Saturday, April 27, 2013

Time Travel in the Media CFP (6/16/13)

CFP: Time Travel in the Media edited collection
 Call for Papers Date: 2013-06-16
Date Submitted: 2013-03-18
Announcement ID: 202340

We are currently seeking chapter proposals for the first collection of essay to address time travel across different media formats. The collection, to be be published by McFarland, will be edited by Joan Ormrod (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Matthew Jones (UCL).

Time travel has been a topic that has fascinated the media since the 19th century. Indeed, cinema has used flashbacks and montage since its earliest days to experiment with time. However, film is not the only medium fascinated by the concept. Television series such as Doctor Who (1963-1989, 1996 and 2005-present), Quantum Leap (1989-1993), The Time Tunnel (1966-1967) and Torchwood (2006-2011) explore history and play with notions of time as a social construct. Video games, manga and animé also examine time travel's unique narrative possibilities, for instance in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (1998) or Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011). Graphic novels such as Watchmen (1986-1987) and superhero narratives use time travel to explore heroes’ ingenuity and the problems created by paradoxes.

Time travel narratives have invoked socio-historic concerns for subjectivity, narrativity, history, the future and potential apocalypse. The future and the past are frequently depicted as a means of understanding the problems of the present. Lately, time travel narratives have used philosophical issues based on scientific theories such as string theory, multiple universes and the philosophical construction of time. Contemporary time travel stories also acknowledge the potential for experimentation in media narratives. Such diversity surely requires more scrutiny in academic discourse. This collection of essays will be the first dedicated solely to the topic.

The collection is aimed at:

• undergraduate and postgraduate students in film and media, cultural studies, philosophy, social sciences, history and science programmes.
• science fiction and fantasy fandoms across a range of media.

The volume will address a broad range of media, including television, cinema, video games, anime and manga, comics and graphic novels and radio plays. It will be divided into five sections addressing narrative and media form, time travel as genre, philosophical and theoretical concepts, time and culture and a number of case studies

We are currently inviting 500-word proposals for 5000-7000 word chapters. These might address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

• Adaptation and the differences between time in media forms
• Parallel worlds/alternative realities in virtual media, gaming and avatars
• Narrative devices such as the causal time loop
• Cinematic and media apparatus as time machine
• Experimental and avant garde depictions of time and time travel
• Narrative tropes
• Key characters - H. G. Wells, The Doctor, Sam Becket, Marty McFly
• Iconography - the time travel machine, distinguishing the past/future from the present
• The adaptability of the time travel narrative to many genres - science fiction, fantasy, romance, teenpics
• The depiction of history and historical characters
• The rules and regulations of time travel and parallel worlds
• The experience and means of time travel (machine, magic, supernatural)
• Use of specific theoretical models of narrative interrogation, such as psychoanalytic, carnivalesque, discursive, Deleuzian, Ricoeur, Bergson, postmodern and semiotic perspectives or new theoretical contexts
• Philosophical considerations, such as free will and determinism, religious and ritualistic perspectives
• String theory and parallel universes
• Socio-historic notions of time (linear time, cyclical time, the Enlightenment and the mythic)
• Tourism - cosmopolitanism, the flâneur
• Time-travel narratives within the context of their socio-historic production
• Case studies which examine a specific aspect of time travel in one text.

Proposals along with a 50 word biography should be sent to
Deadline: 16 June 2013

Joan Ormrod
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chatham 307
Manchester 44 161 247 1938

CW's Superrnatural CFP (5/15/13)

One more from for the night:

Essay Collection: CW's "Supernatural" television
Publication Date: 2013-05-15 (in 18 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-01-22
Announcement ID: 200641

Articles are invited for an edited collection on issues related to any element of the CW television series Supernatural.

The following categories suggest possibilities but are by no means exhaustive:
• Monstrosity
• Fandom and/or Reception
• Transformation and/or Adaptation
• Gender
• Race
• Desire and Sexuality
• Hybridity
• Vampires
• Shapeshifters
• Ghosts and Hauntings
• Demons and Angels
• Heroism
• Villainy
• Desire
• History and Memory
• Family
• Power
• Possession and/or Mind Control

What to Send: 300 - 500 word abstracts (or complete articles, if available) and CVs should be submitted by May 15, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the collection, a full draft of the essay (5000 – 8000 words) will be required by October 15, 2013.

Abstracts and final articles should be submitted to Please include “Supernatural Submission” in your subject line.

Dr. Margo Collins

Vampire Diaries Collection CFP (5/1/13)

Almost missed this one (though I'm starting to feel like I'm advertising for The Vampire Diaries (2009-) is a very popular series and a spin-off on The Originals has recently been announced for the fall.

Essay Collection: "The Vampire Diaries"
Publication Date: 2013-05-01 (in 4 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-01-22
Announcement ID: 200642

Articles are invited for an edited collection on issues related to any element of The Vampire Diaries (either the original books or the CW’s television series).

The following categories suggest possibilities but are by no means exhaustive:

• Monstrosity
• Fandom and/or Reception
• Transformation and/or Adaptation
• Gender
• Race
• Vampirism
• Shapeshifters
• Hybridity
• Witchcraft
• Heroism
• Villainy
• Adolescence
• Desire
\• History
• Memory
• Domesticity
• Power
• Possession and/or Mind Control

What to Send: 300 - 500 word abstracts (or complete articles, if available) and CVs should be submitted by May 1, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the collection, a full draft of the essay (5000 – 8000 words) will be required by October 1, 2013.

Abstracts and final articles should be submitted to Please include “Vampire Diaries Submission” in your subject line.

 Dr. Margo Collins

Zombie/Comedy CFP (6/1/13)

Another zombie collection. (See also a CFP on The Walking Dead at our comics blog.)

Edited Collection: Zombies and Comedy
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
Date Submitted: 2013-01-30
Announcement ID: 200898

The recent re-animation of the zombie in popular culture has led to the creation of the “zombie romantic comedy,” or the zomromcom. Examples of zombie comedies can be found in books, movies, and on the internet. Articles are invited for an edited collection on issues related to any element of zombie comedies (romantic or otherwise).

The following categories suggest possibilities for exploration but are by no means exhaustive:

• Love and zombies/the undead
• Love in the postapocalyptic world
• Romance and monstrosity
• Fandom and/or reception
• Transformation and/or adaptation in zombie comedies
• Gender
• Race
• Hybridity
• History and Memory
• Sex and the undead
• The literary zombie comedy
• The cinematic zombie comedy
• Zombie comedies and the internet

What to Send: 300 - 500 word abstracts (or complete articles, if available) and CVs should be submitted by June 1, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the collection, a full draft of the essay (5000 – 8000 words) will be required by November 1, 2013.

Abstracts and final articles should be submitted to Please include “ZomCom” in your subject line.

Dr. Margo Collins

MTV's Teen Wolf Collection CFP (6/1/13)

Essay Collection: MTV's Teen Wolf
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
Date Submitted: 2013-02-19
Announcement ID: 201568

Articles are invited for an essay collection on the new MTV serial remake of Teen Wolf. In “Upright Citizens on All Fours: Nineteenth-Century Identity and the Image of the Werewolf,” Chantal Bourgault du Coudray notes that ‘an ever-growing body of scholarship utilises the concept of hybrid or heterogeneous identity. The hybrid identity is theorised and celebrated as a response to the demands of a fragmented, multi-dimensional, postmodern world, one in which shifting boundaries and a multiplicity of subject positions make it impossible to assume a homogeneous or stable subjectivity.’ Theorists such as Katherine Hayles and Donna Haraway discuss the implications of hybridity in the posthuman. Asa Simon Mittman and Peter J. Dendle deal with the monstrosity of hybridity. Many critics discuss iterations of the werewolf in literature and film. This volume aims to discuss the new MTV serial remake of Teen Wolf in terms of its connection to the popular and literary culture, though other approaches are welcome, as well.

The following categories suggest possibilities but are by no means exhaustive:

• Monstrosity and/or Hybridity
• Fandom and/or Reception
• Personal Transformation and/or Adaptation
• Genre Transformation and/or Adaptation
• Gender
• Race
• Desire and Sexuality
• Heroism and/or Villainy
• History and Memory
• Family
• Power

We are also interested in the intersections of Teen Wolf with:
• the werewolf in 19th century literary history
• the werewolf in 20th century literary history
• post humanism in teen culture
• the werewolf in the 1980s
• the werewolf in Comics (such as the werewolf in Dell comics, Marvel comics, Legends of the Dark Night)
• the werewolf in fairy tales and/or folk mythology
• the werewolf in American pulp fiction
• the werewolf in children’s literature
• the werewolf in adult television (True Blood, Doctor Who, Sanctuary, Grimm)
• the werewolf in games or anime

 What to Send: 300 - 500 word abstracts (or complete articles, if available) and CVs should be submitted by June 1, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the collection, a full draft of the essay (5000 – 8000 words) will be required by January 1, 2014.

Abstracts and final articles should be submitted to Please include “Teen Wolf Submission” in your subject line.

Dr. Kamille Stone Stanton

Humor & Horror/SF/Fantasy CFP (4/30/13 MPCA/MPCA)

Humor & Horror/SF/Fantasy
Location: Missouri, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2013-04-30 (in 4 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-03-26
Announcement ID: 202555

Dear Humor & Horror/SF/Fantasy Scholars, this is your invitation to SUBMIT to the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual meetings in St. Louis, MO, from Friday through Sunday, October 11-13, 2013.

Going too far in these genre may actually just be considered a good starting point, and genre-bending is invited. Don't resist. You want to submit. You need to submit. Nothing good is off-limits.

All details are available from this page <>.

Is Chuck Palahniuk truly transgressive horror, a postmodern Arthur Machen, or more like Christopher Moore tweaking on meth with a beat up copy of Gray’s Anatomy in his lap? Why wasn’t John Dies at the End the next Naked Lunch? Was The Cabin in the Woods a revival of “smart horror” or was it just a prequel for the revisioning of Evil Dead? Think The Walking Dead is yet another tragicomic soap opera? What about the writings of “humanistic humorists” such as Vonnegut, Twain, or Carlin? What of posthumanism? What can an “Americanist perspective” gain from the mad genius of giallo or Theatre du Grand-Guignol, or, for that matter, Alan Moore, Florence Foresti, Eddie Izzard, Roald Dahl, Peter Jackson, Aldous Huxley, or Ricky Gervais? Beyond the obvious, that is. But you don’t have to limit yourself to that humor/horror mashup if it’s not your thing. What of the classic horrific humorists/ironists such as H.H. Munro, Shirley Jackson, Washington Irving, or Dorothy Parker? Has “web2.0” (Twitter, YouTube, indie web movie sites, blogs, that stuff) significantly changed the way humor or horror/SF/fantasy gets distributed or consumed in some way that’s not obvious? If so, was Serenity proof of it, or the exception? What else ya got? Straight-up humor or horror or SF or fantasy? Dandy!

John A Dowell
Michigan State University
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Science Fiction Studies Update

Not sure how far behind I am/was with regards to Science Fiction Studies, but the journal's website includes contents details for the last six issues at and the journal is now available on JSTOR at

Extrapolation Spring 2013

The latest issue of Extrapolation is now available. Contents can be accessed from the new publisher, Liverpool UP, at

Bardolatry, Fantasy, and Elvish Glamour
AuthorJennifer Clement

AuthorJeanne Hamming

SF, Philip K. Dick, and the Space Age
AuthorJorge Martins Rosa

E. R. Eddison's Easter manifesto
AuthorJoseph Rex Young

CategoryBook Review

Older content is also on Metapress at

Science Fiction Studies No. 119 for March 2013

Forever catching up:

Science Fiction Studies

#119 = Volume 40, Part 1 = March 2013


  • Han Song. Chinese Science Fiction: A Response to Modernization
  • Liu Cixin. Beyond Narcissism: What Science Fiction Can Offer Literature
  • Michael Saler. Science, the Paranormal, and Science Fiction: Cheng’s Astounding Wonder and Kripal’s Mutants and Mystics 
  • Nicholas Ruddick. Unheimlich Maneuvers: Beaumont’s The Spectre of Utopia and James’s Maps of Utopia          
  • Clarke’s Conversations with Jonathan Lethem and Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence (Paweł Frelik)
  •  Gaspar’s The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey (David Wittenberg)
  • Dillon’s Walking the Clouds (Amy Ransom)
  • Murphy/Vint’s Beyond Cyberpunk (Gerry Canavan)
  • Page’s The Literary Imagination from Erasmus Darwin to H.G. Wells: Science Evolution, and Ecology (Patrick Parrinder)
  • Schmeink/Böger’s Collision of Realities and Schmeink/Müller’s Fremde Welten: Wege und Räume der Fantastik (Franz Rottensteiner)
  • Smith’s The Journalism of H.G. Wells (John Huntington)     
  • Stallings/Evans’s Murray Leinster: The Life and Works (Joe Sanders)    
  • Westfahl’s The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969 (J.P. Telotte) 
  • Zgorzelski’s Born of the Fantastic (Grzegorz Trźbicki)      
  • Cutting Up in der Kunsthalle (Rob Latham) 
  • The Politics of Adaptation Conference (Gerry Canavan)               
  • The PKD Festival in San Francisco (Umberto Rossi)         
  • Tales from the British Museum (Roger Luckhurst)           
  • Fi-Sci (Alexis Kirke and Eduardo Miranda)          
  • The Posthuman at Home (Hallvard Haug)           
  • “Sounds of Space” Workshop (Paweł Frelik)
  •  Who Originated the Term “Chronoclasm”? (David Ketterer)  
  • A Feminist Utopia for Annie Denton Cridge? (Taryne Jade Taylor)     
  • SFS Symposium at the 2013 Eaton/SFRA Conference (SFS editors)

CFP Frankenstein and Adaptation (6/30/13)

Thanks to Gene Kannenberg of Comics Research & Such for the head's up:

Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster’s Eternal Lives in Popular Culture

We propose to edit a  book of new essays on the general subject of the many ways Frankenstein has been adapted in popular culture, including films, television, radio, graphic novels, comic books, newspaper cartoons, music, the stage, novels, short stories, children’s and adolescent literatures, new media, and so forth.

We are interested in what has made Frankenstein’s monster so indestructibly fascinating to the public mind through the many generations since his inception in 1818—almost 200 years ago! We are interested in essays that explore the creature’s versatile ability to appear as threatening monster or sympathetic high school loser, as Milton the Monster or Frankenweenie, as eternal outsider refined in a Tibetan monastery or as a cloned sheep. We are also interested in indirect adaptations: Edward Scissorhands, The Stepford Wives, The Golem, The Colossus of New York, Godzilla and other spawn of the atomic age, as well as zombies and the various replicants, androids, robots, and re-animations.

Paper proposals should be around 300-450 words and should reflect current inter-textual approaches in adaptation theory. They might ask such questions as how an adaptation engages its source(s), our culture, and, perhaps, other adaptations; the relevance of a particular adaptation in the context of its time and culture; the significance of the monster’s role as cultural icon or matrix figure; how an adaptation changes our view of the source text, etc. Studies on adaption such as Hutcheon, The Theory of Adaptation, Leitch, Film Adaptation and its Discontents, Perry and Sederholm, Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, and Albrecht-Crane and Cutchins, Adaptation Studies: New Approaches provide model adaptation studies and theory along the lines we suggest. We expect that successful articles will be rigorous and scholarly, but accessible to a more general audience.

Send proposals to Professors Dennis R. Perry (  or Dennis Cutchins ( before June 30, 2013.

Journal of Popular Culture February 2013

Catching up:

The Journal of Popular Culture
Vol. 46.1, February 2013

Editorial Gary Hoppenstand


Brigman Award Winner “Forged in Love and Death: Problematic Subjects in The Vampire Diaries” by Mary Bridgeman
“The Sand/wo/man: The Unstable Worlds of Gender in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Series” by Ally Brisbin and Paul Booth
“Camping with Bigfoot: Sasquatch and the Varieties of Middle-Class Resistance to Consumer Culture in late Twentieth-Century North America” by Joshua Blu Buhs
“Broadcasting Diversity: Alan Lomax and Multiculturalism” by Rachel C. Donaldson
“The White Savior and his Junior Partner: The Lone Ranger and Tonto on Cold War Television (1949-1957)” by Michael Ray Fitzgerald
“Cowboys of the High Seas: Representations of Working-Class Masculinity on Deadliest Catch” by Lisa A. Kirby
“Hansberry’s Hidden Transcript” by Lisbeth Lipari
“The Monomyth in Star Trek (2009): Kirk & Spock Together Again for the First Time” by Donald Palumbo
“Rakim, Ice Cube then Watch the Throne: Engaged Visibility through Identity Orchestration and the Language of Hip-Hop Narratives” by David Wall Rice
“Don’t It Make My Black Face Blue: Race, Avatars, Albescence, and the Transnational Imaginary” by John G. Russell

Book Reviews
Milestone, Katie and Anneke Meyer. Gender & Popular Culture. Malden, MA: Polity, 2012. Reviewed by Heather McIntosh.
Tresca, Michael J. The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2011. Reviewed by Christopher T. Conner.
Brundage, W. Fitzhugh, Ed. Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. Reviewed by Jennifer Forsberg.
Paoletti, Jo B. Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2012. Reviewed by Tanfer Emin Tunc.
Edgerton, Gary R., Ed. Mad Men: Dream Come True TV. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. Reviewed by Gretchen Dietz.
Strong, Catherine. Grunge: Music and Memory. London: Ashgate Publishing, 2011. Reviewed by Hilarie Ashton.
Jess-Cooke, Carolyn. Film Sequels: Theory and Practice from Hollywood to Bollywood. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009, 2012. Reviewed by Anthony Metivier.
Negra, Diane, Ed. Old and New Media After Katrina. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Reviewed by Kimberly Springer.
Hay, Simon. A History of the Modern British Ghost Story. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Reviewed by Taryn Norman.

Journal of Popular Culture December 2012

Catching up:

The Journal of Popular Culture

Vol. 45.6, December 2012

Editorial Gary Hoppenstand

“Terror in Horror Genres: The Global Media and the Millennial Zombie” by Nicole Birch-Bayley
“Edith Wharton Meets Aquaman: The Glimpses of the Moon and Imperiled Male Culture in Entourage” by Donna Campbell
“Failure to Launch: Not-So-Superheroes in Gravity’s Rainbow and Superfolks” by Megan Condis
“Ernst Benjamin Salomo Raupach’s Vampire Story ‘Wake Not the Dead’” by Heide Crawford
“Challenging Lilywhite Hollywood: African Americans and the Demand for Racial Equality in the Motion Picture Industry, 1963-1974” by Andrew Dawson
“The Accidental Supermom: Superheroines and Maternal Performativity, 1963-1980” by Laura Mattoon D’Amore
“Smiles of Oblivion: Demonic Clowns and Doomed Puppets as Fantastic Figures of Absurdity, Chaos, and Misanthropy in the Writings of Thomas Ligotti” by Jason Marc Harris
“The Female Link: Citation and Continuity in Watchmen” by Erin M. Keating
“A Myth about the Present: The Shaw Brothers’ The Monkey Goes West Series in the 1960s” by Yan Liang
“Shock Corridors: The New Rhetoric of Horror in Gus Van Sant’s Elephant” by Jennifer A. Rich

Hatfield, Charles. Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2012. Reviewed by Matthew Costello.
Athanasourelis, John Paul. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed. McFarland & Company, 2012. Reviewed by Len Gutkin.
Gill, D.C. How We Are Changed by War: A Study of Letters and Diaries from Colonial Conflicts to Operation Iraqi Freedom. New York: Routledge, 2010. Reviewed by Bob Johnson.
Vinegar, Aron. I am a Monument, On Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008. Reviewed by Sally L. Levine.
Lehman, Katherine J. Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2011. Reviewed by Chadwick Roberts.
Wetzel, Richard D. The Globalization of Music in History. New York: Routledge, 2012. Reviewed by Mindy Clegg.
Hochscherf, Tobias and James Leggott, eds. British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland, 2011. Reviewed by Julie Anne Taddeo.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NEPCA Fantastic 2013 Updated CFP

Here's the revised CFP for this fall.


Online at NEPCA Fantastic:
2013 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont 25-26 October 2013
Proposals by 10 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 copy of the NEPCA Paper Proposal Form (appended below) with your proposal of approximately 250 to 400 words AND a one-page CV to both the Program Chairs AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note "NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2013" in your subject line):

Program Chairs:
Robert Niemi (
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman (

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

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association ( was founded in 1974 as a professional organization for scholars living in New England and New York. It is a community of scholars interested in advancing research and promoting interest in the disciplines of popular and/or American culture. NEPCA’s membership consists of university and college faculty members, emeriti faculty, secondary school teachers, museum specialists, graduate students, independent scholars, and interested members of the general public.

NEPCA is an independently funded affiliate of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Membership is open to all interested parties, regardless of profession, rank, or residency.

NEPCA holds an annual conference that invites scholars from around the globe to participate. In an effort to keep costs low, it meets on college campuses throughout the region.

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 (see the "Membership Information" tab). =================================================================== NEPCA PAPER PROPOSAL FORM (please include in your email) (Send a one-page CV to the program and area chair when you submit this form)

Name: (Exactly as you’d like to see it listed. (No titles listed.)

Affiliation: (As you’d like to see it listed. (Choose just one. If none at present, use Independent Scholar.)

E-mail: (List the one you consult most regularly.)

Phone: (List the one you use most.)

Abstract: Please confine this abstract to 250 to 400 words. Bear in mind that it must be understandable to a committee, some of whose members may not be experts in your discipline. NEPCA also encourages the use of “plain”speech over specialized jargon.

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