Call for contributions: The Jurassic Park Book

Editors: I.Q. Hunter and Matthew Melia

Proposals are invited for contributions to a proposed edited collection of new essays on Jurassic Park (1993), its sequels, franchise, and spin offs.

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) took over $50 million dollars in its opening weekend and went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide at the box office.  One of the definitive Hollywood blockbusters, Jurassic Park met with almost universal critical and popular acclaim, broke new ground with its CGI recreation of dinosaurs, and started one of the most profitable of all movie franchises.

To mark the film’s 30th anniversary, this collection aims to interrogate the Jurassic Park phenomenon from a diverse range of critical, historical, and theoretical angles.  Proposals are especially sought for 6 – 7000 word chapters on gender, race, and colonialism; international distribution, marketing, reception and audiences; merchandising, toys, video games and other spin offs; CGI, SFX, film form and production design (cinematography, editing, sound, music etc.).

Please send proposals of 250 words with a short biography and note on institutional affiliation to Ian Hunter: [email protected] and Matt Melia: [email protected] by 31 July 2020.

Sunday’s Sermon on Tuesday

A woman looks at a mural of a health worker with wings holding a globe today in Melbourne, Australia. As front-line hospital staff are constantly facing the risks from the coronavirus outbreak, the world is marking International Nurses Day, celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Is there a basis for universal morality among humans?

Mikhail moral mapImage

While some have their doubts, John Mikhail thinks the evidence points to yes. Today’s post is an interview with Mikhail in which he summarizes his case that, beneath all the surface differences we see on moral issues, a common moral sense is as much a part of the human makeup as is Chomsky’s universal grammar.





Out now! Asian Cinema 31.1!

Special Issue: ‘Unpacking the Singapore New Wave’

For more information about the Special Issue and journal, click here >> https://www.intellectbooks.com/asian-cinema

Aims & Scope

Asian Cinema is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the advancing of Asian cinema studies throughout the world. It offers a platform for scholars, teachers and students who seek to form and promote communities of Asian cinema studies within Asia and beyond. Whether understood in the terms of traditional (celluloid) or cross-media (digital) formats, Asian cinema has wide geographical dispersion, and diverse practices and histories. It is the flagship publication of the Asian Cinema Studies Society, established in 1984. Asian Cinema has been published continuously since volume 7 (1995), serving as a key resource for Asian film researchers, teachers and students.

Western Movies

Looks like an interesting book!


“Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of Reframing Cult Westerns: From The Magnificent Seven to The Hateful Eight edited by Lee Broughton (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

Once one of the most popular film genres and a key player in the birth of early narrative cinema, the Western has experienced a rebirth in the era of post-classical filmmaking with a small but noteworthy selection of Westerns being produced long after the genre’s 1950s heyday. Thanks to regular repertory cinema and television screenings, home video releases and critical reappraisals by cultural gatekeepers such as Quentin Tarantino, an ever-increasing number of these Westerns have become cult films. Be they star-laden, stylish, violent, bizarre or simply little heard-of obscurities, Reframing Cult Westerns offers a multitude of new critical insights into a truly eclectic selection of cult Western films. These twelve essays present a wide-ranging methodological scope, from industrial histories to ecocritical approaches, auteurist analysis to queer and other ideological angles. With a thorough analysis of the genre from both American and international perspectives, Reframing Cult Westerns offers fresh insight on the Western as a global phenomenon.