[csaa-forum] Intensities: journal of cult media. Calls for papers.

Alan McKee a.mckee at qut.edu.au
Tue Oct 2 08:18:05 CST 2012

Intensities is an online journal first launched at Cardiff University in 2001 under the editorship of Matt Hills and Sara Gwenllian Jones.  It later moved to Brunel University, where it was edited by David Lavery, and is about to relaunch (again at Brunel) with Leon Hunt as its new editor.  Intensities will publish two issues a year.  The journal addresses all aspects of cult media including cult television, cult film, cult radio, cult comics, literary cults and cult authors, new media cults, cult figures and celebrities, cult icons, musical cults, cult geographies, historical studies of media cults and their fandoms, cult genres (e.g. science fiction, horror, fantasy, pulp fiction, Manga, anime, martial arts etc.), non-generic modes of cultishness, theorisations of cult media, relevant audience and readership studies, and work that addresses the cult media industry.

In addition to publishing refereed essays (of between 6000 and 8000 words), Intensities also features a non-refereed Cult Media Review section which will carry shorter speculative reviews, reviews of cult phenomena (e.g. cult TV series, cult films, cult novels, science fiction, comics), short critical essays, video reviews and essays, interview transcripts, conference and convention reviews and articles about aspects of industry, fan culture, production and authorship. 

 Call for Papers
Intensities will publish two themed issues in 2013.  Submissions should be sent to leon.hunt at brunel.ac.uk before the respective deadlines.  Essays should be between 6000 and 8000 words, referenced Harvard style and sent as a word document – a 200 word abstract should be sent as a separate document.

Issue 3.1 Comic Book Intensities – Comics and Cult Media
The first new issue seeks submissions dealing with comics as cult media.  Topics might include:
•	Cult comic book auteurs – Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Max Bunker/Magnus, Moebius, Masamune Shirow.
•	Cult films from comics – Cinefumetti, Manga and Anime, the Turkish KIlink films, Dredd 3D.
•	National and international comic book cultures – French bandes dessinees, Italian fumetti, Japanese Manga. 
•	Comic book fan cultures – Cosplay, collecting and beyond.
•	Underground and alternative traditions.
•	Beyond the cape and mask – neglected comic book genres.
•	From Dark Horse to Dylan Dog – Horror comics.
Deadline for submissions: January 11th 2013. 

Issue 3.2 Historical Approaches to Cult TV
This issue seeks submissions examining TV shows that have acquired cult status at a historical distance – both established cult shows (The Avengers, The Prisoner, the ‘classic’ series of Doctor Who) and those that have received less (or possibly even no) critical attention.  In addition, the papers will locate those shows (or the cults they have attracted) historically, either by drawing on archive materials or suggesting new cultural, historical or institutional contexts in which they might be understood.
Deadline for submissions: May 31st 2013 

Alan McKee, PhD
Professor, Creative Industries
Queensland University of Technology
Tel: +61 7 3138 8235

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