“‘Go then. There are other worlds than these’” (King, Gunslinger, 266). These are the final words of one of Jake Chambers’s lifetimes in Stephen King’s 1982 novel The Gunslinger, Volume I in his Dark Tower series. Throughout the subsequent seven volumes—and other novels—King has continued to develop this “other worlds” concept, also described as “many levels . . . [of] the Tower of all existence” (King, Insomnia, 576). Recently, the metaphor may apply as well to adaptations of King’s work as to the multi-verse of the novels and stories themselves.
fan studies and fandom
Journal Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy No. 3, 2018 (new deadline - June 30)! Edited by: Martin Simonson & Raúl Montero Gilete Co-edited by: Angélica Varandas, Ana Daniela Coelho & José Duarte
Messengers from the Stars is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, reviews, and providing an outlet for a wide range of creative work inspired by science fiction and fantasy. It aims at promoting science fiction and fantasy in the humanities while, at the same time, providing a forum for discussion on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy by welcoming innovative approaches and critical methodologies to the critical and creative landscape.
The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre Adaptation – a one-day symposium
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Film Studies @ Worcester
Jenny Lind Building, University of Worcester
Despite being written over 35 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian New England where fertile women are kept prisoner in reproductive servitude, has been making headlines in 2017 due to the remarkable Hulu produced television series (screened in the UK on Channel Four). This symposium seeks to bring together diverse scholars for a day of discussion and debate.
Keynote Speaker: Simon Brown (Kingston University)
Special Guest: Robin Furth (Author, The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance, Co-Author, Marvel’s Dark Tower Comics)
The 49th Annual NeMLA Convention - April 12-15, 2018
In July of 2016, Niantic Inc. released Pokémon Go in the United States to unanticipated public interest. In one of the hottest summers on record, millions took to the streets to search for charmanders and dragonites, overwhelming both servers and public spaces. While interest in the mobile application has subsided, Pokémon Go remains a cultural artifact that demands further analysis. Opening conversations on public and civic rhetorics through play, the phenomenon of this simple game exposes critical intersections of race, gender, ability, and class as technological concerns over access, privacy, and privilege.
Appel à communications
« Quand l’industrie du cinéma enquête sur ses publics »
(2ème journée d’étude du GREPs)
Jeudi 16 novembre 2017, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable gateway to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways.
The editor seeks scholarly essays that address some aspect of HBO’s television series The Leftovers (2014-2017) and/or its source text, Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same title (2011). Perrotta co-produced the series with show runner David Lindelof (Lost). Both novel and series are set three years after the “Sudden Departure” of 2% of the world’s population. In ways distinct to each form, The Leftovers serves as a study of the psychological, social, and cultural impact of a large-scale traumatic event. Perrotta’s spare, satirical, character-driven fiction lies in the lineage of modern novels set in the American suburbs.
Wentworth is the New PrisonerA two-day international conference Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April 2018, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists: Professor Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia); Kim Akass (University of Hertfordshire, UK); Kate Hood (actress, writer and director, aka Prisoner’s Kath Maxwell); Jan Russ (casting director, Prisoner, Neighbours, etc.)