New issue of Clothing Cultures 3.3 - now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the latest issue of Clothing Cultures 3.3 is now available.


This special issue of Clothing Cultures focuses on Dress Culture in Imperial Russia from the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725) to the October Revolution of 1917. This issue intends to explore dress as a cultural and social phenomenon within the imperial historical framework and show how the production and circulation of material artefacts in cultural and artistic texts resulted in the construction of meaning. Authors in this issue demonstrate how dress was received in a variety of cultural contexts, in which it manifested aesthetic, ideological and social ideas. They employ methodological frameworks taken from the fields of structuralism and semiotics, as well as theories of reception and performance. The issue is organised in a historical progression from the eighteenth to the very beginning of the twentieth century.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


The social life of the caftan in eighteenth-century Russia

Authors: Victoria Ivleva

Page Start: 171


This article explores the ‘cultural biography’ of the caftan, a garment, which underwent significant changes as a part of Peter I’s urban clothing revolution. The article discusses the evolution of the caftan and changes in its functions and meanings, its historical, social and literary modes of circulation and the semiotic value it acquired in the eighteenth-century clothing system, and more broadly in eighteenth-century Russian culture. As a key garment of the Petrine dress reforms, the caftan became a material symbol of eighteenth-century modernizing processes and was often employed by writers to comment on social and cultural policies and practices. When the caftan (as part of a uniform) started to be associated with state control and the infringement on individual freedom, it was replaced by the dressing gown, which became a symbol of internal peace, freedom and creativity in literature and cultural life.


Ceremonial ‘Russian dress’ as a phenomenon of court culture

Authors: Svetlana A. Amelekhina and Daniel Green

Page Start: 191


Russian rulers introduced numerous dress reforms in the imperial period, transforming the appearance of state institutions and thus the image of Russia and its elite. This article traces the origins and development of ‘Russian dress’, a stylised version of female Russian folk costume introduced to the Russian court by Catherine the Great (1762–1796) and worn, in various forms, from the 1770s to 1917. It examines the symbolic role ‘Russian dress’ played in shaping the image of the ruler, Russia’s relationship with the West, and shifting notions of Russianness at home and abroad.

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JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students 2.2 - Out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students 2.2 is now available. 


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Articles within this issue (partial list):


Art of the revolution: The urgency to create in political turmoil

Authors: Petra Swais

Page Start: 93


This essay discusses the recent Egyptian revolution and the surge of art that materialised and consequently contributed to the fuelling and documenting of the demonstrations. Considering the urgency and immediate need to create in a coming together of a people, this is analysed against Arendt’s theories of revolution and reflected against ‘Opera from Balconies’, an experimental theatrical project that took place spontaneously in various neighbourhoods in cities across the Egyptian Delta. It discusses echo of hope through collective engagement from the space of Tahrir Square to the domestic neighbourhoods of the ‘Opera from Balconies’ project.


Slow It Down. Write It. Perform It

Authors: Julia Cunningham 

Page Start: 105


This article is an enquiry into the meditative and unconscious processes of the mind. In critical thought there appears to be a gap where the art object has been elevated above the artist process. What has been lost is a study into the psychoanalytic, creative and meditative qualities of both written and creative systems. This article draws from theories of meditative practice, as well as contemporary practitioners including Marina Abramović and Zhang Huan. The aims of this study are to augment process, lead discussion and create discourse in the context of meditative, performative and immaterial dialogues.


Drawing pareidolia: Journal extracts reflecting on practice-based research

Authors: Elizabeth Monahan

Page Start: 127


Our way of seeing and interpreting the visual world are a highly personal and diverse experience. These are the cornerstones of image making, the results of which can offer thought-provoking glimpses into another person’s view of the world, and can make us question our own. This reflective article grapples with the process of creating drawn interpretations of visual perception, specifically that of facial pareidolia, and attempts to share this ‘felt’ process. However, although an interest in pareidolia initiated the study, other concerns emerge: the process of looking and how drawing can navigate issues of time, space and movement.

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New issue of Metal Music Studies 3.1 is now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of Metal Music Studies 3.1 is now available. 


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Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Slashing through the boundaries: Heavy metal fandom, fan fiction and girl cultures

Authors: Catherine Hoad

Page Start: 5 


This article explores the creation and circulation of online fan fiction about heavy metal performers. Heavy metal fan fiction, which is overwhelmingly created and consumed by young women, allows girls not only to actively assert themselves within this form of music fandom, but also to renegotiate hegemonic codes of hyper-heterosexual masculinity within heavy metal discourses. The queering of metal masculinity through slash (male/male) fiction further demonstrates how such practices deconstruct heavy metal’s gender norms and actually slash the rigid strictures of metal masculinity in the process. These constellations of sexuality, gender and metal fandom have thus enabled girls to redefine their own resistant spaces within a masculinist subculture.


Within the perpetual pentagram: Religious discourse in the Hawai’i metal scene

Authors: Benjamin Hedge Olson

Page Start: 47


This article explores the religious dimensions of the metal scene in the Hawaiian Islands. While most scenes are large enough or have enough access to external scenes to segregate overtly Christian metal from metal that is hostile to Christianity, the metal scene in Hawai‘i must accommodate a wide range of religious perspectives as a result of its small size and geographic isolation. Bands that glorify Satanism or are deeply critical of Christianity must share stages with aggressively evangelical bands, creating significant discursive tension within the scene. As in metal scenes across the globe, the metal scene in Hawai‘i is preoccupied with religion in a variety of ways. How this religious preoccupation play itself out reflects local tension, hostilities and anxieties within the scene in question.


Rime of a metal mariner

Authors: Justin J. Roberts

Page Start: 63


Heavy metal has drawn inspiration from literature almost from the genre’s inception. Iron Maiden has fully embraced literary allusion and adaptation in its songwriting approach. This article examines one of the band’s most ambitious adaptations, ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (1984) and the unique ways the band adapts Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem. Lyrically, songwriter Steve Harris conflates both Coleridge’s poem and subsequent glossing, joining the two elements to present the tale. Additionally, the members of Iron Maiden compose a lengthy song with numerous movements, the different musical themes working with the tale’s textual themes to deepen and complicate the adaptation, interpreting not just the words but also the underlying moods and philosophical and narrative themes of Coleridge’s texts in the song.

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Indian Theatre Journal 1.1 - Sneak peak!

Intellect is delighted to share a selection select of abstract articles from the forthcoming, inaugural issue of the Indian Theatre Journal:


Homeland as ‘Beloved’: Translating viraha for (post)colonial contexts

Authors: Cynthia Ling Lee


This article discusses how Pallabi Chakravorty’s Asun der and Cynthia Ling Lee’s fish hook tongue, two contemporary works by kathak-trained choreographers, intervene in the nationalist discourse surrounding classical Indian dance by translating the aesthetic concept of viraha for politicized (post)colonial contexts. The two works refuse to perform Indian nationalist representations of kathak that uphold respectable Hindu femininity imbued with the Orientalist weight of timeless, immutable ‘tradition’. Instead, Asunder and fish hook tongue depart from classical practice and Indian nationalist representations of kathak by replacing the traditional Beloved of kathak abhinaya with a new love object: the troubled, (post)colonial homeland. I draw on Svetlana Boym’s theorizations of nostalgia to argue that these two works, which are grounded in critical histories rather than timeless myth, reimagine viraha as critical reflective nostalgia, as the impossible longing of a diasporic subject for union with a broken homeland. Asunder addresses the Partition of India by evoking longing for an undivided India that interweaves Muslim and Hindu influences, while fish hook tongue re-territorializes and reconfigures viraha as the visceral longing to speak one’s mother tongue of Taiwanese against the silencing forces of colonization and assimilation.


Grotowski and the Indian tradition 

Authors: Maria Krzysztof Byrski 


The question of Grotowski’s Indian affiliations in his theatrical experiments is long discussed. In the article presented, an attempt is made to tackle this problem. What absorbs Grotowski into the Indian tradition is a question that remains still fascinating in many ways. My conclusion is that it was first of all Grotowski’s fascination with the Indian spirituality as personified by Ramana Maharishi of Arunachala that made him especially sensitive to what the Indian culture could offer and not so much his acquaintance with the Indian theatre tradition, which was rather fragmentary and occidental. While travelling in India, he was more interested in the religiously motivated performances of the Bauls of Bengal than in regular theatre, neither classical nor modern.


Rabindranath Tagore and the Bauls: Representation and performance of Bauls as sociopolitical actors

Authors: Sukanya Chakrabarti


This article reveals the relationship between Rabindranath Tagore and the Bauls against the backdrop of the politics of nationalism between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century in Bengal. Tagore’s works – including novels (Gora and Ghare Baire), play, Phalguni and songs composed between 1900 and 1920 – are thoroughly influenced by the ideologies of Bauls, whose liminal identities (of being in the world and yet outside of it) play a significant part in the formation of his political, philosophical and spiritual identity. Tagore’s subsequent popularity amongst the middle-class bourgeois Bengalis, in turn, shapes the representation of Bauls more as political rather than merely spiritual, musical or cultural performers of Bengal. From a marginal and ‘shameful’ social positionality, Tagore’s portrayal of Bauls transforms them into political figures and agents of self-reflection, reform and covert resistance to hegemonic powers of control and domination through their world-view, performance and lifestyle.

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Special issue of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 - now available!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 is now available. 


This special issue of JICMS is dedicated to ‘Italian Horror Cinema’. In both fan culture and the academy (which are frequently connected), Italian horror films have been singled out for their alleged transgressions, and the challenges they arguably pose to various ‘norms’, ‘whether these be aesthetic norms of commercial mainstream cinema film-making or broader social and ideological norms’ (Hutchings 2003: 132). This special issue seeks to engage with this developing trend, as an outlet for such trans-disciplinary research: sitting within the concerns of both Film Studies and Italian Studies, while embracing the exigencies of historically informed nuance.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


All the colours of the dark: Film genre and the Italian giallo

Authors: Alexia Kannas

Page Start: 173


Recent scholarship on the giallo film – and Italian horror more broadly – has emphasised the use of the Italian term filone (‘thread’ or ‘streamlet’) instead of ‘genre’ to describe the particular production contexts of Italian genre film in the post-war period. This article considers how and why the giallo problematizes film genre as it is traditionally conceived, and argues that the giallo film is uniquely positioned to pose fundamental questions about genre as a theoretical system, as well as to question the task of genre criticism itself. Through an examination of historical approaches to film genre via the giallo case study, the article shows how this group of films debunks theories of generic evolution and complicates the notion of generic hybridity. Whilst challenging the cultural hegemony of Hollywood, framing the giallo as a genre demands a radical conceptualisation of genre systems that more readily accommodates their propensity to shift and change over time.


A comparative analysis of the factors driving film cycles: Italian and American zombie film production, 1978-82

Authors: Todd K. Platts

Page Start: 191


This study shines light on the general factors involved in film cycle development and non-development through a focus on Dawn of the Dead’s (Romero, 1978/79) influence in the Italian and US film markets. Four factors, commercial success, sociopolitical events and broader social currents, supporting cultural phenomena and ephemera, and industrial compatibility, are comparatively assessed with respect to the Italian zombie cycle from 1978 to 1981 and the lack of an American cycle from the same period. The comparative approach advanced in the article properly historicises the development of zombie cinema after one of its landmark films. Moreover, while the approach is applied to late 1970s/early 1980s zombie cinema, it offers a general analytic for future film cycle scholarship.


Streaming Italian horror cinema in the United Kingdom: Lovefilm Instant

Authors: Stefano Baschiera

Page Start: 245


This article investigates the distribution of Italian horror cinema in the age of video streaming, analysing its presence and categorisation on the platform Lovefilm Instant UK, in order to investigate the importance of ‘niche’ in what is known as the long tail of online distribution and the online availability of exploitation films. The author argues that looking at the streaming presence of Italian horror and comparing it to its prior distribution on home video formats (in particular VHS and DVD) we can grasp how distribution and access have shaped the understanding of the genre. In particular, this article addresses the question of the categorisation of the films made by the S-VOD services and the limits of streaming distribution, such as lack of persistency in availability and the need for enhanced curatorship.

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Open Call for Undergraduate Videographic Film Scholarship

Film Matters is seeking critical video essays made by undergraduate film scholars for its first issue of videographic film scholarship. 


For more information about Film Matters, please click here.


Please email links to videos, with written statements attached as Microsoft Word documents, to:


All questions should be referred to Allison de Fren and Adam Hart at


Calls for video essays are open to any undergraduate student, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning worldwide and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Recent graduates are also eligible, providing they submit to a call, the deadline for which occurs within six months from their graduation date (or up to a year, providing that the recent graduate is not enrolled in graduate school). Any original piece of videographic scholarship, involving film criticism, history, or theory will be considered for publication. By submitting a video for a call, authors are certifying that: (1) they are undergraduate students, currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning and working toward a Bachelor’s degree (or they are recent graduates of twelve months or less from the date of the call deadline, providing they are not enrolled in graduate school); and (2) their submitted videos are original pieces of scholarship, authored solely by them, and have not been published in any form, in any publication, heretofore.


Submissions must include two components: (1) a video essay of 3-8 minutes, uploaded to Vimeo. Note: please make your video essay private and include your link and chosen password on the cover sheet (see below); and, (2) an accompanying written statement (saved as a Microsoft Word document) of 1000 words maximum that explains the maker’s intentions. (NOTE: this should not simply be a transcript.) 

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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


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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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