The 2014 meeting of NEPCA will convene at Providence College in Providence, RI, from 24-25 October 2013, and, in conjunction with NEPCA, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area is pleased to announce that the call for papers for our sixth-anniversary sessions is now available. We are especially interested in proposals that explore the fiction of Rhode Island native H. P. Lovecraft and its afterlife AND monsters in general but will also consider proposals outside that topic. Scholars of all levels are invited to submit individual proposals of proposals for complete sessions; be advised that submissions will be accepted until 1 June 2014. Further details are available in the posted call for papers.

Archive lists of past sessions can be accessed via the following links: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Be on the lookout in fall 2013 for our call for papers for the 2014 convocation of NEPCA at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, from 24-25 October.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CFP Adaptation Across the Humanities (Journal Issue) (5/1/14)

Special Topics Journal Issue - Adaptation Across the Humanities (Deadline: May 1, 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Robert Neblett / Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA)
contact email:
Call for Papers!


Special Issue: Fall 2014

Re-Imagining, Re-Remembering and Cultural Recycling:
Adaptation Across the Humanities
Guest Editor: Robert L. Neblett

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014

In the opening words of her 2006 essay, “Re-runs and Repetition,” MacArthur Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl posits, “It seems we live in an age of cultural recycling.” Ruhl dissects the role of adaptation in contemporary culture, focusing primarily on theatrical revisions of Greek myth, and argues that twenty-first-century audiences tend to embrace structures that they find familiar. Ruhl suggests that adaptations do not merely duplicate or mimic a pre-existing work of art, but instead filter it through our subjective sense of memory, as she cites her mentor, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel: “To re-remember…to remember again. Not nostalgia, but a deeper form of remembering, a structure of loss. What I believe she [Vogel] is getting at is the revelation of some kind of being.” Linda Hutcheon, a leader in the field of contemporary adaptation studies, stresses that the adaptive urge is a ubiquitous creative impulse in her 2006 book A Theory of Adaptation: “In the workings of the human imagination, adaptation is the norm, not the exception.”

While in recent years adaptation studies has become primarily associated with the discipline of film studies, the field of adaptation is in a sense the study of the human imagination - how we reconstruct familiar structures, be they literary, historical, architectural, psychological, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, pedagogical, or performative. In an attempt to reclaim adaptation as a more expansive subject of study that crosses disciplinary thresholds, this special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities deals with a broad range of topics related to the re-visioning, or “seeing again,” of familiar structures and patterns, and the many innovations and anxieties associated with this process.

We will be looking for scholarly articles, book reviews, and nonfiction essays that explore a number of issues, including but not limited to reinterpreting the classics, in/fidelity to source materials, chronological precedence as an in/accurate gauge for textual primacy, the intention/agenda of the adaptor, adaptation across media (novel to film, poem to song, play to musical, legend to opera, pop culture snafu into internet meme), stylistic superimposition, intertextuality and adaptation from multiple sources, and knowing vs. unknowing audiences. Artists wishing to have their works published on the cover of IH should submit works that are representative of the theme(s) of a particular issue.

Please send inquiries and submissions by May 1, 2014 to Dr. Robert L. Neblett at

All essays should be interdisciplinary in nature and not exceed 6,000 words. Essays should be typed and double-spaced, formatted for printing on standard paper with one-inch margins and submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents. Place your name and affiliation in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Please refer to official IH Submission Guidelines at

*Please note: The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at

By web submission at 02/12/2014 - 17:59

CFP Open-Topic for Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (no deadline)

Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
full name / name of organization:
Dr Paul March-Russell
contact email:

"Foundation" is the journal of the British SF Foundation formed in 1972. It is published three times a year, and is currently looking for articles and reviews for 2015. The journal publishes on any aspect of sf with particular emphases upon interdisciplinary, international and cultural perspectives. We are interested in both the histories of sf and in current trends, including the borderlines between genres, media and what passes for the 'mainstream'. Articles should be up to 6000 words in length, double-spaced and written in accordance with the style sheet available on the SF Foundation website. If you are interested in guest-editing a special issue of "Foundation" (this year, we are publishing special issues on sf and the classical world, and sf and videogaming), then please also contact the editor at the address above.

We are also interested in receiving interviews with sf writers, critical reflections on the writing and profession of sf, conference reports and review-articles on sf-related events (e.g. exhibitions). Word length should be up to 2000 words.

Lastly, we are looking for new contributors to our book reviews section. "Foundation" reviews both fiction and non-fiction works. Reviews should be up to 1500 words long and submitted to our Books Editor, Andy Sawyer (

If you, or your institution, would like to subscribe to the journal, then please contact Roger Robinson at for the full list of rates.

By web submission at 03/13/2014 - 16:01

CFP Cultural Influences of Role-Playing Games Collection (proposals 6/1/14)

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on the Cultural Influences of Role-Playing Games
full name / name of organization:
Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco
contact email:

Since its initial publication in 1974, the iconic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has spawned hundreds of other analog and digital RPGs, as well as an entirely new industry and subculture. In the last decade, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have explored the origins, characteristics, cultures, and player experiences of RPGs. Yet, little scholarly attention has been devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped and transformed society at large over the past forty years. We are seeking chapters for an upcoming collection of essays that addresses the broader cultural impact, influence, and significance of RPGs (analog or digital). Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* The social and cultural influences of and responses to RPGs from the 1970s through the present
* The influence of RPGs on other types of games and entertainment, including videogames, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), live-action role-playing games (LARPs), collectible card games, and the like
* Representations or adaptations of RPGs in literature, film, or other media
* Educational or pedagogical uses of RPGs or RPG elements
* Role-playing approaches to counseling and therapy
* RPGs in military and corporate worlds

We also welcome other topics that show a clear connection with these themes.

Please send proposed abstracts of 250-500 words, along with a brief (250 word) biography and C.V., in either *.rtf (rich text format) or *.doc (MS Word document format), to editors Andrew Byers and Francesco Crocco at by June 1, 2014. If accepted for the collection, completed essays of 8,000 to 10,000 words will be due by January 1, 2015.

By web submission at 03/08/2014 - 02:59

CFP Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds -- Spec. Issue of Synaesthesia (11/30/14)

Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds
full name / name of organization:
Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures (ISSN 1883-5953)
contact email:

Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an international, open-access interdisciplinary journal, rigorously peer-reviewed and oriented toward advancing new perspectives and understandings of how thought, engagement, and the communication of meanings hinge upon human perception.

The journal encourages new dialogues in communication theory and research by publishing original scholarship from scholars within the international community that explores issues from the interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders and across time. The journal welcomes innovative theoretical essays and research articles and aims to advance the progressive exchange of ideas.

Synaesthesia invites submissions for a special themed edition of the journal devoted to Japanese role-playing video games (JRPG’s), entitled ‘Exploring JRPG Virtual Worlds’ (Vol. 2, no. 4).

Synaesthesia managing editors Dr. Christopher Melley and Dr. Daniel Broudy are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffery Klaehn will be acting as lead editor on this special edition of the journal.

Possible themes/topics that may be explored include JRPG’s within the context of social theory, representation, narrative, masculinity and femininity, race and ethnicity, inequality (social, political, economic), power, agency, identity, media, channels of distribution, Western RPG’s, and fandom.

JRPG franchises that may be discussed include (but are not limited to) Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, .hack, Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, Pokémon, Grandia, Suikoden, Skies of Arcadia, the SaGa series, Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Breath of Fire, Wild Arms, Lunar, Eternal Sonata, The World Ends With You, Xenoblade Chronicles, Baten Kaitos, Phantasy Star, Star Ocean, and the Tales series.

All articles considered for publication will undergo a peer-review process.

Scholarly work accepted for publication with the online journal will receive subsequent consideration for publication within future collected volumes.

Submissions should be rigorous in scholarship yet accessible in style for audiences across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Submissions lodged by e-mail should include a title, abstract, author's name, and institutional affiliation. Please include the proposed title of your paper in the subject line of your e-mail submission. If including images within the manuscript, please adhere to fair use policy and include relevant caption/copyright information. Manuscripts attached to e-mail submissions should be saved in the MSWord .doc(x) format.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014

By web submission at 03/07/2014 - 04:39

CFP Gender & Childhood Conference (5/1/2014; U of Notre Dame 12/4-6/14)

CFP for Gender & Childhood Conference Proposal Due 5/1/2014
full name / name of organization:
Gender Studies at University of Notre Dame
contact email:
Call for Papers

“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”
A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

How are children gendered? How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically? How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender? How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering?

This conference seeks to explore issues of gender and childhood through multiple lenses and from a wide range of disciplines. We welcome papers on gender and childhood in media, literature, history, anthropology, biology, architecture, philosophy, art history, sociology, education, and more. We are especially open to interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics might include:

Representations of children in film, children’s books, adult books, TV shows, paintings, photography. etc.;
Childhood spectatorship and fandoms;
Gendered childhood spaces;
Gendered toys and games;
Ideologies of childhood sexuality;
Parenting books and gender;
Children and gay parents;
Sports and gender;
Children’s fashion;
Reality TV and children’s gender;
Children’s fiction and gender;
Transgender children;
Children’s own media and internet practices;
Journalism and childhood;
Gender and bullying;
Transnational gender identities;
Schooling practices.

Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, and your areas of research and writing . Proposals for creative work – poetry, short stories, short films, will be considered.

Please indicate technology needs, such as powerpoint or DVD.

Proposals are due by May 1, 2014

Send proposals to:

Questions can be addressed to: Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood”:

By web submission at 03/02/2014 - 13:23

CFP Lord of the Rings Fan Phenomena Collection (proposals by 5/15/14)

CFP: The Lord of the Rings Fan Phenomena
full name / name of organization:
Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology
contact email:

Intellect's Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of The Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film's ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

Fan media
Cult status
Film-based tourism
Web site and forum interactions
Character franchises
Adaptation processes
Audience reception
Prequels/sequels (The Hobbit in particular)
Film location guides
Fantasy fandom
Collector editions
Media design
The importance of ‘location’
Gender portrayal
The Philosophy of LOTR

Interviews with The Lord of the Rings tour organisers, fan-media coordinators, or authors of LOTR-related books (especially of tourism and film guides) will also be considered.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (250 words) by 15 May 2014. For selected abstracts, the final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 1 September 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell:

By web submission at 03/01/2014 - 22:59

CFP Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities (3/10/14; MLA 1/8-11/15)

Sorry for the late post:

MLA Panel: Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities
full name / name of organization:
Stefan Hoppner
contact email:
Modern Language Association Convention

January 8-11, 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Special Session: Science Fiction and Transgressive Identities

Science fiction has often been considered a narrative genre that is particularly well-suited for exploring alternative realities via speculative scenarios. Authors such as Fredric Jameson and Seo-Young Chu have suggested that these scenarios are much less investigations of our possible future or alternative past, as they are about the readers’ present conditions. The impact of disruptive technologies or hypothetical models of social interaction can be explored and played through in some kind of narrative simulation and presents an analysis of present potential. Ursula LeGuin’s non-gendered aliens, Octavia Butler’s ternary gender constellations and interspecies relationships, or Isaak Asimov’s concept of cybernetic consciousness are examples for a particular kind of exploration, namely of alternative identities and the fluid boundaries of what it means to be human. How do these identities and narratives disrupt and transgress their traditional counterparts? How does an author’s cultural and historical background play into his or her specific conceptions of alternative identities and transgression?

This panel intends to explore how SF works as a narrative mode to negotiate identities beyond traditional gender and species boundaries, or the limits between human and non-human forms of existence. Contributions about non-Western and non-canonical Science Fiction writers are particularly welcome.

Please send 300-word abstract and short CV by March 10, 2014, to Stefan Hoeppner ( and Gerrit Roessler (

By web submission at 02/24/2014 - 17:41

CFP 2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium (5/1/14; Los Angeles 7/3-6/14)

2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
full name / name of organization:
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
contact email:
Call for Papers / Call for Speakers

2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

July 3 - July 6
Anime Expo 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014

Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) represent one of the major contributions that Japan has made to global visual and popular culture. Indeed, for many people, their first - and sometimes only - contact with Japanese culture at all is through Japanese visual culture.

The field of anime and manga studies is young, only about 30 year old, but extraordinarily vibrant. It welcomes a wide range of interpretations and approaches, draws on different disciplines and methodologies, and can involve both academics, industry professionals, independent scholars, and fans/enthusiasts.

A major goal of the Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to bring together speakers from diverse backgrounds, fields and areas to exchange ideas, explore new directions, and contribute to building a community of anime and manga studies. Uniquely, the Anime and Manga Symposium is an integral part of the schedule of Anime Expo, the largest gathering of fans of Japanese popular culture in the U.S. This will give speakers an opportunity to present their research and scholarship directly to public, non-academic audience, to interact with fans of anime and manga from around the world, and to become participants in a celebration and appreciation of Japanese popular culture. In turn, the Symposium also serves to introduce convention attendees to the ideas and practices of formal scholarship of Japanese visual culture.

Submissions on a wide range of topics dealing with anime and manga will be considered. Possible areas to explore can include—but are not limited to:

• Critical studies of individual creators, directors and animators, especially in larger contexts such as anime/manga as a whole, animation, comics, Japanese literature/film, science fiction, war literature, etc.
• Close readings of particular works, with a focus on genre conventions and subversions and relationships to previous works in anime/manga and other media.
• Gender and Sexuality: Fan service and objectification, the male and female gaze, the interplay of male and female creators, producers, and audiences
• Age, class, race, ethnicity/nationality and other social differences
• Reflections on current social, political and ecological issues
• Responses to the world and to Japanese history: The 3.11 Tohoku Disaster, World War II, interactions between Japan and other countries
• The impact of new technologies (wireless communication, augmented reality, mobile computing) on storytelling in anime/manga
• The use of remix culture: Adaptation and interpretation of Eastern, Western and other literatures and visual media in Japanese popular culture
• Copyright, obscenity, and other legal issues
• Anime and manga as tools of globalization and agents of promoting Japanese culture
• The history and evolution of anime/manga fandom outside Japan: Fan practices and experiences—clubs, conventions, cosplay, fansites, fansubbing, anime music videos
• The future of anime/manga consumption – streaming, online comics, crowdsourcing, etc.
• Potentials for anime/manga as platforms for social change and anime/manga fans as actors of social change
• The ethics and challenges of presenting Japanese popular culture products around the world

The Symposium particularly welcomes presentations on newer/emerging works and creators.

Speakers are also welcome to submit proposals for roundtable discussions on these and related topics.

Potential roundtables can include:

• Differences in theoretical approaches to anime and manga
• Anime/manga fan practices and activities in different countries, cultures and regions
• New directions, new opportunities, and new challenges in thinking, writing, and teaching about anime/manga

The AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium will be open to all AX attendees. Speakers are urged to consider subjects that will be of interest to general non-specialist audiences and do not require significant backgrounds in Asian Studies, media theory, literature, etc.

For consideration, please submit the title of your paper or panel, an abstract (300 words maximum) and a CV to


All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

All invited participants will be offered free admission to Anime Expo.

By web submission at 02/17/2014 - 21:49

CFP Nine Worlds' Academia and Geek Culture Conference (4/1/14; London 8/8-10/14)

Sorry for the late posting:

Nine Worlds' Academia and Geek Culture Conference (8-10 August 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Nine Worlds
contact email:
Academia and Geek Culture

Last year, the Nine Worlds convention hosted an academic conference. You can find the details of it at This year, we’re intending to do it somewhat differently. Instead of having an academic conference in its own devoted room, we’ll be placing talks, panellists and other speakers in tracks on their own topic.

With that in mind, we’re inviting submissions for papers and suggested panels, as well as volunteers to talk on pre-organised panels. All areas of study surrounding ‘geek media’ are accepted – from video games to classic fantasy, and we welcome submissions from anyone who is a current student or has graduated with a degree in a relevant field. Talks will be ideally 20-30 minutes in length, and the standard panel time is 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Nine Worlds will take place in London (Heathrow) between the 8th and 10th of August 2014. Tickets are available for purchase on, and they will grant you access to the whole convention – not just the academic content.

Suggested areas of submission include:

- Video Games and the surrounding culture
- Board, Social and Role-playing Game
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature*
- Diversity and representation in geek culture
- ‘Geek’ film and TV
- Comics
- Religion/culture and geek culture
- Steampunk/other alternative history movements
- Fanfiction
- Science and its relation to geek media/culture

* We’re especially looking for some Game of Thrones content here.

Please ensure your paper/panel is suited to non-academics. Ideally, you may assume the audience has full knowledge of primary sources, but little secondary, so please take this into consideration. We intend to each session be accessible and understandable to those outside of the usual academic groups.

Please send a title, a 300 word abstract, your name and affiliation (university) to

The deadline for submissions is April 1st, 2014. This deadline is for abstracts only – the completed papers will be due mid-July.

Registration will be completed through the purchase of a ticket to the convention as a whole. Accommodation is available at the hotel, but should be booked separately by individual participants. All profits from the conference/convention will go to charity. Please do email if you have questions.

Nine Worlds deliberately tries to include parity of race, sexual orientation, genders and creeds as a part of its programming remit, wherever possible. We aim to follow this in our selection of panellists, and would also be interested in including papers or panels that address these issues. However, we are aware that some people do not want to discuss these as direct topics, and wish to be sensitive to this, so you will only be asked to speak on topics that you offer to.

By web submission at 02/13/2014 - 15:32

Teaching Popular Culture at NEPCA

A head's up from HPCAACA: 

CFP: Teaching Popular Culture
Lance Eaton

Sunday, April 6, 2014 H-PCAACA

There are two calls within this CFP for the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association annual conference on October 24-25 at Providence College in Providence, RI

Call for Papers: Teaching Popular Culture

If you have a paper to present on teaching popular culture, we would love to have you at the conference. The paper could be focused on teaching popular culture as its own course, or a popular-culture type course, or on some element of popular culture that you teach within a course.

Call for Discussants: Teaching Popular Culture

 We are looking for instructors interested in discussing and talking about their experiences, successes, and challenges in the classroom with regards to teaching popular culture. This again, could be teaching a general course on popular culture, a specific popular culture course (e.g. courses on comics, sports, television, music, fandom, etc). Discussants will be given a list of questions to prepare for prior to the event, but it will also be opened up to the audience for questions as well.

In submitting for this conference please clarify which one you are applying for. If you are applying to be a discussant, please also include what types of popular culture courses or parts of courses you plan to discuss. 

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers on popular and American culture, broadly construed, for its annual fall conference to be held on Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2014 on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

NEPCA Fall Conference information, including the paper proposal form, can be found at Please complete the form with abstract and send to the 2014 Program Chair Bob Hackey ( and to the appropriate Area Chair. For a complete list of area chairs, please visit the NEPCA web site: Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered. The deadline for proposals is Monday, June 9, 2014.

Monday, April 14, 2014

PCA/ACA Conference This Week

The National Conference of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association meets this week in Chicago. Full details and downloadable program at

NEPCA Fantastic 2013 Session List (Update)

I keep forgetting to post the session list with presenter biographies. Here it is at last.

Northeast Popular Culture Association
36th Annual Conference
St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont
October 25-26, 2012

Saturday, 26 October
Panel Twenty-Five. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend: Science Fiction Character and Narrative 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Chair: Michael Torregrossa (Independent Scholar)

Paper 1:  Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University), “Mutant, Monster, Freak”: Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Series and the Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Kristine Larsen is a frequent presenter in our area and is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. Her research and teaching focus on issues of science and society, including the preparation of science educators, science outreach, and science and literature. Her publications include the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography and Cosmology 101 and two co-edited volumes, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman, which received the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards. Kristine is also the recipient of the 2013 Walter Scott Houston award from the Northeast Region of the Astronomical League for excellence in astronomy education and outreach.

Paper 2: Kerry Shea (Saint Michael’s College), “When Species Speak: Interspecies Communication in Sheri Tepper’s The Companions”

[Biography not provided.]

Paper 3: Lance Eaton (North Shore Community College), “Hydeuous Evolution: Exploring How the Dwarfish Hyde Became the Monstrous Hulk in the Classroom”

Lance Eaton is the outgoing Comics and Graphic Novels Area Chair for NEPCA and graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston, where his studies  focused on gender & sexuality and popular culture and culminated in a Masters in American Studies.  Since then, he has continued to collect masters degrees and teach an assortment of courses, from Cultural Diversity to World History to Comics in American Culture, as well as publishing his writings on comics, audiobooks, and horror. At present, he is Coordinator of Instructional Design at North Shore Community College and continues to teach in a part-time capacity.  He is also an avid blogger and posts at By Any Other Nerd < >. His presentation today is adapted from his essay, "The Hulking Hyde: How the Incredible Hulk Reinvented the Modern Jekyll and Hyde Monster," which was recently published in the McFarland collection Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror edited by Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad.

Paper 4: Michael Torregrossa, “Echoes of Frankenstein in the Comics”

Michael A. Torregrossa is the current (and original) Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair for NEPCA. He is a graduate of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). His research interests include adaptation, Arthuriana, comics and comic art, medievalism, wizards, and, most recently, monsters. His research on medieval subjects has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in a variety of collections as well as the three most recent supplements to The Arthurian Encyclopedia. Lastly, he is also founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and co-founder, with Carl James Grindley, of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, and he serves as editor for these organizations’ various blogs and moderator of their discussion lists.

CFP Whedon Studies (4/30/14; Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Area of Whedon Studies
Location: Indiana, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2014-04-30 (in 16 days)
Date Submitted: 2014-03-18
Announcement ID: 212316

Topics include any aspect of Joss Whedon’s television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel’s The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing); his comics (e.g. Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Season Nine); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, a proposal may address paratexts, fandoms, or Whedon’s extracurricular—political and activist—activities, such as his involvement with Equality Now. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women’s studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others.

Please upload 250 word abstract or panel proposal on any aspect of Whedon Studies to the Whedon Studies area:

Kadee Whaley
Area Chair
Whedon Studies
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Visit the website at

CFP Heroes in Popular Culture (4/30/14; Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference)

Location: Indiana, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2014-04-30 (in 16 days)
Date Submitted: 2014-04-08
Announcement ID: 212906
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 3-4, 2014

Indianapolis, IN

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons

-Video games and the experience of vicarious heroism

-Connections between violence and heroism

-The gendering of heroism

-Heroines in young adult fiction

-Anti-heroes in film and television

-Heroes and religion/mythology

-Hero worship

-Real world heroes in the news and biographies

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Heroes in Popular Culture to the Heroes in Popular Culture area,

Any questions? Please email Jef Burnham at,

More information about the conference can be found at

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.

Jef Burnham
DePaul University
Visit the website at

CFP Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference (4/30/14)


Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Friday-Sunday, 3-5 October 2014

Indianapolis, IN

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Address: 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone: (317) 860-5800

Submit paper, abstract, or panel proposals (including the title of the presentation) to the appropriate Area on the Submissions website ( Individuals may only submit one paper, and please do not submit the same item to more than one Area.

 Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2014.

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2014. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference.

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions: (1) MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations. You must ask for it at the time you submit your proposal. (2) If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal. (3) If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.

Area Chairs

9-11 in Popular Culture, Paul Petrovic, Department of English, University of Tulsa,

Advertising and Public Relations, Krista Tucciarone, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies, University of Missouri–St. Louis,

African-American Popular Culture, Angela M. Nelson, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University,

Animals and Plants in Popular Culture, Kathy Brady, Communication, University of Wisconsin—Whitewater,

Animation, Mark Gellis, Ketterling University,

Art History and Visual Culture, Cortney Barko, Department of History, English, and Creative Arts, West Virginia University Institute of Technology,

Asian Popular Culture, Matt Duncan,

Authorship and Auteurism, Dan Herbert, Screen Art & Cultures, University of Michigan,

Birth Studies, Todd Comer, Department of English, Defiance College,

British Popular Culture, Sarah Petrovic, Department of Humanities, Oklahoma Wesleyan University,

Celebrity and Stardom, Alexandra Newman,

Comics, Paul R. Kohl, Communication Arts, Loras College,

Contemporary Studies, Jasara Hines, University of Central Florida,

Cultural Geography, Melissa Sartore, West Virginia Institute of Technology,

Dance, Darryl Clark, Missouri State University,

Death Studies, Amy K. Drees, Arts and Humanities, Defiance College,

Documentary, Jeffrey P. Chown, Communication, Northern Illinois University,

Environment and Culture, Sarah McFarland Taylor, Religious Studies, Northwestern University,

Ethnography, Malynnda Johnson, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,

Family, Stella Ress, History, Loyola University Chicago,

Fan Studies, Katie Wilson, University of Dayton,

Fashion, Kelli Purcell-O’Brien, Department of English, The University of Memphis,

Fat Studies, Jasie Stokes, University of Louisville,

Festivals and Food, Caryn E. Neumann, History, Miami University—Ohio,

Film, Gretchen Bisplinghoff, Communication, Northern Illinois University,

Gender Studies, Amber Davisson,

Girls’ Culture/Girls’ Studies, Miriam Forman-Brunell, History, University of Missouri—Kansas City,

Health, Malynnda Johnson, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,

Heroes in Popular Culture, Jef Burnham,

Hip-Hop, Mark Anthony Caldwell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,

History, Bob Batchelor, Thiel College,

Horror and Science Fiction/Fantasy, John A. Dowell, Undergraduate University Division, Michigan State University,

Humor, John A. Dowell, Undergraduate University Division, Michigan State University,

Indian Popular Culture, Margaret Redlich, DePaul University,; Sarah Petrovic, Department of Humanities, Oklahoma Wesleyan University,

Indigenous Studies, Anthony Adah, Film Studies, Minnesota State University—Moorhead,

Jewish Studies, Linda Long-Van Brocklyn, History, Ohio State University,

Labor, Work, and Culture, Tom Discenna, Rhetoric, Communication, and Journalism, Oakland University,

Latin American Popular Culture, Felipe Gomez, Hispanic Studies, Department of Modern Languages,

Libraries, Museums, and Collecting, Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Material Culture, Trish Cunningham, Ohio State University,

Middle Eastern Culture, Stacy Holden, Purdue University,

Midwestern Culture, Bonnie Miller, Kishwaukee Community College,

Military and Wartime Studies, Kathleen Kennedy, Department of History, Missouri State University,

Music, Gary Burns, Communication, Northern Illinois University,

Mystery, Thrillers, and Detective, and Crime Fiction, Maryan Wherry, Western Illinois University Quad-Cities,

Mythology, Jessica L. T. deVega, Religious Studies, Morningside College,

New Media, Pam Wicks, Aurora University,

Nineteenth Century Popular Culture, Erin Mae Clark, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota,

Otaku Studies, Jason Bennett, History, Collin College,

Pedagogy and Popular Culture, Thomas J. Passero, School of Business, Owens Community College,

Political Economy, John A. Grummel, Upper Iowa University,

Politics, Janet Novak, Independent Scholar,

Print Media and Popular Culture, Ayanna Gaines, Associate Librarian, Ventura College,

Professional Development, Kathleen Turner, University of Mississippi,; Bob Batchelor, Thiel College,

Queer Studies, Kristopher L. Cannon, Communication, Georgia State University,

Race & Ethnicity, Jessica Kaiser, American Studies, Purdue University,

Radio, Kathy Brady, Communication, University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, Whitewater WI 53190,

Reality Television, Ann Andaloro, Department of Communication, Media and Leadership, Morehead State University,

Religion and Popular Culture, David Schimpf, Theology, Marian University,

Romance, Maryan Wherry, Western Illinois University Quad-Cities,

Science in Popular Culture, Michael Lachney, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

Sixties and Popular Culture, Paul R. Kohl, Communication Arts, Loras College,

Southern Literature and Culture, Anne M. Canavan, English, Northern Illinois University,

Sports Culture, Ben Dettmar, Department of History, Adrian College,

Subculture, Morgan Shipley, American Studies, Michigan State University,

Television, Cory Barker, Indiana University,

Theatre, Laura Dougherty, Department of Theatre & Dance, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC,

Travel and Tourism, Daniel I. Vieyra, College of Architecture + Environmental Design, Kent State University,

Urban Studies, Megan Cannella, Joliet Junior College,

Westerns, Kent Anderson, American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University,

Whedon Studies, Kadee Whaley, University of Kentucky,

Writing and Rhetoric in Popular Culture, Chris Blankenship, Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism, Emporia State University,

Youth Literature and Media, Orlando Dos Reis,

If you are interested in becoming an area chair of the below open panels (or proposing a new area), please contact the Vice President at

African Studies
Amusements and Entertainment
Disability and Popular Culture
Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Popular Culture
Irish Studies
Middle Eastern Culture
Midwestern Culture
Philosophy and Popular Culture
Twentieth-Century Studies
Video Games

Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Friday 8:30am-7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm. Special events will include speakers Dr. Elizabeth Ellcessor and Dr. Jonathan Eller on Friday evening and Julie Whitehead, the executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, as the luncheon speaker on Saturday. These events, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, will be free for conference registrants. A special pre-conference workshop on publishing will be offered on Thursday 12pm-5pm for an additional $25. This workshop will be geared toward graduate students and new professionals interested in writing scholarly articles or book proposals; lunch will be included in the fee.

All participants must be members of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association.  Membership is $50 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $70 for all others. Membership is for the calendar year through December 2014. The membership fee is separate from the conference registration fee. To join the MPCA/MACA, you may pay with your conference registration fee, or you may send a separate check at any time to Kathleen Turner, 328 N. Madison St #1, Tupelo, MS 38804. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A membership form may be printed from our website at . The Midwest PCA/Midwest ACA is a separate organization (with separate fees) from the National PCA/ACA and from other regional PCA/ACA organizations. The membership fee may be paid by credit card via Square or PayPal beginning in about June 2014.

All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $80 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $90 for all others. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2014. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Kathleen Turner, 328 N. Madison St #1, Tupelo, MS 38804. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at . The registration fee is separate from the membership fee. The registration fee may be paid by credit card via Square or PayPal beginning in about June 2014.

A special group rate for a limited block of rooms reserved on a first-come, first-served basis will be secured with the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Check for details at the MPCA website. Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details are available at <>.

Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will (1) notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Kathleen Turner) of your cancellation; (2) provide such notification as early as possible; (3) arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel; (4) arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have; and (5) pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable). If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For coauthored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend.

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEPCA Fantastic 2014 Revised Call for Papers (6/1/14)

Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2014 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island
Friday 24 October and Saturday 25 October 2014
Proposals by 1 June 2014

Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2014, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, horror, legends, and mythology) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels, innovative works.

Special topics:
·         * Given the conference location in Rhode Island, we would also be very much interested in organizing at least one session on H. P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos.
·     * Given the proximity to Halloween, we are especially interested in proposal related to monsters and the monstrous, either in connection with Lovecraft or not.

Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic ( for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send please send the NEPCA Paper Proposal Form (download from along with an abstract of approximately 250 to 400 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note "NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2014" in your subject line):

Bob Hackey
Program Chair

Michael A. Torregrossa
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend Area Chair

The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. NEPCA is an association of scholars in New England and New York, organized in 1974 at the University of Rhode Island. We reorganized and incorporated in Boston in 1992. The purpose of this professional association is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States. By bringing together scholars from various disciplines, both academic and non-academic people, we foster interdisciplinary research and learning. We publish a newsletter twice per year and we hold an annual conference at which we present both the Peter C. Rollins Book Award and an annual prize.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30 for full-time faculty and $15 to all other individuals. Further details are available at

Sunday, November 17, 2013

CFP American Literature Association 2014 Conference (1/30/14)

Call for Papers

American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference


May 22-25, 2014

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001

Conference Director:  Alfred Bendixen

Texas A & M University

Conference Fee:  For those who pre-register before April 15, 2014:  $90 
($60 for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).
 After April 15, the fees are $100 and $75.

Deadline for Proposals:       January 30, 2014

The ALA website contains further details and instructions for submitting proposals as well as important information for representatives of participating author societies.  Proposals from individuals and program information from author societies should be sent to Professor Alfred Bendixen via email (
 by January 30, 2014 following the instructions on the website:

CFP Spec Issue on Border Crossings (12/1/13)

A head's up courtesy the American Literature Association (pdf at

Journal of American Drama and Theatre
Deadline: December 1, 2013

“The border is not merely a wall or a body of water. It is a force of containment that inspires dreams of being overcome and crossed…”
Ramón Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young, Performance in the Borderlands (2011)

The American Theatre and Drama Society invites submissions for the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

Borders have been conceived of as sites of tension, violently maintained boundaries that define, divide, contain and exclude, and as sites of hope, inviting resistance, transgression, crossings, and straddlings that open up endless possibilities for re-namings and re-formations, inclusion, and multiplicity. This special issue centers the border as both an imagined concept and a material reality, in the theatre of the Americas. It seeks to explore how the existence of borders and the movement across them has captured the attention of theatre artists and has modeled ways of thinking about the performance of identity. Contributors are invited to consider the relationship of American theatre and performance to conceptions of “borders” and acts of border crossing or straddling in the widest possible terms. Submissions may address theatre and performance (broadly construed) from across the Americas, North and South.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • American Theatre and Drama during politically contentious historical eras (e.g., the Great Depression or the Cold War)
  • The Politics of translation/adaptation
  • Hybridity and/or fluidity in dramatic form or style of production (Realism/nonrealism, notions of “Neo” and “Post” etc.)
  • Issues of gender, sexuality, race, and/or ethnicity
  • Inter/trans-disciplinarity in performance texts, process, and/or production
  • Inter/trans-national and inter/trans-cultural exchanges in performance texts, process, or production
  • New media

Manuscripts (4000-6000 words) should be prepared in conformity with the Chicago Manual of
Style, using footnotes rather than endnotes. Articles should be submitted as e-mail attachments,
using Microsoft Word format. Please note that all correspondence will be conducted by email.
Submissions must be received no later than December 1, 2013; please email articles to
Cheryl Black,

Authors do not need to be a member of the American Theatre and Drama Society to submit an
article, but submissions from members are especially encouraged. (For more information about
the society, see

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Science Fiction Studies for November 2013

The latest number of Science Fiction Studies arrived this week. Here are the contents from the journal's website:

Science Fiction Studies
#121 = Volume 40, Part 3 = November 2013

Edited by Rob Latham

  • Stephen Dougherty. The Self Is a Reader, The Reader a Time Traveler: Wittenberg’s Time Travel.
  • Arthur B. Evans. Good News from France: Vas-Deyres’s Ces Français qui ont écrit demain , Bréan’s La Science-fiction en France , Fondanèche’s La Littérature d’imagination scientifique
  • Pawel Frelik. How We Think When We Think About Science Fiction: Hayles’s How We Think
  • Adams’s Exploring Invented Languages and Rogers’s A Dictionary of Made-Up Languages (Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.)
  • Baxter/Wymer’s J.G. Ballard (Taylor Evans)
  • Butler’s Science Fiction in the 1970s (David M. Higgins)
  • Capanna’s Cordwainer Smith (Carol McGuirk)
  • Lavigne’s Cyberpunk Women, Feminism, and SF (Rebecca Holden)
  • McAvan’s The Postmodern Sacred (Matthew J. Bond)
  • Macdonald/Bleiler/Donovan’s Political Future Fiction (David Seed)
  • McNally’s Monsters of the Market (Sherryl Vint)
  • Milner’s Locating Science Fiction (John Rieder)
  • Seed’s The Atomic Bomb and Cold War Narratives (Pedro Groppo)
  • Stiles’s Popular Fiction and Brain Science (Lorenzo Servitje)
  • Walter’s New Translation of Verne’s Sphinx (Arthur B. Evans)
  • International Science Fiction Symposium in Japan (Pat Murphy et al.)
  • Communiqués from the First and Second International Science Fiction Symposia (Brian Aldiss et al.)
  • Slavic Science Fiction in the Slavic Review (Anindita Banerjee).
  • Imagine Local: A New Kind of Science Fiction Convention (Katharine Kittredge and Elizabeth Bleicher)
  • Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, & Survival (Tamara Ho)
  • SF and Technoculture Studies (Rob Latham and Sherryl Vint)
  • A Celebration of Doctor Who (Paul Booth)
  • Current Research in Speculative Fictions (Chris Pak and Michelle Yost)
  • Memory Palace (Mark Bould)
  • The Spirit of Utopia (Andrew M. Butler)
  • New Acquisition at the Eaton (Melissa Conway) 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

The recent release of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is an engaging adaptation of the classic picture book. The primary audience is (of course) kids, but the focus on Ned McDodd, the Mayor of Whoville, as one the film's protagonists extends the message of the film--regarding the power of belief and faith--to adults as well. The DVD release includes a commentary track by the directors of the film.

CFP Symposium on The Politics and Law of Doctor Who (1/17/14)

Thanks to IAFA for the head's up:

Symposium Announcement and First Call for Papers: The Politics and Law of Doctor Who

Friday 5th September 2014

University of Westminster

Doctor Who is the BBC’s longest-running drama television series and the world’s longest-running science fiction series. The massive public attention devoted to the show’s 50th anniversary and to its choice of new lead actor confirms that the programme merits serious academic attention. Politics, law and constitutional questions often feature prominently in Doctor Who stories, whether in the form of the Time Lords’ guardianship of the universe, the Doctor’s encounters with British Prime Ministers, or the array of governance arrangements in Dalek society. The show’s politics is also an adventure through time, from the internationalising moralism of the Barry Letts-Terrance Dicks years, the dark satire of Andrew Cartmel’s period as script editor and the egalitarianism of the Russell T. Davies era. Yet the politics and law of Doctor Who have yet to be the subject of wide-ranging scholarship. Proposals for 20 minute papers are therefore invited for a symposium on 5th September 2014, to be held in the University of Westminster’s historic Regent Street building just metres away from BBC headquarters. Possible subjects for papers might include, but are by no means limited to:

• Doctor Who’s ideology
• The Doctor’s political morality
• Comparison of politics of Doctor Who with politics of other
science fiction
• The merits/demerits of Harriet Jones as Prime Minister
• Doctor Who and devolution
• Portrayals of British sovereigns in Doctor Who
• Doctor Who’s politics of class, gender and sexuality
• Fan responses to “political” Doctor Who stories
• International law, intergalactic law and non-interference
• Globalisation and corporate domination
• Satire in Doctor Who
• Politics and law in audio adventures, comic books and novels
• War crimes and genocide
• The politics of UNIT and Torchwood
• The will of villains to secure power
• Political history and political nostalgia in Doctor Who
• Doctor Who’s construction of British national identity

Abstracts should be 250 words in length, and should be accompanied by a 100-word biography of the author. Abstracts should be sent to – deadline for receipt of abstracts 17 January 2014.

CFP Mythcon 2014 (4/15/14)

At last:

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference 45
Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Friday, August 8 through Monday, August 11, 2014

Scholar Guest of Honor: Richard C. West
Winner of the 1976 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Scholarship for Tolkien Criticism.
Author Guest of Honor: Ursula Vernon
Winner of the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for Digger.

Fantasy literature does not fit comfortably into any scheme. Both old and new, traditional and innovative, popular and elite, mainstream and esoteric, escapist and engaged, high-tech and anti-technology, fantasy defies definitions and transcends categories, dramatizing the incompleteness of our understanding of our own imaginations. At Mythcon 45 we will discuss the place of fantasy in our culture, our institutions, and our hearts.

Central to this theme will be questions of genre: What is fantasy? What are fairy stories? What constitutes the fantastic? What is fantasy versus magical realism? What is speculative fiction? How does Tolkien’s legendarium fit in with the mythic texts such as Beowulf or the Norse Eddas or his scholarship? How do Lewis’s Narnia books or his science fiction fit into the classic literary tradition? How do fantasists question our fundamental assumptions about literature and the world? We can discuss authors who explore different genres or modes of writing that do not lend themselves to easy categorization such as Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, and others who make us ponder what it means to fit into a particular style or format. We invite papers that broadly consider the nature and boundaries of fantasy and the relationship between fantasy and different literary and artistic forms—how fantasy fits or resists our attempts to classify and define it.

Papers and panels dealing with the conference themes (or other themes sparked in your brain by this topic) are encouraged. As always, we especially welcome proposals for papers and panels focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and of other fantasy authors and themes. Papers and panels from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.

Individual papers will be scheduled for one hour to allow time for questions, but should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two presenters who wish to present shorter, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Panels will be scheduled for 1.5-hour time slots and will normally include 3-5 presenters who speak briefly on the subject (usually 10-15 minutes), leaving substantial time for discussion with the audience.

Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society ( All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual. Papers from graduate and undergraduate students are especially encouraged; we offer an award for “Best Student Paper.” See

Paper and panel proposals (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following email address by 15 April 2014. AV and technology requests must be included in your proposal.

Papers Coordinator:
David D. Oberhelman
Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University

The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about past conferences at (

CFP Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy (12/15/13)

CFP for Edited Collection: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy
Call for Papers Date:2013-12-15 (in 30 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-09-26
Announcement ID: 207015
Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.

This collection will consider the ways in which contemporary writers, artists, directors and producers use the opportunities offered by popular fantasy to exceed or challenge gender and sexuality norms. In contrast to many claims made about the fantasy genre being necessarily conservative/reactionary, this collection will explore the ways in which this genre can be and is being used to reflect on the contingency of our gender and sexuality norms.
With this in mind, proposals are invited for essays of c.7000 words exploring representations of the following in contemporary popular fantasy across all media and cultural formats:

Trans* characters;
Non-binary gender, genderqueer and genderfluid characters;
LGB characters;
Queer characters;
Asexual characters;
Cisgender women and men characters which challenge or do not conform to heteronormativity;
Non-monogamy and non-monogamous characters and relationships;
Non-normative femininity/masculinity;
BDSM and alternative sexualities and sexual practices;
Intersections between gender and sexuality and race, class, dis/ability, mental health, and national and regional identities.

In addition to:

The work of LGBTQI or poly-identified writers, artists, directors, producers, etc. in all fields of contemporary popular fantasy; Relationships between popular fantasy and feminism, gender studies, queer theory and politics;
Authorial responsibility regarding the representation of gender and sexuality;
Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in popular fantasy.

These lists are far from complete and should be taken only as a starting point, rather than definitive.

The intention in this collection is engage directly and explicitly with an enormously successful popular genre which is often overlooked by literary and cultural criticism, rather than to look at 'the fantastic' broadly conceived. This is not to ignore the permeable boundaries of popular fantasy and the ways in which this genre is in continual dialogue with other genres. Essays exploring liminality - as long as they maintain a primary focus on gender and sexuality - are welcome.

The scope of the contemporary is as unstable as the boundaries of genre and therefore is open to discussion. Generally speaking texts under discussion should have been produced, released or published within the last 20 years, however if there is a clear reason for expanding this timeframe earlier texts may be considered. Please do get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Once selected the table of contents and abstracts will be submitted to Ashgate Publishing, who have expressed an interest. Final inclusion in the published volume will be subject to peer review.
Please send proposals of 500 words plus a short biography to by 15th December.
Jude Roberts
Birkbeck College
Visit the website at

Doctor Who / Torchwood for SWPACA (11/15/13)

Sorry for the short notice. Deadline for papers closes tonight.

CFP: Doctor Who and/or Torchwood-REVISED
Location:New Mexico, United States
Conference Date:2014-02-19
Date Submitted: 2013-11-03
Announcement ID: 208205
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites paper or panel proposals on Doctor Who and/or Torchwood at the 35th annual meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

February 19-22, 2014

Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

o genre (comedy, horror, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, etc.)
o reception/transmission of either series internationally (past or present)
o Doctor Who as brand
o regeneration(s) of the series
o gender
o Use/misuse of technology
o Perspectives on the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
o Queer readings and/or presentations of LGBQT characters
o auteur-ship
o fandom and fanwork
o Intersections of Doctor Who and/or Torchwood with this year’s theme “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Proposals Due: November 15, 2013

Submit 250-word paper or full panel (title & 250-wd abstract for each panelist) proposals at: Database opens July 1
Submit in category Science Fiction & Fantasy—Doctor Who

Questions: Erin Giannini (

For more details on the conference, please visit the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association: or follow us on Facebook & Twitter at or @southwestpca
More about the SF&F Area:
With an average of 70+ presenters annually, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association is one of the most dynamic and well attended areas at the conference. Numerous book and article publications have originated from our panels.

The Area was founded in 1995 by Prof. Richard Tuerk of the Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) and author of Oz in Perspective (McFarland, 2007). The Area is currently chaired by Ximena Gallardo C. of the City University of New York-LaGuardia and co-author of Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley (Continuum: 2004); Rikk Mulligan of Longwood University, author of “Zombie Apocalypse: Plague and the End of the World in Popular Culture” (End of Days, McFarland 2009); Tamy Burnett of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-editor of The Literary Angel (McFarland, 2010); Brian Cowlishaw of Northeastern State University, author of "No Future Shock Here: The Jetsons, Happy Tech, and the Patriarchy" (The Galaxy is Rated G, McFarland: 2011); Erin Giannini, independent scholar, who has presented and published work on series such as Dollhouse, Supernatural, and Mystery Science Theater 3000; and Susan Fanetti, Associate Professor at California State University Sacramento. 

Erin Giannini, PhD
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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