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.
fan studies and fandom
“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.
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.”
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.
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"
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.