Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CFP: Dissections--Contemporary Horror Open Topic (ongoing)

Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror

Dissections is a new international horror and dark fantasy e-journal that provides a rich opportunity for academics, critics and creative writers and artists to publish alongside each other. We welcome essays on 20th and 21st century horror and dark fantasy, including film, fiction and images. We also publish some short creative fiction, poetry and artwork. Dissections is peer-reviewed and ‘published’ twice yearly.

It is edited by Gina Wisker and Michelle Bernard and operates out of Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Brighton.
Artwork on this page by Deena Warner.
Editorial Board: Michael A. Arnzen, Frances Auld, Brian Attebery, Clive Bloom, Lawrence C. Connolly, Linda Holland-Toll, William Hughes, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Nickianne Moody, Stephanie Moss, David Sandner, Andrew Smith and Gina Wisker.

Call for Papers for Sixth Edition

Dissections is calling for submissions for its sixth edition.
The sixth edition will focus on vampires and we invite submissions of essays, short creative fiction, poetry and artwork.

Submission Guidelines
We only accept electronic submissions

Get to know Dissections before you submit
You may read Dissections and decide your work would not fit the style.

Keep a record of exactly what you have sent and when.

If you submit material to us, you will be acknowledged immediately but must be prepared to wait at least 4 months for a response about possible publication. We apologise in advance for this and thank you for your patience. We like to read submissions carefully.

Please submit text in Word or PDF format only.
Please submit images in JPG, JPEG, PNG or GIF format only.
You may submit your work via e-mail or, for larger pieces exceeding 1Mb, please send a CD-ROM containing your submission to our postal address below.

Dissections does not accept erotic or pornographic work, unless it is clearly essential in terms of the cultural engagement or the exploration of horror and dark fantasy.

Please note: We regret that we are unable to give you any financial remuneration or feedback on your work or enter into any correspondence about rejected work.

Please also note: We do not accept unsolicited reviews and are not looking for new reviewers.

If you decide your work is right for us, please send your essays, poems, stories (stories can be up to 5,000 words in length), or images to:

Gina Wisker:
Michelle Bernard:

Post CDs only to:
Michelle Bernard
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road
Cambs CB1 1PT

Please remember:

o It can take 3-4 months for us to reply.
o We cannot give any feedback on your work.
o There is no payment for work published in Dissections.

New Issue: Science Fiction Studies 37.1

Science Fiction Studies
#110 = Volume 37, Part 1 = March 2010


  • Roger Luckhurst. Science Fiction and Cultural History
  • De Witt Douglas Kilgore. Difference Engine: Aliens, Robots, and Other Racial Matters in the History of Science Fiction
  • Veronica Hollinger. A History of the Future: Notes for an Archive



  • Umberto Rossi. A Curate’s Egg: Baxter’s J.G. Ballard’s Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship


  • Adair’s The American Epic Novel in the Late 20th Century (Paul Kincaid)
  • Barr’s Afro-Future Females (Ritch Calvin)
  • Bould/Butler/Roberts/Vint’s The Routledge Companion to SF (David Seed)
  • Brock’s Essays on Gothic and Victorian Sensation Fiction (Deborah Lutz)
  • Colavito’s Anthology of Horror Criticism (Amy J. Ransom)
  • Deuber-Mankowsky’s Lara Croft: Cyber Heroine (Sherryl Vint)
  • Geraghty’s Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (J.P. Telotte)
  • Grebowicz’s Reading Science Through Science Fiction (Jennifer Kavetsky)
  • Gunn/Barr/Candelaria’s Reading Science Fiction (Wanda Raiford)
  • Higgins’s Frankenstein: Character Studies (Elizabeth Corsun)
  • Kucukalic’s Philip K. Dick (Jason Bourget)
  • Luckhurst’s The Trauma Question (Tiffany Ana López)
  • Mendlesohn’s Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ SF (Kelly Meyer)
  • Telotte’s The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader (Anthony Enns)
  • Westfahl/Slusser’s Science Fiction and the Two Cultures (Russell Blackford)
  • Walters’s Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema (D. Harlan Wilson)
  • Weese’s Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural (Robin Anne Reid)


  • E.T.A. Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick (Ian F. Roberts)
  • I.F. Clarke (1918-2009): Farewell to Captain Future (Paul Alkon)
  • Forthcoming SF Events at UC-Riverside (Rob Latham)
  • New Awards for SF&F Translation (Cheryl Morgan)
  • Announcing The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (SFS editors)
  • Notes on Contributors

CFP: Magic, Ritual, and Withcraft (ongoing)

More information at:

A rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft draws from a broad spectrum of perspectives, methods, and disciplines, offering the widest possible geographical scope and chronological range, from prehistory to the modern era and from the Old World to the New. In addition to origicnal research, the journal features book reviews, editorials, and lists of newly published work.

Members of Societas Magica receive the journal as a member benefit. To join the society, please visit the Societas Magica website.

The journal continually accepts submissions. Please send manuscripts for consideration, preferably in Microsoft Word, to:

Michael D. Bailey
Iowa State University
Department of History
603 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011

Business inquiries should be sent to Penn Press at:

University of Pennsylvania Press
Journals Division
3905 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4112
Phone: 215-898-6261
Fax: 215-746-3636

2010 Subscription Rates, Semiannual
  • Students: $20
  • Individuals: $25
  • Institutions: $45
  • CFP: Love in Film/TV--Film & History Conference: All Areas (6/1/10; Milwaukee, WI 11/11-14/10)

    Newly updated CFP. More details at

    The 2010 FILM & HISTORY Conference

    In partnership with the Literature/Film Association (LFA)

    "Representations of Love in Film and Television"
    November 11 - 14, 2010, Milwaukee (USA)
    Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

    Areas and Contact Information
    New! Third-Round Deadline for All Areas: June 1, 2010
    (Check back often -- Areas updated daily)

    Active Calls for Papers:

    Across the Tracks: Love and Class in Film and History **

    Chair: Robert Niemi

    Affairs of Race: Interracial Relationships in Film and History

    Chair: Carole Martin

    Agape: Faith God Mission **

    Chair: Zachary Ingle

    All in the Family: The Bonds of Family Affection in Television

    Chair: Michael Kassel

    America's Love Affair with Movie Gangsters

    Chair: Beverly Kelley

    L'Amour Noir: Fear and Danger in Romance, 1920-1960 **

    Chair: Bill Mooney

    An American Bromance: Homosocial Love in Film and Television **

    Chair: Kelli Marshall

    Blaxploitation Films: What's Love Got to Do with It

    Chair: Norlisha Crawford

    The Bond Girls: Sex and the Secret Agent

    Chair: Jim Yates

    Chicks in Love - "Chick Lit" into "Chick Flicks" **

    Chair: Laura Beadling

    Cinephilia: The Love of Film

    Chair: Adam Capitanio

    Citizen Love: Flag Wavers, Flag Burners

    Chair: Christopher Stone

    Dangerous, Transgressive, and Unloved: The View from Way Outside

    Chair: G. Tom Poe

    The Dark Side of Love: Love, Sex, and Violence in Film and Video

    Chair: Karen Ritzenhoff

    Different Bodies: Disability, Disfigurement, Illness, or Impairment & Love

    Chair: Marja Mogk

    For the Love of the Fans: Fandom, Comics, and Film Adaptations

    Chair: Lance Eaton

    Hollywood's (m)Other(ly) Love: (post)Freudian Readings and Approaches

    Chair: Jaime Bihlmeyer

    The Intrusion of Love

    Chair: Antonio Savorelli

    Jane Austen in Film and History **

    Chair: Laurence Raw

    Jazz and Film: a Love Affair **

    Chair: Peter Lev

    Jewish-Gentile Romances: From Abie to Zohan

    Chair: Lawrence Baron

    The Landscape of Love

    Chair: Deborah Carmichael

    Listening to the Music of Love in Film and Television

    Chair: Mathew Bartkowiak

    Love and Commitment in the Fraternity/Sorority Film

    Chair: Thomas Britt

    Love and Death

    Chair: Massimo Perinelli

    Love and the Family Man: Last Frontier for the American Hero?

    Chair: Elizabeth Abele

    Love and Food

    Chair: Deborah Adelman

    Love and Sex in the Graphic Novels of AlanMoore

    Chair: Todd Comer

    Love at the End of Life

    Chair: Sara Rosenthal

    Love in a Time of War

    Chair: Suzanne Broderick

    Love in the Golden Age of Television

    Chair: Erwin Erhardt

    Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage: Bonding and Parenthood in Film and Television

    Chair: Laura D'Amore

    Love Thy Leader: Charisma, Attraction, and Love Toward Figures of Identification

    Chair: Carsten Hennig

    Love and Violence: Action Heroes

    Chair: Jennie Morton

    Lovers on the Side: Tramps and Rogues in Film and History **

    Chair: Cynthia Miller

    Loving the Machine: Human-Machine Relationships in Film and Television

    Chair: Lisa Nocks

    Lust In Space: Love in Science Fiction Film and Television

    Chair: A. Bowdoin Van Riper

    Medieval Love and Sexuality in Film and Television

    Chair: Justin Noetzel

    Oysters and Snails: Loveand Sex in the Ancient World on Screen

    Chair: Monica S. Cyrino

    Performing Love/Loving Performance: Broadway Musical Motifs in Cinema and Television

    Chair: Kathryn Edney

    Pro Patria Mori: Patriotism in Film and Television

    Chair: Lisa Stein

    Reality-TV Love: Bachelors and Bachelorettes

    Chair: Zivah Perel

    Sex and Love in Asian Contexts

    Chair: Sybil Thornton

    Shakespeare In (and Out of) Love **

    Chair: Noel Sloboda

    Sons of the Shiek: Global Perspectives on the Alpha Male in Love

    Chair: Eric Selinger

    "Taking Care of Business": Office Romance in Film and Television

    Chair: Tony Osborne

    Teacher Teach Me Love: Student-Teacher Relationships in Film and Television **

    Chair: Suzanne Diamond

    Things of Love and the Love of Things

    Chair: Rebecca Burditt

    Vampire Love

    Chair: Daniel Schnopp-Wyatt

    Women and Children First: Gender and Ethics

    Chair: Caryn E. Neumann

    Writers in Love / Writers and Love /Writing and Love in Film and Television

    Chair: Bruce Wyse

    ** LFA affiliated session

    Additional Opportunities for Areas:

    • Addictions, Compulsions, Obsessions
    • Animals of the Wild
    • Cartoons and Pornography
    • Censorship and the Code
    • Classic and Classical: The Romance Genre
    • Families and Society
    • Flings and Fantasies
    • Hetero, Homo, Sapiens: Theories of Sexuality
    • Laboratory Love: Documentary-Style Treatments
    • Love Gone Awry
    • Love and Community
    • Mon Amour: French Kisses and French Misses
    • Pets and Companion Animals
    • Romantic Dramas on Television
    • Screwball Comedy and Romance
    • Separation, Divorce, Reconciliation
    • Sex and Morality
    • Soul and Self: Love and Identity
    • Stereotypes: Old, Young, and Mid-Life Crises
    • Suicidal Lovers
    • Teachers and Students
    • The First Romantics: Italy on Screen
    • The Weight of History: Body Image and Love
    • Uniform Love: Military and Romance

    CFP: MAPACA 2010 Conference: All Areas (no deadline; Alexandria, VA 10/28-31/10)

    The 2010 MAPACA conference will be from
    October 28, 2010 to October 31, 2010
    at The Crowne Plaza Hotel
    901 North Fairfax
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Calls for papers for all areas available at

    Areas include the following:

    American Studies
    Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
    Children and Childhood Studies
    Comics, Cartoons and Video Gaming
    Death in American Culture
    Decorative Arts and Design
    Detective Fiction
    Disability Studies
    Environment and Culture
    Fashion, Appearance & Material Culture
    Film Studies
    Food and Culture
    Harry Potter Phenomenon
    Internet Culture
    J.R.R.Tolien & C.S. Lewis
    Latino/a Studies
    Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies
    Native American Studies
    Popular Architecture and the Built Environment
    Popular Culture and Activism
    Popular Literary Landscapes
    Popular Novels
    Religion and Popular Culture
    Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
    Sexuality and Erotica
    Tattoos and Tattooing
    Technical Culture
    Theater, Dance, and Perfomance Studies
    Travel and Tourism
    Urban Culture
    Vampire Romance
    Violence and Society
    Visual Culture
    Women's Studies
    Working Class Culture
    Special Sessions

    CFP: Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, and Myth (5/31/10)

    American Literature (Duke University Press)
    Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, and Myth

    DEADLINE: 31 May 2010

    More than one commentator has mentioned that science fiction as a form is where theological narrative went after Paradise Lost, and this is undoubtedly true…The form is often used as a way of acting out the consequences of a theological doctrine….Extraterrestrials have taken the place of angels, demons, fairies and saints, though it must be said that this last group is now making a comeback.
    —Margaret Atwood, “Why We Need Science Fiction”

    Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
    —Rod Serling

    In this work I am attempting to create a new mythology for the space age. I feel that the old mythologies are definitely broken down and not adequate at the present time.
    —William Burroughs (on the Nova trilogy)

    From revolutions in communications technology and transportation to encounters with space travelers and aliens, from leaps in human evolution to new dimensions of existence, from creation stories of the past to speculations about the future, science fiction, fantasy, and myth have variously captured the far reaches of the human imagination, making the familiar strange and the strange inevitable. From the vantage point of the twenty-first century, it is fascinating to watch the rapid innovations in science and technology overtake their fictional anticipation and to return to our most speculative and fantastical literature to see how perceptively it anticipated the social and geopolitical transformations—and challenges—these innovations would inspire. We can, moreover, look through these fictions and recognize in them a prolonged engagement not just with the transient social anxieties of their individual moments, but also with the timeless drama of human contact with the divine, the transcendent, the otherworldly, and the sublime.

    This special issue brings together these genres with their divergent but intersecting histories and asks why they might be particularly relevant to study in the contemporary moment. While science fiction has garnered increasing attention in recent years in the academy (and increasing recognition in mainstream publications), the status of fantasy is even more controversial—and the line between them itself a subject of debate. Myth, by contrast, has long been a source of scholarly fascination, although the term typically emerges in the study of American literatures in its pejorative sense. Yet, myth plays a seminal role in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, so much so that science fiction and fantasy can arguably exceed the category of genre to contribute to what William Burroughs calls “a new mythology for the space age.” The issue seeks to move past the definitional debates—beyond, for example, determining the distinction between science fiction and fantasy or the precise definition of myth—to explore broadly the relationship of these genres and modes (individually or in combination) to American literatures and cultures. How, for example, might a focus on science fiction, fantasy, and/or myth change our understanding of literary history? Of literary engagements with scientific and technological innovations as well as with the most pressing political concerns of the moment? How might we use these literary forms to understand genre as a historical repository? The role of mythology in modern culture? What social and geopolitical conditions might produce a genre or mode—or perhaps a critical category that newly classifies certain literary conventions as genres? What themes or questions surface when we read more canonical works through the lens of science fiction, fantasy or myth? Conversely, what happens to these categories when we take seriously, as scholars such as H. Bruce Franklin have done, their early appearance in American literary history? This issue will explore the insights that emerge when we consider the various imaginative engagements that characterize science fiction, fantasy, and myth as central concerns of American literary history and cultural production.

    Special issue editors: Priscilla Wald and Gerry Canavan. Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes) should be submitted electronically at by 31 May 2010. When choosing a submission type, select “Special Issue.” Please contact us at 919-684-3948 or if you need assistance with the submission process. Please direct other questions to Priscilla Wald ( or Gerry Canavan (

    Extrapolation: New Issue 50.3

    Volume 50 Issue 3 (Winter 2009)

    Bollinger, Laurel. “Containing Multitudes: Revisiting the Infection Metaphor in Science Fiction.”
    Bautista, David. “Fantastic Psychology and Mechanical Allegory in The Invention of Morrel.”
    Decker, Mark. “George Lucas, THX-1138, and the Persistence of Marcusian Social Critique in American Graffiti and the Star Wars Films.”
    Leavenworth, Maria Lindgren. “Lover Revamped: Sexualities and Romance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Slash Fan Fiction.”
    Reid, Robin Anne. “Thrusts in the Dark: Slashers’ Queer Practices.”
    Hill, Mathew B. “‘I am a Leaf on the Wind’: Cultural Trauma and Mobility in Joss Whedon’s Firefly.”
    Halpren, Paul and Michael C. LaBossiere. “Mind Out of Time: Identity, Perception, and the Fourth Dimension in H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow Out of Time’ and ‘The Dreams in the Witch House.’”

    Bould, Mark. Full Metal Apache: Transactions Between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America.
    McGowan, Patrick. The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier.
    Seed, David. Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Super-intelligence.