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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New from McFarland

Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien
Edited by Bradford Lee Eden
ISBN 978-0-7864-4814-2
notes, bibliographies, index
215pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien’s body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien’s scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st centuries are included.

Table of Contents

Introduction
BRADFORD LEE EDEN      1

Horns of Dawn: The Tradition of Alliterative Verse in Rohan
JASON FISHER      7
“Inside a Song”: Tolkien’s Phonaesthetics
JOHN R. HOLMES      26
Æ´ fre me strongode longas: Songs of Exile in the Mortal Realms
PETER WILKIN      47
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Fortunate Rhythm
DARIELLE RICHARDS      61
Tolkien’s Unfinished “Lay of Lúthien” and the Middle English Sir Orfeo
DEANNA DELMAR EVANS      75
Strains of Elvish Song and Voices: Victorian Medievalism, Music, and Tolkien
BRADFORD LEE EDEN      85
Dissonance in the Divine Theme: The Issue of Free Will in Tolkien’s Silmarillion
KEITH W. JENSEN      102
“Worthy of a Song”: Memory, Mortality and Music
AMY M. AMENDT-RADUEGE      114
“Tolkien is the Wind and the Way”: The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music
AMY H. STURGIS      126
Liquid Tolkien: Music, Tolkien, Middle-earth, and More Music
DAVID BRATMAN      140
Performance Art in a Tunnel: A Musical Sub-Creator in the Tradition of Tolkien
ANTHONY S. BURDGE      171

Contributors      201
Index      205

About the Author
Bradford Lee Eden is Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Lompoc, California.



The Literary Angel: Essays on Influences and Traditions Reflected in the Joss Whedon Series
Edited by AmiJo Comeford and Tamy Burnett
ISBN 978-0-7864-4661-2
notes, bibliography, index
264pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
The fictionalized Los Angeles of television’s Angel is a world filled with literature--from the all-important Shansu prophecy that predicts Angel’s return to a state of humanity to the ever-present books dominating the characters’ research sessions. This collection brings together essays that engage Angel as a text to be addressed within the wider fields of narrative and literature. It is divided into four distinct parts, each with its own internal governing themes and focus: archetypes, narrative and identity, theory and philosophy, and genre. Each provides opportunities for readers to examine a wide variety of characters, tropes, and literary nuances and influences throughout all five televised seasons of the series and in the current continuation of the series in comic book form.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Introduction: Los Angeles, City of Story
AMIJO COMEFORD and TAMY BURNETT      1

One : Archetypes
Biting Humor: Harmony, Parody, and the Female Vampire
LORNA JOWETT      17
Doyle as “The Passing Figure” and Nella Larsen’s Passing
ANGEL ANDERSON      30
Pylean Idol: L.A.’s De(con)struction of a Postmodern Bard
JENNIFER HAMILTON      41
Lilah Morgan: Whedon’s Legal Femme Fatale
SHARON SUTHERLAND and SARAH SWAN      54

Two : Narrative & Identity
Fred’s Captivity Narrative: American Contexts for (Re)Writing Community Identity from Mary Rowlandson to Angel
TAMY BURNETT      69
Feminist Abuse Survivor Narratives in Angel and Sarah Daniels’s Beside Herself
ANIKA STAFFORD      85
Numero Cinco, Border Narratives, and Mexican Cultural Performance in Angel
VICTORIA PETTERSEN LANTZ      98

Three : Theory & Philosophy
(Re)Negotiating the Dystopian Dilemma: Huxley, Orwell, and Angel
MARY ELLEN IATROPOULOS      115
Angel vs. the Grand Inquisitor: Joss Whedon Re- imagines Dostoevsky
KATIA MCCLAIN      130
Charles Gunn, Wolfram & Hart, and Baudrillard’s Theory of the Simulacrum
K. SHANNON HOWARD      147
“It’s a play on perspective”: A Reading of Whedon’s Illyria through Sartre’s Nausea
CYNTHEA MASSON      159

Four : Genre
Helping the Helpless: Medieval Romance in Angel
AMIJO COMEFORD      175
Whedon Meets Sophocles: Prophecy and Angel
LAUREL BOWMAN      191
Detective Fiction/Fictionality from Asmodeus to Angel
ALISON JAQUET      206
It (Re-)Started with a Girl: The Creative Interplay Between TV and Comics in Angel: After the Fall
STACEY ABBOTT      221

About the Contributors      233
Bibliography      237
Index      249

About the Author
AmiJo Comeford is an assistant professor of English at Dixie State College of Utah, teaching courses in women’s literature, early British and nineteenth-century American literature, and literary theory. Tamy Burnett is a lecturer in English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaching courses in American literature, women’s literature, and popular culture.



Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains and Modern Monster: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray on 21st Century Television
Lynnette Porter
ISBN 978-0-7864-4858-6
appendices, notes, bibliography, index
316pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
The heroes, villains, and monsters portrayed in such popular science fiction television series as Heroes, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Doctor Who, and Torchwood, as well as Joss Whedon’s many series, illustrate a shift from traditional, clearly defined characterizations toward much murkier definitions. Traditional heroes give way to "gray" heroes who must become more like the villains or monsters they face if they are going to successfully save society. This book examines the ambiguous heroes and villains, focusing on these characters’ different perspectives on morality and their roles within society. Appendixes include production details for each series, descriptions and summaries of pivotal episodes, and a list of selected texts for classroom use.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Introduction      1

Part One
1. The Evolution of the Traditional Hero      12
2. Villains and Monsters      32
3. Shades of Gray: 21st Century SF Heroes and Villains      50
4. The Rise of Sidekicks      84
5. Analyzing Gray SF TV Series      108

Part Two
Introduction to Part Two      131
6. The World of Joss Whedon      133
7. Heroes      151
8. Lost      165
9. Battlestar Galactica and Caprica      188
10. Doctor Who      215
11. Torchwood      239

Appendices—Introduction      267
Appendix 1: Series Background Information      268
Appendix 2: Important Series Episodes      270
Chapter Notes      285
Bibliography      293
Authors of Episodes Discussed      297
Index      299


About the Author
Lynnette Porter teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has written several books about television and film.



Touchstones of Gothic Horror: A Film Genealogy of Eleven Motifs and Images
David Huckvale
ISBN 978-0-7864-4782-4
117 photos, notes, bibliography, index
271pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $39.95

Description
Gothic cinema, typified by the films of Universal, Hammer, Amicus and Tigon, grew out of an aesthetic that stretches back to the 18th century and beyond, even to Shakespeare. This book explores the origin of Gothic cinema in art and literature, tracing its connection to the Gothic revival in architecture, the Gothic novel, landscape, ruins, Egyptology, occultism, sexuality, the mythology of werewolves, the philosophy of Hegel, and many other aspects of the Romantic and Symbolist movements.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

1. Stairways to Hell      7
2. Sturm und Drang      33
3. Ruins      47
4. Municipal Sublimity      73
5. Heaving Cleavage      91
6. Living Pictures      109

INTERLUDE. Werewolves      134

7. Ornate Coffins      146
8. Hegelian Horrors      166
9. Ancient Egypt      180
10. The Occult      199
11. Satire      229

Chapter Notes      243
Select Bibliography      251
Index      255


About the Author
David Huckvale is the author of two books on music in film. A writer, critic and researcher, he has worked extensively for BBC Radio and currently teaches a course on film music at Birmingham University in England.


Sarah Lynne Bowman 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4710-7 
appendix, notes, bibliography, index
216pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
This study takes an analytical approach to the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding their psychological and sociological functions. Sometimes dismissed as escapist and potentially dangerous, role-playing actually encourages creativity, self-awareness, group cohesion and "out-of-the-box" thinking. The book also offers a detailed participant-observer ethnography on role-playing games, featuring insightful interviews with 19 participants of table-top, live action and virtual games.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1
Introduction      7

1. Historical Evolution and Cultural Permutations      11
2. Role-Playing in Communal Contexts      33
3. Interactional Dynamics in Role-Playing Games      55
4. Role-Playing as Scenario Building and Problem Solving      80
5. Tactical and Social Problem Solving      104
6. Role-Playing as Alteration of Identity      127
7. Character Evolution and Types of Identity Alteration      155

Conclusion      179
Appendix: Interview Questionnaire      183
Chapter Notes      185
Bibliography      197
Index      203


About the Author
Sarah Lynne Bowman is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Richland College, Ashford University, and Brookhaven College. Her current research focus emphasizes character development and social dynamics in role-playing games.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New from McFarland: Practicing Science Fiction

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4793-0

Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre
Edited by Karen Hellekson Craig B. Jacobsen, Patrick B. Sharp and Lisa Yaszek 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4793-0
notes, bibliographies, index
226pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission. Finally, Part 4 features close readings of SF texts by women, including Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler.

Table of Contents

Preface      1
—KAREN HELLEKSON

PART 1. TEACHING
Introduction: Teaching with Science Fiction      7
—CRAIG B. JACOBSEN
1. Grokking Rhetoric through Science Fiction: A Practical Examination of Course Construction      13
—JEN GUNNELS
2. Incorporating Science Fiction into a Scientific Rhetoric Course      24
—MICHAEL J. KLEIN
3. Revealing Critical Theory’s Real-Life Potential to Our Students, the Digital Nomads      37
—JASON W. ELLIS

PART 2. READING AND WRITING
Introduction: Reading and Writing SF      53
—PATRICK B. SHARP
4. Reading/Writing Martians: Seeing Techne and Poiesis in The War of the Worlds      58
—CHARLES HARDING
5. The Creation of Heinlein’s “Solution Unsatisfactory”      74
—EDWARD WYSOCKI
6. Entropy, Entertainment, and Creative Energy in Ben Bova      87
—DONALD M. HASSLER

PART 3. MEDIA
Introduction: Media and Science Fiction      99
—KAREN HELLEKSON
7. Investigating the Postmodern Memory Crisis on the Small Screen      104
—SUSAN A. GEORGE
8. Text’s Resistance to Being Interpreted: Unconventional Relationship between Text and Reader in Watchmen      117
—HO-RIM SONG
9. “Breathe, baby, breathe!” Ecodystopia in Brazilian Science Fiction Film      130
—ALFREDO SUPPIA

PART 4. WOMEN
Introduction: Women and Writing      149
—LISA YASZEK
10. Hail the Conquering Campbellian S/Hero: Joanna Russ’s Alyx      154
—EILEEN DONALDSON
11. Essentialism and Constructionism in Octavia E. Butler’s Fledgling      168
—KRISTEN LILLVIS
12. Joanna Russ and the Murder of the Female Child: We Who Are About To...       183
—REBEKAH SHELDON
13. Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: The Taoist Way in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Telling      197
—JAMES H. THRALL

About the Contributors      213
Index      217

About the Author
Karen Hellekson is a freelance copy editor and independent scholar. She is coeditor of the open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures and of the quarterly SFRA Review. She lives in Maine. Craig B. Jacobsen teaches at Mesa Community College in Arizona. He is coeditor of the quarterly SFRA ReviewPatrick B. Sharp is an associate professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written extensively on science fiction. Lisa Yaszek is associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her most recent work was on galactic suburbia.



New from McFarland: Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4864-7

Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood
Ron Backer 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4864-7
63 photos, bibliography, index
330pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $45.00

Description
Many of the 20th century’s most celebrated fictional sleuths appeared in Hollywood movie mystery series of the forties. This volume focuses on 19 series (146 films): The Saint, The Lone Wolf, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, Nick Carter, Michael Shayne, Ellery Queen, Boston Blackie, The Falcon, Mr. District Attorney, Wally Benton, Crime Doctor, The Whistler, Inner Sanctum, Dick Tracy, Philip Marlowe, Jack Packard and Doc Long, Steve Wilson and Lorelei Kilbourne, and John J. Malone.


For each series, there is an overview of the source material, the individual films, and the performers who acted in them. An overall review of each film is included, with a critique of the film’s quality and the cohesiveness of its plot. For movies based on written works, a comparison between the film and its literary original is offered.

Table of Contents
Introduction      1

1. The Saint: The Robin Hood of Modern Crime      5
2. The Lone Wolf: The Retired Cracksman      26
3. Sherlock Holmes: The World’s Greatest Detective      52
4. The Shadow: The Caped Avenger      86
5. Nick Carter: The Master Detective      97
6. Michael Shayne: The Private Detective      104
7. Ellery Queen: The Amateur Detective      128
8. Boston Blackie: The Reformed Ex-Convict      149
9. The Falcon: The Other Robin Hood of Modern Crime      170
10. Mr. District Attorney: Champion of the People      196
11. Wally Benton: The “Whistling” Comedy Mysteries      205
12. Crime Doctor: The Psychiatrist Detective      213
13. The Whistler: The Man Who Knew Many Things      229
14. Inner Sanctum: The Mystery of the Mind      246
15. Dick Tracy: The Police Detective      260
16. Philip Marlowe: The Hardboiled Detective      271
17. Jack Packard and Doc Long: I Love a Mystery      286
18. Steve Wilson and Lorelei Kilbourne: The Big Town Reporters      294
19. John J. Malone: The Attorney Detective      302
Bibliography      313 

Index      315

About the Author
Ron Backer is an attorney who has previously written for law reviews and other legal publications. An avid fan of both mysteries and movies, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

NEPCA 2010 SF, Fantasy, and Legend Sessions List

Here is the tentative program for this year's Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area sessions. Biographical details will be added as they become available.


Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (October 23, 2010)
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Sessions

Session I: 8:30-10:00
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend I: Children’s Culture (Panel 7: Room W305)
Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa (The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)
1. “War, Veterans, Disabilities, and How to Train Your Dragon
            Will Eggers (University of Connecticut)
Will Eggers is finishing his Ph.D. in medieval English literature at the University of Connecticut. His dissertation “ ‘Misticall Unions’: Clandestine Communications from Tristan to Twelfth Night, explores the continuing impact that changes in marriage law have had on communications between lovers, up to the romantic comedies of the twentieth century. Medieval lovers such as Tristan and Isolde fashion themselves as a “misticall union”: a conglomerate self that shares one mind and erases all distinctions between sender and receiver as grammatical subject and object. Will currently teaches courses on Chaucer, Medieval Myths and Legends, and linguistics at Wesleyan University. 
2. “The Book’s the Thing: Books as Artifacts of Power in Children’s Fantasy”
            Amie A. Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)
Amie A. Doughty is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta where she teaches courses in linguistics, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and composition. Her research interests include children’s literature, folktales, and fantasy. She is the author of the book Folktales Retold: A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children (McFarland 2006), as well as articles in Barbarians at the Gate: Studies in Language AttitudesFairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings, and Children’s Literature and Culture. Presently she is completing a book about books, readers, and reading in children’s fantasy for McFarland.
3. “From Muggles to Merlins: The Representation of Mentor Figures in The Secret of NIMH (1982) and Ewoks (1985-86)”
            Michael A. Torregrossa
Michael A. Torregrossa 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, and wizards. Michael is currently Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair for the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. He is also founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of 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. Michael has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in Adapting the Arthurian Legends for Children: Essays on Arthurian Juvenilia, Arthuriana, The Arthuriana / Camelot Project Bibliographies, Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays, Film & History, The 1999 Film & History CD-Rom Annual, The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy, and the three most recent supplements to The Arthurian Encyclopedia

Session II: 10:15-11:45
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend II: SF TV (Panel 16: Room W305)
Presider: Wendy Wagner (Johnson & Wales University)
1. “From Dunne to Desmond: Disembodied Time Travel in Tolkien, Stapledon, and Lost
            Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)
Kristine Larsen is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University, where she regularly inflicts her deep interest in the intersection between science and society on unsuspecting students. Her publications include the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography and Cosmology 101 as well as numerous articles and book chapters on science in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the role of women in the history of science, depictions of science and scientists in science fiction television series and films, and innovations in interdisciplinary science education. She is co-editor of the recently published book The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who.
2. “Watching Death in Torchwood: The Impact on Characters and Fans”
            Marla Harris (Independent Scholar)
Marla Harris has a PhD from Brandeis in literature, and she has published articles on a wide variety of topics, including Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, graphic novels, and Iranian women's memoirs. She grew up in East Tennessee, but became a Doctor Who fan when her family spent a couple of years in England. At present, she is an independent scholar living in the Boston area. 
3. “Battlestar Galactica and the Cults of Seriality”
            Jordan Lavender-Smith (CUNY Graduate Center)
Jordan Lavender-Smith is working towards his Ph.D. in English and Certificate in Film Studies at CUNY Graduate Center. His academic interests include self-reflexivity in literature and film, seriality and addiction, Early- and Post-modern dramaturgy, and, more generally, the cultural causes and consequences of literary forms. He teaches in the English department at CUNY Queens College.

Session III: 1:00-2:30
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend III: Monstrous Medievalisms (Sponsored by The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages) (Panel 25: Room W305)
Presider: John P. Sexton  (Bridgewater State College)
1. “An Unsung Hero: The Arthurian Legacy in the Gabriel Knight Game Series”
            Angela Tenga (Florida Institute of Technology)
Angela Tenga is an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology. She completed her graduate studies in English literature at Purdue University and was a professional writer and teacher in Germany before coming to Florida Tech. Her courses focus on literature, history, popular culture, and monsters in fiction, while her research interests include early English literature, popular depictions of monstrosity, and the virtual self.
2. “Staking them Out: Shakespeare’s Vampires”
            Danielle Rosvally (Rutgers University)
Danielle is a recovering actor and graduate student in English at Rutgers University where she has the occasion to teach acting and theatre production courses.  She received her BA from New York University in Elizabethan Theatre and has also trained at the American Globe Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, the Actor’s Institute, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her research interests include performativity and theatricality with an emphasis on non-canonical texts, unconventional Shakespeare studies, and the intersection between practical and theoretical theatre.
3. “The Impaling of Vlad: Dracula, Literary Tourism, and National Identity”
            Tony Giffone (Farmingdale State College/SUNY)
Tony Giffone is a professor in the English and Humanities Department at Farmingdale State College. His research interests include Victorian novels, detective fiction, film, and travel literature, and has published articles on Dickens, detective fiction, and contemporary Chinese film.  He co-edited a special issue of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association's journal, The Mid-Atlantic Almanak, on the topic of "Aspects of Victorian Culture in Popular Culture."

Session IV: 2:45-4:15
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend IV: Race and Gender (Panel 35: Room W307)
Presider: Macey M. Freudensprung (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
1. “The Lilith Character: Critically Analyzing Women’s Roles within African-American Speculative Fiction According to the Portrayal of Lilith within Jewish, Greek, and Afro-Diasporic Folklore and Mysticism”
            Macey M. Freudensprung
Macey Freudensprung is a Master's student for the Department of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She specializes in Rhetoric and Composition with a focus on Technical and Professional Writing.  Macey's current research interests involve the phenomenon of self-representation and identity performance in social networking sites.    
2. “Vampire as Tragic Mulatto: Angel and Spike in the Whedonverse”
            Wendy Wagner (Johnson & Wales University)
Wendy Wagner is associate professor of English at Johnson & Wales University where she teaches composition and literature courses. Her dissertation focused on motherhood and characters of mixed racial ancestry in African American women's writing. Her research interests include race and gender in popular culture, writing assessment, and the integration of technologies in the classroom. Her article on Jennifer Crusie appeared in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice.
3. “Nyota Uhura: Feminist Star of Freedom”
            Mayan A. Jarnagin (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Mayan Jarnagin is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio seeking a master’s degree in English and American literature. Mayan is currently an active member of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. Mayan’s interests include the appropriation and alteration of mythology to further ideology, poetry and poetic prose, the use of music in film and literature, creative writing, satire, and depictions of race, gender, and the military in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and video games. 

NEPCA 2010 Program Online

The program from this year's NEPCA conference is now online at http://users.wpi.edu/~jphanlan/OCT23CONFERENCEPROGRAM.htm. A link is also provided for the downloadable registration form: http://users.wpi.edu/~jphanlan/2010_Conference_Registration_Form%5b1%5d.doc.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CFP: Comics Get Medieval 2011 (12/1/10; PCA 4/20-23/11 San Antonio)

THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL 2011: 
A CELEBRATION IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRINCE VALIANT
CALL FOR PAPERS (PCA: SAN ANTONIO, TX 4/20-23/11)
SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE COMICS & COMIC ART AREA
ORGANIZED BY MICHAEL A. TORREGROSSA AND JASON TONDRO 
PROPOSALS DUE TO ORGANIZERS BY 1 DECEMBER 2010

Celebrating our sixth year in 2011, proposals are now being considered for inclusion at “The Comics Get Medieval 2011,” a series of panels and roundtables sponsored by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and to be hosted by the Comics & Comic Art Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) for the 2011 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations to be held from 20-23 April 2011 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk Hotels, 101 Bowie Street , San Antonio,TX 78205.

The goal of these sessions is to foster communication between medievalists, comics scholars, and specialists in popular culture studies in general.  The organizers define “medieval comics” as any aspect of the comics medium (panel cartoons, comic strips, comics books, comics albums, band dessinée, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, comics to film/film to comics, etc.) that feature medieval themes either in stories set during the Middle Ages or in stories presenting some element of the medieval in the post-medieval era.  We are also interested in papers looking at medieval comics from a pedagogical perspective.


Completed papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes (depending on the number of presenters). All proposals will also be considered for inclusion in an essay collection to be edited by the panel organizers beginning in late 2011.  (Individuals only interested in submitting for the collection should also send proposals by 1 December 2010 deadline and indicate their preference in the email.)

In addition, a select list of potential topics and a bibliographic guide to medieval comics will appear as part of THE MEDIEVAL COMICS PROJECT web site available at and THE ARTHUR OF THE COMICS website available at , both organized by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages.


No later that 1 December 2010, interested individuals (who must be members of PCA or ACA or join for 2011) should submit full contact information (name, address, phone/cell, and email), titles, and abstracts of 300-500 words to the sessions’ organizers, who will then forward them to area chair. Address all inquiries and proposals to the organizers at the following address:  and include “Comics Get Medieval 2011” in the subject line.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Open CFP: Arthurian Literature


Arthurian Literature

Series Editors

Elizabeth Archibald
Professor of Medieval Literature
Department of English
University of Bristol
3/5 Woodland Road, Clifton
Bristol, BS8 1TB
UK
e.archibald@bristol.ac.uk


Dr. David F. Johnson
Professor of Medieval Literature
Department of English
Florida State University, Tallahassee
University Park, PA 16802-6203
USA
djohnson@fsu.edu


Arthurian Literature is an interdisciplinary publication devoted to the scholarly and critical study of all aspects of Arthurian legend in Europe in the medieval and early modern periods. Articles on writings from later periods are included if they relate very directly to medieval and early modern sources, although the editors welcome bibliographical studies of all periods. Articles may be up to 20,000 words in length; short items, of under 5,000 words, are published as Notes. Updates on earlier articles are also welcomed.

Advance Notice: IAFA 2011 (n.d.; Orlando 3/16-20/11)


In March, 2011, IAFA will be arranging
The Fantastic Ridiculous
The 32nd International Conference
on the Fantastic in the Arts

Guest of Honor: Connie Willis
Guest of Honor: Terry Bisson
Guest Scholar: Andrea Hairston
Special Guest Emeritus: Brian Aldiss

March 16-20, 2011
Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, Florida


CFP: Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (open submissions)

http://www.sf-foundation.org/publications/foundation/styleguide.html

Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction
Foundation is the essential critical review of science fiction, and is published three times a year by the Science Fiction Foundation. ISSN: 0306-4964258. It is peer-reviewed.

Editor: Graham Sleight
Production Editor: Zara Baxter
Reviews Editor: Andy Sawyer

Call for Papers on All Aspects of Science Fiction

Notes for Contributors to Foundation

Please send electronic text to us via e-mail (to foundation.sf@gmail.com), as an attached file in RTF, Word or ASCII or as straight text in an e-mail message. Single spaced please.

Do not refer to authors by only their first names. Full names or surnames.

Please Indent quotations using the indent command (do not change the margins).

Foundation is an inter-disciplinary journal and our citation system reflects the need to accommodate a wide range of sources.
All references should be in foot-notes or end-notes except page references to the main fictional text(s) discussed in the article, which can be inserted in the text thus: (p. 21). In this more traditional system, there are no "Works Cited" (although we may occasionally publish a bibliography as a research tool). Notes will be printed as end-notes.
Please leave endnotes embedded in the text, as it is easier for us to extract them after editing. Note numbers in the text should be in superscript, and should followthe punctuation.

References should be in the following form:
1. Hari Seldon, Did Psychohistory Predict Isaac Asimov? (Trantor: Trantor Univ. Press, 12001), p. 21 (and subsequently: Seldon, op. cit., p. 22; or Seldon,Psychohistory, p. 22, if more than one work by Seldon is cited).
2. Valentine M. Smith, "Not So Strange: My First Visit to Earth", in Lazarus Long, ed.,Messiahs and Other Beings (Mars City: Phobos Press, 3001), pp. 28-51, at p. 32 (and subsequently: Smith, op. cit., p. 31).
3. Pardot Kynes, "Sand, More Sand, and Some Spice", Journal of Planetology 61 (3001), pp. 1-54, at p. 53 (and subsequently: Kynes, op. cit., p. 50).

All story-titles should be within double inverted commas; the titles of novels or films should be underlined or italicised. With novels and short stories, give details of original publication in addition to the reference to the edition, collection or anthology whose text you may be using, thus:

4. Kilgore Trout, "Galactic Death Squad" (Unbelievable, June 1953), reprinted in E. Rosewater, ed., The Worst SF (New York: Deuce, 1965), pp. 1-22.

With novels that have seen numerous editions, both in the USA and elsewhere, it is appropriate to give chapter numbers as well as page references, since readers will probably not have access to the same edition you are using. With television programmes please give the full date of the first broadcast (day /month/year); with films and novels the year alone is sufficient.

Please note that we follow British practice in punctuation. With quotations or phrases within the double inverted commas that do not constitute a full sentence, a comma or full-stop (period) comes after the double inverted commas. With a story title punctuation only comes inside the inverted commas if it forms part of the original title. We follow British spelling (except in quotations from non-British texts). We use ise and isation rather than ize and ization in appropriate verbs and nouns; sf is the abbreviation for science fiction -- not SF, and not sci-fi!

Trivia

There are very few objectionable words as far as the editorial team are concerned, but "impacted" is one of them. Wisdom teeth are impacted. Otherwise you mean either "to have an impact upon", "to make an impact" or "affect".

Graham Sleight (Editor)

New: Extrapolation 51.1 (Spring 2010)

Extrapolation Volume 51 Issue 1 (Spring 2010)


Articles

  • Darren Jorgensen and Helen Merrick. "Introduction: Making Science Fiction Histories", 5-12
  • M. Elizabeth Ginway and Roberto de Sousa Causo, "Discovering and Re-discovering Brazilian Science Fiction: An Overview", 13-39
  • Debjani Sengupta, "The Wondrous Traveler: Leela Majumdar and Science Fiction in Bengal", 40-52
  • Mark Bould, "Revolutionary African-American Sf Before Black Power Sf", 53-81
  • Sylvia Kelso, "Out of Egypt: Histories of Speculative Fiction and Carole Mcdonnell's Wind Follower", 82-99
  • Robert Savage, "Paleoanthropology of the Future: The Prehistory of Posthumanity in Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey", 100-12
  • Stephen Dedman, "'Murder in the Air': The Quest for the Death Ray", 113-33
  • Darren Jorgensen, "The Numerical Verisimilitude of Science Fiction and EVE-Online", 134-47
  • Andrew Milner, "Tales of Resonance and Wonder: Science Fiction and Genre Theory", 148-69
  • Ken McLeod, "The Indifference Engine: How Science Fiction Contributes to the Public Understanding of Science, and How It Doesn't", 170-5

Review

  • Carl Freedman reviews John Rieder's Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, 176-183.

New: Extrapolation 51.2 (Summer 2010)

Extrapolation Volume 51 Issue 2 (Summer 2010)


Articles

  • John Rieder, “The Return to the Frontier in the Extraordinary Voyage: Verne’s The Mysterious Island and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey,” 201-15.
  • Paula Brown, “Stardust as Allegorical Bildungsroman: An Apology For Platonic Idealism,” 216-34.
  • Steffen Hantke, “The Return of the Giant Creature: Cloverfield and Political Opposition to the War on Terror,” 235-57.
  • Amy J. Ransom, “Warping Time: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy, and the Postmodern uchronie québécoise,” 258-80.
  • Rachel Haywood Ferreira, “Más Allá, El Eternauta, and the Dawn of the Golden Age of Latin American Science Fiction (1953–59),” 281-303.

Reviews

  • D. Harlan Wilson reviews Jason P. Vest’s The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick, 304-10.
  • Gabriel Cutrufello reviews Eric Carl Link’s Understanding Philip K. Dick, 310-15.
  • Ritch Calvin reviews Lejla Kucukalic’s Philip K. Dick: Canonical Writer of the Digital Age, 315-21.
  • Ritch Calvin reviews Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, and Joan Gordon, eds., Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction, 321-27.

New: Science Fiction Studies 37.2 (July 2010)

Science Fiction Studies

#111 = Volume 37, Part 2 = July 2010


SFS SHOWCASE: Library Collections and Archives of SF and Related Materials (presented by Rob Latham)

ARTICLES

REVIEW-ESSAYS

  • Mark Bould. From Panther to Princess, Sex Work to Starfleet: A Special Issue of African Identities on “The Black Imagination and Science Fiction”

  • Pawel Frelik. Close Encounters: Vest’s The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick

BOOKS IN REVIEW

  • Booker’s The Supernatural in American Culture (Kristin Noone)

  • Collins’s Anthropological Engagements with the Future (Diane M. Nelson)
  • Fisch’s Frankenstein (Amy J. Ransom)
  • Hall’s Naomi Mitchison: A Profile of Her Life and Work (John Clute)
  • Lunning’s Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human (D. Harlan Wilson)

  • Pordzik’s Futurescapes: Space in Utopian and Science Fiction Discourse (Peter Fitting)

  • Ransom’s Science Fiction from Québec: A Postcolonial Study (Sophie Beaule)

  • Rottensteiner’s The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria (Sonja Fritzsche)

  • Steiff/Tamplin’s Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy and Eberl/Decker’s Star Trek and Philosophy (Russell Blackford)

  • Walters’s Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema (D. Harlan Wilson)

  • Winnington’s The Working of Mervyn Peake’s Imagination (Paul Kincaid)

NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE

  • Homage to J.G. Ballard (Roger Luckhurst)
  • The Short Career of Calvin M. Knox (Michael Hemmingson)
  • 2010-11 Mullen Fellows Announced (Rob Latham)
  • SFRA 2010 Awards (Lisa Yaszek)
  • Staging Dahlgren (Carol McGuirk)
  • Publishing Announcements and Calls for Papers
  • Notes on Contributors

CFP: SFRA 2011 Conference: Dreams Not Only American (n.d.; Poland 7/7-10/11)


SFRA 2011 Conference: Dreams Not Only American
Science Fiction Research Association 2011 conference
Lublin, Poland
7-10 July 2011

Dreams Not Only American
– Science Fiction’s Transatlantic Transactions
Science fiction has become a truly global phenomenon, encompassing national and international exchanges and intersections (the status quo addressed by the Eaton Conference in February 2011). Despite its incredible variety, however, science fiction (SF) first emerged as a discrete literary practice in the United States and several European countries. Bearing in mind these origins and the fact that this is only the second SFRA conference to be held outside North America, it seems only natural that the organization’s 2011 meeting should focus on all modes and aspects of SF transactions between Europe and America(s).
We invite paper and panel proposals that focus on all forms of science fiction and that address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:
roots – the circumstances of independent emergence of SF in Europe and America
history and politics of Euro-American SF transactions
identity discourses and constructions – does “science fiction” mean the
same in the U.S., Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany or Russia?
exchanges – how have European and American science fictions influenced and inspired each other?
differences – are science fictions written in America and in Europe different thematically or formally? how?
national “schools” in Europe and America – their characteristics, peculiarities and exchanges; is Western European SF similar to that from Central and Eastern Europe? How is Canadian SF different from the texts produced in the U.S.?
Papers and panels on all other topics pertinent to SFRA’s scope of interests are also welcome.
Conference organizer: Pawel Frelik
Conference venue: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Email: sfra2011@gmail.com
Conference website: [[http://sfra2011.pl]]

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Conference: Re-imagining the Victorians: 1901-2010 (9/18/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=178017

Re-imagining the Victorians: 1901-2010
Location: United Kingdom
Conference Date: 2010-09-18
Date Submitted: 2010-08-08
Announcement ID: 178017
A one-day international postgraduate conference
School of English, University of Leeds, 18 September 2010

The Victorian is a category that seems almost endlessly adaptable and appropriable in contemporary culture. Scholars of the neo-Victorian are asking searching questions about the nature of our attraction to the nineteenth century, which bridges a whole host of cultural genres. These include the literatures of adaptation and appropriation, as well as fictional biographies of eminent Victorians. They encompass filmed adaptations of Victorian works, biopics, and representations of the Victorians in fine art, fashion and material culture. This one- day international conference will invite a critical gaze that takes in not just the Victorian and the postmodern neo-Victorian, but also the large space in between. It places leading experts on neo-Victorianism in conversation with postgraduate researchers working on a broad range of fields and time periods, with the hope of generating new scholarly exchange.

The event features training sessions on interview technique and publication, transferrable skills relevant to researchers from across the arts.

Panels address such diverse topics as queer theory, transatlantic influence, and the anxiety of origin, featuring authors ranging from the Brontës, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde in the long nineteenth century, to Sarah Waters, Alan Hollinghurst, and Colm Tóibín in the present day.

Our keynote speakers are:
Professor Cora Kaplan, author of Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticisms
Professor Ann Heilmann, University of Hull, co-author, with Mark Llewellyn, of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty- First Century, 1999-2009
Dr. Simon Grimble, University of Durham, author of Landscape, Writing and ‘the Condition of England’: Ruskin to Modernism

Bethany Layne and Amber Pouliot
Email: reimaginingthevictorians@gmail.com

Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series (9/15/10 & 11/15/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=177993

Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series
Call for Papers Date: 2010-11-09
Date Submitted: 2010-08-06
Announcement ID: 177993
Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series (Edited Collection on Digital Role-playing Games and Edited Collection on First Person Shooters)

These two collections will be the first two titles in a larger series of edited volumes, Approaches to Digital Game Studies, published by Continuum. Each book in the series will be organized around a thematic or functional genre of game. Although digital game genres and the criteria for defining such genres are contested and dynamic categories, exploring the promises and pitfalls of genre is precisely one of the goals the series hopes to accomplish. Additionally, the series will bring the insights of a variety of scholarly disciplines to bear on the analysis of digital games in order to better understand the nature of this medium, its role in reshaping civic life and its impact on the production, circulation and contestation of global and local cultures.

Potential chapter contributions will be vetted by the series Review Board and invited manuscripts will be reviewed by the series Editors and approved by the Review Board.

Series Review Board:
Mia Conslavo, University of Ohio
James Paul Gee, Arizona State University
Helen Kennedy, University of the West of England*
Frans Mayra, University of Tampere
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside*
Torril Elvira Mortensen, University of Utrech*
Lisa Nakamura, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gareth Schott, University of Waikato
Mark JP Wolf, Concordia University Wisconsin
(* indicates commitment still subject to final contract)

Series Editors:
Gerald Voorhees, High Point University
Joshua Call, Grand View University
Katie Whitlock, California State University, Chico

>>> Edited Collection on Digital Role-playing Games: “Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens: Digital Role-playing Games”

One of the most popular and culturally significant game genres, digital role-playing games (RPGs) generate a rich tapestry of technologies, players, communities, cultures and commercial forces. This edited collection, provisionally titled, “Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens: Digital Role-playing Games,” is designed for a broad academic audience and will feature essays that either examine specific games or consider the genre as a whole.

We invite scholars and critics to contribute to this edited collection of essays exploring the theory and criticism of digital RPGs. The collection will publish essays on digital RPGs that engage the theory and criticism of console, computer and/or massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). However, contributions not focused on MMORPGs are especially encouraged.

Contributions from all academic disciplines and geographic regions are invited. The collection and series aim to advance theory and criticism by bringing different voices and perspectives into conversation. However, critical inquiry is preferred.

All contributions must be the original work of the author and cannot be published elsewhere, unless author retains copyrights. For co-authored essays, all authors must agree to submission of work.

For consideration, please send an abstract to gamestudies.books@gmail.com by September 15, 2011. Abstracts should be 500 words and must outline a theoretically grounded approach to a specific game or set of games. Completed essays must be 7000 words (including notes and references) and Continuum uses Chicago Manual of Style for references. Reprints will be considered on a case by case basis.

Provisional Timeline:
Abstracts will be accepted until September 15, 2010
Abstracts will be evaluated and requests for manuscripts will be issued by October 15, 2010
Completed manuscript will be required by January 15, 2010
Revisions must be completed by March 1, 2011

>>> Edited Collection on First Person Shooters: “Guns, Grenades and Grunts: First Person Shooter Games”

Known for their graphical extravagance and social recognition, first-person shooters have long held a highly visible position among digital games. This edited collection, provisionally titled, “Guns, Grenades, and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games” is designed for a broad academic audience and will feature essays that either examine specific games or consider the genre as a whole.

We invite scholars and critics to contribute to this edited collection of essays exploring the theory and criticism of FPS games. The collection will publish essays on FPS games that engage the theory and criticism of console, computer and hand-held FPS games.

Contributions from all academic disciplines and geographic regions are invited. The collection and series aim to advance theory and criticism by bringing different voices and perspectives into conversation. However, critical inquiry is preferred.

All contributions must be the original work of the author and cannot be published elsewhere, unless author retains copyrights. For co-authored essays, all authors must agree to submission of work.

For consideration, please send an abstract to gamestudies.books@gmail.com by November 15, 2011. Abstracts should be 500 words and must outline a theoretically grounded approach to a specific game or set of games. Completed essays must be 7000 words (including notes and references) and Continuum uses Chicago Manual of Style for references. Reprints will be considered on a case by case basis.

Provisional Timeline:
Abstracts will be accepted until November 15, 2010
Abstracts will be evaluated and requests for manuscripts will be issued by January 1, 2011
Completed manuscript will be required by April 1, 2011
Revisions must be completed by July 15, 2011

Queries and questions may also be sent to gamestudies.books@gmail.com.

Gerald Voorhees, High Point University
Joshua Call, Grand View University
Katie Whitlock, California State University, Chico
Email: gamestudies.books@gmail.com

CFP: 1st Global Conference Urban Popcultures and Subcultures (10/1/10; Prague 3/8-10/11)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=178025

1st Global Conference Urban Popcultures and Subcultures
Location: Czech Republic
Call for Papers Date: 2010-10-01
Date Submitted: 2010-08-09
Announcement ID: 178025
1st Global Conference
Urban Popcultures

Tuesday 8th March – Thursday 10th March 2011
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Papers
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popcultures and subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are flourishing.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Urban Space and the Landscape of the City
Urban Aesthetics and Architecture, Creative Re-imagining and Revitalization of the City. The Metropolis and Inner City Life: Urban Boredom vs. Creativity.

2. Urban Music Cultures
Histories, Representations, Discourses and Independent Scenes. Popular Music Theory. The Visual Turn. Urban Intertextualities and Intermedialities. Postmodernity and Beyond.

3. The City as Creative Subject/Object
Urban Life and Themes Considered in Music, Literature, Art and Film, Urban Fashion, Style, and Branding.

4. Urban Codes
Urban Popular Culture and Ideology, Politics of Popcultures, D.I.Y, Alternative Ethics of the City. Urban Religion and Religious Expressions. The Avantgarde and Urban Codes.

5. The City and Cyberculture
Virtual Urbanity – Online Communities and the Impact of Social Networking. Urban Identity and Membership. Globalization/Localization of Urban Experience. Recent trends in Copyright/Copyleft. The Role of Internet in the Transformation of Music Industry. The Impact of User-generated Content.

6. The Urban Underground
The Rise and Fall of the Experimental Subcultures, Scenes and Styles. Alternative and Underground Dance, Hip Hop, and Punk Scenes. Queer Theory and Urban Cultures. Gendered Music and Fashion. Free Urban Exploration and Libertine Lifestyles.

7. Urban Activities in Massmedia
The Visual Aspects of Urban Entertainment. The Evolution of Music and Thematic Television. Media Structure of Music Video. Explicit TV and Censorship. Urban Styles and Extreme Sports.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Jordan Copeland
La Salle University,
Philadelphia, USA
E-mail: copeland@lasalle.edu

Daniel Riha
Hub Leader (Cyber), Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic
E-mail: rihad@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK
E-mail: up@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Critical Issues’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s) or for inclusion in a new Cyber journal (launching 2011).

For further details about the project please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/cyber/urban-popcultures/

For further details about the conference please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/cyber/urban-popcultures/call-for-papers/

Dr Rob Fisher
Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. OX29 8HR

Tel: +44 (0)1993 882087
Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132
Email: up@inter-disciplinary.net
Visit the website at http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/cyber/urban-popcultures/call-for-papers/

Friday, August 6, 2010

CFP: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference (12/15/10; San Antonio 4/20-23/10)

SW/TX PCA/ACA convenes in 2011 with the national PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio, Texas, and has issued its various calls for papers as listed below:

Subject Area Chairs



American Culture


CFP for 2010 Kelli Shapiro, American History and Culture, Brown University, Dept. of American Civilization, shapiro@alumni.brown.edu


CFP for 2010 Lisa K. Stein, American Studies, Ohio University, Zanesville, stein@ohio.edu


CFP for 2010 Scott Zeman, Atomic Culture in the Nuclear Age, New Mexico Tech., Office of Academic Affairs, szeman@nmt.edu


CFP Monica Ganas, California Culture, Azusa Pacific University, Dept. of Theater, Film and Television, Mganas@apu.edu


CFP Dina Hartzell, Interdisciplinary Studies, Marylhurst University, dhartzell@marylhurst.edu


CFP Paul Nagy, Motorcycle Life and Culture, Clovis Community College, English Dept., nagyp@clovis.edu


CFP for 2010 Leah A. Murray, Politics, Weber State University, Political Science and Philosophy, lmurray@weber.edu


CFP Wes Bergen, Religion, Wichita State University, Dept. of Religion, wesley.bergen@wichita.edu


CFP Victoria M. Grieve, Visual Arts of the West, Utah State University, Dept. of History, victoria.grieve@usu.edu


CFP for 2010 Brad L. Duren, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Wars, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Dept. of Behavioral and Social Sciences, uriahok@yahoo.com



Computer, the Internet, & Technical Writing


CFP Andrew Chen, Co-Chair, Computer Culture, andrewsw@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Joseph Chaney, Co-Chair, Computer Culture, jchaney@iusb.edu


CFP Carlos Salinas, Technical Communications, University of Texas-El Paso, English Dept., cdsalinas@utep.edu



Ethnicity


Raymond A. Hall, Africana Studies, Central Washington University, Africana and Black Studies, hallray@cwu.edu


CFP Richard Allen, American Indians Today, Cherokee Nation, Richard-Allen@cherokee.org


CFP for 2010 M. Elise Marubbio, American Indian/Indigenous Film, Augsburg College, American Indian Studies, marubbio@augsburg.edu


CFP for 2010 Lutfi Hussein, Arab Culture in the U.S., Mesa Community College, Dept. of English, LHussein@mesacc.edu


CFP Jeanette Sanchez, Chicano/a Literature, Film, and Culture, University of Washington, School of Drama, jeannie8@u.washington.edu


CFP for 2010 Citlalin Xochime, Co-Chair, Native American/Indigenous Studies, New Mexico State University, Dept. of English, citlalin@nmsu.edu


CFP for 2010 L. Rain Cranford-Gomez, Co-Chair, Native American/Indigenous Studies, University of Oklahoma, English Department, L.Rain.C.Gomez@ou.edu



Film, Television, and Media Studies


CFP for 2010 Kirsten Day, Classical Representations in Popular Culture, Augustana College, kirstenday@yahoo.com


CFP Lynnea Chapman King, Film Adaptation, Butler Community College, lynneaking@hotmail.com


CFP Janna Jones, Film Archive and Cultural Heritage, Northern Arizona University, School of Communication, janna.jones@nau.edu


CFP for 2010 Richard Crew, Film (General), Misericordia University, dick.crew@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Tobias Hochscherf, Co-Chair, Film and History, University of Applied Sciences Kiel (Germany), Department of Media, tobias.hochscherf@fh-kiel.de


CFP for 2010 Christoph Laucht, Co-Chair, Film and History, University of Liverpool, School of Modern Languages (German), c.laucht@liverpool.ac.uk


CFP for 2010 Jennifer L. Jenkins, Film Theory, University of Arizona, jenkinsj@email.arizona.edu


CFP for 2010 Michael Howarth, Hitchcock, Missouri Southern State University, English Dept., Howarth-M@mssu.edu


CFP for 2010 Robert G. Weiner, James Bond and Popular Culture, Texas Tech University Library, Humanities Librarian, rweiner5@sbcglobal.net


CFP for 2010 Brad Houston Lane, Reality Television, Core Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Adult Basic Education, Seattle Community College District, blane@sccd.ctc.edu


CFP for 2010 Anna Gurley, Rhetorics of New Media, University of Oklahoma, Dept. of English, annagurley@ou.edu


CFP for 2010 Kelli Marshall, Shakespeare on Film and Television, The University of Toledo, Dept. of Theatre and Film, kellirmarshall@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Robert G. Weiner, Silent Film, Texas Tech University Library, Humanities Librarian, rweiner5@sbcglobal.net


CFP James Knecht, Television, Oklahoma State University, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, james.knecht@okstate.edu


CFP for 2010 Paul Varner, The American West: Film and Literature, Abilene Christian University, psv07a@acu.edu


CFP for 2010 Robert G. Weiner, Co-Chair, Transgressive/Exploitation Cinema, Texas Tech University Library, Humanities Librarian, rweiner5@sbcglobal.net


CFP for 2010 John Cline, Co-Chair, Transgressive/Exploitation Cinema, University of Texas-Austin, John-Cline@mail.utexas.edu



Human Relations


CFP for 2010 Michael Johnson, Gender and Sexual Identity, Dept. of American Studies, mjohnso9@wsu.edu


CFP for 2010 Pat Tyrer, Women's Studies, West Texas A&M University, Dept. of English and Modern Languages, ptyrer@wtamu.edu



Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture


CFP for 2010 Janet Brennan Croft, Co-Chair, Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture, University of Oklahoma, Head of Access Services, jbcroft@ou.edu


CFP for 2010 Rhonda Harris Taylor, Co-Chair, Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture, University of Oklahoma, School of Library and Information Studies, rtaylor@ou.edu



Literature


CFP for 2010 Christopher Carmona, Beat Generation and Counterculture, Texas A&M University, beatswtxpca@yahoo.com


CFP for 2010 Melinda McBee, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative, Grayson County College, Dept. of Literature and Language, mcbee58@verizon.net


CFP for 2010 B. Mark Allen, Captivity Narratives, South Texas College, Dept. of History and Philiosophy, bmallen@southtexascollege.edu


CFP for 2010 Diana Dominguez, Children's/Young Adult Literature and Culture, UT-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, gypsyscholar@rgv.rr.com


CFP for 2010 Jerry Bradley, Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction), Lamar University, jerry.bradley@lamar.edu


CFP for 2010 Phil Heldrich, Creative Writing Pedagogy, University of Washington-Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts & Science, pheldrich@sbcglobal.net


CFP for 2010 Ken Hada, Eco-Criticism and the Environment, East Central University, Dept. of English, khada@ecok.edu


CFP for 2010 Phil Heldrich, Editing Literary Journals and Small Press Publishing, University of Washington-Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts & Science, pheldrich@sbcglobal.net


CFP for 2010 M. Catherine Jonet, European Popular Culture and Literature, New Mexico State University, mjonet@nmsu.edu


CFP Hugh Tribbey, Experimental Writing and Aesthetics, East Central University, htribbey@ecok.edu


CFP for 2010 Phyllis Bridges, Co-Chair, Folklore Studies, Texas Woman's University, Dept of English, pbri41@msn.com


CFP for 2010 James Bell, Co-Chair, Folklore Studies, College of the Ozarks, Dept. of English, jimlutexas@aol.com


CFP for 2010 Robert G. Weiner, Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture, Texas Tech University Library, Humanties Librarian, rweiner5@sbcglobal.net


CFP Cristine Soliz, Historical Fiction, Fort Valley State University, solizc@fvsu.edu


CFP Steffen Hantke, Horror (Literary and Cinematic), Sogang University (Rep. of Korea), Dept. of English, steffenhantke@hotmail.com


CFP Nancy Mae Antrim, Linguistics, Sul Ross State University, Dept. of Languages and Literature, nantrim@sulross.edu


CFP for 2010 Phil Heldrich, Literature (General), University of Washington-Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts & Science, pheldrich@sbcglobal.net


CFP for 2010 Charles Wukasch, Mystery/Detective Fiction, Austin Community College, Dept. of English, accprof@att.net


CFP S. Melissa Morphew, Myth and Fairy Tales, Sam Houston State University, Dept. of English, eng_smm@shsu.edu


CFP M.R. Hofer, Poetry and Poetics (Critical), Mail Stop Code 03-2170, University of New Mexico, mrh@unm.edu


CFP Alana Hatley, Satire, Northeastern State University, hatleyad@nsuok.edu


CFP for 2010 Steve Davis, Southwestern Literature, Texas State University-San Marcos, sdavis@txstate.edu



Material Culture


CFP for 2010 Kathrin Dodds, Collecting, Collectibles, Collectors, Collections, Texas Tech University Libraries, kathrin.dodds@ttu.edu


CFP for 2010 Laura Anh Williams, Food and Culture, New Mexico State University, Dept. of English, williaml@purdue.edu



Music


Nicholas Meriwether, Grateful Dead, UC Santa Cruz, nicholasmeriwether@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Brad Klypchak, Music: Traditional, Political, Popular, Texas A&M University, Commerce, Liberal Studies Program - College of Arts & Science, brad_klypchak@tamu-commerce.edu


CFP for 2010 Bryan L. Jones, Punk, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Dept. of English, (405)744-9474 or (405)744-9473, Fax: (405)744-6326, bryan.l.jones@okstate.edu


CFP for 2010 Robert Tinajero, Rap and Hip-Hop Culture, University of Texas-El Paso, hiphopcfp@hotmail.com



Science Fiction & Fantasy


CFP Alyson Buckman, Cornelia Funke and Eureka, California State University, Dept. of Humanities & Religious Studies, abuckman@saclink.csus.edu


CFP for 2010 Tamy Burnett, Doctor Who, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept of English, tamy.burnett@gmail.com


CFP Brian Cowlishaw, Lost, Northeastern State University, Dept. of Languages and Literature, cowlishb@nsuok.edu


CFP for 2010 Ximena Gallardo, Co-Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy, FH LaGuardia Community College, English, ximena_gallardo_c@yahoo.com


CFP for 2010 Alyson Buckman, Co-Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy, California State University, Dept. of Humanities & abuckman@saclink.csus.edu


CFP for 2010 Tamy Burnett, Co-Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept of English, tamy.burnett@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Brian Cowlishaw, Co-Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Northeastern State University, Dept. of Languages and Literature, cowlishb@nsuok.edu


CFP for 2010 Brian Cowlishaw, Twilight Series, Northeastern State University, Dept. of Languages and Literature, cowlishb@nsuok.edu


CFP for 2010 Alyson Buckman, Co-Chair, The Works of Joss Whedon, California State University, Dept. of Humanities & Religious Studies, abuckman@saclink.csus.edu


CFP for 2010 Tamy Burnett, Co-Chair, The Works of Joss Whedon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept of English, tamy.burnett@gmail.com



Special Topics


CFP for 2010 Debbie Scally, Anime Manga, sensei0918@yahoo.com


CFP Katie Mills, (Auto) Mobility and Road Culture, Occidental College, Art History and Visual Arts Department, mills@oxy.edu


CFP Debbie Olson, Children in Film, Oklahoma State University, Englihs Dept., debbieo@okstate.edu


CFP for 2010 Jessica Strubel, Fashion, Appearance, & Consumer Identity, jessica.strubel@gmail.com


CFP for 2010 Judd Ruggill, Games Studies, Culture, Play and Practice, Arizona State University, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Communications Studies, jruggill@asu.edu


S. Melissa Morphew, Magical Realism, Sam Houston State University, Dept. of English, eng_smm@shsu.edu


CFP for 2010 Lisette Davies Ward, Personal Journal, lisette.daviesward@cgu.edu


CFP for 2010 Sara Sulter-Cohen, Popular Culture and Sex, Bellevue College, sara.sultercohen@bellevuecollege.edu


Justin Everett, Pulp Studies, j.everet@usp.edu



Teaching and the Profession


CFP for 2010 Leslie A. Donovan, Pedagogies and the Profession, University of New Mexico, University Honors Program, ldonovan@unm.edu


CFP Erik Walker, Popular Culture and the Classroom, Plymouth South High School, Dept. of English & Journalism, ErikMWalker@aol.com


CFP Raymond A. Hall, Undergraduate Research, Central Washington University, Africana and Black Studies, hallray@cwu.edu