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Shapeshifters, Cyborgs, and Psychedelics: Analyzing the Alternate Worlds of J.J. Abrams’ Fringe
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Tanya R. Cochran
Coeditors Sherry Ginn, Tanya R. Cochran, and Paul Zinder invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore J.J. Abrams’ science fiction television series Fringe (2008-present). We are interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a familiarity with current conversations and publications about the series. We would be especially pleased to see innovative perspectives on unusual topics such as the show’s paratexts or production elements. Though not prescriptive, the following list of topics may be productive to consider:
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Tanya R. Cochran, Ph.D.—Cochran earned her Ph.D. (2009) in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University. An associate professor of English at Union College in Lincoln, NE, she teaches first-year writing and the history/theory of rhetoric and directs the College Writing Program and the Studio for Writing and Speaking. She is a founding board member of the Whedon Studies Association as well as its current secretary-treasurer and serves on the editorial boards of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies. She is a past chair (2006-2010) of the Popular/American Culture Association’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Area. Her publications related to popular culture and the rhetoric of fandom include chapters in Televising Queer Women (Palgrave, 2008); Siths, Slayers, Stargates + Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium (Peter Lang, 2008); and Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series (McFarland, 2011). With Rhonda V. Wilcox, Cochran edited the anthology Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier (I.B. Tauris, 2008). Forthcoming publications include an article in the journal Transformative Works and Cultures and a coedited collection on the works of Joss Whedon for Syracuse University Press.
Paul Zinder, M.F.A.—Zinder earned his M.F.A. (1996) in Film from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He has taught media studies, production, theory, and screenwriting courses at universities in the United States and Italy for over fifteen years. He is currently Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media and Chair of the Department of Communication and English at The American University of Rome, where he created and teaches a variety of media studies courses, including Cult Film and Television. His writing has been published in Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series (McFarland, 2011) and Investigating Alias: Secrets and Spies (I.B. Tauris, 2007) and will appear in the forthcoming volumes The Post-9/11 Western: Repurposing the Genre and The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of the American Empire. He is also a film and video-maker, whose work has been recognized internationally. His documentaries Benedizione delle Bestie (Benediction of the Beasts) (2009) and Uno degli Ultimi (One of the Last) (2007) screened at over 40 international film festivals from 2008-2011 and won eight awards. His latest film, Robot e Pinocchi (Robots and Pinocchios) (2011), will have its world premiere at the St. Louis International Film and Video Festival in 2011.