Maps bound in at the beginning of books can shape the reading of the book in a variety of ways. Whether they map continents and signal the sweeping world building of a high fantasy, or map an idyllic English village and signal a cozy murder mystery, both the scale and content of a map provides important information for a reader of fiction. This panel will consider the questions of genre raised (and perhaps answered) by prefacing fiction with maps, and also the various issues of intertextuality indicated by the presence of the map. For instance, is the map part of the packaging? Is it paratextual? Bound in as a page, does it reify text by providing the semblance of context?
fan studies and fandom
Editors Taylor and Nylander seek original essays for an edited collection exploring the the nature of death as well as the character Death, the Horseman, in the television show Supernatural. As death is a constant theme and sometime driver of the show’s narrative, this collection seeks to more fully examine the ways Supernatural represents, personifies, and explores death. This collection is under contract with McFarland Publishers.
Chapters in the proposed collection can focus on one or more of the following categories:
Psychological analyses of death, dying, and grief in the series
When Henry Jenkins calls the mid-2000s media landscape one of convergence culture, he describes the intersection of media industries, online social media, and television audiences. Using emerging multiplatform strategies producers can directly engage and immerse potential television audiences. Likewise, industry shaped hailing of fans creates fan-like audiences, but it does so within limits, reflecting industry concerns and agenda.
Research on heavy metal has seen an impressive growth over the past decade. While the disciplinary background of metal scholars and the methods they employ testify to ever more diversity, few publications have focused specifically on the role played by film. This collection of essays sets out to bring together research on heavy metal and visual culture. In recent years, the number of films on metal has increased substantially, indicating that this musical genre might be viewed in new ways by the non-fan public.
Call for Papers: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2016.
Editorial Team: Monica Louzon, M.L.S. (Managing Editor), Rachel Lazarus, Ph.D. (Co-Editor), Heather McHale, Ph.D. (Co-Editor), Barbara Jasny, Ph.D. (Co-Editor),
Editorial Board: Nancy Kress, M.S., M.A.; Charles Gannon, Ph.D.; Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Ph.D.; Terence McSweeney, Ph.D.
This CS Journal special issue aims at exploring the encounter and intersection between fashion studies and media studies, with particular reference to visual and audiovisual products, e.g. cinema, television, advertising and digital media. Over the past decades, fashion acquired centrality in social and economical dynamics in Western culture for its capability to penetrate and influence both production and identitarian practices. Fashion both fully takes part in artistic processes as an autonomous aesthetic and semantic object (fashion as a medium) and has a pivotal role in creative industry as a provider of fundamental material for the formation of imaginary worlds and characters (fashion as a media industry).
Welcome to Night Vale collection: Approaching Deadline (6/15)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals related to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale are solicited for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection to be published by Palgrave.
The editor seeks to include a range of approaches focusing on both form and content. Topics may include but are not limited to:
• internal themes and allusions
• genre and influences
• performance, music, and effects
• politics and historical contextualization
• podcast production, distribution, and consumption
• reception and fandom
• paratexts, marketing, and merchandise
‘You must draw David Bowie. Find David Bowie, or I’ll send you David Bowie. Because if it isn’t David Bowie, you’re going to have to re-do it until it is David Bowie.’
-Kelley Jones, quoting Neil Gaiman, Hanging Out with the Dream King: Conversations with Neil Gaiman and His Collaborators (2004)
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship invites authors and artists to submit contributions for a special collection of papers offering alternative scholarly approaches to David Bowie and comics.