Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Legend NEPCA (6/1/10; Boston, MA 10/23/10)

2010 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services (179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115), Saturday 23 October 2010
Proposals by 1 June 2010

Proposals are invited from scholars of all levels for papers to be presented in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length and may address any aspect of the multi-media genres of science fiction, fantasy, and/or legends in popular culture.

Given the proximity to Halloween, we are especially interested in proposals devoted to the topic “Monstrous Medievalisms: Investigations of the Medieval in Gothic and Horror Narratives” for a session "Monstrous Medievalisms 2010" to be sponsored by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages.

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send a paper proposal of approximately 250 words and a one-page CV to both the Program Chair and to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses:

David E. Tanner
Program Chair

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

The Northeast Popular 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.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30. Further details are available at

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Journal Call for Papers

Recently posted on the SFRA web site. The journal's website is

CFP: Science Fiction Film and Television: Special Issues on Remakes and Biopolitics [no posted deadline]

Science Fiction Film and Television is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press. Edited by Mark Bould (UWE) and Sherryl Vint (Brock University), with an international board of advisory editors, it encourages dialogue among the scholarly and intellectual communities of film studies, sf studies and television studies.

We invite submissions on all areas of sf film and television. We publish articles, book and DVD reviews and review essays, as well as archive entries on theorists (which introduce the work of key and emergent figures in sf studies, television or film studies) and texts (which describe and analyse little-known or unduly neglected films or television series).

We invite submissions in particular for two special issues:

REMAKES, REVISIONS, REBOOTS: Why is the 21st century fascinated by returning to previous sf franchises? Is this nostalgia? Archive fever? Retrofuturism? What economic and cultural forces inform this recent fascination with return and renewal?

BIOPOLITICS: How do biopolitial theories of theorists such as Foucault, Hardt and Negri, Esposito and Agamben inform readings of sf? What can sf contribute to ongoing discussions of biopolitial governance? What can sf visions of posthumanism tell us about life under biopolitical capitalism?

Submissions should be made via our website at If you have an idea for a contribution to the archives section, please contact the editors to discuss your proposal.

Advisory Editorial Board: Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading), Catherine Constable (University of Warwick), Susan A. George (University of California, Berkeley), Elyce Rae Helford (Middle Tennessee State University), Matt Hills (Cardiff University), Brooks Landon (University of Iowa), Rob Latham (UC-Riverside), Susan Napier (Tufts University), Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia), Wendy Pearson (University of Western Ontario), David Seed (University of Liverpool), Steve Shaviro (Wayne State University), Vivian Sobchack (University of California, Los Angeles) and JP Telotte (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Related Calls for Papers

The following are new and recent calls for papers that may be of interest:

2010 Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA) Conference (10/28-31/10 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 North Fairfax, Alexandria, VA 22314) [no posted deadline] (click for details and areas)

The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA)invites academics, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars, and other professionals to submit papers for the 2010 annual conference, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. As an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of Popular Culture and American Culture in all their multidisciplinary manifestations, MAPACA hosts presentations in a wide range of areas.

Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit ONE proposal or panel to ONE of the areas listed below. Include a brief bio with your proposal. Single papers, as well as 3- or 4-person panels and roundtables, are encouraged. Sliding scale registration fees apply.

The 2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television (3/1/10 2nd Round Deadline; 11/11-14/10 at at the Hyatt Regency, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (click for details and areas)

Mythcon 41--The 41st Annual Mythopoeic Conference: War in Heaven (4/15/10; 7/9-12/10 at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas) (click here for more details)

Theme: War in Heaven

From the great epic poems of ancient Greece and ancient India to the Book of Revelation and the Poetic Edda; from John Milton and William Blake to J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams; from Philip Pullman to Neil Gaiman and beyond, theomachy (conflict amongst and against the gods) has been a perennial theme in mythology and mythopoeic literature. Moreover, the year 2010 marks our theme with special significance as the 80th anniversary of the publication of Charles Williams’s novel War in Heaven.

Papers dealing with the conference theme are especially encouraged. We also welcome papers 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 other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. Each paper will be given a one-hour slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society.

Paper abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the address below (e-mail preferred) by April 15, 2010. Please include your A/V requirements and the projected time needed for your presentation.

All paper presenters must register for the full conference; please see the Mythcon 41 web page,, for information and rates.

Guests of Honor:

Tim Powers: Author Tim Powers is a science-fiction and fantasy author. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his works, including the World Fantasy Award for his novels Last Call (1992) and Declare (2000). He has been nominated for four Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, most recently for Three Days to Never (2006).

Janet Brennan Croft
: Scholar Janet Brennan Croft is the editor of Mythlore, one of the premier periodicals on the Inklings and fantasy literature. She has published many articles and three books on J.R.R. Tolkien, including War in the Works of Tolkien (2005), which won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.

Robin Anne Reid
Mythcon 41 Papers Coordinator
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce TX 75429

SFRA 2010 "Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction and the Frontier" (4/15/10; 6/24-27/2010 at Carefree Resort and Villas in Carefree, Arizona)

The idea of the frontier, as boundary, as limit, as the edge of the known and the start of the unknown, has been central to science fiction throughout its history. SFRA 2010, to be held at the Carefree Resort and Villas in Carefree, Arizona, will focus on the frontiers behind us and the territory ahead. For more information, visit the conference website at:

The 2010 Science Fiction Research Association conference theme, “Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction and the Frontier,” reflects the conference’s venue in the high desert of Carefree, Arizona, north of Phoenix. The frontier, the borderland between what is known and what is unknown, the settled and the wild, the mapped and the unexplored, is as central to science fiction as it is to the mythology of the American West.

Submissions are invited for individual papers (15-20 minutes), full paper panels (3 papers), roundtables (80 minute sessions), and other presentations that explore the study and teaching of science fiction in any medium. Preference will be given to proposals that engage the conference theme.

Paper and other session proposals should be 200-300 words. Paper panel proposals should include the proposals of all three papers and a brief statement of their unifying principle. Include all text of the proposal in the body of the email (not as an attachment). Please be sure to include full contact information for all panel members and to make all AV requests within each proposal. E-mail submissions by April 15, 2010 to Craig Jacobsen: jacobsen at mesacc dot edu.