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)


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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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Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, July 16th – 18th, 2019

Deadline: 28th February, 2019

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the eighth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Ireland, July 16th – 18th, 2019. 

EUPOP 2018 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This includes, but is by no means limited to, the following topics: European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Costume and Performance, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Popular Literature and Graphic Novels, Queer Studies, Sport, Curation, and Digital Culture.

We also welcome abstracts which reflect the various ways of how the idea of relationship between Europe and popular culture could be formed and how the current turmoil in European identity, union, its borders and divisions are portrayed in popular cultural themes and contents.

Papers and complete panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels limited to 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.

There will be opportunities for networking and publishing within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2019 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. A full list of Intellect journals is available at:

Proposals comprising a 300-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF) should be submitted to Marcus Free ( by 28.02.2019. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail, and the decision of acceptance will be notified within two weeks of submission. Early submissions are welcome.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2019, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 150 euros (student), and 200 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening dinner, wine reception, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press). Inexpensive student accommodation and other options at special rates will be advertised shortly.

The keynote speakers:

  • Dr Seán Crosson (Huston School of Film and Media, National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Dr Debbie Ging (School of Communications, Dublin City University)
  • Professor Diane Negra (Film Studies and Screen Culture, University College Dublin)

The European Popular Culture Association:

The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.

EUPOP 2019 is organised by:

  • European Popular Culture Association (EPCA):
  • International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC):

Kind Regards,

EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi,
EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson,
EPCA Secretary, Kimi Kärki,
EPCA Treasurer, Pekka Kolehmainen,

EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts,
Local Organiser Contact: Marcus Free, 

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Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance 8.1 is now available

Intellect is excited to announce that Performing Ethos: An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance 8.1 is now available! For more information about the issue, click here >> 

  • Becoming ethical through relational interaction: An examination of a performance among internally displaced persons in Nigeria
  • ‘Her heart knows my heart for a brief moment’: Mediated affect and utopian impulse in Many Moons (2011) by Alice Birch
  • The Saint Olav Drama (Spelet Om Heilag Olav): A perpetual mobile machine? Roots, rituals and respect
  • Hearing silence in Dylan Tighe’s Record: Madness, autobiographical performance and the ethical encounter
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CfP: Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies


​CfP: Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies
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Special Issue: Language and Translation in the Pacific

Guest Edited by Alessandra De Marco, Eleonora Federici and Anne Magnan-Park

Language is a powerful marker of gender, cultural, ethnic, and national identity, a potent tool used to achieve social justice and, conversely, a pivotal instrument to further disenfranchise marginalized groups. For the indigenous people of the Pacific, it is also a treasure and a life force. As such, language plays a fundamental role in the translation, (re)presentation, remediation and adaptation of diverse and multifaceted identities in the Pacific. Pacific nations, it can be argued, are translationations, where translation itself – including mistranslation and untranslatabilty – has been at the very core of the formation and transformation of national, group, and individual identities within and across the Pacific. The Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies invites contributions that offer an insight into the ways in which specific identities are expressed, (re)presented and translated through and across languages (indigenous, non-European, and European languages), within and across nations, as well as across different texts and media in such fields as literature, the performing arts, print and visual media, tourism and advertising, social media and the Internet, education, policy making including bi/multiculturalism, the environment, migration, and the health industry.

Topics of interest related to the Pacific and New Zealand may include, but are not restricted to:
  • Language varieties: their distribution, encounters, and pollination within and outside the Pacific
  • Language and translation as discursive practices: representations of cultures and identities (collective, indigenous, gendered) and discursive constructions in/of the Pacific
  • Interlingual and intralingual translation; translation as an instrument for social justice/disenfranchisement; postcolonial translation studies: which books/films/texts get translated, how and why?
  • Cultural and intersemiotic translation and/or adaptation in/across the media
  • Audio-visual translation (AVT) and film subtitling
  • The publishing, film, and music industries: how do texts circulate within and across Pacific cultures, why, and to what effect?
  • Linguistic cartography as a mirror of migration flows; critical toponymy; naming practices as tools of enfranchisement or disenfranchisement.
The Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies is a double-blind refereed journal. Articles, accompanied by a short bio, need to be between 5000 and 8000 words including notes and references, and must be formatted according to the journal style guide ( Reports between 1000 and 3500 words are also welcome as are original interviews.

Deadline for submissions is 15 April 2019, with publication in December 2019. Please submit articles and enquiries to Alessandra De Marco,
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