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Personal Style Blogs: Appearances that Fascinate by Rosie Findlay

The lastest book to be added to our Cultural & Media Studies subject areas is Personal Style Blogs: Apperances that Fascinate by Rosie Findlay. 

From Style Rookie to Style Bubble, personal style blogs exploded onto the scene in the mid-2000s giving voice to young and stylish writers who had their own unique take on the seasonal fashion cycle and how to curate an individual style within the shifting swirl of trends. Personal Style Blogs examies the history and rise of style blogging and looks closely at the relationship between bloggers and their (often anonymous) readers as well as the response of the fashion industry to style bloggers' amateur and often-unauthorized fashion reportage.

You can find out more information on this title and pre order a copy here.

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SFS at Encounters: Short Film & Animation Festival 2017

We are excited to be at the Encounters: 23rd Short Film & Animation Festival, between 19-24 September 2017 at The Watershed, Bristol.


A seminar is being held for the launch of the new issue of Short Film Studies on Wednesday 20 September at 12.30pm, at the The Watershed, Waterside 3. The issue is devoted to two recent short film masterpieces that have won numerous awards: Zepo (Spain, 2014, 3 min) directed by Cesar Diaz Melendez and Listen (Denmark/Finland, 2013, 13 min), directed by Rungano Nyoni and Hamy Ramezan.


For more information about this event, please click here.



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Critical Studies in Men's Fashion 4.2 – out now!

We are delighted to announce that the new issue of Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion (4.2) is now available.

This special issue of CSMF focusses on ‘Fashion as Art’.

 

For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com.

 

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

’Till They See a Man in Spite of His Clothes’: Twentieth Century Media and Raymond Duncan

Authors: Megan Martinelli Campbell

Page Start: 113

 

Raymond Duncan (1874–1966) entered the twentieth century clothed in a Greek inspired dress influenced by the past, yet strikingly modern for his time. Duncan, a leader at his own self-sufficient art colonies in Paris and Nice, spent 62 years of his life dressed in the daily uniform of hand-woven tunics and leather sandals that he and his followers created for themselves. Duncan first adopted his social and gender-defying philhellenic costume in 1903, and coverage of Duncan and his companions’ dress in newspapers and other media outlets continued throughout his lifetime. This article explores Duncan’s defiance of social conventions via his clothing, and the evolving attitudes of the twentieth-century mindset, from scandalised shock at Duncan’s trouser-less appearance during the 1910s to bemused curiosity from the 1920s onwards. As a male artist travelling through cultural centres such as Paris, London, Berlin and New York during the twentieth century, the attention afforded by the western press to Duncan’s ‘draperies’, long hair and sandalled feet contributed to the artist’s notoriety and success, and revealed a gradually evolving social interpretation of bohemian dress, which, by the time of Duncan’s death in the late 1960s, approached understanding and acceptance.

 

Identity and imaginary: Rhetorics of menswear in literature and film

Authors: Kenneth M. Kambara and John Deming

Page Start: 153

 

We critically examine the use of menswear in literature and film as an expression of Weltanschauung, a view of the world by creatives in the literary and visual arts. While depictions and presentations of menswear serve as rhetorical devices in literature and film, this occurs within a sociocultural meaning system, where the creator not only captures elements of social realities but also serves to influence them. Our enquiry informs how taste is defined through the distinctions made in social processes involving cultural capital through creative production. This involves context-rich analyses of how menswear is used to craft identities and tropes embedded within a historicized imaginary that may have never even existed. Such an examination of menswear as an art form in media allows for a nuanced critical analysis of gender performativity and issues of trajectories of meanings over time. Our theoretical framework builds on the fashion system and cultural reproduction work of Roland Barthes and Pierre Bourdieu, respectively. We use several key case studies of twentieth-century authors and film projects to develop new theory that has implications for understanding menswear as an art form with societal significance, with implications for better understanding gender, identity, culture and the everyday praxis of individuals and institutions.

 

Gender fluidity in Men’s fashion: From Shakespeare’s modern English to the new millennium

Authors: Patti Jordan

Page Start: 171

 

This study explores how art, performance and the fluid construction of gender identities have significantly influenced men’s fashion over the trajectories of both time and place. Comparisons are made to the similarities and differences between everyday dress, and dress for performance. Studies of particular epochs indicate noteworthy changes in men’s fashion, such as sixteenth-century dress and costume in Shakespearean England, the nineteenth-century Aesthetic Movement, twentieth century counterculture and the new millennium. Emphasis is placed on the transformative development of New English, and how this linguistic trend, as well as the increase in world travel, may have augmented changes in men’s dress. Western fascination with eastern influences and emerging concepts of exotic dress during the nineteenth-century Aesthetic Movement to the present are noted. Other pivotal moments, such as the development of twentieth-century fashion subcultures, mirror specific contemporary shifts in men’s attitudes towards the construction of gender identity and fashion influence. Cross-analysis is introduced through visual and verbal linkages as well as diverse art genres so as to further examine men’s styling at decisive points in fashion history.

 

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New issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies 2.2

We are delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies (2.2) is now available.


This special issue of JIVS focuses on ‘Voicing Belonging: Traditional Singing in a Globalized World’.


For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com


Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Constructing the singing voice: Vocal style, aesthetics and the body in Okinawan music

Authors: Matt Gillan

Page Start: 103


Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa has a thriving traditional music culture that has become popular throughout the country, and has also become the basis for a more modern Okinawan pop music scene. Most Okinawan musical genres strongly emphasize vocal technique – vocal timbre, inflection and ornamentation are all singled out as being cultural markers that differentiate Okinawan genres from each other and from the vocal music of the Japanese mainland. Vocal techniques have long been theorized and mediated through both written and verbal aesthetic discourses, and the voice continues to be a way that regional identities, lineage affiliations and other aspects of Okinawan society are negotiated. In this article I draw on fifteen years as a researcher and performer of Okinawan folk and classical vocal traditions, as well as recent recorded interviews with performers and music producers, to analyse how these discourses function, and how they have interacted with changes in performance practice since the early twentieth century.


South Indian singing, digital dissemination and belonging in London’s Tamil diaspora

Authors: Jasmine Hornabrook

Page Start: 119


This article explores the digital dissemination of Carnatic – South Indian classical – and Tamil devotional songs, singing and learning in London’s Tamil diaspora. Carnatic and Tamil devotional singing are key cultural practices in this highly dispersed, or ‘scattered’, diaspora, and are strong markers of collective Tamil cultural identity. The voice embodies the distinct South Indian style and is, therefore, highly iconic in South India, Sri Lanka and their diasporas. To demonstrate how the voice and singing are experienced in multiple locations, the article describes specific examples of how ‘traditional’ vocal practices are disseminated through the Internet. These examples are Skype lessons and online broadcasting of Tamil devotional singing. Through engaging in traditional singing practices in online environments, it is argued that vocal practices are central to a sense of belonging in multiple diasporic localities and to musical, spiritual and cultural diasporic imaginaries.

 

The transmission of voicing in traditional Gwoka: Between identity and memory

Authors: Marie Tahon and Pierre-Eugène Sitchet  

Page Start: 157


This article examines the transmission of voicing – the use of voice during the execution of a song – in Gwoka music. Considered at the time of French colonization as mizik a vié nèg (‘vagrants’ music’) this traditional music from Guadeloupe recently underwent a rehabilitation process that led to the idea that it reflected the ‘roots’ and the ‘authenticity’ of the Guadeloupean people. Gwoka music has since then become an important part of Guadeloupe’s cultural heritage, to the point that it is now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The present work explores the relation between voicing in Gwoka and the questions of identity and memory. We suggest that traditional singers are chroniclers of their time, and memory smugglers who educate the audience by evoking values through their lyrics and voice. Gwoka music is strongly attached to political movements of resistance since its emergence. Previous generations of singers have not only transmitted vocal practice and lyrics, but also Creole language. Finally, we relate voicing to the preservation of Guadeloupean identity and to resistance in the face of Western domination.


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CfP: Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice 3.1

Call for Papers: Volume 3, Issue 1 'Drawing on Text'


This special guest-edited issue explores the relationship between writing and drawing. Topics for consideration concern writing, drawing, visual text, illustration, marginalia, illustrated letters, drawing with creative writing, writing with drawing, poetry as drawing, image based languages, and pictographs. We are inviting multi-cultural contributions with historical and/or contemporary emphasis, scholarly articles, critical essays, creative visual and textual research projects and profiles, and visual submissions of hybrid practices of drawing on text.

Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (DRTP) promotes and disseminates contemporary drawing practice and research in its current cultural and disciplinary diversity. The journal encourages pluralist forms of discourse, addressing current issues of theory and practice. It is concerned with drawing as an interactive process and product, as a form of writing or visual narrative, as a model of representation; an investigative, descriptive or interpretive pursuit, a recording and communicative tool; an interactive and dynamic 'site of conception'; as performance, as support to critical thinking, an interpretative medium and as a site of production.
 
DRTP invites practitioners, researchers, educators and theorists in the disciplines of fine art, architecture, design, visual communication, technology, craft, animation, etc. to contribute articles, projects, essay and papers that deal with the various knowledges and representations of drawing.
 
We invite submissions for Vol 3, Issue 1 of the journal including:
Articles (5000 words, 1–6 images)
Research Projects (3000 words, 1–4 images)
Critical essays (3000 words, 1–4 images)
Profiles (1500 words, 1–2 images)
Featured Drawings (1–2 image and 1000 words)
Reviews (1500 words) on the latest books, media, museum and gallery exhibitions, conferences, performance, educational and research projects and events that relate to drawing.
 
Deadline: 15 October 2017
 
Submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed and must be uploaded via the ‘Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice’ Intellect webpage:
 Please follow this link, scroll down to submit article’ and generate a user account.
 
 
Please submit a PDF Document with 1–6 embedded images (72 dpi), captioned, as Name_Surname.doc. On acceptance, a Word Document with separate images (300dpi) will be required via www.wetransfer.com.
 
All contributions should be original and not exceed 20 Mb.
All contributors should submit the Metadata (see Notes for Contributors)
Authors are responsible for copyright permissions (article [author] and images [artist or institutional copyright / photographer's permission]). Only copyright forms supplied by Intellect are accepted (hand-signed, scanned and returned as PDF files).
 
Please refer to the DRTP Notes for Contributors and to the Intellect House Guidelines for Style. Authors should ensure guidelines are adhered to; failing to do so leads to delays, and may result in the editor having to return or withdraw the submission.
 
All enquiries should be addressed to the principal editor.
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New issue of Journal of the Urban Cultural Studies 4.1&2

We are delighted to announce that the new, special issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 4.1&2 is now available.

 

For more information about this issue, please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com.

 

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

 

Giving visibility to urban change in Rio de Janeiro through digital audio-visual culture: A Brazilian webdocumentary project and its circulation

Authors: Tori Holmes

Page Start: 63

 

This article discusses the crowdfunded Brazilian webdocumentary project Domínio Público (produced by the audio-visual collective Paêbirú Realizações Cultivadas), which portrays urban transformations in Rio de Janeiro in the run-up to the city’s hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, with a particular focus on the impact in the city’s favelas. It argues that Domínio Público can be understood as a snapshot of a key moment in the recent history of Rio de Janeiro and of Brazil, which intertwines Rio’s urban transformations with digital audio-visual culture, fundamental for the circulation and visibility of these processes in Brazil and abroad, as well as with national political processes and crises which would go on to take unforeseen directions and proportions after the film’s release. The article shows how circulation and visibility were embedded in the project from the outset, and became an intrinsic part of its critical narrative on urban transformations.

 

Haptic film spaces and the rhythms of everyday life in São Paulo  in Lima Chamie’s A via láctea

Authors: Andrew C. Rajca

Page Start: 87

 

In dialogue with Henri Lefebvre’s concept of ‘rhythmanalysis’ and Giuliana Bruno’s notion of ‘haptic cinema’, this article examines the ways that Brazilian director Lina Chamie’s 2007 film A via láctea explores imagined and material experiences of everyday life in the megalopolis of São Paulo. It suggests that a rhythmanalytic approach to the study of film spectatorship can offer new perspectives on multisensorial engagement with the cinematic city that move beyond the traditional focus on gaze in film studies. Via close ‘readings’ of the form and content of the film, the article explores how the cinematic apparatus (e.g. camera placement, editing, soundtrack) can create a haptic filmic space for viewers, where the multiple, contradictory temporal and spatial rhythms of urban environments can be felt and ‘touched’. The article contends that by placing the notions of rhythmanalysis and haptic cinema into a productive dialogue, we can explore new ways to link socialscience-based urban studies and humanities inflected film studies in critical engagement with both the imagined and material city.

 

Urban fortunes: Spatializing the community of money in Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad

Authors: Malcolm A. Compitello

Page Start: 155


This article reads Alex de la Iglesia’s La comunidad (2000) as an act of resistance to urban transformation in Madrid and its deleterious consequences. Crucial to the arguments advanced in these pages are the idea of community and the importance of place. The former is one of the five formative elements of urban consciousness in David Harvey’s project of explaining the urban process under capital. The film presents an extended, problematic, examination of how a grouping that should bind people together can be skewed by money and capital to do the opposite. These pages also underscore the filmmaker’s deep engagement with urban issues in a way that makes the places in which the members of the community interact help form the arguments in favor of resisting the abuses of the urban process that he weaves into its narrative structure.

 

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CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture 1.2

CFP - Journal of Science and Popular Culture 1.2


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 society.


The Journal of Science and Popular Culture is a new peer-reviewed publication, which aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle and interpret the interrelationship of science and society.


The first issue will be available in October with ongoing publication starting in 2018. Submissions for consideration in the second issue must be received by November 30.


For more information about JSPC please click here.


Full articles of 6,000 - 8,000 words, shorter proposals and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil: drstevengil@gmail.com

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NeMLA 2018 CFP
Convention Theme: “​Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds​”

With more than 2,000 members, NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLA affiliates

providing a remarkable opportunity for discussion and academic exchange.
 
Are you working in Media & Film Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies,
Eco-criticism, Urban Ecology or Cultural Studies?​ NeMLA's annual convention is
an opportunity for scholars across the range of modern languages and literatures
to gather for four days of intensive scholarly inquiry and discovery.
 
More information can be found on the NeMLA website: www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/session.html
 
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New issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies – out now!

We are delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies (5.3) is now available.


For more information about this issue please click here or email katy@intellectbooks.com.


Articles within this issue include (partial list):


In the place of abandonment: Rohrwacher, Martel and ‘miracles’

Authors: Ramsey McGlazer

Page Start: 305


This essay analyses Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo celeste (2011) and Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga (2001) and considers the relation between the two films. Attending to the films’ shared interest in ‘miracles’ that are as minor and apparently inconsequential as they are elusive, I show that such miracles, reminiscent of others in recent critical theory, figure in both films as means of exiting or altering a present that otherwise appears foreclosed. Miracles become means of restoring what Gilles Deleuze calls ‘belief in the world’, however minimally. In this way, both Corpo celeste and La ciénaga point to the continued salience of Deleuze’s account in Cinema 2 of suspended action and subsequent ‘learning to see’. But both films also foreground, differently and in ways that Deleuze could not have foreseen, the difficulties of such learning in contexts of impasse, economic crisis, austerity and abandonment.


Viaggio in Francia: Pathé Italian-French co-productions in the 1950s and 1960s

Authors: Paolo Palma

Page Start: 333


The article explores some recurring features found in Pathé’s Italian-French co-productions in the 1950s and 1960s, addressing this corpus of films as a representative sample of the larger co-production trends between the two countries in the period under discussion. The analysis is based on the examination of unpublished documents as well as press material from the archives of the Fondation Seydoux-Pathé (Seydoux-Pathé Foundation) and the Cinémathèque française (French Film Library). As the article evidences, co-productions served as a powerful instrument of transnational cultural exchange, modern marketing practices, and the rethinking and revisiting of country-specific genres. They also paved the way for the exportation and popularization of Italian actors, directors and cinematic style across France. Great attention is paid to how the French specialist and popular press received such co-productions, whether the films’ dual nationality affected their reception and to what extent co-productions contributed to the image of Italian cinema in post-war France.


Politicize and popularize: The theoretical discourse on feminicide in Italian feminist blogs

Authors: Nicholetta Mandolini

Page Start: 357

The concept of feminicide (‘femminicidio’) has been recently introduced to the Italian socio-political context and since 2012 a prolific theoretical debate on the topic has begun, both on traditional media and on the Internet. This article aims at analysing the current online discussion on feminicide and, in particular, the synergy of dialogue and activism which has appeared within the domain of feminist blogs. Drawing from the theoretical and methodological framework of Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis (FCDA), my objective is to investigate the bloggers’ ability to promote existing theories on sexist murders for a larger readership (popularization) and to redefine the notion of feminicide with new socially relevant meanings capable of extending the discursive perimeter of existing feminist theories on the phenomenon (politicization).

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Applied Theatre Research announcement

We are delighted to announce that Applied Theatre Research has now been indexed by SCOPUS.


ATR is the worldwide journal for theatre and drama in non-traditional contexts. It focuses on drama, theatre and performance with specific audiences or participants in a range of social contexts and locations.

The primary audience consists of practitioners and scholars of drama, theatre and allied arts, as well as educationists, teachers, social workers and community leaders with an awareness of the significance of theatre and drama, and an interest in innovative and holistic approaches to theatrical and dramatic production, learning and community development. Contributors include eminent and experienced workers and scholars in the field, but cutting-edge contemporary and experimental work from new or little-known practitioners is also encouraged.

This double-blind peer-reviewed journal has a global focus and representation, with an explicit policy of ensuring that the best and most exciting work in all continents and as many countries as possible is represented and featured. Cultural, geographical, gender and socio-economic equity are recognised where possible, including in the Review Board.

To access the journal’s Call for Papers please click here.

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