New issue of Drama Therapy Review - now available!

 Intellect is delighted to announce that the latest issue of Drama Therapy Review (3.1) is now available.

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This special issue of Drama Therapy Review is devoted entirely to the pioneering work of Robert J. Landy, Ph. D., RDT-BCT. As the founding Director of the New York University Program in Drama Therapy, the first State approved training program of its kind in North America established in 1984, Landy laid a foundation for the training of drama therapists. After 38 years of teaching at the university, he has chosen to retire, though his insights about how drama and performance is healing will continue to inform the theory and praxis of drama therapy. Drama Therapy Review chooses to honour this milestone with this special issue.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Placing Landy and Bowlby in dialogue: Role and distancing theories through the lens of attachment

Authors: Craig Haen and Kat Lee

Page Start: 45

This article highlights the clinical implications for integrating Robert Landy’s role and distancing theories with John Bowlby’s attachment theory. Theoretical underpinnings of these approaches are presented as authors explore parallels and divergences between them. The authors provide case material illustrating the implementation of Role Theory in attachment-based interventions and the use of distancing theory in attachment-informed psychotherapy. Benefits of using the theories in a mutually informed practice are discussed in an aim to encourage integrative treatment.

A case study on the application of the Role Method in a therapeutic theatre production at National Taiwan University of Arts

Authors: Hsiao-Hua Chang

Page Start: 63

This article presents an account of Dr Robert Landy’s influence on the evolution of drama therapy in Taiwan and at the National Taiwan University of Arts. It includes case examples of two therapeutic theatre projects, which led to important insights into the use of the Role Method to develop and organize a therapeutic performance. The inclusion of a therapeutic theatre project in the training of drama therapists is now a part of our standard practice.

Addicted to crisis: Exploring the symptoms of an addicted work system using the lens of Role Theory

Authors: Danielle Bragg Levanas

Page Start: 113

Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly adopt, reflect and mimic the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care. Using the lens of Landy’s (1993, 1994, 2008, 2009) drama therapeutic Role Theory, along with Wegscheider-Cruse’s (1981) Family Roles, this article examines possibilities that exist for an embodied understanding of vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level, in an effort to offer direct care workers a better understanding of the implicit and disembodied roles they play.

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Out now! Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration 1.2

Intellect is delighted to announce that the much anticipated new issue of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (1.2) is now available

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


International students and social exclusion in the age of social media

Authors: Xinyu Zhao

Page Start: 163


This article considers the changing nature of international students’ lived experiences of disadvantage in Australia in the context of their daily practices of social media. Specifically, it first engages with the extant empirical research on social media practices in the migration context which points to the contingent impacts of digital technologies on migrants’ everyday lives. This body of literature suggests the possibility to probe into the lived experiences of migrants and their everyday strategies through a close examination of their activities around social media. Further, this article attends to studies in the Australian international student literature which highlights the interplays of digital technologies and international student agency.


Exploring the elusive shape of service outcomes: Reflections on evaluating academic language and learning support services

Authors: Xiaodan Gao and Kirsten Reid

Page Start: 219


Student Learning Te Taiako at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) provides academic learning support for tertiary students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As part of good practice and for the purpose of continual improvement of service quality, service and programme evaluations are regularly conducted. These evaluations include the end of year Student Learning Survey and bi-annual peer observations and tend to focus on student satisfaction and/or perceptions of the services and programmes offered. More recently, in response to the New Zealand government’s call for tertiary education institutions (TEIs) to report on their services and the outcomes of these services, Student Learning has been looking at ways in which evaluations can be carried out over and above student numbers and satisfaction. The purpose of this article is to reflect on and redefine evaluations at Student Learning Te Taiako. The article argues that, instead of chasing evidence to show direct contribution to student outcomes, a more structured approach to evaluation should be taken and a comprehensive set of evidence/data provided to demonstrate the contribution of academic learning advising to the overall student learning experience.


A flowing culture: Images of early Gujarati Indian-Islamic migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand

Authors: Rafik Patel

Page Start: 251 


Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) sets up an imaginative tale of a father and son’s journey in search of happiness. In this fictional reality the ocean is filled with a sea of stories that manifest the hope of a new beginning. This story also takes the reader on a whimsical journey that is non-linear. It sways back and forth like the currents of the ocean, and its allegory transcends the ocean as a vessel that contains important narratives and knowledge, and as a spatial medium to cross borders and boundaries. Considering this allegory, this article presents an auto-ethnography in relation to migration of the first Gujarati Indian families to arrive in Aotearoa New Zealand, in the early 1900s. It discusses how these families integrated and began to construct and grow a new community within. Thus, this article attempts to uncover stories and a history of migration of the author’s own family that flowed from South Asia to the Pacific, transferring a rich culture of Indian-Muslim faith, practice and architecture.

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Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture 2.1 - out now!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (2.1) is now available. 


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Articles within this issue include:


Sex, lies and the locker room: A critical discourse analysis of athletes coming out in the media

Authors: Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern and Paul Chamness Miller

Page Start: 9


Oppression and hostility is still evident towards LGBT athletes within modern sport organisations, where hegemonic masculinities contribute to the opposition to LGBT members of the athletic community. Given the homophobia that continues to impact sport, the aim of this study is to ascertain, through the lens of grounded theory, what discourses are used to address the coming out of professional athletes in online news sites and the hegemonic power that is reflected through that discourse. Through the analysis, four themes emerged as significant. One particular theme stood out as the most substantial: the locker room seen as a space where masculinity is negotiated, suggesting the possibility that many masculinities exist within that milieu. The study’s findings highlight the urgency that is needed in order to make sport a safe and non-hostile space for all athletes.


What’s so funny about a snowman in a tiara? Exploring gender identity and gender nonconformity in children’s animated films

Authors: G. Patterson and Leland G. Spencer

Page Start: 73


The year 2014 has been dubbed the ‘trans tipping point’, a new era of acceptance towards trans and gender-nonconforming identities. In addition, in recent years, children’s animated film has seen an influx of characters and storylines that appear to celebrate gender diversity. Using inductive and deductive thematic analysis, this article examines the gendered messages in top-grossing children’s animated films from 2012 to 2015. Drawing from our analysis, it argues that such alleged gender diversity applies only to a narrow subset of characters in children’s animated film – and these same characters also often function to reinforce oppressive ideas about gender, race and sexuality. Ultimately, despite the visibility of gender diverse characters in and outside children’s film, this article cautions against premature celebrations that would regard such visibility as progress.


Gay ghetto comics and the alternative gay comics of Robert Kirby

Authors: Sina Shamsavari

Page Start: 95


This article focuses on North American gay comics, especially the ‘gay ghetto’ subgenre, and on the alternative gay comics that have been created in response to the genre’s conventions. Gay comics have received little scholarly attention and this article attempts to begin redressing this balance, as well as turning attention to the contrasts between different genres within the field of gay comics. Gay ghetto comics and cartoons construct a dominant gay habitus, representing the gay community as relatively stable and unified, while the alternative gay male comics discussed critique the dominant gay habitus and construct instead an alternative gay – or ‘queer’ – habitus. The article focuses on the work of Robert Kirby, an influential cartoonist and editor of gay comics anthologies, and particularly on his story ‘Private Club’, in order to explore some of the typical themes and concerns of alternative gay ghetto comics.

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DTR Call for Papers Special Issue 4.1: Drama Therapy with Couples and Families

Submission deadline: August 1st, 2017.


Guest Editor: Dr. Dan Wiener


This Special Issue of Drama Therapy Review seeks articles about specific applications of drama therapy to promote the wellness of couples and families. Such applications include: prevention and enrichment programs; relationship enhancement; psychoeducation; diversion and prevention programs; conjoint psychotherapy; and the training of practitioners.  Also sought are papers informed by dramatic and theatrical praxis that present novel methodologies and conceptual perspectives in the study and treatment of family relationships. DTR readers particularly welcome papers which link theory and practice, and such papers are often enhanced by case material. 


DTR welcomes contributions from a wide range of scholarly work including, but not limited to:

• quantitative studies

• qualitative analysis

• practice and arts-based research

• Reviews

• Reports

• Interviews

• Commentaries


The editorial board assesses articles for the quality of scholarly and critical content. The principal language is English; however, the journal will consider articles in other languages for which reviewers can be accessed, with abstracts in English. Editorial assistance may be given to those whose work is worthy of inclusion, but for whom the language of the article is not their first, or for whom the written word is not their forte. There is an explicit policy of making the articles stylistically accessible and readable to the range of readership. 


To submit work for consideration please download our submission guidelines and email

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