Let’s not wait for George R.R. Martin to wrap up ASOIAF with the 3,000 page The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Let’s talk of thrones and let the games resume this fertile Beltrane (May Day, Friday, May 1, 2020), opening with a panel on Season 8 of A Game of Thrones, airing what went right and wrong with the HBO series, viewed by 31 million. Perhaps you want to craft a formal paper (20 minutes) or propose joining a panel (or bring your own team from campus); offer a lightning presentation (5 minutes) or experiment with a PechaKucha (20 slides, 20 second commentary each, in 6’40” total).
Fifth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference
Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston
April 8-11, 2021
Of Haunted Houses and Dark Nights of the Soul: Edgar Allan Poe in American Film
Call for SubmissionsMultiverse Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Event Date & Location: October 16-October 18, 2020, Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs
Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2020
Name of Organization: Multiverse Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Organization Website: https://www.multiversecon.org
Contact Email: Rhonda Jackson Joseph,Learn@Multiversecon.org
If you wish to submit a proposal for this conference please do so soon; the deadline is close!
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.
sue 4 will focus on “Censorship and Media”, with profesor Manuel Palacio as guest editor.
Deadline for proposals: February 15th, 2020.
This is the full CFP for “Censorship and Media”, followed by instructions for authors. CFP: CENSORSHIP AND MEDIA (guest editor, Manuel Palacio).
Date: 9-10 July 2020
Venue: De Montfort University
De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) invites scholars and early career researchers to the second conference on Transnational screens.
This event seeks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transnational Cinemas Journal (Routledge) that has just changed its named to Transnational Screens to reflect a changing streaming landscape. This two day conference will reassess the histories, theories, methodologies and practices in transnational screen studies.
Professor Rob Stone from the University of Birmingham will be the keynote speaker at the conference, others to follow.
CFP: Special Topic: Disney Studies at NEPCA 2020
2020 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)
Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24
Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Proposals due June 1, 2020
Directions for Submission:
Southeast Asia is the most densely populated region in the world, where neighboring states are political and economic heavyweights, leading players in a globalized world, and small countries that retain their distinctive appearance and style. It is a cauldron of ethnic groups, religions, worldviews, which has given rise to many alternative ways of integrating traditions and modernity.
In particular, Asian media, especially electronic ones, and social networks such as Chinese Weibo, WeiChat, Tencent and Qzone, South Korean Naver, and Japanese Line can serve as an example of such integration.
I International H/Story Seminar
The Popcultural Life of Science:
Stories of Wonder, Stories of Facts
University of Silesia in Katowice
Call for Papers: Racecraft and Speculative Culture
A Special Session proposal for the 2021 Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7-10 January 2021.
D&D and/as: academia, animal studies, apocalypse, bullying, decolonialism, ecocriticism, ethnicity, feminism, intersectionality, intertextuality, kink, linguistics, material culture, narrative, nostalgia, obsession, politics, queer, religion, resistance, sex, spatiality, tarot, tattoos, teaching tool, theory, writing tool.
What is Mythmoot VII?
Mythmoot VII, with the theme of “Defying and Defining Darkness,” combines an academic conference, creative writing meet-up, and fan convention for a unique experience. Here at Mythmoot, we have room for serious scholarship in fields such as science fiction, high fantasy, horror, gothic, mythology, children’s literature, folklore.. .the list goes on. We also appreciate less academic, but no less enthusiastic, pursuits of all the above—such as demonstrations of how to knit the best fake candle ever, presentations theorizing the exact recipe for Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, or papers dissecting the cultural background of Baron Harkonnen!
Call for Proposals:
Call for Papers
social media / Soziale Medien / réseaux sociaux
The presence of science fiction in university classrooms is by now no longer shocking; the genre has become a mainstay not only in literature and philosophy classrooms but also in STEM fields, as its predictions and extrapolations pose memorable and concrete case studies to explore the societal and ethical implications of technological innovation, as well as interesting practical engineering problems to try to solve with real-world science.
Essays on Magic: The Gathering
This peer reviewed edited collection will be a part of McFarland & Company, Inc.’s Studies in Gaming series.
Graduate students in the Literature, Theory, and Cultural Studies program at Purdue University invite participation in their first annual symposium, “Crossing Boundaries in Literature, Theory, and Culture.” Boundaries represent real or imagined limits within various cultures, and negotiation of these boundaries enables innovation, transgression, as well as social, ethical, or political implications. Literature and other cultural artifacts work to challenge, straddle, or even reinforce boundaries, from national borders to the artificial limits scholars construct between time periods or fields of study. This symposium will investigate and encourage boundary crossings in literature, culture, and language in the broadest sense.
Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada
May 7-9, 2020
Concordia University, Montreal, QC
"Pop and Politics: State of the Field/State of the World"
After a one-year hiatus, the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada is back and looking forward—as well as up, left, right, down, and back. For our 9th annual conference, which will take place at Concordia University in Montreal, QC from May 7th-9th, 2020, we’re reflecting on the state of our field by inviting discussion on the relationship between popular culture and politics, broadly conceived.
Call for Chapter Proposals: The Edinburgh Companion to Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities
Gavin Miller, Anna McFarlane, and Donna McCormack (eds).
CFP: Fandom and Controversy
Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist edited by Rebecca Williams and Lucy Bennett
If you are familiar with made for SyFy films featuring cgi monsters and bloodshed, or if you have mistakenly rented a film that you mistook for a current blockbuster, or if you are still digging through the five dollar bins at various department stores then you are probably familiar with films like Sharknado, Mercenaries, Sinister Squad, American Virgin, Sunday School Musical, and Snakes on a Train, all courtesy of The Asylum. Functioning similarly to American International Pictures did in the 1950s, this film company produces the same sorts of fare, accompanied by similar exploitation impulses.
Call for Papers:
Flow Volume 26 Special Issue: “Streaming Wars and Television’s Next Juncture”
As the new decade dawns, Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal have launched (or will soon launch) their own streaming platforms. These entrants prove once again that the ecology of television and digital content is one that continuously shifts, raising the question: Is a streaming war in full swing? With legacy media companies and major technology companies entering the ring, has the streaming arena now become too crowded? And how will consumers, amidst ever-multiplying, well-funded platforms vying for their attention, alter and/or reinforce their viewership and subscription consumer habits?
STAR WARS + Open Call for Papers, Issue 5.1 (Spring 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.