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Special Issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on Archives and Special Collections

updated: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 11:16am
Cait Coker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 28, 2020

Abstract submissions are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies. This issue will focus on archives and special collections relevant to scholars of fan studies. Topics addressed might include profiles of institutional collections with primers for use, research, archiving and curatorial practices performed by fans, and archival and archontic theory. 

 

Other possible topics include:

 

  • Historical perspectives on collecting fan material in libraries and archives

  • Race, gender, and queerness in fan collections and in library subject indexing

On the Shoulders of Giants: TitanCon 2020

updated: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 3:14pm
TitanCon
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, February 15, 2019

In the spirit of deepening and broadening its roots, TitanCon 2020 is adding a formal academic track to its programming. The convention began as a collaboration between the Brotherhood Without Banners, who wanted to put on a fan convention for Game of Thrones, the Belfast SF/F society The Other Ones, who wanted to put on an SF/F convention, and Arkham Gaming Centre, who wanted to put on a gaming convention. In keeping with that spirit, our theme “On the Shoulders of Giants” hopes to encourage that spirit of collaboration.

Friday the 13th Special Issue of Horror Homeroom: Call for Papers

updated: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:45pm
Horror Homeroom
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Panned by critics during its initial release, Friday the 13th is arguably the quintessential American slasher. With an iconic villain, Jason Voorhees, an instantly identifiable location, Camp Crystal Lake, and a rabid fan base that expresses its adoration for the franchise through everything from clothing to tattoos, its presence in the popular zeitgeist nearly 40 years later speaks to its unique staying power. The film has generated countless sequels, inspired a comic book and a television series, and even resulted in a survival horror video game; yet, there is a surprising dearth of scholarship devoted to the franchise.

 

“So What Happens Now?”: Ernest Cline’s Prose and Poetry

updated: 
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:46am
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Calling all Gunters! The past few years have seen a growing number of scholarly interventions on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011), exploring topics that range from his portrayal of dys/utopias (see Nordstrom, Ue) to his use of Pac-Man as a metaphor (Ue and Munday), and from Cline’s treatment of masculinity (Condis) to his invocation of Arthurian romance (Aronstein and Thompson). In 2018, the novel was adapted into a critically and commercially successful hit, earning an Academy Award nomination.

Bruce Springsteen's The River: An International Symposium

updated: 
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:20pm
Monmouth University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen, particularly in relation to his legendary album The River. To submit an abstract, please go to https://www.monmouth.edu/brucesymposium/ and click on the abstract link. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length to ensure full consideration.

The conference will be held from October 2-4, 2020, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

Deadline Updated: Comics in Community: 2020 UF Graduate Comics Organization Conference

updated: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 3:41pm
UF Graduate Comics Organization
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

We are extending the deadline for our Call for Papers for the Comics in Community Conference until January 10th, 2020. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract so far, and we look forward to reading them all. We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. André Carrington will be our first keynote speaker. Do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions, and please see below for our full CFP.


 

17th Annual UF GCO Conference: "Comics In Community"

Updated Deadline for Submissions: 1/10/2020

Hosted by: Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida

Ready Reader One: The Stories We Tell About, With, and Around Videogames

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:10pm
Ready Reader One: The Stories We Tell About, With, and Around Videogames
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Videogames are a powerful storytelling medium—but what are the stories we tell about videogames, with videogames, around videogames?

While there is an extensive body of scholarship on the way that videogames create worlds, construct characters, and explore themes, there has been almost no scholarship on the representation of videogames in literary texts.

Comics and Popular Arts Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:07pm
Kari Neely/Comics and Popular Arts Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for our 13th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-7, 2020.

CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc., presented to a mixed audience of scholars and fans. The mission of CPAC is to promote scholarship on popular culture and to encourage the engagement between scholars and fans in order to deepen our understanding of comics and other popular arts. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.

Reminder: “Reading the New Golden Age of Television: On Contemporary Series”

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:03pm
Revista Tropos/Tropos Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 20, 2019

“Reading the New Golden Age of Television: On Contemporary Series”

(Orgs.) José Duarte (ULICES- Universidade de Lisboa), Ana Daniela Coelho (ULICES - Universidade de Lisboa) & Hermínia Sol (ULICES - Instituto Politécnico de Tomar)

Submissions are open until December 20, 2019

Publication of the dossier: July 2020

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

updated: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 1:16pm
Ottawa University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture

April 3, 2020

On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas

Keynote Performance: Kevin Kane, singer/songwriter and author of "Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine"

Keynote Address:  Emily Rutter, Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University and author of Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line

Final Fantasy VII at 25: Critical Essays

updated: 
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 8:25pm
Jason Cash & Craig Olsen / SUNY Delhi & U Arkansas Monticello
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

As a flagship title for Sony’s Playstation console, Final Fantasy VII was one of the first high-profile games to blend cinematic narrative with deep/immersive gameplay.  Thus, the editors of Final Fantasy VII at 25, an upcoming title in McFarland's Studies in Gaming series, are seeking contributions to a collection which will examine the storytelling of the game, the many themes and motifs expressed, and how various mechanics all relate to the player experience. 

DISCOURSES OF FICTIONAL (DIGITAL) TV SERIES

updated: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 2:33pm
Universitat de València
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya at the Universitat de València and the Institut Interuniversitari de Llengües Modernes Aplicades de la Comunitat Valenciana (IULMA) will be hosting, on the 3th-6th November 2020 in Valencia, Spain, the International Conference on Discourses of Fictional (Digital) TV Series. The conference will address series originally produced in English.

Special Panel: Esoteric and Occult Cinema (Esotericism & Occultism Area)

updated: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 1:22pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Special Panel CFP : Esoteric and Occult Cinema

In the Esotericism & Occultism Area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Annual Conference, Albuquerque, February 19-22, 2020

Esotericism & Occultism FINAL DEADLINE EXTENSION Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, February 2020, Albuquerque, New Mexico

updated: 
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 1:19pm
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Call for Papers– DEADLINE EXTENDED AGAIN!

Esotericism & Occultism

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

 41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: November 24, 2019

Fan Fiction Workshop

updated: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:44am
University of Zurich
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

An interdisciplinary workshop on Fan Fiction

14 – 15 February 2020

                                                              English Department, University of Zurich

CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL ISSUE ON ASIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION

updated: 
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:08am
Universiti Malaya
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

EXTENDED DEADLINE

CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL ISSUE ON ASIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION

Vol. 57, No. 1, July 2020

Guest Editors: Susan Philip and Surinderpal Kaur

 

“Re-visions and Re-imaginations in Asian Speculative Fiction”

Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster

updated: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:41am
Shane Trayers/SWPACA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Call for Papers

Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

 

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: EXTENDED to November 20th

Serial Killers on Screen

updated: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:31pm
Claire O’Callaghan (Loughborough) and Sarah Fanning (Mount Allison)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Serial Killers on Screen
(Edited Collection)

Call for Proposed Chapters

In recent years, the media has abounded with stories of serial killers. Esquire magazine notes that 2019 has been a particularly ‘bumper year for [Ted] Bundy’, but numerous other news stories have maintained our perennial fascination with serial murderers. Indeed, the death of Charles Manson (2017), the 2018 arrest and subsequent identification of Joseph James DeAngelo (known as the ‘original night stalker’ and, latterly, the Golden State Killer), and multiple anniversaries, including the Tate-LaBianca murders (50th) and Ted Bundy’s death (30th), have all kept serial killers at the forefront of the public imagination.

Penumbra - Annual Journal for Weird Fiction - Inaugural Issue

updated: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 4:21pm
Hippocampus Press
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Penumbra is an annual journal edited by weird fiction scholar S. T. Joshi and published through Hippocampus Press. About 75% of its content will consist of articles (scholarly or otherwise) on all aspects of weird fiction; the other 25% will be original fiction. The journal will in all likelihood be indexed in the MLA [Modern Language Association] Bibliography and will consist of up to 100,000 words.

Deadline for the first issue of the journal is May 31, 2020. Submissions can be sent to S. T. Joshi at stjoshi45@hotmail.com

Fairy Tale Area at PCA in Philly, 4/15-4/18--DEADLINE EXTENDED to 11/24/19

updated: 
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:09pm
Amanda Caleb/Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association seeks paper presentations and panels on the diverse range of fairy tales throughout the world. This year, we particularly seek papers focused on pedagogical uses of fairy tales at all levels and in all fields, discussions of folkloric shifts from oral to literary to visual (filmic, artistic, etc) versions of tales, and creative pieces that retell or critique fairy tales or use the tales to comment on some aspect of culture or history. Still, we are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale related subject.

Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Annual Conference

updated: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:03pm
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Call for Papers:
Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
Western University
June 3–4, 2020

La version française suit

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bands dessinée invites proposals for papers on any and all aspects of comics, broadly conceived (including cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, picture books, and visual poetry) to be presented at our 2020 annual conference, which will be held at Western University (London, Ontario) on June 3–4 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Studies in Popular Culture: A Call for Submissions for Spring-Fall 2020 issues

updated: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 2:25pm
Dr. Jennifer Wojton, Editor/Studies in Popular Culture, Popular Culture Assoc in the South
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Studies in Popular Culture (SiPC) is looking for submissions for the Spring and Fall 2020 issues. This journal of the Popular Culture Association in the South (PCAS) publishes articles on popular culture however mediated through film, literature, radio, television, music, graphics, print, practices, associations, events – any of the material or conceptual conditions of life. Contributors include distinguished anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, cultural geographers, ethnomusicologists, historians, and scholars in comics, communications, film, games, graphics, literature, philosophy, religion, and television.

 

13th Annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference

updated: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 1:26pm
Comics and Popular Arts Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2020 Call for Papers / Proposals

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for our 13th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-7, 2020.

CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc., presented to a mixed audience of scholars and fans. The mission of CPAC is to promote scholarship on popular culture and to encourage the engagement between scholars and fans in order to deepen our understanding of comics and other popular arts. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.

Edited Collection on the Romance Genre in the 21st Century

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 7:07am
Susan Fanetti/CSU Sacramento
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Call for Proposals

Not Your Mother’s Bodice Rippers: The Romance Genre in the 21st Century

Editor: Susan Fanetti

 

 

The enduring stereotype of the romance novel is the dramatic cover depicting the bare-chested, Fabio-modeled “hero” holding the swooning “heroine” draped over his arm, her wild hair flowing and her bountiful pale breasts swelling from her torn dress. Hence the term “bodice-ripper.”

 

Washington Irving and the Theater (ALA 2020)

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 7:06am
The Washington Irving Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Washington Irving Society invites proposals for a panel connecting Washington Irving and his contemporaries to the theater. As a native New Yorker, Irving was a lifelong theater goer and even aspired to become a playwright while living abroad. His relationship with playwright John Howard Payne and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, in fact, developed during this time in England when he attempted to write for the theater. As we continue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Sketch Book (1819-1820), stage performances of stories from the collection, such as “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” are welcomed, but we open the panel to stage productions of Irving and his other writing, too.

 

Dragons: Edited collections on film, literature, gaming, and online culture

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:35am
Northwestern State University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

As the popularity of mythical creatures in films and literature grows, there is one creature that remains prominent: the dragon. Dragons have become most visible recently in the cinematic versions of The Hobbit and in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones Series). However, there are other films, such as Dragonslayer (1981), Reign of Fire (2002), Dragonheart (1996), and the How to Train Your Dragon series (2010-2019), and numerous adult and children’s literature series that feature dragons.

CFP -- Doctor Who: New Dawn (Essays on the Jodie Whittaker Era)

updated: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6:34am
Brigid Cherry
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Doctor Who: New Dawn is a collection of essays devoted to the era of the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and the work of showrunner Chris Chibnall. Edited by Brigid Cherry, Matt Hills and Andrew O’Day, and due to be published by Manchester University Press in 2020, the collection responds to the reinvention and ‘new dawn’ of Doctor Who, primarily engaging with the show’s reframing in terms of gender and diversity. Due to an untimely withdrawal, we now invite proposals for a 6,000-word chapter on female fans’ responses to the casting of Jodie Whittaker and/or their reception of a female incarnation of the Doctor.

Georgia Philological Association: May 15, 2020 Meeting and Call for Papers

updated: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 3:58pm
Georgia Philological Association (GPA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 16, 2020

The fifteenth annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 University Parkway, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 15, 2020. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussions, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to literature, language, composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Presenters may submit longer or more complex versions (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication in the Journal of the Georgia Philological Association.

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