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Special issue of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 - now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 is now available. 

 

This special issue of JICMS is dedicated to ‘Italian Horror Cinema’. In both fan culture and the academy (which are frequently connected), Italian horror films have been singled out for their alleged transgressions, and the challenges they arguably pose to various ‘norms’, ‘whether these be aesthetic norms of commercial mainstream cinema film-making or broader social and ideological norms’ (Hutchings 2003: 132). This special issue seeks to engage with this developing trend, as an outlet for such trans-disciplinary research: sitting within the concerns of both Film Studies and Italian Studies, while embracing the exigencies of historically informed nuance.

 

For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com

 

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

All the colours of the dark: Film genre and the Italian giallo

Authors: Alexia Kannas

Page Start: 173

 

Recent scholarship on the giallo film – and Italian horror more broadly – has emphasised the use of the Italian term filone (‘thread’ or ‘streamlet’) instead of ‘genre’ to describe the particular production contexts of Italian genre film in the post-war period. This article considers how and why the giallo problematizes film genre as it is traditionally conceived, and argues that the giallo film is uniquely positioned to pose fundamental questions about genre as a theoretical system, as well as to question the task of genre criticism itself. Through an examination of historical approaches to film genre via the giallo case study, the article shows how this group of films debunks theories of generic evolution and complicates the notion of generic hybridity. Whilst challenging the cultural hegemony of Hollywood, framing the giallo as a genre demands a radical conceptualisation of genre systems that more readily accommodates their propensity to shift and change over time.

 

A comparative analysis of the factors driving film cycles: Italian and American zombie film production, 1978-82

Authors: Todd K. Platts

Page Start: 191

 

This study shines light on the general factors involved in film cycle development and non-development through a focus on Dawn of the Dead’s (Romero, 1978/79) influence in the Italian and US film markets. Four factors, commercial success, sociopolitical events and broader social currents, supporting cultural phenomena and ephemera, and industrial compatibility, are comparatively assessed with respect to the Italian zombie cycle from 1978 to 1981 and the lack of an American cycle from the same period. The comparative approach advanced in the article properly historicises the development of zombie cinema after one of its landmark films. Moreover, while the approach is applied to late 1970s/early 1980s zombie cinema, it offers a general analytic for future film cycle scholarship.

 

Streaming Italian horror cinema in the United Kingdom: Lovefilm Instant

Authors: Stefano Baschiera

Page Start: 245

 

This article investigates the distribution of Italian horror cinema in the age of video streaming, analysing its presence and categorisation on the platform Lovefilm Instant UK, in order to investigate the importance of ‘niche’ in what is known as the long tail of online distribution and the online availability of exploitation films. The author argues that looking at the streaming presence of Italian horror and comparing it to its prior distribution on home video formats (in particular VHS and DVD) we can grasp how distribution and access have shaped the understanding of the genre. In particular, this article addresses the question of the categorisation of the films made by the S-VOD services and the limits of streaming distribution, such as lack of persistency in availability and the need for enhanced curatorship.

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Open Call for Undergraduate Videographic Film Scholarship

Film Matters is seeking critical video essays made by undergraduate film scholars for its first issue of videographic film scholarship. 

 

For more information about Film Matters, please click here.

 

Please email links to videos, with written statements attached as Microsoft Word documents, to: VideographicFM@gmail.com

 

All questions should be referred to Allison de Fren and Adam Hart at VideographicFM@gmail.com

 

Calls for video essays are open to any undergraduate student, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning worldwide and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Recent graduates are also eligible, providing they submit to a call, the deadline for which occurs within six months from their graduation date (or up to a year, providing that the recent graduate is not enrolled in graduate school). Any original piece of videographic scholarship, involving film criticism, history, or theory will be considered for publication. By submitting a video for a call, authors are certifying that: (1) they are undergraduate students, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning and working toward a Bachelor’s degree (or they are recent graduates of twelve months or less from the date of the call deadline, providing they are not enrolled in graduate school); and (2) their submitted videos are original pieces of scholarship, authored solely by them, and have not been published in any form, in any publication, heretofore.

 

Submissions must include two components: (1) a video essay of 3-8 minutes, uploaded to Vimeo. Note: please make your video essay private and include your link and chosen password on the cover sheet (see below); and, (2) an accompanying written statement (saved as a Microsoft Word document) of 1000 words maximum that explains the maker’s intentions. (NOTE: this should not simply be a transcript.) 

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CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture

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. 

 

Working with a distinguished international board, the Journal of Science and Popular Culture - a new, peer-reviewed academic publication - aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. Contributions from academics, scientists, communicators, industry professionals, practitioners, and others with an interest in the interface of science and culture are now invited. The first issue will be published October 2017 with ongoing publication starting 2018.  Submissions for the first issue must be received by April 30.

 

For more information about JSPC and its board, click here.

 

Full articles of 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references and other material), shorter proposals, and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil: drstevengil@gmail.com

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CFP: Choreographic Practices: Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis

CFP: Choreographic Practices: Performing Ecologies in a World in Crisis

Submission deadline: July 1st 2017

 

Guest Editors: Sondra Fraleigh and Robert Bingham

 

This issue is dedicated to exploring questions that connect dance and performance to a global context of environmental crisis. We invite submissions that consider how the choreographic, broadly conceived, interrogates and illuminates the nature of environmental crisis, explores the relationship of human and other-than-human world, and/or charts pathways towards a more sustainable and equitable future. In light of a growing sense of urgency around the need to change dominant patterns of thinking and practice in relation to planetary resources, we invite, in particular, submissions taking intellectual and aesthetic risks that push authors and readers alike to consider anew our place in the world as humans. We do not set limits on how environmental crisis is defined, welcoming submissions that connect dance and choreography to contexts of global warming, climate change, Anthropocene, species extinction, environmental justice, colonialism or other frameworks that focus on specific local or global crises and histories. We also welcome proposals that critique the notion of environmental crisis and its urgency. In keeping with the aesthetic and intellectual ethos of Choreographic Practices, we invite diverse perspectives taking the form of critical essays, creative documentation, blogs in print, visual essays, dialogues, interviews and debate. We encourage submissions in both conventional and alternative modes of writing, including performative and visual essays.

 

CP is seeking a broad range of perspectives addressing dance practices in relation to environmental crisis. Possible areas of focus in this respect include: 

 

• Aesthetics of environmental crisis in dance and performance 

• Animal studies and the human animal in dance 

• Cultural studies, crisis, and dance 

• Dance and performance in the Anthropocene 

• Dance and somatic pedagogies in the Anthropocene

• Dance, spirituality and ecology 

• Dance, capitalism, and crisis 

• Eco-criticism and dance 

• Ecological frameworks for dance and performance 

• Eco-psychology and dance 

• Eco-somatics 

• Environmental dance 

• Movement arts and environmental humanities 

• Site-specific dance and the environment 

• Somatic psychology, dance and ecology

 

This special issue is due to be published in Spring 2018. Please submit completed contribution by July 1, 2017 to ChoreographicPractices@live.co.uk

 

If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Sondra Fraleigh or Robert Bingham (guest editors for this special issue): eastwest@q.com or robertkbingham@gmail.com

 

Click here to download the call for papers and submission guidelines.

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Indian Theatre Journal 1.1 - out soon!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the Indian Theatre Journal will soon be joining our Performing Arts journals.

 

ITJ is the first academic and international journal dedicated to Indian theatre. This journal aims to create an international platform for scholars, critics, playwrights, actors and directors of Indian theatre to present their work through cutting-edge research and innovative performance practice. Indian Theatre Journal will publish a wide range of approaches to various aspects of contemporary Indian theatre: scholarly essays, plays, production reviews, interviews and other important events Indian theatre.

 

In anticipation of its release, here’s a sneak peak of an abstract article from the first issue!

 

‘Own Practice’ section – Performance, revelation and resistance: Interweaving the artistic and the therapeutic in devised theatre

Authors: Maitri Gopalakrishna and Shabari Rao

 

This article describes the process that led to the creation of Positively Shameless, a devised theatre performance that explores emotional and physical residues of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in five adult women in Bangalore, India. The article touches upon the interplay between the therapeutic and artistic perspectives of theatre making and challenges the widely held dichotomy between applied and pure theatre. It also explains the principles that guided the process, with illustrative examples taken from the devising stage and the final piece. 

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Inaugural issue of Journal of Popular Music Education - now available!

Intellect is thrilled to announce the inaugural issue of Journal of Popular Music Education is now available.

 

JPME 1.1 is available to download for free from http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jpme

 

If you wish to find out more about the journal including how to subscribe, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com

 

The Journal of Popular Music Education was born out of a desire to provide a home for scholarship in and around popular music education. The journal was perceived in part as a response to what the editors perceived as the ongoing balkanization of scholarship in music and education, seeking not further to divide, but rather to acknowledge, negotiate and traverse partition. The editors aim to curate a journal that draws together writing on practical, theoretical, philosophical, empirical and interdisciplinary approaches to research around popular music education. 

 

Articles in this issue include (partial list):

 

(Un)popular music and young audiences: Exploring the classical chamber music concert from the perspective of young adult listeners

Authors: Lucy K. Dearn and Stephanie E. Pitts

Page Start: 43

 

This empirical study explores the responses of 40 young people to a chamber music concert, considering how their greater experience of popular music listening formed a frame of reference for their responses to live classical music. Using qualitative methods including the ‘Write-Draw’ technique to investigate the young people’s responses before, during and after the concert, we demonstrate how the emotional, responsive listening of popular music conflicted with the etiquette of the concert hall and the structures of classical music. The study sheds new light on the continued decline of young audiences for classical concerts and presents a challenge to music education to equip young people for all kinds of live musical experience.

 

Facilitation in popular music education

Authors: Radio Cremata

Page Start: 63

 

This article explores the evolving role of facilitators in popular music education contexts, building on research in music education related to a range of topics such as calls for reform, informal learning, experiential learning, popular music and technology based music learning contexts. A popular music education facilitator employs constructivist learning approaches through student-centred experiential processes. A series of case studies were conducted at various schools including middle schools, high schools and post-secondary contexts. Participants’ classroom management styles ranged from low-control to high-control facilitation. Student perspectives indicated that facilitation promoted democracy, autonomy, diversity, hospitality, differentiation, exploration, creativity, collaboration and inclusivity. The findings and implications of this research apply to the music education profession, calling into question foundations of student-centred learning, autonomy and increased student agency in music learning contexts.

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Theatre for Children in Hospital featured in Lancaster University Steps Magazine

Persephone Sextou has been featured as the Alumni Talk for Lancaster University Steps Magazine. Read the article about her work and the recent book, Theatre for Children in Hospital at the link below: 

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/steps/talk/theatre-for-children-in-hospital---the-gift-of-compassion/

Theatre for Children in Hospital: The Gift of Compassion is available here .

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New issue of Philosophy of Photography 7.1-2

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Philosophy of Photography 7.1-2 is now available. 

For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com

 

Articles in this issue include (partial list):

 

Visibility and realism: Photography and the problems of transparency

Authors: Duncan Wooldridge

Page Start: 11

 

Photography’s initial claim to represent has been derived from a privileging of the visible world, which, it might be argued, is reinforced by the limited visibility of the camera. The proliferations of utilitarian photographies, therefore, are necessarily also the elimination of the non-visible. Such a notion of visibility, when contested, might provide the starting point for a reconception of the photographic in which the apparently indexical medium is filtered through alternative relationships to representation, transparency and, ultimately, even the discourse of realism. This article proposes that an alternative conception of realism might sceptically underline the limitation of the photographic apparatus in relating to but also limiting the world.

 

Akeley inside the elephant: Trajectory of a taxidermic image

Authors: Bernd Behr

Page Start: 43

 

As a process distinct from its poured cousin, sprayed concrete involves using compressed air to propel cement with various chemical admixtures at a surface. Used in tunnelling for rock surface stabilization, and above ground for securing slopes and fabricating fake rockeries, its chimeric character ranges from the polished landscapes of skateparks and swimming pools to mimicking cast concrete in structural repair work. The origins of this industrial process lie with taxidermist Carl E. Akeley (1864–1926), who invented it during his pioneering work in the proto-photographic field of natural habitat dioramas at the Chicago Field Museum in 1907. Further cementing André Bazin’s notion of photography as embalmment, Akeley also invented a unique 35mm cine camera during his time at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The essay explores this historical intersection between photography, taxidermy and architecture, and its wider implications for thinking through photography’s material contingency.

 

What is twenty-first century photography?

Authors: Daniel Rubinstein

Page Start: 155

 

In the twentieth-century photography was the de-facto face of representation, as the visual arm of an industrial society that thought to reproduce the world as commodity for the consumption by individuals. However, in the twenty-first century this logic of mechanical reproduction is augmented by the (fuzzy) logic of algorithmic processing, which does not require individuals and commodities for its operation, but converts both to packets of data. The task of photography today is not to represent the world as an image, but to explore the conditions that make something like an ‘image’ possible.

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Intellect Fashion Collection Competition!

We are once again running our competition to win a year’s online subscription for your institution’s library to our Fashion Collection of nine journals. 

The collection provides permanent access to the 2017 volumes and back volume access for all titles for one year. For more information about the journals included in the collection, click here.

 

Please email nicola@intellectbooks.com for a form to enter the competition before 15th March 2017.

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Library Journal review of The Artist as Culture Producer Edited by Sharon Louden

We recevied a wonderful review of Sharon Louden's soon to be released new title The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.

“In this book’s preface, editor, multimedia creator, and author (Living and Sustaining a Creative Life) Louden describes artists as ‘extending creative energies’ into their communities. True, but it’s the subtitle that characterizes this informative volume and continues the efforts of her first book: it’s a collection of essays by artists who, in their own words, explain how they chose their careers and how they've survived and thrived, creatively and financially. The life stories told here are by visual or cross-disciplinary artists working in a range of media (painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media). Most of them also pursue related occupations (writing, teaching, curating, running galleries). This titleis a welcome alternative to so much of the general interest writing on art and artists’ lives, which tends to focus on attention-grabbing topics such as multimillion-dollar auction sales, celebrity gossip, or tragedy. The essays steer clear of literary flourishes and artspeak, offering straightforward descriptions of each individual’s struggles as they navigated life and career paths. Recommended for students and aspiring artists who hunger for this kind of real-life experience, advice, and wisdom, and for those in organizations that work with them.”—Michael Dashkin, Library Journal

This title is currently available to pre order, more information click here.

 

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