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Serenity: Essays on Joss Whedon’s ‘Big Damn Movie’ *EXTENDED DEADLINE*

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 5:03pm
Frederick Blichert, McFarland Press
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 13, 2017

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Abstracts due February 13, 2017.

Joss Whedon’s short-lived series Firefly developed a fierce following while it aired from 2002 to 2003. After its cancellation, fans cried foul and demanded more, which eventually led to the 2005 feature film follow-up Serenity, along with several tie-in comic books. The series and film were celebrated for their mixing of science fiction and western iconography, dystopic settings, progressive gender representations, underdog storylines, and clever and fast-paced dialogue.

‘I Am Not There’: International Conference on Bob Dylan

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 9:16am
FCSH-NOVA University of Lisbon
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

‘I Am Not There’: International Conference on Bob Dylan


18-19 May 2017

Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal


I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.

        Bob Dylan


Call for Proposals for an Essay Collection on Meta-Fiction, Intertextuality, and Authorship in Supernatural

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 9:18am
Anastasia Klimchynskaya, University of Pennsylvania
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

One of the defining themes of the CW’s Supernatural is its interest in fiction and storytelling. The longest running genre series on American television, it has, throughout its twelve seasons, broken the fourth wall in a way that no other TV show likely has. From making Supernatural itself (and its fandom) exist within the world of the narrative to the unique relationship between canon and fanon, fans and creators, Supernatural is a groundbreaking look at the way narratives are created, told, and retold. Yet most scholarship dedicated to Supernatural has omitted thoroughly exploring this crucial aspect of the series.

CMCS 2017 Media Workshop & Book Talk on Reel Inequality (Rutgers University Press)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:48am
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 4, 2016

The following CFP may be of interest to scholars working on questions of sustainable filmmaking and race/gender equality in film. 

  CFP EXTENDED DEADLINE: Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?
Extended deadline for conference abstract submissions is November 4th, 2016

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4th international conference “Bridging Gaps: Where is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?” is hosting an exclusive media workshop and features the following key speakers at the University of Southern California on March 17-19, 2017:

Hybridity and Monstrosity

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:20am
University of Texas at Dallas Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016


Conference website:



University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association

February 24 and February 25, 2017

Keynote speakers: Dr. Nnedi Okorafor and Dr. Stephen T. Asma

 Theme: Hybridity and Monstrosity

Submission Deadline: December 31 , 2016


American Lierature Association: Postwar Geographies

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 10:13am
Jacqueline Foertsch / U North Texas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2017

Postwar Literary Studies Group / ALA

Postwar Geographies:  Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, wherein mapping, locating, traveling, place-making, or turf-marking has a significant role:  the Iron Curtain, the color line, “the women’s room(s),” Model Cities, etc.  Abstracts to by 16 January 2017.


Postwar Literary Studies Group / ALA

Special TWC Issue CFP: Romance/Fans: Sexual Fantasy, Love, & Genre in Fandom (12/31/17; 3/15/19)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:17pm
Transformative Works and Cultures
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Romance is one of the most beloved genres of media around the world. Catherine Roach describes fans of romance fiction as ‘ludic readers... who read for play and pleasure’ (2016, 32). According to Roach, romance fandom is both ‘intensely private, as the reading experience can be, but also powerfully communitarian’ (32). Despite the popularity of romance media, romance fandoms remain relatively unaddressed within fan studies. Traditionally, the relationship between “shipping” and romance has been cast as either oppositional or ambivalent. Catherine Driscoll argues that romance “generally appears as a mute field” in studies of fan fiction (2006, 82). Romance is framed as a force that sexually explicit fan fiction responds to or acts against.

The World of Harry Potter (Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:25am
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The Ohio State University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites you to join us on February 24-25, 2017, for our fourth ‘Popular Culture and the Deep Past’ extravaganza at The Ohio State University, devoted this year to the theme of Harry Potter on the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's first Potter novel.

Submissions Wanted: Edited Collection on Steven Universe

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:25am
John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cartoon Network television series Steven Universe (2013- ), created by Rebecca Sugar, the first woman to create a show for the network, has attracted both media acclaim and a devoted fan following for, among other things, its progressive portrayals of queer characters and blended families in a story driven by members of a rigid caste society who rebelled in order to halt their civilization’s colonization of Earth. Despite Steven Universe offering rich analytical opportunities, very little scholarship has yet been published on the show, and we are seeking submissions for an edited collection, titled Keep Beach City Weird: Theorizing Steven Universe

that will remedy that lack.  


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Twenty-fourth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:49pm
Ottawa University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Twenty-Fourth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

March 29, 2019

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Address:  Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy at UC-Berkeley and author of Infinite Baseball