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MMLA 2020 Popular Culture Permanent Session CFP: Fan Responses to Popular Culture (deadline extended)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 3:24pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Due to the current circumstances, the deadline for submitting a paper for this panel has been extended to April 15

Last year, when Fox canceled the television show Lucifer, a fan campaign to save the show resulted in Netflix picking it up for another season. This was not an isolated incident. Collectives of fans, gathering both online and in person, often influence the longevity, the content, the dispersal, and the afterlife of their favorite shows, games, songs, and other popular culture artifacts. In response to the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity,” the popular culture permanent session invites papers that investigate how both planned and spontaneous groups appropriate or influence popular culture.


Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 3:53pm
Danny Cookney / University of Salford
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

Supermodels of the World: RuPaul’s Drag Race as International Phenomenon

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium


School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK.

25th September 2020



Since its 2009 debut, RuPaul’s Drag Race has shifted from a niche American reality show anomaly to an award-winning global success. This one day symposium will examine its international reach with versions of the contest created in the UK, Thailand and Canada alongside, titular host, Rupaul having already hinted at further growth when teasingly asking journalists “how many countries are there?”.



Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:38pm
TitanCom 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

On the Shoulders of Giants

TitanCon 2020

Belfast, Ireland

August 28-30, 2020

Call for Papers: DEADLINE EXTENDED!!


[DEADLINE EXTENDED] CFP: "American Literature 1870-Present," Midwest Modern Language Association

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 2:55pm
Midwestern Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 20, 2020

“Collection Cultures”: Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 5-8. The MMLA’s permanent section on American Literature After 1870 invites papers which, building on the conference theme, examine the topic of “cultures of collectivity” in American novels, poetry, and/or other kinds of texts, artwork, or cultural endeavors. Particularly invited are papers which explore cultures of collectors and collections.

Page 23 LitCon at Denver Pop Culture Con

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:57pm
Tracy Bealer/Page 23 at Denver Pop Culture Con
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Call for Papers, Panels, and PresentationsPage 23 LitConJuly 3-5, 2020


500-word abstracts for papers, panels, creative presentations, roundtables, or any other appropriate event expanding and/or expounding on comics and pop culture are being accepted for a scholarly conference at


DENVER POP CULTURE CON at the Colorado Convention Center           DENVER, CO                                                                      July 3-5, 2020


Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid: Representing Taboo in Contemporary Pop Culture

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:56pm
Dr. Christina Fawcett, Dr. Marc Ouellette & Dr. Delores Phillips
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We are pleased to invite contributions to an edited volume that analyzes sexual taboo in contemporary popular culture, with an eye toward theorizing taboo sexual practices using frameworks that reveal the uncomfortable or silenced spaces that surround non-normative sexual desire. We seek chapters that focus on how different cultural products normalize the taboo, bringing deviant behavior into mainstream spaces that challenge the traditional relegation of non-normative behavior to fringe spaces. We invite readings of literary, film, interactive and fan-created works that reveal positive representations of taboo, opening our readers to a sympathetic experience of deviancy and socially proscribed behavior.

CFP Fashion and Material Culture, MPCA/ACA, EXTENDED

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 9:32pm
Luxx Mishou, Area Chair/ The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 15, 2020



The Midwest Popular Culture Association is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in October. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you with how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.


Fashion and Material Culture, MPCA/ACA

CFP - Book Chapters - Gender in Action Films (1980-now)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:28pm
Renee Middlemost, University of Wollongong, Steven Gerrard, Leeds Beckett University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 12, 2020

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BOOK – Call for Chapters - Gender in Action Films

Book title: Gender in Action Films (1980-now)

Publisher: Emerald Publishing

Date of Publication: 2022

Editors: Dr Renee Middlemost (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Dr Steven Gerrard (Leeds Beckett University, UK)

2022 sees the fortieth anniversary of cinematic action icon, John Rambo. From his first outing as an embittered, lonely, scarred relic of the Vietnam War to his latest gung-ho, all-guns blazing, machete-chopping, dynamiting Trump-value supporting outing, Rambo remains an important part of the action film.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: “Collectivity in Reception Studies” (MMLA 2020)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 1:15pm
Reception Study Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Collectivity in Reception Studies," Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) 2020. Scheduled for November 5-8, Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The Reception Study Society is dedicated to promoting discussion among literature, culture and media scholars engaged in theoretical and practical analyses in reception study, reader-response criticism and pedagogy, history of the book, audience and communication studies, and more. For MMLA, we invite participants to share scholarship that advances the study of these areas.