Octavia Butler Companion

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Gregory Hampton
contact email: 

Call for Papers:

Butler Companion


Editors Gregory J. Hampton (Howard University) and Kendra R. Parker (Hope College) are seeking submissions for The Bloomsbury Companion to Octavia E. Butler. This book will be a collection of literary criticism and theory by an international range of contemporary scholars exploring major themes across the full span of Octavia Butler’s writing.  


We welcome essays that survey past and current scholarship on Butler; however, we are most interested in work that will point forward to new directions and new agendas in Butler scholarship on both domestic and international levels.


Broad topics for submission include:

  • Slavery to Social Justice
  • Teaching Butler’s Fiction
  • Critical Disability Studies and Octavia E. Butler
  • Environmental Studies
  • Posthumanism
  • Afrofuturism
  • Posthumous Research


Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a brief CV should be emailed to Gregory J. Hampton (ghampton@howard.edu) and Kendra R. Parker (parker@hope.edu) as a Microsoft Word document no later than October 1, 2017. Invitations for full papers will be sent by November 15, 2017, and completed essays (6,000-8,000 words) are expected by May 14, 2018.