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Call for New Editorial Assistant for EJPC!

Call for new editorial assistant for Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication: https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journ…/view-Journal,id=163/

EJPC is seeking a new editorial assistant to join the team.

Please direct any queries to Principal Editor Johan Siebers (j.siebers@mdx.ac.uk) and Executive Editor Carlos Roos (fundanatura@gmail.com)

Empedocles is now also on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/empedocles/

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Special Issue of AJPC 7.1 – GLAM

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture is now available.


This Special Issue of AJPC focuses on popular culture across galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) with a focus on Australia.


Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Looking in on a special collection: Science fiction fanzines at Murdoch University Library

Authors: Jessie Lymn

Page Start: 23


The material remains of subcultural communities – in this case, fanzines – often present challenges in definition, classification and materiality, and this makes them valuable primary texts and source material for new knowledges and teaching. In this article, Lymn presents an argument for the sustained collection of science fiction fanzines within a university Special Collection, drawing on examples from the Murdoch University Library’s significant twentieth-century science fiction fanzine collection. Highlights include consideration of the records of everyday life that feature in the fanzines and the networked communities science fiction fanzines created through postal systems and other exchanges. The article argues that it is the form, content and networks of fanzines – what the author calls their ‘practices’ – that make them a unique site of research and of national historical significance, and an important part of a university’s special collection.


The curation of ancient Egypt in the twenty-first century: How should the present engage with the past?

Authors: Caroline Hubschmann

Page Start: 75


This article examines how museums and archaeologists present ancient Egypt to the public. For archaeology, the role of the museum is extremely significant as it is the most popular forum through which non-specialists interact with the discipline. But how often do archaeologists and Egyptologists consider the manner in which the public consumes antiquity? There is a persistent and continuing tension to develop a balance between the popular and accurate notions of ancient Egypt. Museums are a voice of authority and legitimacy; when ancient Egypt is exhibited and interpreted it must satisfy the curious fascination, while also allowing for the development of archaeological literacy. The former ensures people will visit the exhibition while the latter allows them to understand the content on a contextual and cultural level. Archaeologists must care how their discipline is perceived so that the audience can comprehend the fruits of the labour beyond that which is popularly ‘known’. The contemporary and future role of museology and Egyptian antiquities will also be discussed concerning the risk heritage places face in a world beset by conflict.


Souveniring paradise: Popular culture and creative identity at the Gold Coast

Authors: Virginia Rigney

Page Start: 169


This article reflects on the intersections between popular culture and contemporary art through the prism of curatorial and artistic practice presented within one small museum institution – Gold Coast City Gallery in Queensland, Australia. The purpose is to share the importance of the kinds of understandings that artists brought to the contemporary culture of the city and the way in which the museum, through collections, programmes and placing this work in critical dialogue with the community, sought to value a reading of popular culture for what it revealed about the city’s history and to make a contribution towards the ongoing wrestling of its evolving identity.

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Fashion, Style & Popular Culture in Scopus!

Intellect is delighted to announce that Fashion, Style & Popular Culture has been accepted for inclusion in Scopus.


Reviewers praise for the title:

 

‘This is a strong and established journal publishing important material in the research field. It impresses from the editorial policy and the homepage to the production schedule and online access. Citations are fairly high, underlying its importance to scholars. As such, it merits inclusion in Scopus.’

 

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Call For Papers: DRTP 3:2 | Special Issue

 

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CFP: Short Film Studies 9.2

Aims and Scopes

SFS is peer-reviewed journal designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives.


The works that will be singled out for close study in Short Film Studies 9.2 are The Goodbye (El Adiós) (Clare Roquet, Spain, 2015, 14 min 55 sec) and Haunted Memory – The Cinema of Victor Erice(Adrian Martin and Christina Álvarez López, Spain, 2016, 13 min).


Article Submissions


SFS invites all students of the short film – including researchers, teachers and film-makers – to contribute to Short Film Studies 9.2. Each article should focus on either of the two works mentioned above and should not exceed 1500 words. Any aspect of the selected work may be chosen for study, including interpretive issues, dramaturgy, camera work, editing style, sound, closure, etc. Preference will be given to submissions which explore the premises of the film itself instead of taking the postulates of a particular theoretician as their principal focus and submissions should be conceived as analyses rather than reviews of the films. Potential contributors should begin by sending a max. 50-word abstract to the editor, Richard Raskin at shortfilmstudies@raskin.dk. A prompt response will follow, regarding the suitability of the proposed contribution and authors encouraged to proceed with their articles will be given submission guidelines that include a link to a shot-by-shot breakdown of the selected film.


The deadline for submitting completed articles for peer-review is 1 September 2018.


For more information about this Call for Papers including how to submit, please click here.

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Digital Echoes Symposium 2018
Coventry University

Call for Proposals: Digital Echoes Symposium 2018
Reflections off the Future
Date: 23 April 2018

As an acoustic phenomenon, an echo is a reflection of sound off a surface. The time it takes to reach this surface and return is proportional to the distance between the sound source and the surface. Digital Echoes began in 2011 engaging with reflections off the surfaces of the past, in the form of artistic responses to two digital dance archives. For Digital Echoes 2018, we invite contributions that reflect off the surfaces of the future. As the question “Where are we now?” was the starting point for the Dance Fields symposium at Roehampton in April 2017, we propose for Digital Echoes 2018 to ask, “Where are we going?” Therefore, for Digital Echoes 2018 we ask you to let your imaginations run free, to dream up how this future echo might appear. We make this proposal in the wake of the publicity surrounding Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015) and inspired by the concept of Future Studies, an interdisciplinary field not without its controversies (is it or is it not a field?). What interests us is the possibility of a certain rigor: the study and analysis of patterns of the past and present to explore “sustainable futures”.
In 2018, we are also going against the historical digital grain of the symposium (see Summary below), and encouraging contributions from a broader range of perspectives whether they consider themselves to be analogue, beyond- or Post-digital. It is up to you how far in the future you wish to travel, but just in case you get the impression this call is open for ‘anything’, we provide the following list of keywords: collective choreography, other bodies, touch and stillness, new materialism, immersive experience, what remains, inclusivity, forgetting, dance in museums, annotation practice, dance valuation, rethinking archives, trauma and the somatic, screen bodies, collecting societies, ownership and intangible Heritage. Presenters should aim to integrate concepts based on one or more of these keywords into their proposals.


SUMMARY OF PAST DIGITAL ECHOES

 

For the first Digital Echoes 2011 two artists, Oliver Scott and Efrosini Protopapa, were invited to use the digital dance archives (see Footnote 1) as a source for an artistic response. In 2012, Digital Echoes again took the digital dance archive as a key point of departure and connections were made between the archive and other digital cultural resources, and in 2014 the discussions turned to a wider consideration of the implications of digitization on openness and new models of access. In 2015, the symposium featured discussions and debate inspired by two large-scale European projects exploring how digital environments impact cultural heritage. The 2016 symposium called for a critical review of the impact of participation, “one of the most prominent legacies of the digital,” on how we imagine our future. In 2017, Digital Echoes took “dance digitization” as an opportunity to ask fundamental questions about dance “as we know it” in the time of networked computational media.

 

FORMAT FOR SUBMISSIONS

Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Proposals for roundtables, demonstrations and other non-standard presentations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

In your proposal please include the following:

Names of presenters and organisational/institutional affiliation(s)

Technical, space and duration requirements

Biography (max 100 words)

Title and type of submission (panel, poster, performance, etc.)

500 word abstract/description Bibliography (optional)

The deadline for submission of proposals is January 25th, 2018

Proposals should be emailed to researchadmin.ad@coventry.ac.uk

Registration for the event will cost £10/£20/£30 (internal/unwaged or student/standard) Organising committee: Prof. Scott deLahunta, Dr. Hetty Blades, Dr. Simon Ellis, Rosa Cisneros and Lily Hayward-Smith.

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Virtual Creativity 7.2 – special issue

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Virtual Creativity is now available.


This special issue of VCR gathers articles, art projects and visual essays, presented at ISEA2017 held in Manizales, Columbia, between 11 and 18 June 2017.


Articles within this issue include (partial list):


On space curves as a substrate for audio-visual composition

Authors: Lance Putnam

Page Start: 93


Technology has long provided artists with new tools and materials to inform or drive the concept, production and/or communication of their artworks. With the advent of computers, artists have an unprecedented degree of access to a vast realm of mathematical structures to use towards the production of artefacts. Harmonic space curves are a basic, yet rich virtual material for construction of audio-visual works that are noteworthy for their persistence across a diverse range of technologies. This is evidenced by a brief foray into mechanical, electronic and digital systems that produce space curves and the author’s own successes in utilizing space curves as a substrate for audio-visual synthesis and composition.


Avatar life-review: Virtual bodies in a dramatic paradox

Authors: Semi Ryu

Page Start: 121


This article will examine ongoing avatar life-review projects, in the light of drama therapy concepts and methods, exploring a hybrid model of avatar/drama therapy in a virtually mediated environment. The avatar life-review platform will incorporate techniques/methods of drama therapy and psychodrama such as role playing, role-reversal, doubling and mirroring as a hybrid therapeutic model between VR and theatre. It will address multiple states of self in dramatic paradox, especially for people with traumatic memories, disabilities, memory loss or mental health complications.


White Cart Loom

Authors: Vicky Isley and Paul Smith

Page Start: 147


British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith (collectively known as boredomresearch) were commissioned in 2016 by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to produce a new digital artwork with the aim of supporting Paisley’s bid to be City of Culture 2021. The commission was co-funded by UWS and Renfrewshire Council, Scotland. The resulting artwork titled White Cart Loom weaves a narrative combining Paisley’s rich industrial past with current scientific and ecological work, fighting to save a rare organism from extinction.

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International Journal of Islamic Architecture 7.1 is out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture is now available.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

Reordering nature: Power politics in the Mughal shikargah

Authors: Shaha Parpia

Page Start: 39

 

The Mughal shikargah (hunting ground) defies conventional spatial and functional definitions. Although fragmentary, references to the imperial shikargah in Indo- Mughal literature, memoirs, biographies, gazetteers, and documents suggest that the typology of the shikargah cannot be reduced simply to one form of natural terrain; nor was hunting game its sole purpose. The shikargah was conceptualized to accommodate multifarious functions. Whether areas of wilderness or dedicated preserves, the spaces used for hunting were transformed into public arenas in which the emperors could enact the hunt. In addition, other alterations to the natural environment enabled the occurrence of courtly activities. As the stage for imperial ceremonials and for the meting out of justice, or as sites of encampment and halting during royal inspection tours, the shikargah was inextricably linked to the administration and bureaucracy of the Mughal Empire. The hunt was also a pretext to mobilize armies for reconnaissance and intimidation of restive provinces, during which the shikargah became a venue for military training and armed intervention. Using the framework of the hunt to interpret natural landscapes, this article aims to examine the physical and political processes of modification underlying the Mughal shikargah, those that carried with them semiotics of political power and control.

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CFP for DRTP 3.2

 

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Special issue: Book 2.0 7.2 out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Book 2.0  is now available.

 

For more information about this issue please click here.

 

This special edition of Book 2.0 is for Jack Zipe’s 80th birthday. Jack is series editor for the Princeton University Press series: Oddly Modern Fairy Tales. The selection of essays, stories and poems within BTWO 7.2 represent a tiny fraction of the many colleagues and friends who have benefitted from Jack’s generous support and advice throughout his long career as a teacher, storyteller and academic.


Content within this issue includes (partial list):


Introduction

To Jack Zipes

Authors: Philip Pullman

Page State: 123–125


Articles

Utopia as method in children’s literature research

Authors: Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak

Page Start: 137–144


Luzel’s ghosts: The unfinished business of translating folk tales for performance

Authors: Michael Wilson

Page Start: 159–168


Stories

The days of the wolf trial

Authors: Hamish Fyfe

Page Start: 209–213


Autumn Princess

Authors: Sara Maitland

Page Start: 215–219


Artworks

Josephine Birch and John Williams

Page Start: 221–227


Oliver St Clair Terry and Holly Akrill

Page Start: 237–243


Poetry

Song of the Fens

Authors: Mick Gowar

Page Start: 229–231


The Magician Claimants: Seahenge 1998

Authors: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Page Start: 233–235


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