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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

Comics Remixed: Adaptation and Graphic Narrative

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:51pm
The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 14th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Remixed: Adaptation and Graphic Narrative." The conference will be held from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, 2017.  Confirmed keynote speakers include Matt Kish, illustrator of Moby Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, and Dr. Nina Caputo, author of graphic history Debating Truth: The Barcelona Disputation of 1263.


CFP: All topics relating to Harry Potter Novels and/or Fan Community

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:03am
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Call for Proposals, MISTI-Con 2017

Deadline for submissions: 11/30/2016

Date by which proposers shall be notified: 12/31/2016

Convention dates: 5/18-5/22/2017

Proposals should include a title, 300-500 word abstract, a 50-100 word summary, and a biography of 100 words or fewer, contact information, and the proposer’s academic or other affiliation, if any; the submission form contains requests for needs such as audio-visual equipment. Further details and more information on programming at

Crossing the Boundaries of Reception -- New Deadline

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:54am
Special Issue of "Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History"
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 12, 2017

The journal Reception invites submissions for its special-topic issue for the 2018 volume year focusing on “Crossing the Boundaries of Reception.” Authors are encouraged to construe “boundaries” as broadly as possible within a reception-study context, including:

Queering the Whedonverses—a Slayage special issue

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:05am
Slayage: the Journal of Whedon Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 16, 2016

Over the last 15 years, Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies and other publications have featured a range of writing and scholarship about queer issues, identity and representations related to the Whedonverses but there has not yet been a publication dedicated solely to queer Whedon studies. A renewed interest in feminism and queer identities in mainstream culture and academia, alongside greater public recognition for LGBTQ issues and more attention being paid to popular culture across media: all suggest that the time is right for a concentrated examination of the Whedonverses from the perspective of queer theory and queer identities as they overlap but also differ, in all their complexity as they exist within an intersectional world.

Pippi to Ripley 4: Gender and Sexuality in Fantasy,Science Fiction and Comics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:06am
Katharine Kittredge
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pippi to Ripley 4:Sex and Gender in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics

Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017

Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.

Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge

Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. We invite papers devoted to fictional characters in all media, including: comics, films, television, and video games as well as in folklore, mythology, and children's and young adult literature. This year’s conference includes a special focus on:

Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities

Deeper than Swords: Fear and Loathing in Fantasy and Folklore

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:00am
University of Edinburgh
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 11, 2016

19th-20th January 2017

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

University of Edinburgh




“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford)

Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow)


 **Please note the change of dates**