Avid comic book fans sat appalled in theatres as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reached the climax of the film in which Superman kills his enemy Zod. Snyder’s film raises the question of whether this killing and the death of Zod could actually fit with Superman’s traditional moral compass. From Man of Steel to the CW’s Arrow and Flash series to the Avengers franchise, comic book characters are facing new ethical developments in their rejuvenation that both encompass and go beyond the idea of killing one’s enemy.
fan studies and fandom
TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies
at Birkbeck College, London, on Saturday November 19th 2016.
Organised in collaboration with Comica- London International Comics Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck College is unique in offering a regular comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar.
Looking for two or three chapters on 1) Albert Brooks as a stand-up comedian, 2) Albert Brooks as a voice actor in The Simpsons, and 3) Albert Brooks as a voice actor in Finding Nemo.
deadline for submissions: May 10, 2017
Please send a CV and a 150-250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 May 2017. Completed essays should be approximately 8,000 words (American spelling and grammar), referenced in Chicago endnote style.
full name / name of organization:
November 29-30, 2016
Associate Professor Jane Stadler, The University of Queensland
Professor Angela Ndalianis, The University of Melbourne
CALL FOR PAPERS - DEADLINE EXTENDED
Kaiju is a familiar trope in film and television that places giant monsters in direct conflict with fellow monsters and/or everyday citizens. While a larger-than-life creature that attacks Tokyo is likely the most familiar form of kaiju, additional iterations include apes, dragons, dinosaurs, and even robots. Kaiju as a genre has evolved along with cinema; technical developments no longer require men stomping around in rubber costumes as CGI enables bigger and more frightening monsters to haunt our screens. With a timeless kitsch quality, kaiju is solidly placed within our collective pop culture psyche.
“Fantastika” – a term appropriated from a range of Slavonic languages by John Clute – embraces the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, gothic, steampunk, young adult dystopian fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space. The goal of Fantastika Journal is to bring together academics and researchers who share an interest in this diverse range of fields with the aim of opening up new dialogues, productive controversies and collaborations. We invite discussion of all mediums and disciplines which concern the Fantastika genres.
We are inviting essays for a proposed collection tentatively titled The Critic as Amateur, with strong interest from Oxford UP. The collection will focus on literary criticism as an activity suspended (productively) between expertise and amateurism. It will explore the idea of the critic of literature as an amateur rather than an expert, or conversely, it will consider the role of expertise in literary criticism. Individual contributions might touch on figures who have written on literature without credentials/certification, academic or otherwise, or institutional affiliations. They might also address academics who have successfully assumed "amateur" roles while writing or speaking in the public domain.
Looking for paper proposals on any topic relating to Asian Literature. Papers relating in particular to the conference theme of “Archives, Libraries, Properties” are especially welcome.
To submit a paper proposal for this session, or one of the many other approved PAMLA sessions, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas
Proposals are due by Friday, June 10.
The PAMLA conference 2016 will be held over the 11-13 November 2016 weekend at the Westin Pasadena, CA.
Australian Feminist Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. The journal was launched in 1985 and during the subsequent three decades it has become a leading journal of feminist studies.
The journal aims to:
· be a key forum for transformative feminist ideas and analyses, nationally and internationally
· be genuinely interdisciplinary in scope
Rolling CFP: The Phoenix Papers
The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association is pleased to announce a rolling CFP for our open access, peer-reviewed journal of fandom and neomedia studies. The projected publication date for our next edition is January 2017. Items submitted after 1 December 2016 will be considered for inclusion in the next journal edition in July 2017.
Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.