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Kaiju and Pop Culture Anthology

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:15am
Camille D. G. Mustachio
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 1, 2016

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 Journal - CFP for 1st Special Edition

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 4:13pm
Fantastika Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

“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.

The Critic as Amateur

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:42am
Edited Collection
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

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.

PAMLA 2016: Asian Literature (abstract due 6/10/16; conference 11-13 Nov. 2016)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:45am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

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:

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.

New feminist work

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:10am
Australian Feminist Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:27am
Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

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.

[UPDATE] SGMS 2016 CFP: World-Building in Asian Popular Cultures

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 1:33pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Please note that our deadline for submissions has been extended to September 1, 2016:

SGMS 2016 CALL: World-building in Asian Popular Cultures

The Call for Mechademia 10 states: “Japanese popular culture — manga, anime, games, and SF — abound in scenarios in which our contemporary reality appears to be but one possible outcome within an open situation.”

Foundation Essay Prize 2017

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:43pm
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2017).

To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000 word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.

CFP: The Memory Factory: Hollywood’s Influence on Historical Memory

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:02am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (November 11-13 2016 Pasadena, CA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 10, 2016

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association  

PAMLA 116th Annual Conference November 11-13, 2016


Panel Chair:              Vanessa Osborne


Affiliation:                University of Southern California




Session Title:           “The Memory Factory:  Hollywood's Influence on Historical Memory"

Call for Contributors: Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 11:56am
Kavita Mudan Finn
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

With five books and approximately eight million words published thus far in the Song of Ice and Fire series (1996-ongoing) and the sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones currently airing, we are seeing the beginnings of a school of criticism devoted to George R.R. Martin’s works and their peculiar brand of deconstructive and in many ways postmodern interpretations of the fantasy genre and medievalism. Often positioned as the grittier antithesis of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, Martin's narrative focuses on the darker side of chivalry and heroism, stripping away these higher ideals to reveal the greed, amorality, and lust for power underpinning them.