If we reflect on Vivian Sobchak’s premise of science fiction’s role of reconciling humans with the unknown along with cyborg spaces of Haraway, we can easily perceive that today one of speculative/science fiction’s roles is imagining what is happening and what may happen to help us come to terms with a dreaded present and unstable future. Amidst the very real and imminent threats of environmental disasters, rise of nationalism and racism and an expanding precarity, it should not be a surprise to see the fast increase in the sales of Orwell’s 1984, re-makes of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell or appearance of SF works where strangers, aliens, and others are rethought and replaced in our topological frameworks.
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic.
Possible entry points:
A One Day Postgraduate Symposium, hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University & Keele University
CFP for a one-day postgraduate symposium on 25th November 2017
Call for Papers
Hipster Culture: A Reader
Eds. Heike Steinhoff and Eric C. Erbacher
This panel, titled Queer Oceans, seeks abstracts for papers that explore the ocean in relation to queer studies. The sea has frequently been idealized as a place for escaping the norms that bind life on land. From sodomitic pirates to the famous spermaceti scene in Moby-Dick, the sea often emerges in suggestively queer contexts. However, discussions of these queer possibilities rarely take into account the nautical setting in which they occur.
Studies in the Fantastic requests submissions for issue 5 of our peer-reviewed academic journal, to be published in winter 2017/18. Essays examining the fantastic from a variety of scholarly perspectives are welcome. For consideration for issue 5, please send submissions to email@example.com by August 1, 2017.
Submitted articles should conform to the following guidelines:
1. 6,000-12,000 words
2. MLA-style citations and bibliography
3. A separate title page with author information to facilitate blind peer review
4. 1” margins, 12 point serif font, page numbers (but no identifying information in page headers)
This NeMLA panel will focus on the ways women have transformed space and place as central to their creation of a self-determined identity. In particular, it will focus on indigenous women’s relationship to geography and gender in the construction of self. Such an autonomous identity subverts the societal expectations and cultural geographies that have forced definitions of race and gender upon 19th- and 20th-century women. This panel would be an intersection of cultural geography, indigenous and ethnic studies, social justice issues, and eco/feminism.
Theme: This collection is designed for people to speak out on specific rights, resources, and protections they feel have been threatened as a result of the presidential election (both as a result of campaign rhetoric as well as post-election decisions).
We invite content including academic essays, feminist rants, op-eds, poetry, photojournalism, and other forms of art.
Possible themes may include:
Gaslighting and violence
Rhetoric, metaphors, or symbolism
Call for Contributors: 25 Events that Shaped Asian American History
ABC-CLIO, the leading publisher of academic reference works, is developing 25 Events that Shaped Asian American History to be published in 2019. This single-volume project covers the breadth and depth of Asian American history through key events that include diverse Asian American groups including Chinese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and Vietnamese American history. Each essay will be around 7,000 words. Contributor guidelines with samples will be provided.
The peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its special issue: Otherness and Transgression in Fan and Celebrity Studies, Autumn 2017.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that critically examine the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.