Philosophy of Photography: The Warburg Haus: Apparatus, Inscription, Data, Speculation, (special double issue), Volume 8. 1&2, 2017.

Guest editors: Mick Finch and Martin Westwood

This special issue of Philosophy of Photography contains 15 articles relating the work and the heritage of Aby Warburg and, in particular, the apparatus of his library to the present. The articles collected here were first delivered to an international colloquium held on 29-30 June 2016 at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg. The aim of this event was to reconsider Warburg’s celebrated institution as a form of machinery that not only orchestrated his research practice but that also promises to inform our understanding of the digital, of images in general and their modes of temporal inscription.

Articles within this issue include: ‘Hades as an accumulation of tertiary retentions, by Bernard Stiegler, ‘‘The technical apparatus of the Warburg Haus: Possible returns from oblivion’ by Mark Finch and ‘‘Anna Piaggi, Aby Warburg and the Judgement of Paris, 2011’, by Judith Clark.,id=3375/

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Interview with Camilla Reestorff author of Culture War

We asked Camilla a few questions about her recently published book Culture War: Affective Politics, Tepid Nationalism and Art Activism

Could you describe this book in a few words?

a. This book concerns art activists and politicians’ use of affective cultural politics in their negotiation of the national symbolic in the Danish culture war.

2. Were there any challenges you face whilst writing this title?

a. The difficulty of writing on culture wars is that the topic develops rapidly. Immigration policies are, for instance, strengthened and the emphasis on national identity and borders is amplified – not only in Denmark, but also in other European countries, the US and Australia. Due to the rapid development the challenge is to keep up with the continuous changes in the culture wars.

b. Another difficulty of writing on culture wars is that they are not limited to the traditional institutional political system. This is a challenge because it requires an understanding not only of the different kinds of participants that make up culture wars, but also their mediatized practices. This is also a challenge because it requires a transdisciplinary approach.

c. After I submitted the book the so-called “refugee crisis” caused by the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria resulted in further restrictions in the Danish immigration policies and in a border control that challenged the Schengen Agreement. I felt that it was necessary to reflect this development in the book and luckily Intellect agreed and allowed me to add an extra chapter. This made it possible to investigate how both tepid nationalism and art activism influence the ways in which the refugee crisis is articulated on social media.

3. How did you first become interested in culture war and art activism?

a. My interest in culture war and art activism began quite early. When I was a student in primary school the teachers were always accused of left-wing indoctrination. Furthermore, my father was born in Germany and I was therefore often called ‘sausage-German’. This meant that I had an awareness of the ongoing struggle to define the national symbolic – for instance in terms of identity and curriculum.

Later, around the turn of the century, the Prime Minster launched his culture war against what he called “left-wing arbiters of taste” and the “Culture canon” was made to signify Danish culture and identity. Several of the artists on the culture canon protested. I was intrigued by the clashed between artists and politicians and began to study what happens when politicians use art and culture and how artists and art activist resists and protests certain national frameworks.

4. What did you enjoy most when writing this book?

a. Sometimes the study of politics and affect, especially on social media, can be exhausting because it often contains intense outburst of anger – especially when the topic is culture wars and issues of national identity and immigration. Nevertheless it is academically rewarding to find the logics that motivate political participation and affective intensifications. Furthermore, by writing this book I became aware of the multiple interpretations of the national symbolic and of the many different participants, including art activists, who in various ways engage in politics. Finally, at the end of the writing process, I was truly happy that many art activist agreed to represented in the books’ intermezzos and contribute to the book’s visual representation of art activism in the culture war.

5. How do you think this subject / research area will develop over the coming years?

a. The development of national and international politics will only contribute to intensify culture wars in Denmark and internationally. There is an increasing tendency, not only in Denmark, to understand citizenship, national identity and culture as tied to the non-immigrant population – a notion that is conflictual a world characterized by global connectivity. This will also lead to an increase in art activism that opposes specific policies and attempt to visualize and affectively intensify relations and communities that are not tied to the nation state.

b. The development of the subject area will most likely lead to an increase in research that studies new types of nationalism and the kind of affective cultural politics that this book has outlined. It is necessary to continue researching the importance of affective cultural politics in a political climate increasingly characterized by communication that concerns facts less than affects. Likewise research will have to come to terms with the multiple way in which art activism navigate counteract and utilize affective cultural politics.

For more information and to order Culture War please visit the book's page.


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CFP for the Journal of Science & Popular Culture 1.2 closing soon!

Submission deadline: 20th December 2017

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. The Journal of Science and Popular Culture - a new, peer-reviewed publication - aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. The first issue is available for free download and the second issue will be published early 2018.

Full articles of 6-8,000 words, shorter proposals and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil:

More info on CFP and how to submit:,id=250/view,page=2/

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Livestreaming the launch of Plays in Time at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York
Monday 11 December 2017

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents the launch of Karen Malpede's new book, Plays in Timelivestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at on Monday 11 December 2017 at 4:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco).

Join us to celebrate the launch of Karen Malpede’s new book, Plays in Time, honoring twenty-two years of Theater Three Collaborative.

The afternoon will feature the premiere public reading of Malpede’s new play, Other than We–a futuristic Climate-Fiction tragi-comedy for the Anthropocene age.

The evening will present excerpted readings from the anthology Plays in Time published by Intellect, 2017. Readings will include The Beekeeper’s Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, and Extreme Whether by Theater Three Collaborative actors and contributors to the book: Kathleen Chalfant, Christen Clifford, Najla Said, and George Bartenieff.

Followed by a discussion about Theater Three Collaborative’s antiwar and ecojustice plays in the US and Europe with artists and scholars represented in the book. Panelists include theatre professors Marvin Carlson and Cindy Rosenthal, actor Kathleen Chalfant, and the theater’s founders–George Bartenieff, and Karen Malpede, moderated by Frank Hentschker. There will be live music by Arthur Rosen.

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Call for Papers! International Colloquium Philosophies of Communication: East and West
Date: 2 and 3 February 2018 Venue: School of English, The University of Hong Kong

For this international colloquium we welcome papers that explore aspects of language philosophy with a focus on the relation between Eastern and Western paradigms. Contributions can be historical, philosophical, literary, linguistic, or related to media/communication, but all in one way or another connected to the question if and how the intercultural perspective can be useful or informative for the study of language and communication in the broad sense. We plan to publish a number of papers presented at the colloquium in a 2018 special issue of the European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication (Intellect, Editor:Johan Siebers).

We invite you to submit your abstract (ca. 300 words) by the deadline of 15 December 2017.
Please send it to and

Adrian Pablé (University of Hong Kong)
Johan Siebers (Middlesex University)

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Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture 8.2-3 out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture is now available.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Are people more connective than political actions? Towards an empirical approach for action participants

Authors: Mostafa Shehata

Page Start: 115

The recent wave of Internet-based social movements in the Arab Spring countries and elsewhere has considerably changed the organizational structure of contentious action. One of the current and most significant theories that has handled this change is the logic of connective action, which distinguishes between two major types of contentious action: collective and connective. In the context of this theory, this article puts forward a new conception of political action participants and attempts to classify them along the categories of collective or connective. This conception, which consists of participants’ orientations and behaviours, is empirically examined through a survey conducted in Egypt on a representative sample of 527 respondents aged 18 to 35. The results show that the Egyptian political actions that occurred after the 2011 revolution were mostly connective actions, and the majority of the actions participants were connective individuals. In addition, a strong significant relationship was found between both actions and participants as collective or connective. This suggests that identifying the nature of action participants provides a mean to better understand the nature of actions themselves.

Media audiences and media consumption during political transitions: The case of Egypt

Authors: Nael Jebril and Matthew Loveless

Page Start: 151

This article examines the role of new media in countries in transition. Using original survey data from Egypt (2012), we examine individuals’ use of media to search for information following Egypt’s participation in the Arab Spring. There are two provocative findings. One, different media satisfy informational searches at local, regional and international levels. And two, the profiles of ‘new media’ users are the most distinct among all mediums, matching the participants in non-traditional forms of political participation, namely urban-living males with education and access to income. Thus, in contrast to the technological determinism of some optimistic ‘new media’ supporters, in countries with low access levels to connectivity, this may suggest an analytical shift from medium to user to better facilitate our understanding of the role of new media in countries in transition.

Male and female communication, leadership styles and the position of women in public relations

Authors: Ralph Tench, Martina Topić and Angeles Moreno

Page Start: 231

This article discusses results of the largest European survey among communication and public relations (PR) practitioners regarding the position of women in the industry. The survey was conducted online among communication and PR practitioners from 42 European countries. Using communication theories on differences in communication styles among men and women, we present and discuss results on managerial skills, differences in the communication styles and traditional views on differences between men and women in PR. The results suggest differences in communication styles among male and female practitioners, where women prefer non-personal communication methods while men prefer more personal forms of communication. The results thus go directly against data showing that women prefer intimacy and building relationships and against the frequently stated arguments for differentiated approaches to communication styles.

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Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice 2.2: Free article!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice has been released and its Editorial ‘Drawing craft’ by Adriana Ionascu has been made available to download for free. Please click here to access DRTP 2.2.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

In-corporeal diagrams: Drawing from dance to architecture

Authors: Renée Charron

Page Start: 227

This article is one of the offsprings of an ongoing enquiry that set out to revisit drawing’s role in architecture, by weaving a field of relations between pedagogical and epistemological theories of dance, drawing and architecture. The theories situate the affective/haptic kinaesthetic body at the centre of all in-corporeal experience, perception and conception. This article examines drawing’s potential to revive the body in architectural practices, by unveiling forces and processes that compose bodies and intertwine with the corporeality of architecture. It establishes drawing as a form of dance capable of inscribing the kinaesthetic vitality of the body into architecture. It examines architect Frank Gehry’s sketches as dynamic tracings of embodied gestures and bodily logos that mediate body and environment, interior and exterior.

From drawing to silver: Translating sixteenth-century designs

Authors: Samantha Niederman

Page Start: 261

This article examines the relationship between drawing and design for sixteenth-century silver objects as a process of translation from two-dimensional objects into complex three-dimensional forms. The works of Albrecht Dürer and Wenzel Jamnitzer will serve as protagonists, since Dürer was particularly known for his masterful skills in drawing, while Jamnitzer excelled in both drawing and goldsmithing. Drawing as an artistic endeavour has been overshadowed in the literature of the goldsmithing process, despite its significant value to sixteenth-century metalworkers. Drawn designs of sixteenth-century objects such as those by Dürer were collected as prized possessions, but many were also discarded or re-worked as fashions changed throughout the centuries. Drawings for silver objects by both Dürer and Jamnitzer epitomize the meaningful role of this medium on the craft of goldsmithing.

The affirmation of social class in the drawings of Sally Taylor

Authors: Vanessa Corby

Page Start: 363

The drawings of British artist Sally Taylor (1977) are composed of heads of various descriptions; blockheads, confused heads, hysterical heads, heads with mouths and heads without, heads full of menace and heads full of glee. The pressure of these recurring motifs, which emerge from as many as 200 drawings a day, mark out Taylor’s practice as an active negotiation of repetition and difference. Norman Bryson famously characterized drawing as an act that resists the finality of the image to instead suspend a moment of ‘becoming’ (Bryson 2010: 150). The nuanced consistency of Taylor’s prolific output exemplifies Bryson’s understanding of the medium. What interests me here, however, are the performative aesthetic and material operations that make these drawings call to one another and their audience. The aim of this article is to consider the inextricable relationship between form and content in the works Taylor exhibited in That Head That Head at the Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire (26 September – 29 October 2016). To do so, Corby argues, is to situate their aesthetic as a negotiation and transformation of the social politics of making art in the Great Britain at the beginning in the twenty-first century.

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Building Visions, Making Connections
Diverse Perspectives on World Expo and Creative Design


The Intellect China Library Series has been having exciting conversations with Shanghai University and Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts about potential collaborations on a recent symposium that they have co-organized, under the theme of "Building Visions, Making Conenctions". The symposim's discussions on creative design in relation to World Expo will align perfectly with Intellect’s existing publishing portfolio. Here is a report of the symposium written by their representatives.


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Transforming Design, Production and Consumption for a Circular Economy Hosted by the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, University of South Australia, Adelaide, September 20-23, 2018

[Conference website will be live from November 30, 2017]


Over the last two decades, much effort has gone into developing strategies to reduce waste and emissions in products, systems and the urban environment. Accelerating rates of consumption and discard, however, continue to undermine many of these larger efforts. It is clear that we need new systems-based approaches to reduce rising levels of resource consumption and energy use in order to implement a more equitable and environmentally sustainable society and economy. Building upon the experience of our first conference, Unmaking Waste: Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place (May 2015), Unmaking Waste 2018 will address the following themes from a similarly multidisciplinary perspective:

1. Eco-Design and Development:

Designing and managing objects, buildings, precincts and systems to reduce resource and energy use, and increase environmental and human wellbeing.

2. Sustainable Consumption:

Transforming consumption and service provision, including marketing, to better suit a resource-constrained, environmentally challenged world.

3. Waste Minimization:

Reducing waste and pollution at all scales, in all domains and activities, and transforming waste and pollution into states of greater value for reuse.

4. Circular Economy:

Optimizing social, material and economic relations to further the goals of the Circular Economy, including product and environment life-extension, reuse and repair.

Call for Abstracts (Deadline: December 15, 2017)

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, and address the purpose, methods, and implications of the work to be presented. They should include a proposed title, and nominate one or more of the above themes that seem most relevant to the subject. All abstracts, conference presentations and full papers must be in English. Abstracts must be received no later than 5pm, December 15, 2017. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and all submissions will receive a written response with feedback from the Conference Organising Committee by February 2nd, 2018. The authors of successful abstracts will then be invited to submit their full papers for review by May 4th, 2018.

Full papers will be double-blind peer reviewed, and returned to their authors for revision before June 8th, 2018. Papers that are accepted, or accepted pending revision, will have until July 30th 2018, for completion. The full accepted, corrected papers will be published online in time for the conference. It is anticipated that a selection of these papers will be published in an edited book or special issue of a journal. More details on this will be available on the conference website when they come to hand.

Please send titles, abstracts, with nominated theme(s) and a separate short author bio in a word file to no later than December 15th, 2017.


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Drama Therapy Review: New Call for Papers

DTR Call for Papers for General Issue 4.2 


Submission deadline: 1 February 2018


Drama Therapy Review (DTR) welcomes research about the therapeutic uses of drama and performance in health, educational, community, organizational, and theatre contexts. 



DTR Call for Papers for Special Issue 5.1: Drama Therapy in Schools


Submission deadline: 1 August 2018


Guest Co-Editors: Jason Frydman and Christine Mayor

Principal Editor: Nisha Sajnani


This special issue of Drama Therapy Review seeks research on the impact of drama therapy across a variety of educational settings. Drama therapists have a long history of working in schools where their work has been valued as a unique method of identifying individual strengths and challenges, promoting positive socialization, complementing learning, increasing emotional regulation skills and student retention, supporting school climate, and improving academic performance. However, it remains important to demonstrate the efficacy of drama therapy in schools.


With this in mind, we invite contributions that offer evidence of the impact of drama therapy across traditional K-12 settings, preschools, university/college venues, and specialized schools. Contributors are encouraged to conceptualize how drama therapy services support site specific ecologies, promote student and/or faculty wellness, facilitate systems integration within and outside of the school, and contribute to educational requirements. While articles articulating theory or methods are welcome, we encourage articles that apply theory into practice and that are supported by quantitative and/or qualitative evidence.


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


Download the DTR Notes for Contributors here.


Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication.

Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.


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