CFP: [Collections] The Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy Series: X-Men and Philosophy

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Dr. Rebecca Housel
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Call for Abstracts
X-Men and Philosophy

Edited by Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski

The Blackwell Philosophy and PopCulture Series

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Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but
accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of
accepted essays will receive an honorarium.

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the
Race, Politics, and Difference: Non-Mutants vs. Mutants; The Inhumanity of
Humanity: Is the Brotherhood right to give up on Humanity?; Nietzsche and
Magneto: The Ãœbermensch and Mutation; Sun-Tzu and the Brotherhood: The Art
of War (on Humans and Mutants); Mystique and Machiavelli; The Essence of
Humanity: Are Mutants Human?; Torture and Experimentation: Wolverine and
Utilitarianism; Sinister and the Attempt to Breed Mutants; Bioethics
and/in Experimentation/Mutation; Evolution and Humanity: Nature and
Mutation; Philosophy and Love: Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Cyclops; Double-
Identity and Mutants: Must all Mutants have two names?; The Politics of
Disease: “Curing” Mutants; Speciesism: Our Duties to Mutants, and, Others;
Evolutionary Ethics: Does might make right?; The Nature of Evil in X-Men;
Memory, Body and Identity in X-Men; Loyalty and Friendship: Loving our
Enemies (Magneto and Xavier, etc.); Gender in X-Men: Different is not
Deficient; Power, Responsibility, and Corruption in X-Men; Postmodernism:
Deadpool as the knowledge that you’re a comic book character; Moral
Complexity: Changing Moral Commitments in Gambit, Rogue, Iceman, and
Others; Political Paternalism and the Mutant Registration Act; The Virtues
(and Evils) of Leadership in X-Men; Jameson, Capitalism, Globalization and
X-Men; Baudrillard’s Hyperreality and X-Men: Does the Virtual mimic the
Real?; Beyond Racism: Mutation surpassing Race as/in Identity; Warrior
Philosophies and X-Men; The Divide between Divinity and Mutation: Storm,
Apocalypse, etc.; Disability and X-Men: Rogue, Professor X., Beast,
Nightcrawler, etc.; Motherhood and Mutation: Abandonment and Care Ethics
(Rogue, Nightcrawler, Mystique, Iceman, Gambit, etc.); Compassionate
Wisdom in X-Men: Professor Xavier, etc.; Vedanta and X-Men: Maya vs. the

Submission guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and cvs: March 17,
2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: June 9, 2008
3. Submission deadline for final papers August 4, 2008

Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to:
Rebecca Housel,

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