com or robertkbingham@gmail.com

 

Click here to download the call for papers and submission guidelines.

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