UPDATED CfP: ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze (under contract)

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Eds. Kim Wilkins and Wyatt Moss-Wellington (The University of Sydney, Australia)

Deadline for submissions: Proposals 1 July 2018, full chapters 14 October 2018 

This edited collection is under contract with Edinburgh University Press as part of their ReFocus series. Series editors are Robert Singer, PhD and Gary D. Rhodes, PhD.

Call for papers on the following topics:

Her and gender

Jonze and screenwriting (including Where the Wild Things Are and Her)

Jonze’s short films


We invite proposals of 500 words, including a tentative title, a 50-100 word author biography, and a recent writing sample. The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 July 2018. Please send your proposals to spikejonzecollection@gmail.com. Accepted contributors must submit their full chapters of 6000-8000 words by 14 October 2018.


Original CfP

Spike Jonze is a celebrated director whose deeply philosophical film work crosses boundaries between studio and independent modes of production, genre entertainment and experimentalism. Jonze's oeuvre includes highly regarded feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are and Her), commercials, music videos and shorts; he is also a prolific producer and actor. Across his work, Jonze investigates the vagaries of contemporary American culture with a particular interest in themes of identity fluidity, loss and grief, American celebrity cultures, storytelling and metacognition, nurturance and development, technology and surveillance, evolution and sociobiology, memory and fantasy.

This curated edition looks to facilitate in-depth analyses of Jonze’s various creative pursuits—both independently and in collaboration with other artists, including renowned writers such as Charlie Kaufman and Dave Eggers—while establishing critical dialogues in the thematic links between them.