Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook: Call for Guest Editor

Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook: Call for Guest Editor

Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook invites submissions for the role of Guest Editor for its 2019 volume.

Northern Lights is an established peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to the study of film and media. The journal is indexed with: MLA, Current Abstracts, RILM (Abstracts of Music Literature), Film and Television Literature Index, British Humanities Index and Scopus.

Northern Lights focuses on the interplay between film and media and their cultural and social context. Film and media have emerged as important institutions of modern society at the same time as mobile and interactive media technologies become integrated into the fabric of the wider culture and society. The development of new social networks, changes in political communication and governance, and the changing relationship between art, culture and commercial markets are important aspects of these new dynamics.

The journal aims to further discuss interdisciplinary studies of media with a special emphasis on film, television and new media.

Northern Lights is published once a year and takes the form of a book-length anthology of articles related to a specific theme. The theme should be related to the overall aims of the journal but may extend the journal’s scope or offer a new perspective on it. The themes covered so far in the yearbook can be viewed on the journal’s homepage.

Interested applicants should download and complete a Guest Editor form from

The deadline for applications is 14 December 2018.

Please direct applications and any questions to

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The Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Arab Press: The First Three Decades
Now Available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that The Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Arab Press: The First Three Decades is now available.

This monograph provides a much-needed history of Arab print media as well as an in-depth study of translated Arab media sources, remedying a remarkable gap in western intellectual culture. Setting the scene, the manuscript begins with a brief historical narrative of Arab newspapers from the 1940s to the mid-1970s, when a free press virtually disappeared. William Haddad then explores the historiography of the Arab print media, compiling a valuable collection of available scholarship on the subject. The book simultaneously considers the contemporary ongoing problem of censorship in Middle East journalism. With this valuable context Haddad then sets about examining the Arab print media’s view of the Arab-Israeli conflict in its first three decades. By giving voice to the Arab political journalists who wrote editorials and opinion pieces, the bulk of the book explores the variety of opinions held in the Arab print media regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

'William Haddad’s scholarly account of how the Arab press has covered the Arab-Israeli conflict over the last half century is a welcome and long overdue contribution to our collective knowledge of the conflicting narratives of Israelis, Palestinians and other Arabs. The inclusion of a wide range of newspapers from a number of different Arab nations highlights both the similarities and differences of press coverage within the Arab world. Arab editorials on the conflict are also put within a global perspective. The general low level of proficiency in Arabic in most of the western world, as well as deeply embedded cultural and political biases, has resulted in the Arab press being largely ignored, understudied or worse, misrepresented in the West; this book is a major contribution in filling that gap. ' – Janice J. Terry is professor emeritus of modern Middle Eastern history at Eastern Michigan University and adjunct professor at the Institute of Learning in Retirement and Marietta College, Ohio.

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Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 17.2 is now available

Intellect is pleased to announce that Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 17.2 is now available! To find out more about the issue, click here >>

  • Editorial
  • Inspiration Examined: Towards a methodology
  • The importance of writing as a material practice for art and design students: A contemporary rereading of the Coldstream Reports
  • Exploring the functions of reflective writing in the design studio: A study from the point of view of students
  • Re-imagining the sketchbook as a medium of encounter
  • A multi-method case study of textile craft-design applications – usability and effects on the design process
  • Creative arts technicians in academia: To transition or not to transition?
Book Review
  • Art and Design Pedagogy in Higher Education – Knowledge, Values and Ambiguity in the Creative Curriculum, Susan Orr and Alison Shreeve (2018) 
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CfP: ELEMENTS hip-hop symposium


2nd Meeting of the European HipHop Studies Network

University of Bristol, UK

Call for Papers


Emceeing. DJing. Breaking. Graffiti. Hip-hop is commonly understood to consist of these four elements. The idea of four elements is one of hip-hop culture’s core narrative and most pervasive founding myth since its beginnings in the Bronx in the 1970s. Yet, the idea of four core elements has been highly contested since the beginning of the culture as there is no unified definition of how many elements exist, who defined them, and how they came together. For instance, hip-hop founding father Kool Herc believes that "that there are far more than those [four elements]: the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you look, the way you communicate." (Chang xi) Likewise, on his album Kristyles, KRS ONE introduces his theory of nine elements which include beatboxing, fashion, knowledge, and entrepreneurialism (“Nine Elements”).


On the other hand, researchers such as criminologist Jeffrey Ross also emphasize that “graffiti [...] was established long before hip-hop music emerged in the South Bronx, and many of its practitioners do not identify with the music or its subculture at all” (139). While their number is contested, hip-hop’s elements are crucial in understanding the logics, conventions, and values of this fascinating culture in the US and in Europe. They reveal its creative tensions as well as larger notions of authority, authorship, boundary formation, community as well as inclusion and exclusion.

The second meeting of the European HipHop Studies Network therefore explores one of hip-hop’s most central ideas, the ideas of elements: Who defines them? What do they tell us about cultural, social, and economic communities and boundaries across Europe? How do these limits vary according to various contexts and practices across Europe? What are their consequences for cultural production and consumption? The objective of the meeting is to trace, interrogate, and expand the notion of elements as central organizing principles in hip-hop culture and their variations across Europe.


We invite papers, panels, performances, and contributions from a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and angles. Scholarly disciplines include but are not limited to art history, cultural studies, black studies, ethnography, geography, graffiti studies, literary studies, musicology, pedagogy, performance studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, and visual culture studies. Artistic contributions include performances, themed panels of any format, lecture-recitals, and philosophies which combine research and praxis (or practice-as-research).


Artistic and scholarly proposals engaging with European hip-hop’s elements (those based both in Europe and outside of it) should include a title, 250 word abstract of their contribution and short biographical sketch. This should be submitted to no later than 31 January 2019. We especially welcome papers that engage with less-academically-visible work, and from artists and practitioners from a wider variety of backgrounds. We hope to see you in Bristol!

About the Network

The European HipHop Studies Network was founded in Dortmund in March 2018. It aims at fostering exchange and cooperation between artists, practitioners, scholars, educators, policy makers, and the wider public in, across, and on Europe. The network is dedicated to promoting research on hip-hop culture(s) in, on, and about Europe and to creating respect for it in its respective communities as well as among cultural and political authorities. Based on hip-hop’s principles of respect, openness, and mutual understanding, the network’s idea of “Europe” refers to the continent and its people including its transnational and postcolonial histories and trajectories. It is inclusive in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, age, geographical origin, and ability.

Network Organizing Committee:

Séverin Guillard (University Paris Est Créteil)

Sergey Ivanov (aka Grand PaP) (DA EXIT NGO)

James McNally (University of Bristol)

Sina Nitzsche (Ruhr University Bochum/TU Dortmund University)

J. Griffith Rollefson (University College Cork)

Venla Sykäri (University of Helsinki)

Justin Williams (University of Bristol)


Justin Williams:


Network Website:


Network Facebook:

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CfP: Artifact: Journal of Design Practice

Call For Papers: 
Artifact: Journal of Design Practice

For the full call, click here >>

**Please note the extended deadline is 1 January 2019

Aims & Scope:
Artifact: Journal of Design Practice is an Open Access, scholarly peer-reviewed journal that publishes doubleblind peer-reviewed design research broadly concerned with examining the nature of, developments in, and understandings of design practices.
For the upcoming journal issue, we invite manuscripts that may engage with any of the following themes (but not limited to): 
  • Theoretical and conceptual perspectives on the nature of current and future design practice.
  • Theoretical and empirical inquiries into the nature and understandings of contemporary design practices. 
  • Dimensions of design practice vis-à-vis design knowledge. 
  • The role of design practice in driving and shaping entrepreneurial processes and/or strategies.
  • The role of design practice in relation to societal or organizational change, innovation and value creation from a competitive, financial, social, and/or sustainability perspective. 
Broad questions that may be considered in this regard are: 
  • Is it possible to limit domain-specific bodies of professional knowledge and authorized procedures of design? 
  • What are the roles of classical design disciplines such as craft-based design, graphic design, industrial design, etc. in relation to the growing interest in the concept of ‘design thinking’?
Prospective authors should ensure their papers follow the Artifact: Journal of Design Practice author guidelines – Download the full Notes for Contributors and the Intellect Style Guide. All submission must include a signed Open Access publishing agreement giving us your permission to publish your paper should it be accepted by our peer review panel. For questions or any additional information please contact the editors of Artifact: Journal of Design Practice.
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CfP: Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Call for Papers for Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Special Issue: Fashion, Photography and the Erotic 
Guest Editors: Ali Khan, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, School of the Arts
Fashion and photography have for long influenced how we look at sexuality. From the iconic and sexually charged advertisements of Calvin Klein and Benetton in the 1980s, to the heroin chic movement of the 1990s, the connection between fashion, photography and sexuality has been ever present. Recently the rise in popularity of the ‘fashion film’ as well as a growing trend for collaborations and crossovers by photographers, designers and artists have brought new dimensions to this subject matter, further blurring the lines between fashion, fine art and pornography.
Whether perceived as distasteful, shocking, interesting, or thought provoking, it has nonetheless continued to be a highly relevant and influential reflection of the societal issues. This special issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is aimed at all aspects of fashion and photography as they relate to contemporary sexuality, as well as their intersections with film, music videos and social media. The call is open to written manuscripts as well as visual art that fall within the category. All topics will be double-blind peer-reviewed. 
Potential topics include:
  • Exploring the erotic from the lens of fashion photography 
  • Construction of sexual identify through fashion and photography
  • Influencing trends and mainstream style
  • LGBTQ and contemporary fashion photography
  • Rise of gender-fluidity and androgyny with fashion media
  • Relations between fashion film and the social media
  • The female gaze as redefining contemporary sexuality
  • Intersection and crossover between fashion, photography and porn • Fetishism and fashion photography
  • Fashion photography as social and political commentary • Submission, homoeroticism and gender role reversal in fashion 
Manuscripts and abstracts should be submitted by 1 December 2018 to Ali Khan at: 
Questions should be send to Principal Editor, Joseph H. Hancock, II at: 
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Film Matters 9.1 is now available

Intellect is happy to announce that the newly designed Film Matters is available! For the full bumper list of articles, click here >>

  • In Memoriam: Hannah Frank, 1984–2017
  • Warped Space Time: Exploiting Schematic Assumptions in Ritual in Transfigured Time
  • “We’re Just Cinema Thugs”: A Documentary Critique on Cultural Exploitation
  • Mental Illness and the Monstrous Mother: A Comparison of Representation in The Babadook and Lights Out
  • What Makes HAL 9000 a Character in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
  • I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: Positive Female Representation in the Ghostbusters (2016) Remake
  • 2017 New Directors/New Films Festival Review Dossier: Introduction
  • Autumn, Autumn (2016)
  • Documenting Fantasy and Disability
  • Happiness University: The Strange, the Mundane, and the Sensuous
  • Lady Macbeth (2016)
  • The Last of Us (2016)
  • Pendular: Screen Space
  • A Tour de France in Four Days
  • Global Cinema, For Western Eyes
  • Analyzing High-Fidelity Thematic Elements of the World of Stalker: From the Tarkovsky Film to the GSC Game World Video Game
  • We’ll Teach Them Tricks: Reinstating Normative Hybrid Futures in Alien: Resurrection
  • Empty Space: The Depersonalization of the Future in 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The “I” in AI: Emotional Intelligence and Identity in Ex Machina
  • The Fantasy of Star Wars: Reconsidering Genre in Hollywood’s Biggest Space Movie
  • The Science of Star Wars: The Scientific Facts Behind the Force, Space Travel, and More!
  • Mars in the Movies: A History
  • Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
  • Exploring Science Through Science Fiction
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The Poster 5.1 is now available

Intellect is delighted to announce that The Poster 5.1 is now available! For more information about the issue, click here >>

  • Editorial
  • Linear or digital, they are, however, lies: Fake news in a Nazi newspaper and on today’s social media
  • The mediated arena: Re-image-ining the epideictic in the digital age
  • Libtard gungrabbers and #PewPewLife: Multiple realities in a political issue-centric forum
  • Gettysburg Inc.: The use and abuse of an historical icon
  • Public relations, post-truth society and Trump’s alarming political triumph


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Drama Therapy Review 4.2 is now available

Intellect is delighted to announce that Drama Therapy Review 4.2 is now available! For more information about the issue, click here >>


  • How to do things with words (and bodies) in drama therapy
  • Intersecting modes of aesthetic distance and mimetic induction in therapeutic process: Examining a drama-based treatment for military-related traumatic stress
  • Translating drama therapy: Reflections on clinical practice with complex trauma
  • Drama therapy and the invisible realm
  • Drama therapy as peer practice: Thirteen years of sharing and witnessing psolodrama
  • Individuals’ experiences of Insight Improvisation in Korea: Self-discovery, challenges and breakthroughs
  • Unapologetically black: Seven questions and poems that explore how race performs in clinical practice
  • Political openings in Developmental Transformations: Performing an ambivalent love letter
  • The Fear Project
  • Themes of career advancement among North American drama therapists: A secondary qualitative analysis
  • The Birds: A writer learns from therapeutic theatre
  • Till the soil: A clinical commentary on finding metaphor and meaning in the ecotone of therapeutic gardening and drama therapy
  • The wisdom of Gaye Doner-Tudanger: Therapeutic theatre and love
Performance Review

Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, Paul Lucas, Cambridge MA, USA (2017)

Book Review

The Self in Performance: Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theatre, Susana Pendzik, Renee Emunah and David R. Johnson (eds) (2016)
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European Journal of American Culture 37.3 is now available

Intellect is pleased to announce that the European Journal of American Culture 37.3 is now available! For more information about the issue, click here >>



The mischievous, multifarious machinations of trickster Trump

The shifting cinematic portrayal of managers in the United States post-2008

Paul Auster’s Oracle Night: The writing of a literary space

Preservation Park and themescape economics in Oakland, California 

Book Reviews

  • Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television, Brian Baker (2015)
  • Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species, Ursula K. Heise (2016)
  • Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway (2016)
  • The War on Sex, David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe (eds) (2017)
  • The Hollywood War Film: Critical Observations from World War I to Iraq, Daniel Binns (2017)
  • The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960–2000, Christian B. Long (2017)
  • Moby-Dick and Melville’s Anti-Slavery Allegory, Brian R. Pellar (2017)
  • Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion, Monica Carol Miller (2017)
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