CFP: Supernatural Panel, SF&F Area, SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/15/10: 4/20-23/11)

full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Love & Lugene Rosen / Southwest Texas PCA/ACA

Call for Papers: Supernatural Panel SW/TX PCA/ACA

In Supernatural's season 5 episode "The Real Ghostbusters," Eric Kripke started us off with "Frightened Little Boy: The secret life of Dean Winchester" and "Homo-erotic subtext of Supernatural." If you're anything like us, that line of dialogue offered a clear, albeit sardonic, invitation to write and share some of those analyses that are begging to be explored. Over five seasons, we've seen this intriguing show take on issues of family, religion, good versus evil, destiny versus free will, what it means to be human, and other subjects rife with complication and ready for analysis and interpretation.

Join us in a panel that addresses any aspect of the television show Supernatural. We are looking for papers that offer critical and intellectual engagement with the subject. The topics and approaches are not limited. We ask only that you focus your analysis on Supernatural—episode, season, character, story arc, film making, fandom, how the show speaks to today's world, etc.—and that you take a scholarly approach.

Deadline for abstract submission: November, 15, 2010. Earlier abstracts are welcome. The registration deadline for the conference is December 15. You must register by that date or will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

Please email a 250-word abstract of your paper to Lugene Rosen ( and Jennifer Love ( Include full contact information (name, institution affiliation if any, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail) as well as the title of your paper.

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