CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture

The integral place of science in global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology on television, in films, and across the internet, makes it more important than ever to examine the dynamic and complex connections between popular culture and science. 


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


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


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

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

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

Submission deadline: July 1st 2017


Guest Editors: Sondra Fraleigh and Robert Bingham


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


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


• Aesthetics of environmental crisis in dance and performance 

• Animal studies and the human animal in dance 

• Cultural studies, crisis, and dance 

• Dance and performance in the Anthropocene 

• Dance and somatic pedagogies in the Anthropocene

• Dance, spirituality and ecology 

• Dance, capitalism, and crisis 

• Eco-criticism and dance 

• Ecological frameworks for dance and performance 

• Eco-psychology and dance 

• Eco-somatics 

• Environmental dance 

• Movement arts and environmental humanities 

• Site-specific dance and the environment 

• Somatic psychology, dance and ecology


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


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


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

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Indian Theatre Journal 1.1 - out soon!

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


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


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


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

Authors: Maitri Gopalakrishna and Shabari Rao


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

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

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


JPME 1.1 is available to download for free from


If you wish to find out more about the journal including how to subscribe, please click here or email


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


Articles in this issue include (partial list):


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

Authors: Lucy K. Dearn and Stephanie E. Pitts

Page Start: 43


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


Facilitation in popular music education

Authors: Radio Cremata

Page Start: 63


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

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Theatre for Children in Hospital featured in Lancaster University Steps Magazine

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

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

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New issue of Philosophy of Photography 7.1-2

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

For more information about this issue, please click here or email


Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Visibility and realism: Photography and the problems of transparency

Authors: Duncan Wooldridge

Page Start: 11


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


Akeley inside the elephant: Trajectory of a taxidermic image

Authors: Bernd Behr

Page Start: 43


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


What is twenty-first century photography?

Authors: Daniel Rubinstein

Page Start: 155


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

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Intellect Fashion Collection Competition!

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

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


Please email for a form to enter the competition before 15th March 2017.

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

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

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

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


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Q&A with Camilla Møhring Reestorff from Culture War

1. Could you describe this book in a few words?

This book concerns art activists and politicians’ use of affective cultural politics in their negotiation of the national symbolic in the Danish culture war.

2. Were there any challenges you face whilst writing this title?

The difficulty of writing on culture wars is that the topic develops rapidly. Immigration policies are, for instance, strengthened and the emphasis on national identity and borders is amplified – not only in Denmark, but also in other European countries, the US and Australia. Due to the rapid development the challenge is to keep up with the continuous changes in the culture wars.


Another difficulty of writing on culture wars is that they are not limited to the traditional institutional political system. This is a challenge because it requires an understanding not only of the different kinds of participants that make up culture wars, but also their mediatised practices. This is also a challenge because it requires a transdisciplinary approach.


After I submitted the book, the so-called “refugee crisis” caused by the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria resulted in further restrictions in the Danish immigration policies and in a border control that challenged the Schengen Agreement. I felt that it was necessary to reflect this development in the book, and luckily Intellect agreed and allowed me to add an extra chapter. This made it possible to investigate how both tepid nationalism and art activism influence the ways in which the refugee crisis is articulated on social media.


3. How did you first become interested in culture war and art activism?

My interest in culture war and art activism began quite early. When I was a student in primary school the teachers were always accused of left-wing indoctrination. Furthermore, my father was born in Germany and I was therefore often called ‘sausage-German’. This meant that I had an awareness of the on-going struggle to define the national symbolic – for instance in terms of identity and curriculum. Later, around the turn of the century, the Prime Minster launched his culture war against what he called “left-wing arbiters of taste” and the “Culture canon” was made to signify Danish culture and identity. Several of the artists on the culture canon protested. I was intrigued by the clashes between artists and politicians and began to study what happens when politicians use art and culture and how artists and art activist resists and protests certain national frameworks.


4. What did you enjoy most when writing this book?

Sometimes the study of politics and affect, especially on social media, can be exhausting because it often contains intense outburst of anger – especially when the topic is culture wars and issues of national identity and immigration. Nevertheless, it is academically rewarding to find the logics that motivate political participation and affective intensifications. Furthermore, by writing this book I became aware of the multiple interpretations of the national symbolic and of the many different participants, including art activists, who in various ways engage in politics. Finally, at the end of the writing process, I was truly happy that many art activists agreed to be represented in the books’ intermezzos and contribute to the book’s visual representation of art activism in the culture war.


5. How do you think this subject / research area will develop over the coming years?

The development of national and international politics will only contribute to intensify culture wars in Denmark and internationally. There is an increasing tendency, not only in Denmark, to understand citizenship, national identity and culture as tied to the non-immigrant population – a notion that is conflictual in a world characterised by global connectivity. This will also lead to an increase in art activism that opposes specific policies and attempt to visualise and affectively intensify relations and communities that are not tied to the nation state.


The development of the subject area will most likely lead to an increase in research that studies new types of nationalism and the kind of affective cultural politics that this book has outlined. It is necessary to continue researching the importance of affective cultural politics in a political climate increasingly characterised by communication that concerns facts less than affects. Likewise research will have to come to terms with the multiple ways in which art activism navigate counteract and utilise affective cultural politics.


For more information about Culture War: Affective Cultural Politics, Tepid Nationalism and Art Activism, please click here.


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Winner of the 2016 Film Matters Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship announced

Each year, Film Matters honours Masoud Yasdani, founding chairman of Intellect and all-around visionary who is very much missed, by recognizing an emerging undergraduate film scholar who has published a feature article in Film Matters the previous volume year. The winning author, selected by three individual academics based at institutions of higher education worldwide, receives a book from the field of film studies, in recognition of his/her achievement. 


Intellect is delighted to announce the winner of the Film Matters second annual Masoud Yazdani Award, Nace Zavrl, for his FM 6.3 (2015) article, “Spectatorship and Synchronous Sound Before the Transition: A Contextual Analysis of Chronophone, Phonofilm, and Movietone Shorts.”


Nace will be receiving a cope of Miriam Hansen’s Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship on American Silent Film, published by Harvard University Press in 1994.


Upon the release of Film Matters 7.3 (2016), judging for the 2017 award will begin. All volume 7 (2016) feature article authors will automatically be considered for this distinction.


For more information about this award, please click here.

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