UPDATE: Battlestar Galactica (10/31/05; PCA/ACA, 4/12/06-4/15/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Barbara A Silliman
contact email: 

The deadline for submission of proposals for the panels for Battlestar
Galactica (BSG) has been extended. The new deadline is posted at the end of
the Call

We ask that you review the Call and consider submitting a paper, a panel, or
a workshop proposal to us by the new deadline.

If you do not wish to submit a proposal for the conference but wish to be
considered for the book, please contact Barbara Silliman regarding chapter
proposal deadlines.

Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Call For Papers

Popular Culture Association --- Science Fiction and Fantasy Area
April 12 - 15, 2006, in Atlanta, Georgia

--- and ---

An Edited Text for Publication

Battlestar Galactica (BSG): Panels and Edited Text

Our goal is three-fold:

First, to set up several different panels for the analysis BSG from various
theoretical bases;
Second, to select from the papers presented those that have potential to be
included in an edited text that analyzes both the current and the 1970s
version of BSG;

Third, to compile a representative number of essays from which to choose the

essays that will be included into the text.

BSG is a new groundbreaking television series, currently in its second
season, that is more than a simple remake: it is a re-invention, reflecting
American attitudes and culture in a post-9/11 world. The specialized areas
and theoretical bases for analysis include (but are not exclusive to):

Politics -- within the framework of the narrative as well as analogous to
        governmental structure and the "post 9/11" society, governance of
        Education cabinet member now President along with the Quorum of the
        Twelve Colonies, democracy in exile

Religion -- Ancient Greek pantheism as a modernist religion and a political
        Cylon monotheism as fanatical religion

Gender -- women in positions of power (President Laura Roslin) vs. men
        (Commander Adama), female Cylon duplicates (Six and Boomer), female
        male Viper pilots (Starbuck vs. Apollo)

Ethnicities -- Caucasian, Asian, African

Technology -- futuristic technology married with modern and retro technology

Sociology/Society -- the Quorum of the Twelve Colonies, love among humans
        Cylons, life in exile, living in fear

Psychology -- Freudian, Jungian, and Lacanian, especially, but other
theories are

Military/Warfare -- Cylons vs. Humans, weaponry, strategies, mavericks vs.
        by-the-book soldiers, Martial Law, government/military compromise,
        a faceless enemy

History -- any and all perspectives are welcome

Comparison -- 1970s BSG vs. 21st century BSG

Fandom -- Fan responses to both/either version of BSG, acceptance and/or
        rejection of 21st century BSG
Please submit completed papers or 250-word abstracts. Please indicate if
your submission is for presentation at PCA in addition to the text, or for
the text only.

*** Submissions Due: October 31, 2005

Submit proposals as follows (NO attachments, please):

PCA presentation: Text Only:

Dr. James Iaccino Barbara Silliman
Benedictine University Providence College
Psychology Department School of Continuing Education
5700 College Road P. O. Box 19722
Lisle, IL 60532-2851 Johnston, RI 02919-0722

JIaccino_at_ben.edu BSillima_at_providence.edu

              From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
                         Full Information at
         or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu
Received on Tue Oct 11 2005 - 17:57:31 EDT