Shannon Stewart Classes + Talks Series with Dr. Arabella Stanger, Rory Pilgrim & Christopher Matthews

Intellect are excited to be collaborating with Christopher and Shannon for their upcoming Queer Studies and Dance workshops. All relevant information can be found here:


Shannon Stewart Classes + Talks Series with Dr. Arabella Stanger, Rory Pilgrim & Christopher Matthews
£60 Early bird rate until 15 August!

Explore the intersections between queer theory, gender, identity and dance through 2 days of workshops and talks with Shannon Stewart, Arabella Stanger and Rory Pilgrim.

Links to sign up: 


Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th September 2018

PERMISSION TO DANCE or REAL DANCE CLASS FOR FAKE DANCERS or QUEERNIQUE is just a dance class–with a warm up, some exercises and even a little bit of choreography. It celebrates the ritual of coming together to be in our bodies learning things. It takes inspiration from queer theory and feminism to make sense of the practices we do or can do. PTD is a warm-up for understanding how knowledge is processed and living in our bodies. We use it to open up a nonlinear communication practice between thoughts/movement but also to queerand reclaim the rituals that are familiar to us within the context of a dance class.

WHAT DOES THIS BODY MAKE? with Shannon Stewart
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th September 2018

How do we conceive of self and body? What scripts are at work? What role does our perception play? How does gender and identity perform itself at the perceptual level? How do these things implicate “other” and design they ways we relate to ourselves, each other and environment? What tools for transformation are available to disrupt patterns and make new ones?

During this class we will use our individual and group body to make and unmake ourselves. Working with disorientation, quick shifts of attention, endurance and group dynamics, we will move away from language and towards embodied comprehension. We will push to the edges but also question “edge” as a boundary or distinction between ourselves, others and the space we occupy. We volley between performer and witness. Is it a spiritual transformation? Is it subtle drag performance? Is it quietly radical?

In WDTBM, we use somatic exercises adapted to engage questions about how we construct our bodies and how they are constructed. Proposals are seeded from queer, feminist, and critical race theory that exemplify and disrupt the way identity is embodied. This work is supported through reading and discussion and through composing and decomposing performances.

Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th September 2018

Over 2 sessions on the 12th and 13th September, invited guest speakers Dr. Arabella Stanger and Rory Pilgrim will offer perspectives and provocations in relation to Christopher’s research around masculinity, gender performance, class and more. The sessions will unfold into a dialogue between histories and practices, with the chance to zoom in or follow the thinking somewhere unexpected over the 2 days.
(To sign up just for the talks without workshop:

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Moving Image Review & Arts Journal 7.2 is now available

Intellect is happy to announce that the Moving Image Review & Arts Journal 7.2 is now available. This is a special issue featuring South Asian Moving Image. For more information about MIRAJ 7.2 including how to subscribe/purchase the journal, please click here or email

Articles within this issue include:

Artists’ Moving Image: South Asian Trajectories

Page Start: 191

The ecologies of technological experimentation: Sheba Chhachhi’s multimedia environments

Authors:  Nancy Adajania 
Page Start: 204

‘you’ve told me that three times now’: Propaganda/anti-propaganda in the Films Division India documentary, 1965–75

Authors:  Avijit Mukul Kishore 
Page Start: 222

The frame as borderland: Secular gazes and believing bodies in Bani Abidi’s The Distance From Here (2010)

Authors:  Adnan Madani 
Page Start: 236

Is this just a story? Friendships and fictions for speculative alliances. The Yugantar film collective (1980–83)

Authors:  Nicole Wolf 
Page Start: 252

Moving towards the epicentre: The void and the image in the film-making of R.V. Ramani

Authors:  Lucia Imaz King 
Page Start: 268

Experimenta; instigating a counter-cultural film platform in Bangalore: Shai Heredia in conversation with Rashmi Sawhney

Page Start: 286

Taking control of the narrative: Shahzia Sikander in conversation with Behroze Gandhy

Page Start: 298

Emergence lab/history as cinema-in-the-museum: The Tah-Satah exhibition, Jaipur, January–March 2017

Authors:  Kaushik Bhaumik 
Page Start: 312

Shadowing the image archive: In Medias Res: Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays, Mieke Bal (2016)

Authors:  Rashmi Sawhney 
Page Start: 324

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Rosemary Sassoon
An Intellect author shares her publishing story

Dr. Rosemary Sassoon was the contributing editor for Computers and Typography, her first book published with Intellect, joining an established list of books she has either written or edited during her career. Her other Intellect titles include The Art and Science of Handwriting, The Acquisition of a Second Writing System, Signs Symbols and Icons (written in conjunction with Albertine Gaur) and most recently By Accident or Design.

Rosemary Sassoon is an independent consultant and the author of more than twenty books on handwriting, design and other subjects. She has kindly shared a snippet of her own personal story, on how she came to be published by Intellect:

“My most recent book with Intellect was called By Accident or Design. It tells of the many curious coincidences that contributed to my long and varied working life. One of the luckiest was this. It was in about 1992 and I had been asked to contribute to a conference on Computers and Writing. I thought that a poster exhibit would do just as well as a presentation, because what I was doing was to show how I had researched and designed a typeface specially to help young children learning to read – and enlarged this into a family to be particularly legible for other purposes too. As it was quite near home, I nipped down one morning and had just got it up when the participants came out from lunch. A group of mainly Americans stopped in front of my work and there was a chorus of something like ’I never thought that typefaces made any difference’.

Sitting quietly in the corner was a man taking this all in. That man was Masoud Yazdani. He came up to me and said ’As they seem to know so little about the subject it looks as if we need a book on the subject’. At that time I certainly did not know enough to write a whole book about typography so I appealed to my friends in the field to contribute their expert chapters and Computers and Typography was published in 1993, followed some years later Computers and Typography 2. He also took on my husband John’s books starting with his groundbreaking book From Sumer to Jerusalem.

Masoud was the most ethical of publishers. He promised to keep books in print as long as possible and never to increase the price. With his support and encouragement I wrote nine books in total with Intellect.

There are inevitably some problems involved in writing so many books on different subjects in a relatively short time. There is not much that I would leave out in retrospect, but quite a lot that I might add by now. One thing that I might have altered is the title of one of my favourite ones, The Acquisition of a Second Writing System. If only I had called it something simpler like Not Only a Second Language but a Second Script maybe it would have been better understood and reached more readers.

Masoud is much missed by all who knew him, but his publishing house, which meant so much to him, carries on in his tradition”.

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CfP deadline: Drama Therapy Review 5.1 (Drama Therapy in Schools)

CfP deadline: Drama Therapy Review

Special Issue 5.1: Drama Therapy in Schools

This special issue of Drama Therapy Review seeks research on the impact of drama therapy across a variety of educational settings. Drama therapists have a long history of working in schools where their work has been valued as a unique method of identifying individual strengths and challenges, promoting positive socialization, complementing learning, increasing emotional regulation skills and student retention, supporting school climate, and improving academic performance. However, it remains important to demonstrate the efficacy of drama therapy in schools.

With this in mind, we invite contributions that offer evidence of the impact of drama therapy across traditional K-12 settings, preschools, university/college venues, and specialized schools. Contributors are encouraged to conceptualize how drama therapy services support site specific ecologies, promote student and/or faculty wellness, facilitate systems integration within and outside of the school, and contribute to educational requirements. While articles articulating theory or methods are welcome, we encourage articles that apply theory into practice and that are supported by quantitative and/or qualitative evidence.

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

Submission deadline: 1 August 2018

For the full CfP, click here >>

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CfP deadline: Studies in Costume & Performance 4.2

Studies in Costume & Performance 4.2 invites papers based on the theme of ‘Bodily Scenography: The body in twentieth-century stage design’. Click here for the full CfP

Studies in Costume & Performance aims to encourage, generate and disseminate critical discourse on costume and the relationship between costume and performance. It considers costume as a symbiotic articulation of the body of the performer which is visual, material, temporal and performative. Whether performed live, seen through the camera lens or found in an archive, costume embodies and reflects the performance itself.

This edition will explore the interplay between stage design and the role and significance of the body. It aims to examine the portrayals and meanings of the body, the ways in which it is performed, and the relationships it builds with other bodies, as crafted through twentieth-century scenography, focusing particularly on costume and set design.


Articles may address topics including but not limited to:

  • Costume design which alters/destabilizes bodily norms
  • The inter-relationship of the performers’ and audiences’ bodies
  • The body as scenographer
  • The use of technology, puppetry, sound, lighting, or other devices to augment or create bodies on stage
  • Scenographers’ subversive approaches towards the body, especially women, non-white, and non-‘Western’ bodies, scenographers and designers
  • Conveying undefined, ambiguous, or changing bodies
  • The use of the body as a symbol

Submission deadline: 31 July 2018

Email for more information

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CfP deadline: Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ)

Issue 8:1 : Beside Chantal Akerman’s NOW

The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first peer-reviewed publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. MIRAJ offers a widely distributed international forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks.

This special edition invites calls for papers reflecting on the renowned artist and filmmaker, Chantal Akerman’s, film practice, particularly the moving image works she developed in the context of gallery exhibition.

The editors invite contributions from art historians and critics, film and media scholars, curators, and, not least, practitioners. We seek pieces that offer theories of the present moment but also writings that propose historical re-readings. We welcome essays that:

  • re-view canonical works and texts, or identify ruptures in the standard histories of artists’ film and video;
  • discuss the development of media arts, including the history of imaging technologies, as a strand within the history of art;
  • address issues of the ontology and medium-specificity of film, video and new media, or the entanglement of the moving image in a ‘post-medium condition’;
  • attempt to account for the rise of projected and screen-based images in contemporary art, and the social, technological, or political-economic effects of this proliferation;
  • investigate interconnections between moving images and still images; the role of sound; the televisual; and the interaction of the moving image with other elements including technology, human presence and the installation environment;
  • analyse para-cinematic or extra-cinematic works to discover what these tell us about cinematic properties such as temporal progression or spectatorial immersion or mimetic representation;
  • explore issues of subjectivity and spectatorship; 
  • investigate the spread of moving images beyond the classical spaces of the cinema and galleries, across multiple institutions, sites and delivery platforms;  
  • consider the diverse uses of the moving image in art: from political activism to pure sensory and aesthetic pleasure, from reportage to documentary testimony, from performativity to social networking;
  • suggest new methods of theorizing and writing the moving image.

Submission deadline: 31 July 2018 

Send all contributions and proposals by e-mail in DOC or RTF format to the editorial assistants:

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CfP: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 6.2&3


CfP: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 6.2&3


This issue invites papers on the topic, 'Everyday Legend: Reinventing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art'.


Today in China, much of what is described as ‘traditional’ is no longer part of an everyday reality, but is instead transformed, as items of material culture ranging from discrete displays of museum cases to monumental structures of historical significance.


To reflect critically upon this cultural anxiety, will tradition reinvent the past for the future and translate from China to the world? This unique situation in China provides contemporary artists with challenges and opportunities, as traditions are constantly reassessed, and reinvented. Looking towards the fragmented traditions, artists stand in various positions favourable to reimagining, appropriating and subverting the processes that traditional art and crafts have long used, harnessing their symbolic potential and exploiting their cultural resonances. Through their practices, artists re-examine, draw from and are inspired by the traditions, including techniques, forms and materials, as well as aspects of their intangible cultural heritages, critically reflect upon their current situations and its implications to the present and future, and ultimately, reposition Chinese contemporary art in the international arena.


We invite papers reassessing the cultural significance of these everyday traditions relevant to China and to the world today, and in particular, responding to the relationship between contemporary art and traditional arts and culture in China. We encourage innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives, including art, social sciences, anthropology, visual and material culture and tourism, in order to develop new understandings of Chinese contemporary art in the context of globalization


Deadline: 30 July 2018

Submissions contact:


For the full CfP, click here or hit the 'read more' button >> 

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Journal of Science & Popular Culture 1.2 is now available


Intellect is pleased to announce that the Journal of Science & Popular Culture 1.2 is now available. For more information about the issue, including how to purchase and subscribe, click here or email

This issue features an exciting discussion on gender studies in sciences. Articles include, 'Hairdressing in space: Depiction of gender in science books for children' and 'Examining how scientists ‘do’ gender: An analysis of the representations of hegemonic masculinity and emphasized femininity on The Big Bang Theory'.

For an interesting insight into the problems of science representation on TV, the article, 'Staging science on TV: Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature and Wild Weather with Richard Hammond', may be of interest.

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Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas 15.2 is now available

Intellect is happy to announce that Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas 15.2 is now available. For more information about SLAC 15.2 including how to subscribe, please click here or email

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Central American cinematographic aesthetics and their role in international film festivals

Authors:  Andrea Cabezas Vargas And  Júlia González de Canales Carcereny 
Page Start: 163

Arturo Menéndez’s award-winning Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest (2014) chronicles the tribulations of Don Cleo, a poor piñata salesman suffering from mental and physical ailments. Cleo’s life is turned upside down when he receives an extortion letter asking for US$500 in exchange for his life. This article examines Malacrianza’s linkage between the protagonist’s body and his ailments and the broader sociopolitical matrix. I argue that the symptoms he demonstrates are manifestations of the impact of civil war and urban violence upon the social telos of Central America. My study explores phenomenological film analysis as a tool for examining affects and their circulations in the film. By using an affective code, Malacrianza engages the viewer in an intimate experience of the violence(s) of contemporary El Salvador.

Symptoms of a civil war: Affect, disease and urban violence in Arturo Menéndez’s Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest (2014)

Authors:  María del Carmen Caña Jiménez 
Page Start: 217

This article provides a brief aesthetic history of Central American cinema, outlining the impact of limited resources, sociopolitical conflicts and global aesthetic trends on regional film production. Focusing on films produced in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, it analyses how contemporary Central American films have overcome economic and material limitations and generated films that obtained acclaim in regional and international circuits. It also analyses the impact of international film festivals on Central American film production, focusing on the work of the Central American, yet also transnational, directors Julio Hernández Cordón and Tatiana Huezo.

Performing for Hollywood: Coloniality and the tourist image in Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe/Caribbean (2004)

Authors:  Liz Harvey-Kattou 
Page Start: 249

This article problematizes US–Costa Rican cultural and ideological relations through an analysis of Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe/Caribbean (2004) by arguing that it unconsciously invites an international audience to colonize Costa Rica – and Latin America more widely – via the tourist gaze. Beginning by considering Ramírez’s anti-imperialist stance within the film’s plot, which underscores the sovereignty of the Central American nation, I argue that these aims are undone through the exoticization of space and place. The article analyses how the tropical image of the nation is internalized by the film and how hegemonic Hollywood tropes of ethnicity and gender are mimicked and performed. 
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Journal of Dance & Somatic Practises 10.1 is now available



Intellect is happy to announce that the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practises 10.1 is now available. For more information about JDSP 10.1, including how to subscribe, please click here or email

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

A contemporary dance practice generating ad hoc dances: Inspired by and in conversation with Rosalind Crisp

Authors: Laura S. Glaser 
Page Start: 23

Dance artist Rosalind Crisp has developed a practice called ‘choreographic improvisation’ and methods of working in which the sensorial body becomes the material for a dance created in the moment; i.e. ad hoc dances. This article discusses how Crisp’s approach is a fine example of the integration of somatic and artistic processes as well as the incorporation of making choreographic choices while dancing. Intrigued by the quality of the teaching and performance works by Crisp, the author describes the methodology of ‘choreographic improvisation’ that is constituent to both the practice in the studio and in performance. This method is set in context with practices from other contemporary dance artists. Crisp’s understanding of material and the process-based interactions of material within itself and the environment prompts the linking to a current philosophical thinking of New Materialism. Creating ad hoc dances is a dynamic process sustaining emerging creations.

Unsettling materials: Lively tensions in learning through ‘set materials’ in the dance technique class

Authors: Jamieson Dryburgh 
Page Start: 35

An explorative engagement with learning through set materials in the dance technique class enables embodied knowledge. This qualitative dance research, framed through practitioner-led inquiry, reflects upon the experience of a deliberately unsettled process of bodily learning in the studio. Set materials in contemporary dance technique classes are considered through two intertwined strands of learning; exploration and embodiment. A series of ‘lively tensions’ are articulated through the student participant data that reveal the multidimensionality of dance technique practice. The pedagogical considerations and theoretical framing of what it means for set materials to enable rather than restrict dance student agency are discussed. The teacher/researcher reflects on how unsettling the process of learning in the studio might encourage dance students to more thoroughly engage with bodily inquiry. The voices of students as research participants, are quoted in order that their words articulate the nuances of the experience of learning in dance technique.

Employing dwelling to reconsider individual and collaborative relationships to pedagogical practice

Authors: Sara Giddens And Liz Long And Ruth Spencer 
Page Start: 52

Three practitioner-researchers from the University of Central Lancashire begin to wrestle with how they might employ dwelling within their pedagogy. Weaving together images and texts from a diverse range of sources, they invite readers to consider how dwelling, as a practice, has become foregrounded in, and through, their research and professional practice, and how it might support and challenge teaching and learning within a higher education context. And how it might inform and empower new ways of working collaboratively and help us to enable and engage in a more useful and meaningful dialoguing process.

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