CFP: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity: Examinations of Reality and Fantasy in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse [1 September 2012]

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Alyson Buckman, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M. Porter
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Co-editors Alyson Buckman, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M. Porter invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore Joss Whedon's science fiction television series Dollhouse (2009-2010). We are interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a familiarity with current conversations and publications about the series. We would be especially pleased to see innovative perspectives on unusual topics such as the show's paratexts or production elements. Though not prescriptive, the following list of topics may be productive to consider:
The construction of sexuality and/or sex work within the Dollhouse
Queer identity and Theory
Gender
Technology
Neurology and Neurophysiology
Dystopia
Corporate Identity
Law Enforcement
Race Relations
The Posthuman Body
The Dollhouse Comic
Philosophy and Ethics
Psychopathology
Violence against Women

We strongly recommend authors familiarize themselves with these publications to extend and/or challenge published analyses of the series:
 ESPENSON, JANE, ED. INSIDE JOSS' DOLLHOUSE: FROM ALPHA TO ROSSUM. DALLAS, TX: BENBELLA, 2010.
 SELECTED INFORMATION ABOUT DOLLHOUSE IN SHERRY GINN, POWER AND CONTROL IN THE TELEVISION WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON. JEFFERSON, NC: MCFARLAND AND COMPANY, INC., 2012.
 ARTICLES RELATED TO DOLLHOUSE IN ERIN B. WAGGONER, SEXUAL RHETORIC IN THE WORKS OF JOSS WHEDON. JEFFERSON, NC: MCFARLAND AND COMPANY, INC., 2010
 THE SPECIAL ISSUE OF SLAYAGE: THE JOURNAL OF THE WHEDON STUDIES ASSOCIATION, VOLUME 8.2/3, SUMMER/FALL 2010.
 THE WHEDON BIBLIOGRAPHY AVAILABLE AT WWW.SLAYAGEONLINE.COM

QUERIES AND SUBMISSIONS
Queries are welcomed; please email us at doctorginn@gmail.com and indicate that it is a "Dollhouse Query/Proposal/Paper" in the subject line. Send 350-500 word proposals or 5,000-7,000 word essays in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) to the same email address; please label your attachment with "Dollhouse," your last name, and the date (day.month.year)—e.g., "Dollhouse, Ginn, 8.01.12." We suggest but do not require that proposals include a working bibliography. Please provide in a separate document or in the body of the email a brief biography and selected vita.

PRODUCTION TIMELINE
We are currently discussing the book proposal with a publisher, who is very interested in such a collection. We are working on the following timeline which would tentatively allow the book a 2013 publication date.
 Proposals Due: 1 September 2012
 Notification of Acceptance: 1 October 2012
 First Drafts Due: 1 January 2013
 Second Drafts Due: 1 May 2013
 Completed Manuscript: 1 July 2013
BIOGRAPHIES
Sherry Ginn, Ph.D.—Ginn earned both her M.A. (1984) and Ph.D. (1988) in General-Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She currently teaches at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, near Charlotte, North Carolina. She has published numerous articles in the fields of neuroscience and psychology. Her books Our Space, Our Place: Women in the Worlds of Science Fiction Television was published in 2005, Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon in 2012, and The Sex is Out of This World: The Carnal Side of Science Fiction (with Co-Editor Michael G. Cornelius) is currently in press. She is a member and/or officer of a number of professional organizations, including the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (President, 2008-2009; Secretary, 2010-present), the Popular Culture Association (Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy Section, 2009-present), the Popular Culture Association of the SOUTH (Member-at-Large, 2012-2014), and the North Carolina Writers' Network. She is a Charter member of the Whedon Studies Association. Current projects in the field of popular culture include essays for collections on Doctor Who, body size and image in the works of Joss Whedon, and methods utilized for depicting the Alien Other in Farscape, as well as collections on Farscape (Editor), and Fringe (Co-Editors, Tanya R. Cochran and Paul Zinder).
Alyson Buckman, Ph.D. – Buckman received her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1999) in American Studies from Purdue University. She teaches American Studies, film, popular culture, and multiculturalism in the Humanities and Religious Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento. She has presented multiple times at the Slayage Conference and has published articles on Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and The Gilmore Girls. Her work in the Whedonverse has appeared in the journal Slayage as well as the anthologies Investigating Firefly and Serenity, Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon, and The Joss Whedon Reader, and she won the Mr. Pointy Award for the best essay published in Whedon Studies in 2010. She founded the Joss Whedon subarea within the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture conference and was a co-chair of that area until 2012. She is involved actively with the Whedon Studies Association and is also a Charter member.
Heather M. Porter, M.A. – Porter is an accomplished line producer and coordinating producer in reality television. A member of the Producers Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, she has worked on five seasons of Hell's Kitchen and recently finished her third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. A Whedon scholar and Charter member of the Whedon Studies Association, Porter has presented at all five Slayage Conferences. She is currently co-producing a documentary examining the academic study of the works of Joss Whedon. Her research interests are in quantitative analysis of images of violence, intelligence, and sex in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Her paper, "They teach you that in Whore Academy?": A Quantitative Examination of Sex and Sex Workers in Joss Whedon's Firefly and Dollhouse," will be included in The Sex is Out of This World: The Carnal Side of Science Fiction, co-edited by Sherry Ginn and Michael G. Cornelius.