The presence of science fiction in university classrooms is by now no longer shocking; the genre has become a mainstay not only in literature and philosophy classrooms but also in STEM fields, as its predictions and extrapolations pose memorable and concrete case studies to explore the societal and ethical implications of technological innovation, as well as interesting practical engineering problems to try to solve with real-world science.
fan studies and fandom
Call for Chapter Proposals: The Edinburgh Companion to Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities
Gavin Miller, Anna McFarlane, and Donna McCormack (eds).
CFP: Fandom and Controversy
Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist edited by Rebecca Williams and Lucy Bennett
Call for Papers:
Flow Volume 26 Special Issue: “Streaming Wars and Television’s Next Juncture”
As the new decade dawns, Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal have launched (or will soon launch) their own streaming platforms. These entrants prove once again that the ecology of television and digital content is one that continuously shifts, raising the question: Is a streaming war in full swing? With legacy media companies and major technology companies entering the ring, has the streaming arena now become too crowded? And how will consumers, amidst ever-multiplying, well-funded platforms vying for their attention, alter and/or reinforce their viewership and subscription consumer habits?
If you are familiar with made for SyFy films featuring cgi monsters and bloodshed, or if you have mistakenly rented a film that you mistook for a current blockbuster, or if you are still digging through the five dollar bins at various department stores then you are probably familiar with films like Sharknado, Mercenaries, Sinister Squad, American Virgin, Sunday School Musical, and Snakes on a Train, all courtesy of The Asylum. Functioning similarly to American International Pictures did in the 1950s, this film company produces the same sorts of fare, accompanied by similar exploitation impulses.
STAR WARS + Open Call for Papers, Issue 5.1 (Spring 2020)
Essays on Magic: The Gathering
This peer reviewed edited collection will be a part of McFarland & Company, Inc.’s Studies in Gaming series.
Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents, Futures
When: May 21st - 22nd 2020
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Edinburgh Futures Institute
University of Edinburgh
Keynote Speakers: Prof Richard Dyer (King's College London) and Dr Abigail De Kosnik (UC Berkeley)
Ghost Stories Call for Submissions
Tell me a story. A simple request made by children across the world every night and one we seek to fulfil even as adults. But… it is the stories that excite, that make our hearts beat faster, and the hairs on our necks stand on end that bewitch us most. It is these stories we want to hear. Spectral Visions Press (University of Sunderland) are now accepting submissions for a short story collection, Spectral Visions: Ghost Stories.
Guidelines for Submission:
• Pieces should adopt tropes of the Gothic genre.