The confluence of sports culture and sociopolitical issues has a long history. Memorable examples of athletes of yesteryear embracing activism include Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists against institutional racism, Muhammad Ali opposing the Vietnam War, and Billie Jean King fighting for gender equity. Contemporary examples include Colin Kaepernick protesting police violence against people of color and the U.S. women’s national soccer team charging U.S. Soccer with gender discrimination. Each example underscores the reality that athletes are so much more than the games they play. Many authors have honored this tradition through the fictional athletes they portray in contemporary sports-related young adult literature (YAL).
Submissions for our first issue (Harry Potter) will be open from February 1 until April 1. Submissions can focus on the Harry Potter books, films, other media, or any expressions of the fan cultures of Harry Potter, including fan fiction, art, sports, or fan communities of other kinds.
You may submit once per issue for each category (creative non-fiction and academic essays). We are not interested in publishing fan fiction or poetry.
Submissions must be 2500-7500 words and, if scholarly, must be in MLA citation format. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt font. Current undergraduates and graduate students in any major or field are eligible to submit, as are holders of master’s degrees.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FALL LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020
Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp, 4th annual Fall Literary Festival, September 24-26 in Northeast Ohio. Proposal submission form here.
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
2020 MPCA/ACA Conference: Animation and Anime
Call for Papers. The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels both on Western animation and on anime for its 2020 Conference, to be held Friday-Sunday, 2-4 October 2020 at the Westin Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As animation and anime cover all kinds of storytelling, topics may include but are not limited to the following suggestions:
This guaranteed session sponsored by the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum welcomes proposals for 5-minute lightning talks introducing innovative, irreverent, revolutionary, or downright disorderly approaches to teaching children’s and young adult literature and culture in the college classroom. Scholars from across research areas and disciplines — including English, Education, Library Science, and others — are welcome, as are reflections on teaching young people’s texts and cultures in a variety of class contexts, from the undergraduate survey to the graduate seminar.
"Movement through Arthurian Legend"
Medievalism Transformed 2020 explores all historical and literary ideas relating to the theme of movement in the medieval world. How are texts re-invented across time? What role do texts play as cultural objects in their historical moment and beyond? How does a text engage with moving times, cultures, and space?
We invite papers relating to movement through Arthurian legend crossing all periods, borders, and historical and literary disciplines including but not limited to:
MLA 2021 “#OwnVoices in Children’s and Adolescent Literature”
Guaranteed Session Sponsored by the MLA GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum
January 7-10, 2021
Panel Chair: Brigitte Fielder
Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2020
Call for Papers on the Fantastic (Fantasy & Science Fiction / Monsters & the Monstrous)
The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the allied Fantastic Areas (Fantasy & Science Fiction and Monsters & the Monstrous) invite paper proposals for the 2020 conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, from Friday, 23 October, to Saturday, October 24.
The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2020.
Comics and Graphic Narratives for Young Audiences
This panel explores intersections between children’s literature and comics (including manga and graphic novels). All periods and nations welcome.
Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 7-10, 2021 in Toronto, ON. This collaborative panel is jointly sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum and the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Forum.
CALL FOR PAPERS: *Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures*
Published by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) at the University of Winnipeg, *Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures* is a scholar-led, interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.
Our scope is international; while we have a special interest in Canada, we welcome submissions concerning all areas and cultures. The focus of the journal is on the cultural functions and representations of “the child.” This can include, but is not limited to: