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Call for Abstracts - Edited Collection on Father Figures in Animated/Cartoon TV Shows for Mature Audiences

updated: 
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 11:26am
Leslie Salas / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Call for Abstracts - Edited Collection on Father Figures in Animated/Cartoon TV Shows for Mature Audiences


 “The handy thing about being a father is that the historic standard is so pitifully low.”

- Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize Winner


 

The trope of the “hapless dad,” clumsy and useless with his own children, appears in storytelling across several mediums—especially in animated cartoons on TV. For many contemporary cartoon shows for adult audiences, however, this trope appears especially pronounced, often leaning into the stereotype that competent childrearing is "women's work" for the benefit of comedy.

On the Shoulders of Giants: TitanCon 2020

updated: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 3:14pm
TitanCon
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 15, 2019

In the spirit of deepening and broadening its roots, TitanCon 2020 is adding a formal academic track to its programming. The convention began as a collaboration between the Brotherhood Without Banners, who wanted to put on a fan convention for Game of Thrones, the Belfast SF/F society The Other Ones, who wanted to put on an SF/F convention, and Arkham Gaming Centre, who wanted to put on a gaming convention. In keeping with that spirit, our theme “On the Shoulders of Giants” hopes to encourage that spirit of collaboration.

Friday the 13th Special Issue of Horror Homeroom: Call for Papers

updated: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:45pm
Horror Homeroom
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Panned by critics during its initial release, Friday the 13th is arguably the quintessential American slasher. With an iconic villain, Jason Voorhees, an instantly identifiable location, Camp Crystal Lake, and a rabid fan base that expresses its adoration for the franchise through everything from clothing to tattoos, its presence in the popular zeitgeist nearly 40 years later speaks to its unique staying power. The film has generated countless sequels, inspired a comic book and a television series, and even resulted in a survival horror video game; yet, there is a surprising dearth of scholarship devoted to the franchise.

 

“So What Happens Now?”: Ernest Cline’s Prose and Poetry

updated: 
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:46am
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Calling all Gunters! The past few years have seen a growing number of scholarly interventions on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011), exploring topics that range from his portrayal of dys/utopias (see Nordstrom, Ue) to his use of Pac-Man as a metaphor (Ue and Munday), and from Cline’s treatment of masculinity (Condis) to his invocation of Arthurian romance (Aronstein and Thompson). In 2018, the novel was adapted into a critically and commercially successful hit, earning an Academy Award nomination.

Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies on Hybridity and Star Trek

updated: 
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:36pm
Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 18, 2020

Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies on Hybridity and Star Trek

 

Guest Editor: Jackie Hogan (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Bradley University) Editor: James M. Decker (Professor of English, Illinois Central College)

 

Contact email:

 

 jlhogan@fsmail.bradley.edu or jdecker@icc.edu

 

Call for Papers:

 

Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_ILS.html).

 

Bruce Springsteen's The River: An International Symposium

updated: 
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:20pm
Monmouth University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen, particularly in relation to his legendary album The River. To submit an abstract, please go to https://www.monmouth.edu/brucesymposium/ and click on the abstract link. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length to ensure full consideration.

The conference will be held from October 2-4, 2020, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

Comics and Popular Arts Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:07pm
Kari Neely/Comics and Popular Arts Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for our 13th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-7, 2020.

CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc., presented to a mixed audience of scholars and fans. The mission of CPAC is to promote scholarship on popular culture and to encourage the engagement between scholars and fans in order to deepen our understanding of comics and other popular arts. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.

Ready Reader One: The Stories We Tell About, With, and Around Videogames

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:10pm
Ready Reader One: The Stories We Tell About, With, and Around Videogames
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Videogames are a powerful storytelling medium—but what are the stories we tell about videogames, with videogames, around videogames?

While there is an extensive body of scholarship on the way that videogames create worlds, construct characters, and explore themes, there has been almost no scholarship on the representation of videogames in literary texts.

Reminder: “Reading the New Golden Age of Television: On Contemporary Series”

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:03pm
Revista Tropos/Tropos Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 20, 2019

“Reading the New Golden Age of Television: On Contemporary Series”

(Orgs.) José Duarte (ULICES- Universidade de Lisboa), Ana Daniela Coelho (ULICES - Universidade de Lisboa) & Hermínia Sol (ULICES - Instituto Politécnico de Tomar)

Submissions are open until December 20, 2019

Publication of the dossier: July 2020

DISCOURSES OF FICTIONAL (DIGITAL) TV SERIES

updated: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 2:33pm
Universitat de València
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya at the Universitat de València and the Institut Interuniversitari de Llengües Modernes Aplicades de la Comunitat Valenciana (IULMA) will be hosting, on the 3th-6th November 2020 in Valencia, Spain, the International Conference on Discourses of Fictional (Digital) TV Series. The conference will address series originally produced in English.

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