Monday, September 17, 2012

Fastitocalon 4 CFP

Perpetually catching up it seems:

Call for papers (PDF)
Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern volume IV (2013)
Published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (WVT)

Crime and the Fantastic

If there is one thread that consistently runs through all forms of the fantastic from the antiquity to the present it is a preoccupation with crime and harm – and with the obligations to make things right which these violations place on individuals and communities alike. Although definitions of crime and justice in The Epic of Gilgamesh will be different from those in Odyssey, Beowulf, Peter Pan or The Graveyard Book, the spectrum of the fantastic—from classical myths to literary fantasy—has always been fascinated by issues of crime, punishment and justice. From betrayed rulers and spouses avenging their wrongs or culture heroes defending their families and communities, through orphan boys or girls exposing oppressive regimes and defeating evil Wizard conspiracies, to talking animals or other nonhuman species who assert their minority status, many of the proponents of the fantastic in their textual and filmic forms are predicated on the search for the most appropriate response to crime, inequality and violation. The protagonists are mostly rebels rather than the empire, outlaws rather than the establishment. The stories of their struggles define various facets of crime, punishment and justice and transpose these concepts from abstract principles to specific representations.

Our goal in Volume IV of Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern is to offer a sustained reflection upon the nexus of crime and the fantastic. We encourage submissions that explore manifestations of crime, punishment and justice in and through the frame of the fantastic in all its current and historical media. Contributions to our Crime and the Fantastic issue may focus on individual works, authors, genres, series or adaptations. They may discuss the development and transformations of the various crime topoi or explore the literary-theoretical aspects connected with them in the context of, among others, class structures, social inequalities, war and international conflicts, representations of criminal justice or legal systems, ecology, politics, imperialism, sexuality, ethnicity and gender.

Abstracts (300-450 words) accompanied by a brief biographical note (100-150 words) must be sent in to the editors electronically at and by December 31, 2012.

Essays accepted for inclusion in the volume must range between 6000 and 8000 words and will be due on April 30, 2013.

Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern is a peer-reviewed journal. Abstracts and/or full papers submitted will be reviewed by the editors and members of the advisory board.

The editors:
Dr. Daniel D. Hade, The Pennsylvania State University,
Dr. Marek Oziewicz, The University of Wroclaw, Poland,
and The Pennsylvania State University,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mythcon Updates

The 2012 Mythcon was held last month in Berkeley, California. Details and program of events can be accessed at

The call for papers for the 2013 Mythcon has recently been posted. Details as follows:

Mythcon 44 (July 2013)

Green and Growing: The Land and its Inhabitants in Fantasy Literature

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference 44
Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI – July 12-15, 2013

Download the Call for Papers (PDF)

Author Guest of Honor: Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley is the author of children’s and young adult fantasy novels The Folk Keeper (winner of the 2000 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature), Well Wished, and Chime.

Scholar Guest of Honor: Christopher Mitchell, Ph.D.
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois, a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

How does mythopoeic literature address the relationship between the land and its inhabitants, between the wild and the cultivated? What are their respective moral values, their dangers and delights? Tangled forests, majestic trees, ordered fields, carefully tended gardens; or untamed, wild beauty: each offers a different kind of bounty to those who would live off the land. What role do advocates and protectors of the land play in fantasy literature, particularly as personified in characters such as Yavanna, Radagast, Sam Gamgee and, of course, Tom Bombadil.

Our theme also voices many a cautionary tale– Tolkien’s Dead Marshes, the scouring of the Shire, the desolations of Smaug, Saruman and Sauron, the unnatural winter in Narnia– inviting eco-critical approaches to mythopoeic literature. From the whimsical wild places of Baum, Seuss  and Sendak; to the mysterious and often tutelary landscapes of Orwell, Garner and Burroughs– not to mention those of our favorite Inklings– we invite papers on any aspect of the green and growing land in mythopoeic writing.

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

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

Paper and panel proposals (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the appropriate Papers or Panels Coordinator at the following email addresses by 30 April 2013. AV and technology requests must be included in your proposal.

Papers Coordinator
Dr. Leslie A. Donovan
Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

Panels Coordinator
Dr. Judith J. Kollman
Professor Emerita, University of Michigan- Flint

Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society ( All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual. Graduate and undergraduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals and to apply for the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Paper (see For deadlines and applications for this award, contact the Papers Coordinator. Scholars needing financial assistance to attend Mythcon may apply for the Mythopoeic Society’s Glen GoodKnight Memorial Scholarships (formerly called the Starving Scholars Fund). Scholars may request the application form for these awards from the Papers Coordinator.

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

Film and History 2012 Conference

The 2012 Film and History Conference meets later this month from 26-30 September 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are a number of papers and emtire sessions devoted to the fantastic. The complete program can be accessed at

Monday, September 10, 2012

ALA Gothic Symposium CFP

Call for Papers (PDF)
American Literature Association Symposium
“Fear and Form:
Aspects of the Gothic in American Culture”

Keynote Speakers:
Teresa A. Goddu, Vanderbilt University
Eric Savoy, University of Montreal
February 21-23, 2013

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The February 2013 symposium will meet in the self-proclaimed “most haunted city in America” and focus on the role of the Gothic in American literary culture. We welcome proposals for presentations on the place of the Gothic in the writings of both popular and canonical American authors (Brown, Poe, Hawthorne, Faulkner, O’Connor, Wright, Morrison, and others). We are particularly interested in studies relating Gothic modes to other forms, including the historical novel, poetry, the graphic novel, and detective fiction. In addition, we welcome studies exploring the roles of ghosts, vampires, demons, zombies, haunted houses, ancestral curses in American literary culture, including film. Proposals for panels and roundtable discussions are also encouraged.
Location: Hyatt Regency Savannah
Two W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

Hotel Rate: The Hyatt is offering a special rate of $150 (plus tax) per night for a single or double room.
Conference Fee: $150 (includes two meals and two receptions)
Conference Directors:
Alfred Bendixen, Texas A & M University
Rene H. Trevino, Texas A & M University
Please email all proposals to Rene Trevino
Before October 1, 2012

Conference Details: The American Literature Association will meet in the Hyatt Regency in Savannah for a symposium on the Gothic in American Culture, February 21-23, 2013.
Please plan to stay in the conference hotel as this helps us meet our commitment to the hotel and keeps our rates low. The Hyatt is ideally located on the waterfront and right next to the largest historic district in the United States.

Sessions run Friday and Saturday, February 22-23. On Friday September 22rd, there will be a luncheon as well as an evening reception featuring a key note speaker. The second luncheon will be Saturday February 24, with a closing keynote and reception scheduled for the evening. Meal preferences will be sent to conference participants at a later date. The conference fee of $150 includes two lunches and two receptions.

Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Rene Trevino, at no later than October 1, 2012. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides the conference director with a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications, and complete emails for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner. The conference directors welcome proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the development of important genres and literary movements.
Please note that no audiovisual equipment will be available for the symposium.

Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances in mid October Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register using the material posted at the end of this announcement. A program will be placed on the website prior to the conference and printed programs will be available at the symposium.

ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit. We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.

The conference fee covers the costs of the conference including two meals and two receptions. We encourage all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The conference fee is $150 for all participants. We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars for this symposium.

ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper. In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA by checking our website (, which is the primary source for information about ALA activities

The easiest way to find out about the conference and all ALA activities is by consulting our website:

Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director or Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at

PCA Science Fiction and Fantasy Area CFP

Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of PCA 27-30 March 2013
full name / name of organization:
Popular Culture Association
contact email:

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2013 national conference. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not at all an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following topics. We would particularly like to encourage submissions for 2013 that celebrate a momentous event in the history of SFF. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. We welcome proposals that examine and celebrate this remarkable achievement. Next year also marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a series that changed the face of television.

General Topics
Fans and Fandom/Community Building
Gender and Sexuality
Class and Hierarchies
Hybridity and Liminality
Audience Reception
Translation Issues
Cross-Media Texts
Regeneration—Moving Narratives from One Medium to Another
Language and Rhetoric
Genre—Space Opera, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, etc.
Franchising Narratives
Marketing and Advertising
Textual Analysis
Sociological or Psychological Readings
Archival Research
Technology—Textual and Literal
Pedagogy—Teaching Science Fiction and Fantasy
Online Identity Construction
Use of Music and Silence
Visual, Spatial, and Design Elements
Mythology and Quest Narratives

Examples of Fantasy Texts
Classic and Contemporary Literature—Gilgamesh; Homer’s Odyssey; J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series; Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials collection; Frank Baum’s Oz series; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and works by such authors as Piers Anthony, Marian Zimmer Bradley, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Weis, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia McKillip, and others.
Film—The Princess Bride (1987), Willow (1988), Labyrinth (1986), The Dark Crystal (1982), The NeverEnding Story (1984), The Clash of the Titans (1981; 2009), Ladyhawke (1985), Spirited Away (2001), Donnie Darko (2001), Chocolat (2000), Amelie (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), etc.
Television—The Twilight Zone (1959-64), The Prisoner (1967-68), Dark Shadows (1966-71), Wonder Woman (1975-79), Beauty and the Beast (1987-90), Wonderfalls (2004), The Dresden Files (2007), Supernatural (2005-), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001), Charmed (1998-2006), Angel (1999-2004), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Lost (2004-), Being Human (2009-), Grimm (2011-) and others.
Comics and Graphic Novels—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9; Japanese manga; European comics; underground comics movement, etc.
Gaming—Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Everquest, Myst, Vampire: The Masquerade, etc.

Examples of Science Fiction Texts
Classic and Contemporary Literature—from the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Octavia E. Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Marge Piercy, James Tiptree Jr., Frank Herbert, and Candas Jane Dorsey.
Film—from Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902), Frankenstein (1931), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Matrix (1999), Children of Men (2006), Iron Man (2008), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), Transformers 2 (2009), Star Trek (2009).
Television—classic TV such as Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) and The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) to recent series of interest, including Lexx (1997-2002), Twin Peaks (1990-91), The X-Files (1993-2002), Dark Angel (2000-02), The 4400 (2004-07), the Stargate series including Universe, Babylon 5 (1993-98), Battlestar Galactica (2004- 2008), Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles (2007 - 2009), Torchwood (2006-), Primeval (2007-), Heroes (2007-), Firefly (2002-03), Sanctuary (2008-12), Eureka (2006-12), and others.

The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.

Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website. Instructions for submission can be found at and submissions made at . The document should contain the following information in this order:

Name(s) of presenter(s)—indicate main contact person if submitting a group presentation
Institutional affiliation—if applicable
Name and contact information of cooperating professor—undergraduates only
Address(es), telephone number(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)
Title(s) of paper(s), panel, roundtable, or workshop
Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain
The paper/panel proposal will be acknowledged when received, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 1 January 2013.

Please be aware that the Area Chairs are not able to submit proposals on your behalf. If there is a problem while submitting papers please contact the Chair.

Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs. Also please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. This includes roundtables, that is, a person cannot present a paper and a roundtable discussion.

Submission Deadline: 29 November 2012

Each year after the last conference panel on Saturday evening, the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! Location TBA; film TBA. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website:

Please be aware that the PCA offers several travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2013. Check the PCA website for more information.

Hope to see you in DC!

Your Area Co-Chairs:

Dr. Gillian I Leitch
23 Blvd Mont-Bleu, #1
Gatineau, QC
Canada J8Z 1H9


Dr. Sherry Ginn
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
1531 Trinity Church Rd
Concord, NC 28110 USA

Direct all enquiries to our email address:

NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.

New/Recent CFPs

Here's a batch from the UPenn CFP site:

[UPDATE] CFP: The Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture: Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Technology (deadline 11/16/12)

Call for Submissions: Studies in Popular Culture (no deadline)

CFP: The Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture (11/30/12; National PCA/ACA Conference, 3/27/13-3/30/13)

CFP Edited Collection on Dark Fairy Tales in Children's and Young Adult Literature (deadline 10/20/12)

Monsters and the Monstrous Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity (deadline for submissions 3/8/13)

Call for Papers: Indigenous 'Deep' Space: Indigenous Absence and Presence in Sci-Fi and Comics (Southwest/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

Call for Papers: Indigenous Science Fiction February 13-16, 2013 (SW/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

The Geek and Popular Culture (SW/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

Mystery & Detective Fiction Area, March 27-30, 2013, Washington, DC (National PCA deadline 11/30/12)

The Empire Tele-Calls Back: Indian Science Fiction in the Global Age (collection; deadline 11/30/12)

Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the Construction of the American Horror Canon [Update] (panel; deadline 1/15/13)

Horror (Text, Media, Culture) (national PCA; deadline 11/30/12)

Call for Submissions - Edited Collection -- Fan Phenomena: Supernatural (deadline 9/15/12)

First Annual FANS Conference (deadline 2/1/13)

Stephen King Area-2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (Sumbissions: 11/30/12)

 The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture (collection; deadline 10/31/12)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

CFP Suburban Narratives

Exploring Suburban Narratives in Literature, Film and Television
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-30 (in 21 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-06-18
Announcement ID: 195248

From Revolutionary Road to American Beauty and Desperate Housewives, some of the most popular works of fiction, television and film are those that focus in on the ‘ordinariness’ of suburban living. In drawing on this framework, these works expose the nature of human desperation, the values attached to American patriotism and the anxieties faced in adjusting to modern living. This panel will seek to question why suburban-based narratives have proven to be so successful within mainstream popular culture. Is it perhaps because we as readers/ viewers find a certain liberating accessibility in experiencing a social reality which reflects so closely on our own? Or do these narratives, in fact, present a more idealized and fantastical version of what we desire suburban reality to be? Attached to both these questions is the question of genre representation. The most popular genres which have been used to represent suburban narratives are those of the soap-opera/ melodrama and/ or comedy. To what extent do these genres contribute to the popularity of these narratives? This panel, which will appear at the 44th Annual Nemla Convention in Boston, welcomes papers that explore the popularity of suburban narratives in either literature, film or television from multiple perspectives. These narratives interactions with gender politics and/ or national politics, for instance, would be an interesting starting point . The overall aim of this panel will be to begin to consider and define the place of literary/ filmic suburban narratives both within these mediums and within academic studies.
Please send abstracts of between 250-300 words to Adam Levin at by no later than 30 September 2012. Please include the following information:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Adam Levin
Visit the website at

CFP Asian Popular Culture Conference

CFP (Deadline extended) Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2012: Intertexts and Intersections (Asian popular culture conference)
Location: Minnesota, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-28 (in 19 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-08-19
Announcement ID: 196473

Extended deadline for SGMS/Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures 2012
Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, September 28-30, 2012

Location: Minnesota, United States
Conference Date: 2012-09-28

Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits (SGMS) is an internationally-recognized, three-day workshop that explores and celebrates anime and manga.

Through its unique merger of academic and fan audiences, SGMS engages both anime's and manga's creative and cultural implications and practices.

SGMS 2012: Intertexts and Intersections Conference
September 28th-30th, 2012

Asian popular cultural has generated a vast array of manga, anime, games, and related merchandise, artifacts that have proliferated globally. The 12th annual SGMS Workshop and 2nd annual Mechademia conference focus on the characters, concepts, and ideas that have emerged from Asian popular culture, as well as the intertextual relations and intersections of these forms with other cultures and with other worlds.

Featured Speaker: Dai Sato

Dai Sato is writer of critically acclaimed and fantastically popular television series and films such as Samurai Champloo (2004), Casshern (2004), Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004), and Cowboy Bebop (1998). He began his career as a TV scriptwriter, program planner, and lyricist at the age of 19, and later ventured into the video game and music industries. Today he is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, but also creates scripts and concepts for various media. He has collaborated with some of Japan's best-known anime writers, using extensively his experience in game development projects and interactive club events. In 2007 he established Storyriders Inc., Ltd., of which he is the President and CEO.

Individuals should send an abstract of 250 words or less, including the presentation title, to:

by August 30, 2012. Panel proposals of 3 or 4 individual papers should include a 250 words description of each presentation, each presenters vita / resume, and a clearly stated panel title.


Visit the website at

Dr. Jessica M. Dandona
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Visit the website at

2013 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (pdf)
Location: Florida, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-10-31
Date Submitted: 2012-08-31
Announcement ID: 196695

The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (official site; pdf flier)
Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences

March 20-24, 2013
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

ICFA 34 will explore the ubiquity of adaptation in all its Fantastic forms. Conference papers might consider specific adaptations, adaptation theory, translation, elision and interpolation, postmodern pastiche, transformation and metafictionality, plagiarism and homage, audience and adaptation, franchise fiction, or the recent resurgence of reboots, retcons, remakes, and reimaginings.

Guests of Honor: Neil Gaiman and Kij Johnson
Guest Scholar: Constance Penley

We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. Please see our website at for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference.

Paper proposals must consist of a 500-word proposal accompanied by an appropriate bibliography, and a 300-word abstract. Please send them to the appropriate Division Head below. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2012, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (


Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art
Alaine Martaus

Fantasy Literature
Stefan Ekman

Film and Television
Kyle Bishop

Horror Literature
Rhonda Brock-Servais

International Fantastic
Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Science Fiction Literature
David M. Higgins

Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences
Isabella van Elferen

Isabella van Elferen
Utrecht University
Dept. Media and Culture Studies
Muntstraat 2A
3512 EV Utrecht
0031 30 253 6274
Visit the website at

NEPCA Fantastic Sessions 2012

Here are the preliminary details of our sessions for this year's conference. Further updates will appear on the blog.

2012 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York
26-27 October 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend I: Visions of the Future
Chair: Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Cory Matieyshen (National University): “Bert the Turtle Won't Save You: American Science Fiction Prose and Criticism of Nuclear Civil Defense During the 1950s”
Derek Newman-Stille (Trent University): “Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl In The Ring and the Use of Speculative Fiction to Disrupt Singular Interpretations of Place”
Özüm Ünal (Bahçeşehir University): “Mothering the ‘Other’: Representation of the Decentered Bodies in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men
Shannon Tarango (University of California Riverside): “Dystopia in The Hunger Games

Saturday, October 27, 2012: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend II: Old Legends, New Stories
Chair: Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Mary Bridgeman (Trinity College Dublin): “Complex subjects in Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood
Laura Wiebe (McMaster University): “Witches, Elves, and Bioengineers: Magic and Science in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows
Kathleen Mulligan (Providence College): “Robin Hood: from ‘History’ to Folklore and Back Again”
Michael Torregrossa (Independent Scholar): “Once and Future Kings Revisited:The Theme of Arthur Redivivus in Recent Arthuriads of the Comics Medium”

Genre Crossing: Area CFP 2013


Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2013 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont
25-26 October 2013
Proposals by 1 June 2013

Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2013, and, in commemoration of this event, we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore the interrelationships between the various aspects of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, and legends) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels,  innovative, genre-crossing or (perhaps) genre-breaking works. Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic ( for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send a proposal of approximately 300 to 500 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note "NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2013" in your subject line):

Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Program Chair

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

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

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

Star Trek Anniversary

The Star Trek franchise celebrated its 46th anniversary yesterday, and Google commemorated the occasion with a video Google Doodle, which has been archived at An interview with the designer can be found at

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Update September 2012

I need to do some major update to the blogs, but the following news should suffice for now:

Effective today, the blog has been retitled to more reflect both its contents and the intertests of presenters to the area. Hopefully, we can serve as your one-stop guide to the fantastic in popular cultre.

Also, NEPCA has released the details for its 2013 conference to convene in Vermont next October. Further details and the official area CFP will be posted latter this weekend (I hope).

Lastly, national PCA has revamped its website. Things look a bit confusing for now and some links are inactive or dead, but I did find the details (at last) on the location for next year's conference--Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC--from 27-30 March 2013.