New issue of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities 3.1&2 – out now!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities (3.1&2) is now available.

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Katherine Mansfield and the dance of life

Authors: Keren Chiaroni

Page Start: 11

This article explores the links between dance and spirituality as experienced by writer Katherine Mansfield in the last months of her life (she died in France in January 1923). Dance played a central role in Georges Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, established at the Le Prieuré of Fontainebleau-Avon in 1922. Mansfield had been searching for some time for a new way of being-in-the-world, and the ritualised movements she observed at the Institute seemed to hold the key to her spiritual renewal. Through dance she thus discovered what philosopher Hans Jonas has called ‘the dynamic connection of all things’. Using the insights offered by Jonas and French philosophers Renaud Barbaras and Georges Didi-Huberman, the author aims to place Mansfield’s quest for ‘the new world within’ in the context of the ongoing human quest for authenticity and mind/body unity.

Reconnecting to the feminine: Transformative effects of Sensual Movement and Dance

Authors: Lisa Fasullo, John Lurquin and Gerard Bodeker

Page Start: 69

Dance is documented to produce substantive neurophysiological, psychological and quality-of-life benefits. Adding to that research we document the therapeutic effects of Sensual Movement and Dance in restoring women to a state of wholeness, enhanced self-expression and a general sense of ease. Specifically, we report on the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual findings of an eight-week pilot research study. Informing the design of the pilot are reports over a ten-year period by women participants in a Sensual Movement and Dance programme that indicate consistent growth in self-confidence, reduction in stress, marked decrease in levels of self-consciousness, and improvements in women’s senses of autonomy and overall quality of life. In the pilot study, most participants also reported improvements in emotional regulation and a decrease in anxiety and depression. According to study participants, more than simply talking about sensuality, women want to feel more of it in themselves and in their lives.

My spirit asks to live in sensation

Authors: Marianne Adams

Page Start: 107


This qualitative, arts-based research article explores modes of physical daily practice, somatic writing and an emerging sense of spirituality within an autoethnographic framework. The research depicts the evolution of regular and varied body practices documented by somatic journaling and creative writing. The realisation that spirituality can grow from an array of therapeutic and intentional somatic practices evolved from a more narrowly defined dance background that previously focused primarily on artistic, technical standards. Perspectives from contemporary dance training, the Pilates method, somatic writing, the GYROKINESIS method and Authentic Movement are the primary approaches explored. Other observations from moving within the natural world provide the lens for explorations on the role of the witness, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. Data gathered from mindful, contemplative body-based practices led to an examination of intrinsic spiritual values. As a female dance academic, the emerging awareness of embodied physical spirituality also probes questions regarding the nature of dance scholarship, ageing in dance and the concept of somatic sustainability.

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Journal of Contemporary Painting 3.1&2 – now available

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting (3.1&2) is now available.

At the heart of of many of the articles and artworks in this special edition of JCP is the notion of freedom – and the need to challenge received ideas, form, content and ideologies.

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Painting as commitment

Authors: Sunil Manghani

Page Start: 55


Jean-Paul Sartre opens What is Literature? with the comment, ‘No, we do not want to “commit” painting, sculpture, and music “too”, or at least not in the same way. And why would we want to?’ Sartre’s idea of the committed writer was a dominant and evocative account of intellectuals of the Left in the immediate postwar period, but was superseded with the arrival of ‘theory’ from Althusser onwards, and with post-structuralist notions fully decentring the subject. What might this mean for the painter? Taking an existential account of painting as its starting point, the article offers a reappraisal of the anti-aesthetic and postmodern debates of the 1980s, and suggests the need to re-situate painting as commitment in itself. Rather than simply the need to place painting within wider social networks, it is the inherent appeal to freedom that remains significant about the medium.

(Bad) faith in painting (?): Critically re-evaluating the significance of Yu Youhan’s political pop series

Authors: Paul Gladston

Page Start: 137

This article seeks to critically re-evaluate a series of so-called ‘Political Pop’ paintings by the Shanghai-based painter Yu Youhan in relation to existentialist conceptions of good and bad faith as well as recent ethically related reassertions of oppositional criticality within the international art world. It will be argued that any description of Yu’s Political Pop paintings as having been produced definitively in either good or bad faith overlooks a persistent and indeterminate enmeshing of cultural production with locally dominant discourses and practices within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well those prevailing internationally that plays deconstructively across the boundary between conscious acceptance and rejection of freedom of choice and, by extension, the supposed limits of oppositional criticality.

Painting is believing

Authors: Paul O’Kane

Page Start: 195

With help from seventeenth-century religious philosopher Blaise Pascal, art history, artists On Kawara and Lee Ufan, this article sets out a contemporary scenario before digging progressively deeper into questions of ‘painting and commitment’. The article attempts to make a case that painting and painters inform or extend our understanding of commitment per se while clarifying our understanding of relationships – casual and otherwise – between art, belief and commitment. The article asserts the idea that the very process of painting begets belief, commitment and faith, and ultimately suggests that painting, by means of its special affinity with images, might be the basis of our particularisation and organisation of knowledge, as well as being considered ur religion.

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International Journal of Food Design 2.1 – out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of International Journal of Food Design (2.1) is now available.


This special issue of IJFD is dedicated to examining and promoting education for and from Food Design. This issue is interested in recording different experiences, ideas and strategies of what and how Food Design is taught, learned and, most of all, approached in different educational contexts and formats.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Food, research, design: What can food studies bring to food design education?

Authors: Fabio Parasecoli

Page Start: 15

As the presence and visibility of food design grows in academia, synergies are particularly promising with food studies, which promotes and practises the analysis of cultural, social and political issues concerning the production, distribution and consumption of food in its material and cultural aspects, as well as in its social and political implications. The analytical tools developed in food studies have the potential to inform and integrate the practical applications that food design focuses on, whilst food design methods can help food studies scholars to include applied approaches in their work. The article presents three cases in which food studies analysis and methods were introduced in educational formats otherwise focussed – explicitly or not explicitly – on design.


Designing urban agriculture education for social justice: Radical innovation through Farm School NYC

Authors: Kristin Reynolds

Page Start: 45

The aim of this article is to explore how food and gastronomy can be integrated within the discipline of design. The first part of the study explores the parallel between gastronomy and design from two perspectives: as system and as sciences. The second part focuses on the special context of Catalonia, where the work of the chef Ferran Adrià has radically transformed gastronomy and, as a consequence, created a network of institutions, designers and studios centered on food.

The last part describes several projects carried out at ELISAVA, which were based on three areas of study: understanding food as a system on the basis of its life cycle and its semantic value; understanding the sensory dimension of food as a material in the context of the Mediterranean culture and studying the creative process of design in parallel with the creative process of gastronomy.


Food as a system and a material for the creative process in design education

Authors: Raffaella Perrone and Albert Fuster

Page Start: 65

The aim of this article is to explore how food and gastronomy can be integrated within the discipline of design. The first part of the study explores the parallel between gastronomy and design from two perspectives: as system and as sciences. The second part focuses on the special context of Catalonia, where the work of the chef Ferran Adrià has radically transformed gastronomy and, as a consequence, created a network of institutions, designers and studios centred on food. The last part describes several projects carried out at ELISAVA, which were based on three areas of study: understanding food as a system on the basis of its life cycle and its semantic value; understanding the sensory dimension of food as a material in the context of the Mediterranean culture and studying the creative process of design in parallel with the creative process of gastronomy.

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Open Access for Music and Levels of Narration in Film

Intellect is delighted to announce that the electronic version of Guido Heldt’s Music and Levels of Narration in Film (2013) is now available for free download. To access the ePDF please click on this link


Music and Levels of Narration in Film is the first book-length study of the narratology of film music and is an indispensable resource for anyone researching or studying film music or film narratology. It surveys the so far piecemeal discussion of narratological concepts in film music studies and tries to (cautiously) systematize, expand and refine them with reference to ideas from general narratology and film narratology (including contributions from German-language literature less widely known in Anglophone scholarship). The book goes beyond the current focus of film music studies on the distinction between diegetic and non-diegetic music (music understood to be or not to be part of the storyworld of a film) and takes into account different levels of narration: from the extrafictional to ‘focalizations’ of subjectivity and music’s many and complex movements between them. The conceptual toolkit proposed in the first part of the book is put to the text in a series of case studies: of numbers in film musicals; of music and sound in horror films; and of music and narrative structures in, among others, films by Sergio Leone, The Truman ShowBreakfast at Tiffany’s and Far from Heaven.


Guido Heldt is a lecturer in music at the University of Bristol.


The electronic version of this book is freely available thanks to the support of libraries working with Knowledge Unlatched ( KU is a collaborative initiative designed to make high quality books Open Access for the public good. 


Intellect is pleased to be continuing to work with KU and we will soon be making another of our titles Open Access, David H. Fleming’s Unbecoming Cinema: Unsettling Encounters with Ethical Event Films (2017). 

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New issue of Drama Therapy Review - now available!

 Intellect is delighted to announce that the latest issue of Drama Therapy Review (3.1) is now available.

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This special issue of Drama Therapy Review is devoted entirely to the pioneering work of Robert J. Landy, Ph. D., RDT-BCT. As the founding Director of the New York University Program in Drama Therapy, the first State approved training program of its kind in North America established in 1984, Landy laid a foundation for the training of drama therapists. After 38 years of teaching at the university, he has chosen to retire, though his insights about how drama and performance is healing will continue to inform the theory and praxis of drama therapy. Drama Therapy Review chooses to honour this milestone with this special issue.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Placing Landy and Bowlby in dialogue: Role and distancing theories through the lens of attachment

Authors: Craig Haen and Kat Lee

Page Start: 45

This article highlights the clinical implications for integrating Robert Landy’s role and distancing theories with John Bowlby’s attachment theory. Theoretical underpinnings of these approaches are presented as authors explore parallels and divergences between them. The authors provide case material illustrating the implementation of Role Theory in attachment-based interventions and the use of distancing theory in attachment-informed psychotherapy. Benefits of using the theories in a mutually informed practice are discussed in an aim to encourage integrative treatment.

A case study on the application of the Role Method in a therapeutic theatre production at National Taiwan University of Arts

Authors: Hsiao-Hua Chang

Page Start: 63

This article presents an account of Dr Robert Landy’s influence on the evolution of drama therapy in Taiwan and at the National Taiwan University of Arts. It includes case examples of two therapeutic theatre projects, which led to important insights into the use of the Role Method to develop and organize a therapeutic performance. The inclusion of a therapeutic theatre project in the training of drama therapists is now a part of our standard practice.

Addicted to crisis: Exploring the symptoms of an addicted work system using the lens of Role Theory

Authors: Danielle Bragg Levanas

Page Start: 113

Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly adopt, reflect and mimic the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care. Using the lens of Landy’s (1993, 1994, 2008, 2009) drama therapeutic Role Theory, along with Wegscheider-Cruse’s (1981) Family Roles, this article examines possibilities that exist for an embodied understanding of vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level, in an effort to offer direct care workers a better understanding of the implicit and disembodied roles they play.

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Out now! Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration 1.2

Intellect is delighted to announce that the much anticipated new issue of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (1.2) is now available

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


International students and social exclusion in the age of social media

Authors: Xinyu Zhao

Page Start: 163


This article considers the changing nature of international students’ lived experiences of disadvantage in Australia in the context of their daily practices of social media. Specifically, it first engages with the extant empirical research on social media practices in the migration context which points to the contingent impacts of digital technologies on migrants’ everyday lives. This body of literature suggests the possibility to probe into the lived experiences of migrants and their everyday strategies through a close examination of their activities around social media. Further, this article attends to studies in the Australian international student literature which highlights the interplays of digital technologies and international student agency.


Exploring the elusive shape of service outcomes: Reflections on evaluating academic language and learning support services

Authors: Xiaodan Gao and Kirsten Reid

Page Start: 219


Student Learning Te Taiako at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) provides academic learning support for tertiary students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As part of good practice and for the purpose of continual improvement of service quality, service and programme evaluations are regularly conducted. These evaluations include the end of year Student Learning Survey and bi-annual peer observations and tend to focus on student satisfaction and/or perceptions of the services and programmes offered. More recently, in response to the New Zealand government’s call for tertiary education institutions (TEIs) to report on their services and the outcomes of these services, Student Learning has been looking at ways in which evaluations can be carried out over and above student numbers and satisfaction. The purpose of this article is to reflect on and redefine evaluations at Student Learning Te Taiako. The article argues that, instead of chasing evidence to show direct contribution to student outcomes, a more structured approach to evaluation should be taken and a comprehensive set of evidence/data provided to demonstrate the contribution of academic learning advising to the overall student learning experience.


A flowing culture: Images of early Gujarati Indian-Islamic migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand

Authors: Rafik Patel

Page Start: 251 


Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) sets up an imaginative tale of a father and son’s journey in search of happiness. In this fictional reality the ocean is filled with a sea of stories that manifest the hope of a new beginning. This story also takes the reader on a whimsical journey that is non-linear. It sways back and forth like the currents of the ocean, and its allegory transcends the ocean as a vessel that contains important narratives and knowledge, and as a spatial medium to cross borders and boundaries. Considering this allegory, this article presents an auto-ethnography in relation to migration of the first Gujarati Indian families to arrive in Aotearoa New Zealand, in the early 1900s. It discusses how these families integrated and began to construct and grow a new community within. Thus, this article attempts to uncover stories and a history of migration of the author’s own family that flowed from South Asia to the Pacific, transferring a rich culture of Indian-Muslim faith, practice and architecture.

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Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture 2.1 - out now!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture (2.1) is now available. 


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Articles within this issue include:


Sex, lies and the locker room: A critical discourse analysis of athletes coming out in the media

Authors: Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern and Paul Chamness Miller

Page Start: 9


Oppression and hostility is still evident towards LGBT athletes within modern sport organisations, where hegemonic masculinities contribute to the opposition to LGBT members of the athletic community. Given the homophobia that continues to impact sport, the aim of this study is to ascertain, through the lens of grounded theory, what discourses are used to address the coming out of professional athletes in online news sites and the hegemonic power that is reflected through that discourse. Through the analysis, four themes emerged as significant. One particular theme stood out as the most substantial: the locker room seen as a space where masculinity is negotiated, suggesting the possibility that many masculinities exist within that milieu. The study’s findings highlight the urgency that is needed in order to make sport a safe and non-hostile space for all athletes.


What’s so funny about a snowman in a tiara? Exploring gender identity and gender nonconformity in children’s animated films

Authors: G. Patterson and Leland G. Spencer

Page Start: 73


The year 2014 has been dubbed the ‘trans tipping point’, a new era of acceptance towards trans and gender-nonconforming identities. In addition, in recent years, children’s animated film has seen an influx of characters and storylines that appear to celebrate gender diversity. Using inductive and deductive thematic analysis, this article examines the gendered messages in top-grossing children’s animated films from 2012 to 2015. Drawing from our analysis, it argues that such alleged gender diversity applies only to a narrow subset of characters in children’s animated film – and these same characters also often function to reinforce oppressive ideas about gender, race and sexuality. Ultimately, despite the visibility of gender diverse characters in and outside children’s film, this article cautions against premature celebrations that would regard such visibility as progress.


Gay ghetto comics and the alternative gay comics of Robert Kirby

Authors: Sina Shamsavari

Page Start: 95


This article focuses on North American gay comics, especially the ‘gay ghetto’ subgenre, and on the alternative gay comics that have been created in response to the genre’s conventions. Gay comics have received little scholarly attention and this article attempts to begin redressing this balance, as well as turning attention to the contrasts between different genres within the field of gay comics. Gay ghetto comics and cartoons construct a dominant gay habitus, representing the gay community as relatively stable and unified, while the alternative gay male comics discussed critique the dominant gay habitus and construct instead an alternative gay – or ‘queer’ – habitus. The article focuses on the work of Robert Kirby, an influential cartoonist and editor of gay comics anthologies, and particularly on his story ‘Private Club’, in order to explore some of the typical themes and concerns of alternative gay ghetto comics.

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DTR Call for Papers Special Issue 4.1: Drama Therapy with Couples and Families

Submission deadline: August 1st, 2017.


Guest Editor: Dr. Dan Wiener


This Special Issue of Drama Therapy Review seeks articles about specific applications of drama therapy to promote the wellness of couples and families. Such applications include: prevention and enrichment programs; relationship enhancement; psychoeducation; diversion and prevention programs; conjoint psychotherapy; and the training of practitioners.  Also sought are papers informed by dramatic and theatrical praxis that present novel methodologies and conceptual perspectives in the study and treatment of family relationships. DTR readers particularly welcome papers which link theory and practice, and such papers are often enhanced by case material. 


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

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Special issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 4.2 - out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture 4.2 is now available. 


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This special issue of FSPC focuses on ‘Fashion & Appropriation’. Appropriation is a complex political and ethical discussion with many nuances and layers that require careful and critical unpacking; the articles in this special issue approach this complexity from different angles and perspectives. Guest Editors, Denise Nicole Green and Susan B. Kaiser, hope that this issue will encourage readers to think about appropriation in new ways, engage with its various definitions and articulations, and consider the impact appropriation has on communities, identities, economies, and aesthetics. 


Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Inspiration or prototype? Appropriation and exploitation in the fashion industry

Authors: Jennifer Ayres

Page Start: 151


This articles focuses on the fashion industry’s relationship to vintage garments as design inspiration and product prototype. It analyses how appropriation of vintage is rationalised in standard industry practice and how ethical boundaries are drawn and maintained between ‘appropriation’ and ‘inspiration’ in the creative process. When talking with designers the discussion of inspiration and appropriation quickly becomes a personal and subjective discussion about the integrity of the design process and labour. Interns and employees in the industry were expected to knock-off other designs and designers while their own creativity was stifled and/or exploited. The central contradiction that emerges from this research is how an industry known for its creativity and ingenuity – notably an industry that polices copyright infringements around the world – routinely engages in practices of forgery that weaken both its claims to authorship and the lucrative status of designer-as-artistic-genius. Ayres argues it is crucial to explore these issues through the situated and local everyday practices in the fashion industry in order to understand how these contradictions are navigated and even made profitable.


Appropriation, articulation and authentication in Acid House: The evolution of women’s fashion throughout the early years (1987-1988) of the Acid House culture

Authors: Tara Tierney

Page Start: 179


The purpose of this article is to explore how ‘dress’ from the 1960s’ American Hippy movement was appropriated and adapted by women in the ‘British Acid House’ music culture. The emergence of ‘Acid House’ transformed nightclubs from ‘places for drinking and looking good but not for dancing’, into a space where ravers would dance through the night fuelled by the drug, ecstasy. These changes manifested in a number of ways, most notably, through transformation of outward appearance, which included appropriation of the Hippy movement and ‘First Summer of Love’ in 1967. Similarities between Acid House and the Hippy culture were so akin that this early period of House music became known as ‘The Second Summer of Love’.

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New issue of Film International 14.3&4 is now available!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Film International 14.3&4 is now available.


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This issue of FINT focuses on the ‘Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie on the American Screen’. As Editor-in-Chief Daniel Lindvall explains, the essays in this issue examine the history of the yuppie on the American screen, from the cusp of the Reagan era to the current aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The starting point is the contention that the yuppie remains a key character type of the neoliberal era – in life as well as on screen – pronouncements of his (or more rarely her) death notwithstanding. This is so not least because the defining personality traits of the yuppie – superficial individualism, empathy deficit disorder, conspicuous consumption – perfectly embody the ethos behind the ongoing, ever-deepening and widening marketisation of society and the accompanying and seemingly unstoppable increase in inequality.


Articles within this issue include: ‘Rich and Strange’ by Barry Keith Grant, ‘Working Girl and Second-wave Feminism’ by Rosie White, and ‘Character and Capital in the Wall Street Films of Oliver Stone’ by Carl Freedman.

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