Call for Abstracts - Edited Collection on Father Figures in Animated/Cartoon TV Shows for Mature Audiences (Deadline Extended!)

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Leslie Salas / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
contact email: 

Call for Abstracts - Edited Collection on Father Figures in Animated/Cartoon TV Shows for Mature Audiences

 “The handy thing about being a father is that the historic standard is so pitifully low.”

- Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize Winner


The trope of the “hapless dad,” clumsy and useless with his own children, appears in storytelling across several mediums—especially in animated cartoons on TV. For many contemporary cartoon shows for adult audiences, however, this trope appears especially pronounced, often leaning into the stereotype that competent childrearing is "women's work" for the benefit of comedy.

This edited collection, springboarded off David James Poissant’s award-winning article “Let’s Retire the Trope of the Hapless Dad” on UCF Forum, seeks to explore the variety of ways contemporary fatherhood is showcased in TV shows geared toward mature audiences.

Abstracts of academic essays should focus on analysis of father figures in animated or cartoon TV shows developed for adults. Applicants should offer careful consideration to how the portrayals of these dads may perpetuate harmful fatherhood myths and/or strike new ground on establishing healthier models of parental interaction. Discussion of non-traditional families and diverse father figures (queer, multiracial/multiethnic, differently-abled, etc.) is encouraged.

Final essays should aim for a total word count of 5,000 to 8,000 words. At this time, because of permissions restrictions, included images/screenshots from programming are not able to be included in this collection.

Original scholarship submissions, only. (No reprints.) The publisher will hold the copyright for essays accepted into the collection until the book is out of print. As this will be a peer-reviewed collection, several rounds of revision and editing may be needed until the final manuscript is ready for publication.


DEADLINE: May 31st, 2020 at

Submissions have already been accepted on:
•    American Dad
•    Big Mouth
•    Bob's Burgers
•    BoJack Horseman
•    The Cleveland Show
•    Disenchantment
•    Family Guy
•    Final Space
•    King of the Hill
•    The Regular Show
•    Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in all the World
•    Steven Universe

Still seeking submissions on:
•    Aqua Teen Hunger Force
•    Archer
•    Beevus & Butt-head
•    Brickleberry
•    Clone High
•    Daria
•    Drawn Together
•    F is for Family
•    Futurama
•    Happy Tree Friends
•    Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
•    Paradise PD
•    Rick & Morty
•    Robot Chicken
•    South Park
•    Space Ghost Coast to Coast
•    Squidbillies
•    The Amazing World of Gumball
•    The Boondocks
•    The Ren & Stimpy Show
•    The Simpsons
•    The Venture Bros.
or others not listed!