Art & the Public Sphere 5.2 - out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce Art & the Public Sphere 5.2 is now available.


This special issue looks at the proliferation of large-scale exhibitions worldwide which has also led them to become increasingly sites for conflicts and controversies, but in new ways that have not been public before. 


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Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Ghetto Biennale 2015: Contested creativities in Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale

Authors: Peter Haffner

Page Start: 115


In the latest iteration of the event, the organisers of and participants in Haiti’s Fourth Ghetto Biennale have attempted to identify, address and rectify some of the major issues at stake, including concerns related to cross-cultural artistic agency, themes of disaster and crisis, the tourist ‘gaze’, and Haitian art history. By examining four of the arts projects executed during the two-week event in downtown Port-au-Prince, this article analyses the shifts and adjustments between the Second Ghetto Biennale in 2011 and the fourth in 2015, and how the biennale’s artists and curators have attempted to address and account for points of contestation.


Notes towards the critical biennale

Authors: Dave Beech

Page Start: 167


The periodic large-scale exhibition can be uncritical or critical, but it is essential to understand, when it is critical, where its critical agency is located. An exhibition of critical artworks is not necessarily the same as an exhibition consisting of works by critical artists, and an exhibition organised by a critical curator does not necessarily consist of critical works or critical artists. Indeed, the critical agency of the critical curator may be antagonistic to the critical artist. As such, this essay considers the location of criticality within the structure of the biennale itself rather than locating critical agency within the critical artist or critical curator.

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New issue of Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 7.2 is now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 7.2 is now available.  

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Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Working with migrants’ memories in Italy: The Lampedusa dump

Authors: Allesandro Triulzi

Page Start: 149


The Archive of Migrant Memories aims at recording and diffusing migrant self-narratives in Italy so as to leave a visible trace of recently arrived migrants and their rising agency in Italian society. Retrieving oral and written records of migrants travelling to and landing on Italian soil intends to contrast, both physically and metaphorically, the hiding or cancellation mechanisms lying behind the collective unease surrounding immigration policies in today’s Italy. The recurrent dumping of migrant lives in the Mediterranean, particularly on its European southernmost gate at Lampedusa, symbolises the careless disposal of irksome memories of migration within present-day Italian society. Here the remains of rotten boats derived from the repeated landings of irregular migrants on the Island and their human ‘waste’ – old shoes, clothes, cooking utensils, children’s toys, throw-away objects, but also water-stained documents, photos, holy books and individual writings such as letters, memoirs or diaries – lie to decompose as a vivid expression of what is not to be remembered in the nation’s past.


The experience of the Askavusa Association: Migrant struggle with cultural activities

Authors: Ilaria Vecchi

Page Start: 165


In this article Vecchi examines the history and main developments of the Askavusa Association, founded in 2009 in Lampedusa, the southernmost Italian territory, on the southern edge of Europe. As one of the most active and interesting collectives supporting the migrant struggle in Italy, Askavusa has received attention for its various activities held in Lampedusa and abroad, and especially for the organisation of the LampedusaInFestival and the collection of migrants’ objects in PortoM. As an activist and member of the group, in this article Vecchi concurrently identifies some of the limits of the actions organised by the collective. As such, this article represents the natural outcome of the author’s participation and collaboration with Askavusa, combined with an analysis of several interviews collected in Lampedusa over the years.


Reframing the debate: The art of Lampedusa

Authors: Maya Ramsay

Page Start: 209


This article considers the art that has been produced in relation to the subject of migrant deaths at sea, with a focus on artworks that refer to the island of Lampedusa and its long history of the subject. Now that the world’s media are at last paying attention to the subject of migrant deaths, the small islands of Lampedusa and Lesbos are in danger of being ‘invaded’ by more than just migrants – artists are on their way in ever-increasing numbers. The ‘migration crisis’ has become the latest hot topic for artists, but art on the subject of migrant deaths at sea is often controversial, dividing both critics and audiences. Written from the perspective of an artist, this article explores the complexities of making and presenting art about this extremely sensitive issue.

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New issue of Film, Fashion & Consumption 5.2

Intellect is delighted to announce the release of Film, Fashion & Consumption 5.2.


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Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Postfeminist ‘Islamophobia’: The Middle East is so 1980s in Sex and the City: The Movie 2

Authors: Niall Richardson

Page Start: 165


This article analyses how Sex and the City: The Movie 2 (King, 2010) represents a binary between style that is coded as ‘vintage’ and, therefore, desirable, and style that is depicted as ‘dated’ and identified as bad taste. Although this has been a dominant motif in both the Sex and the City series and first film (King, 2008), Sex and the City: The Movie 2 maps this distinction onto a West/Middle East binary. While everything Western (or, more precisely, everything NYC) is represented as stylish, the Middle East (and here it is Abu Dhabi that stands in for the Middle East) is depicted as dated and, the film suggests, trapped in the decade of the 1980s. Sex and the City: The Movie 2 develops many of the prejudices found in contemporary Western representations of the Middle East but articulates these through the motifs of fashion, consumerism and female sexuality. The article proposes that what is most offensive about Sex and the City: The Movie 2 is that it conflates all the social, cultural, political and, most importantly, religious differences that exist between secular New York and Muslim Abu Dhabi and reduces all of these issues to a simple question of style and knowing consumerism.


Barbarella’s wardrobe: Exploring Jacques Fonteray’s intergalactic runway

Authors: Elizabteth Castaldo Lundén

Page Start: 185


Roger Vadim’s Barbarella (1968) looms large in popular culture. Disguised under its sartorial splendour, the film’s narrative clearly negotiates social anxieties of the late 1960s. Similarly, the production design of the film incorporates contemporary elements from art, architecture and fashion. Arguably, these elements of style have played a key role in catapulting the film to its cult status. Franco-Spanish designer Paco Rabanne is frequently, albeit erroneously, credited for the creation of Jane Fonda’s on-screen parade of highly stylized costumes in the film. In fact, the man responsible for creating fashion in the diegetic year 40,000 was French costume designer Jacques Fonteray. Rabanne’s involvement in the film was limited to the creation of one costume. Based on archival research conducted in France and the United States of America, this article explores the role of Jacques Fonteray in the creation of the film’s costumes while simultaneously debunking the popular misconception regarding Paco Rabanne’s influence on the film’s overall aesthetics.

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Studies in Musical Theatre 10.2 - out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that Studies in Musical Theatre 10.2 is now available.


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Articles in this issue touch on several different examples of numerous instances of popular culture and musical theatre colliding. Another theme that serendipitously emerges from the articles in this issue is the spectre of class, something that seems to haunt all of the discussions. In all the articles there is an underlying sense that critical perceptions of genre-class positions are not as clear-cut or indisputable as they may seem.


Articles in this issue include (partial list):


The Time of Your Life: Gene Kelly, working-class masculinity and music

Authors: Julianne Lindberg

Page Start: 177


William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life (1939) is typically discussed alongside the works of great American playwrights. Music and dance, however, are major symbolic and structuring devices in the narrative of the play. Two characters in the play purposely embody music and dance: the pianist Wesley (a ‘colored boy’ who plays a ‘mean and melancholy boogie-woogie piano’), played by Reginald Beane, and Harry (a ‘natural born hoofer’), played by the then-stage novice Gene Kelly. Though no records remain of Kelly’s original choreography, he often spoke of the importance of music to his conception of the character Harry. Lindberg suggests that Kelly/Saroyan’s Harry is a product of the mainstream acceptance of working-class masculinities, an outgrowth of the progressive politics of the 1930s. Kelly’s relationship to the music of marginalized identities, Lindberg argues, informed the development of his iconic ‘average Joe’ persona.


Big possibility: Moscow, and musical theatre’s subjunctive dramaturgy

Authors: Zachary A. Dorsey

Page Start: 195


Grammatically speaking, many, many key songs and moments in musical theatre rely on the subjunctive, a grammatical mood that is used variously to express openness, hopefulness, wishfulness and possibility, as well as doubts, opinions, judgements and fears. Tevye’s ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from Fiddler on the Roof is such a prime example of the subjunctive that it is often invoked in grammar guides and textbooks that seek to teach the proper use of this mood. This article explores the phenomenon that Dorsey describes as ‘subjunctive dramaturgy’ – the way that the spirit of the subjunctive mood underpins and crackles through the musical genre. Dorsey argues that particularly when amplified by speech, song and dance, the subjunctive mood helps to join character, actor and audience in a shared affective experience.

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New issue of International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6.1 is now available.

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Developing Discourses on Architecture: Journals Concerned with the Islamic Realm from Mimar to IJIA

Authors: Hasan-Uddin Khan

Page Start: 5


This issue begins with an editorial by Hasan-Uddin Khan, departing from the norm, and adopting a more personal approach to the history and evolution of periodicals that inform, critically evaluate and discuss issues related to architectural cultures of the global(ising) Muslim world. Given enormous shifts in the past decade, it is perhaps a timely moment to reflect and comment on the field as a whole. This editorial thus represents an effort to look back on the history of various publications, and builds on Khan’s long engagement with significant examples since the early 1980s.


(Re)branding a (Post)colonial Streetscape: Tunis’s Avenue Habib Bourguiba and the Road Ahead 

Authors: Daniel E. Coslett

Page Start: 59


Arguably Tunis’s premier public space, the iconic Avenue Bourguiba is today the product of over 150 years of manipulation, regulation and interpretation. Its development can be seen as an early example of thematic place branding, thereby complicating the notion that the widespread phenomenon is an exclusively postmodern and western one. In identifying three potential place-brand labels, this article considers the establishment of the ‘Parisian Colonial’ Avenue by French colonial authorities, its ‘Tunisian Modern’ modification at independence, and its more recent historicist ‘Parisian Global’ refurbishment within the contexts of colonialism, authoritarian governance and globalisation.

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New issue of Studies in Comics 7.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Studies in Comics 7.1 is now available.  This issue highlights the role of Studies in Comics as a venue for top-notch comics scholarship written and reviewed by scholars from all over the world. Contributors to issue 7.1 are currently working and studying in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Japan, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, New Zealand, and several different major regions of the United States. The subjects of their contributions are equally diverse, addressing texts, formats, and techniques that have rarely or never seen discussed before. 

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Special issue of Asian Cinema 27.2 now available!

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the special issue of Asian Cinema 27. 2 is now available. This special issue focuses on Iranian cinema, with a collection of essays investigating more deeply the representation of eroticism in Iranian film: the creative strategies involved in both its extra-diegetic form and its internal logic. 


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List of articles (partial list):


Utopia and censorship: Iranian cinema at the crossroads of love, sex and tradition

Authors: Amir Ganjavie

Page Start: 113


When faced with strict censorship and social and moral barriers, what methods have Iranian directors developed in order to address love, desire and passion? In what ways do these methods emancipate or emasculate Iranian artists in their quest to express love and eroticism? This article attempts to answer these questions, arguing that it makes little sense to say that any authoritative system with a system of hegemony could prevent its citizens from expressing this impulse in their works since the sexual instinct is life’s drive and only at the moment of death can humans deny its existence. What is essential, radical and utopian is to read the meaning of eroticism in Iranian cinema through the specific culture in which the drive has been developed and shaped.


When the sun goes down: Sex, desire and cinema in 1970s Tehran

Authors: Blake Atwood

Page start: 127


The 1970s witnessed an explosion of sex in Iranian cinema, and the representation of bodies and desires became more explicit than ever. The rise of on-screen sex flew in the face of successive guidelines released by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs (MCA) in 1966 and 1972, which sought to limit the production and exhibition of films that featured sexual relations. This article explores this paradox and begins to trace the contours of a history of cinematic sex in mid-century Iran by examining film industry advertising schemes, especially film posters, alongside three sex-driven films: Mansur Purmand’s Shir tu shir (Chaos) (1972), Feraidun Goleh’s Zir-e pust-e shab (Under the Skin of the Night) (1974), and Parviz Sayyad’s Dar emtedād-e shab (Into the Night) (1978). 

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New issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 3.3 is now available. 


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List of articles (partial list):


Gathering place: Urban indigeneity and the production of space in Edmonton, Canada

Authors: Karen Wall

Page Start: 301


This article examines material and intangible traces of Aboriginal history and cultural presence in a theoretical context concerned with public spaces promoting transformative, dialogic, cross-cultural encounters. Case studies consider urban spaces as gathering places in terms of their relevance to indigenous practices of metissage. What is at stake for settler colonial cities in the recognition and inclusion of indigenous presence and historical relationships? Aboriginal cultures can and must play a critical role in the development of a mature civic identity rooted in a complex mutual history, with implications for urban social and ecological sustainability in the future.


Cartographies of disappearance: Thresholds in Barcelona’s metro

Authors: Enric Bou

Page Start: 347


This article proposes an analysis of Barcelona’s metro system following David Pike’s threshold concept, key to the topography of the ‘vertical city’. This will be done through reading maps and literary texts that illustrate three closely related issues: an interpretation of Barcelona’s metro network and its meanings; the disappearance of some metro stations and underground spaces, such as hidden connecting corridors, which create a shallow presence of the past into the present, examples of urban spaces that are buried and forgotten; and subway life as portrayed in some literary texts with particular emphasis on the use of mythology.

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CFP: Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture

ISCC Call for Papers Special Issue 9.1: Reggae Studies in a Global Context


Submission deadline: 10 March 2017


Guest Editors: Carolyn Cooper and Leonardo Vidigal (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG, Brazil)


A substantial body of academic literature on reggae is now established globally, with many scholars studying this phenomenon with a transcultural approach and covering a wide range of inter/disciplines. This special issue of Interactions invites original articles on Reggae Music, from its emergence and development in Jamaica to the transformations the music has undergone in its global dispersal.


ISCC is especially interested, but not limited to, the following themes:


  • History of Reggae
  • Reggae as culture
  • Reggae Music and Media
  • Musical and sociological analysis of Reggae Music
  • Reggae’s influence on Global Popular Music
  • Global manifestations of Reggae Music
  • The Bob Marley phenomenon
  • Sound-Systems and other Reggae Music collectives
  • Reggae Films and videos
  • Reggae Music in the context of creative industries 

Prospective authors should submit an abstract between 200 and 350 words to and by 10 March 2017.


Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact details in all correspondence.


A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 6000 to 8000 words, including references) due on 15 June 2017.


Full paper submissions are to be:

  • Original, scholarly manuscripts that follow the journal’s submission guidelines
  • Formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines
  • Sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY as e-mail attachments to and

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the issue is scheduled for publication in March 2018.

All inquiries about this Call for Papers can be addressed to Prof. Carolyn Cooper at or Dr. Leonardo Vidigal at

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New issue of Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2

Intellect is pleased to announce that Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2 is now available. 

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List of articles (partial list):


Materializing virtual reality: The performativity of skin, body and costume in Tobias Bernstrup’s artwork

Authors: Viveka Kjellmer

Page Start: 151


Swedish artist Tobias Bernstrup (b. 1970) works with multimedia, music, performance, video and computer games. He creates fictional alter egos in his works and returns to his characters in an ongoing re-meditation, digitally or in real-world artistic performances. The costume is a paradoxical entity: both an inseparable part of the artist’s body in the performance process and something that can be removed, yet remains part of the character. The nude body onstage can be seen as another costume, the bare skin serving as an interface between visual and physical experience. Bernstrup and his virtual alter egos slip between existences where skin, body and costume tie his virtual and physical realities together.


Sleeve notes: PJ Harvey’s Gothic world 

Authors: Abigail Gardner and Katerina Flint-Nicol

Page Start: 163


Referencing literary and cinematic readings of the term, this article argues that Harvey performs an English, Victorian Gothic. The authors argue that she recuperates the female Gothic for contemporary times allowing it resonance beyond its literary and cinematic beginnings. Drawing on some of those literary and cinematic debates on the Gothic and the eerie, they consider how her costumes across the three albums White Chalk (2007), Let England Shake (2011) and The Hope Six Demolition (2016) showcase ‘remnants’ both of the past and, of the forgotten.


Tribes: The Walk

Authors: Sodja Zupanc Lotker

Page Start: 179


This visual essay illustrates some of the curator’s basic ideas behind the project at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015. This project presented over 80 costume and mask projects over the course of 11 days in June 2015. Costumes were ‘exhibited’ on live performers in the centre of Prague, where the city performed the gallery of this exhibition. The Tribes was conceived mainly through an open call that invited professionals and students to propose their ‘tribes’. The tribe was to be defined as a minimum of three people, having the same or similar ‘dress code’ (costume, or fully body mask) and similar behaviour code.

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