Journal of Contemporary Iraq & the Arab World

Intellect is pleased to announce that from Volume 13 (2019) the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies will be published as the Journal of Contemporary Iraq & the Arab World, and will be co-edited by Tareq Ismael (University of Calgary) and Jacqueline Ismael (University of Calgary).

Journal of Contemporary Iraq & the Arab World (JCIAW) is a peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect under the auspices of both the International Association of Contemporary Iraq Studies (IACIS) and the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies (IAMES). It is devoted to the study of the contemporary Middle East and Arab public sphere, with special focus on Iraq and its peoples for their prominent role in the region. Publishing works in both English and Arabic the journal engages arts and culture, politics, history and economics as they address real world problems across the modern states and mosaic of cultures connected to the Middle East region. Publishing articles that originate in a range of disciplines, while offering a fresh perspective on conceptual, theoretical or methodological issues, allows JCIAW’s intended readership to approach our journal from a similarly broad range of disciplines and perspectives. JCIAW works to provide a platform by conveying prominent and emergent new voices in the field as well as highlighting the relevance of evolving topics and questions of research in the scholarship of Middle Eastern and Iraq Studies.

As an interdisciplinary journal, JCIAW’s content spans the disciplines within the humanities, arts and social sciences. Some of the diverse issues covered include: culture, society, politics, economics, history, music and art. The unrestricted topical nature of the journal reflects the study of the many facets of contemporary Iraq and the Arab world as well as how scholars and researchers engage the region and its peoples as well as their extensive influence to the broader Middle East region and global society. Each issue includes research articles, essays as well as book, film and article reviews relevant to Iraqi Studies and the wider field of Middle Eastern studies.

For more information please click here.

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Launch event for MIRAJ issues 6.1&2, 7.1
27 MArch 2018, Ambika P3


Join MIRAJ for the launch of issues 6.1&2, 7.1 at Ambika P3 on 27 March 2018.

Please click here for the full programme and to register for the event:

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Animafest Zagreb 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies
Winner announcment

Intellect is delighted to announce that Paul Wells, Editor of Animation, Practice, Process & Production has received the 2018 Award for his contribution to animation studies from Animafest Zagreb festival.

Animafest Zagreb Festival Council decided to present the 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies to Paul Wells, one of the leading voices in the modern and contemporary animation studies.

Widely quoted even by the standards of the general cinema scholars, Paul Wells is one of the leading voices in the modern and contemporary animation studies. Writing synthetic overviews, introductory textbooks and innovative analysis of the most engaging phenomena, Wells has shown a diverse and inspiring taste for good animation, unique and deep insight into inner workings of the medium, nuanced appreciation of the art of animation and genuine talent for knowledge dissemination.

His many books, such as Understanding Animation, Animation and America, The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons and Culture, Animation – Genre and Authorship and Scriptwriting, are widely read and respected across the world by scholars, students, critics and animation lovers alike, and his quest for reaching to as many corners of animation as possible has led him to publish successfully in collaboration with colleagues such as Joanna Quinn, Vivien Halas, Samantha Moore and Johnny Hardstaff.

From the elitist art projects to be the biggest animated blockbuster, from the festival circles to the flickering of televised animation, Wells has covered a great deal of the world of animation, managing to connect his theoretical and practical interests and endeavours with skill paralleled very rarely even by the best and the brightest in the history of animation studies and criticism.

Previous recipients of the award included Maureen Furniss (2017) and Giannalberto Bendazzi (2016).

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New issue of Indian Theatre Journal 1.2 – out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Indian Theatre Journal is now available.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Ruptures in reformation: Embodiment revealed

Authors: Mark James Hamilton

Page Start: 123


This article reflects on the author’s practice of three South Indian disciplines (Bharatanatyam, astanga yoga and kalaripayattu). Their distinct methodologies modulate the rhythm, direction and force of the doer’s actions to evolve particular virtuosities. This article, however, focuses on moments of rupture during the author’s intercultural hybridization. It examines these incidents of trauma as moments revealing the friction generated when hereditary and localized pedagogies meet the contemporary mobilities afforded by immigration, emigration and international travel. These incidents also suddenly expose the subtle and gradual processes of radical human reformation secreted in these powerful pedagogies. Jo Riley, in her study of Chinese theatre, describes training as an emptying and dissection of the performer’s body to be replaced by a ‘role’ body. This ‘opening’ process is called kaiguang, which means ‘opening to let the light shine out’. This article proposes that ruptures in processes of embodiment can strand the practitioner betwixt the primed pre-expressive self (or Eugenio Barba’s ‘fictive body’) and Riley’s role body (extended here to consider the performer’s social as well as dramatic function).  

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10-issue magazine dedicated to cinema in Asia

Intellect is delighted to now be distributing NANG: A 10-issue magazine dedicated to cinema in Asia.


NANG focuses on cinemas and cinema cultures in the Asian world and ‘draws them near’ onto the printed page. The aim is to publish, issue-by-issue, a wonderfully rich and profound collection of words and images on cinema, for knowledge, inspiration and enjoyment.


Beautifully designed and printed on fine papers, NANG broadens the horizons of what the moving image is in Asia, engaging its readers with wide array of stories, contexts, subjects and works connected by the cinema.  

Further information can be found on the magazine’s external website:

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Launch for the Journal of Curatorial Studies
Special Issue 6.2: Paradigms and Pedagogy

College Art Association Annual Conference

Thursday, February 22, 11am

Booth 200, Book Fair, Los Angeles Convention Centre

After five years of publication, the Journal of Curatorial Studies turns its focus to examine the discipline of curatorial studies itself. This special issue is divided into two sections – ‘Paradigms’ and ‘Pedagogy’ – each of which reflect crucial definitions and preoccupations of those contributing to curatorial studies today. What are the definitions and parameters of curatorial studies as a field and emergent discipline? How might curatorial studies develop in a changing academic, cultural and political context? What new topics and practices will be productive for curatorial studies scholars to address? The authors in this issue explore theories and methods central to curatorial studies as a nascent discipline, as well crucial issues influencing its future.


Authors in this volume include Amelia Jones, Leigh Markopoulos, Jean-Paul Martinon, Lianne McTavish, Nina Möntmann, Paul Gladston, Lynn Howarth-Gladston and Terry Smith.


Editors Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick warmly invite you to join them for a lunch to celebrate this exciting issue of the journal. They will also be happy to meet with potential authors to discuss ideas for submissions.

The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores the increasing relevance of curating and exhibitions and their impact on institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture. Inviting perspectives from multiple academic fields, the journal welcomes a diversity of disciplinary approaches on curating and exhibitions broadly defined. By catalyzing debate and serving as a venue for the emerging discipline of curatorial studies, this journal encourages the development of the theory, practice and history of curating, as well as the analysis of exhibitions and display culture in general.


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Journal of Digital Media & Policy (formerly JDTV)

Journal of Digital Media & Policy (formerly known as International Journal of Digital Television) aims to analyse and explain the socio-cultural, political, economic and technological questions surrounding digital media and address the policy issues facing regulators globally. Digitalization, together with the trends towards globalization, deregulation, technological convergence and the rise of the Internet, has enabled media industries, media services and companies to evolve. Online networks are exploring new business models for producing news and entertainment, thereby enhancing consumer choice. Digital media allow people to promote, create, distribute and share experiences with audiences online and create opportunities for innovation through, for example, the establishment of new revenue streams.

Meanwhile, many traditional media, such as public service broadcasting, are impacted. Critics argue that in a free, global market system there is concentration of power and information asymmetry, while public service content is scarce. The above developments create important challenges for policy-makers and regulators across the globe. How can sustainability be maintained in relation to media openness, transparency, accessibility and the re-composition of media power? Is intervention by government policy needed to address these concerns in the converged digital era? The size and internet presence of tech giants Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon has enabled innovation, but brought issues of piracy and abuse of copyright to public attention. Should policy-makers tame these large multinational conglomerates and, if so, how?


This double-blind- peer-reviewed journal brings together and shares the work of academics, policy-makers and practitioners, offering lessons from one another’s experience. Content is broad and varied, ranging from a mixture of critical work on technology, industry and regulatory convergence, to the emerging wider socio-cultural and political questions such as the application of online networks, the rise of cloud computing and the Internet of Things. We intend to examine critically emerging wider questions such as the role of ‘digital citizens’, the regulatory environment for the new platform industry and the role of state regulation in an increasingly global media industry. The journal is rooted in a belief in the socio-cultural, political and economic importance of digital media and will conceive it as a platform for international and interdisciplinary approaches that open up new avenues for theoretically driven works that occasionally draw on scholarship, adapting case studies and comparative analysis.


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Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty: Free Editorials on Ingenta

Intellect is delighted to announce that a selection of the Editorials from Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, authored by the editor Efrat Tseëlon, are now available for free on Ingenta.


Please click on the following links to gain access to the articles:


Outlining a fashion studies project

CSFB 1.1, October 2010, pp. 3-53


Is identity a useful critical tool

CSFB 1.2, December 2010, pp. 151-159


Introduction: A critique of the ethical fashion paradigm

CSFB 2.1-2, December 2011, pp. 3-68


Fashion and the orders of the masking

CSFB 3.1-2, December 2012, pp. 3-9


Fashion in a changing world

CSFB 6.2, 1 December 2015, pp. 139-162


Bauman on fashion: A tribute

CSFB 8.2, 1 December 2017, pp. 151-156

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Magnet Theatre awarded Hiddingh-Currie Award

We are ecstatic to announce that Magnet Theatre has been awarded the prestigious Hiddignh-Currie Award by UNISA! Congratulations to the Editors, Mean Lewis and Anton Kreuger, on this outstanding achievement!

You can find out more about Magnet Theatre here.

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Horror, Cult and Exploitation Media II
Research Workshop for PhDs and Early Career Rsearchers

Call for Presentations: Horror, Cult and Exploitation Media II:

A Research Workshop for PhDs and Early Career Researchers

Friday 4 May 2018, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK


A collaborative event between the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of Arts PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the field(s) of “horror, cult and exploitation” screen media, are invited to submit abstracts about their research to deliver at a workshop at Northumbria University on Friday 4 May 2018.


The workshop – which follows on from a highly successful event last year – will take the format of a mini-symposium, and consist of three sessions, each made up of four speakers. Speakers will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of academic experts from Northumbria’s Film and Television Research Group, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to feedback to each speaker, and to ask follow-up questions. The workshop is intended to be a small scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.


The event will close with a short presentation by James Campbell from Intellect Books, who will give advice about academic publishing (including converting a PhD thesis into a monograph).


The academic panel will comprise:

 Dr Russ Hunter (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-editor of Italian Horror Cinema)

 Dr Steve Jones (Head of Media, author of Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw, co-editor of Zombies and Sexuality)

 Dr James Leggott (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror)

 Dr Sarah Ralph (Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, co-author of Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie)

 Dr Jamie Sexton (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-author of Cult Film: An Introduction, founding series co-editor of Cultographies)

 Dr Johnny Walker (Senior Lecturer in Media, author of Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society and co-editor of the Global Exploitation Cinemas book series)


Applicants are reminded that there are only twelve spaces available. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


Please submit a 250-word summary of your project and a 50–100-word bio to the organiser, Dr Johnny Walker (, by Friday 30 March 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome the following week.

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