Camp!No 04 (2007)
From ballet dancers to toilet humour, Pink Flamingos to Douglas Sirk, summer camp to Mick Jagger...
The spring 2007 issue of FORUM engages with the topic of Camp!
Divine in John Waters's Pink Flamingos, 1972
Covering a wide variety of media, the articles consider representations of camp, as well as exploring the potential of camp as a critical interpretative strategy. The edition opens with the classic camp of Carry On films, before moving on to an analysis of the politics of straight camp in hard rock. Personal anecdote is interwoven with a re-examination of Susan Sontag's "Notes on 'Camp'" in our third article, followed by a consideration of the restorative potential of camp in a short story about a man living with HIV. The issue closes with a look at the classic melodrama of Douglas Sirk, interpreting his use of colour within a camp register.
Editors: Clare Bielby & Sally Henderson
Chance and ControlNo 03 (2006)
The autumn 2006 issue of FORUM addresses the interrelated concepts of chance and control within the arts and culture through a diverse selection of papers examining William Blake's reading of the Bible; the subversive potential of the anecdote in Soviet-era Russia; Kundera's reading of Nietzsche's concept of eternal recurrence in his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and William Burrough's notion of the Controller's Dilemma as an alternative to the Prisoner's Dilemma.
Jackson Pollock - Full Fathom Five, 1947
Whatever your interest in the arts and culture, we are confident you will find something of interest herein.
Editors: Claire Altree & Keith Brown
Special Issue 01: Evolutions2006
"We are causing the reversal of evolution."
- James Hart, Eugenic Manifesto
"Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes open
The chance won't come again."
- Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin"
On 22–23 September 2006, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh hosted an international, interdisciplinary conference on the themes of "evolutions," opening discussion to topics as diverse as Mao, the Bible, eugenics, rock music, animal rights, genre, and many others. For these two days, scholars (both students and staff) from across four continents working in the fields of theory, literature, linguistics, music, film, culture, and history came together to talk and share ideas. Below are a natural selection of the papers, expanded and evolved into new and exciting fauna.
Fear & TerrorNo 02 (2006)
The spring edition of FORUM addresses the interrelated concepts of terror and fear and aims to explore the various ways in which these ideas are addressed within philosophy, art, music, literature and film. Within our contemporary society terror and fear have adopted a new relevancy and, as the arts are direct commentators on the prevalent attitudes of the era, FORUM’s objective is to discover the way in which the arts have confronted terror and fear both within our time and in previous ages.
Editors: Joe Hughes & Beth Schroeder
Origins & OriginalityNo 01 (2005)
The inaugural issue of FORUM, on the theme of "Origins and Originality".
Editors: Lisa Otty & Matt McGuire