Monday, September 9, 2013



Calls for papers for the 2014 meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association are now online. Conference details as follows:

Please join us in Chicago, IL April 16-19, 2014 for the National Conference. We will be staying at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in academe with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of American Culture and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members.  This year’s Chicago conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects. The deadline for online submission of papers will be November 1, 2013. Please do not email your abstract to an Area Chair, proposals can only be submitted via the submission site.  (Proposing a presentation for the conference instructions)
 You will select a Subject Area, after that enter your proposal’s title, abstract of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio (please review your name, university, abstract title and abstract for spelling & grammar). Submit only one proposal to one area. You may not submit the same proposal to multiple areas.

Key Dates:
Nov 1, 2013 – Deadline for abstract proposals
Dec 15, 2013 – “Early Bird” registration deadline
Jan 15, 2014 – Last day to register for the conference and remain listed in the program
Feb 1, 2014 – Preliminary schedule published on-line

Complete area list follows . Click the link for details. Proposals are due 11/1/13.



Beer Culture - Special Topic – New for 2014!



Disasters, Apocalypses & Catastrophes - New Name – Formerly Disaster Culture














Tolkien Studies - Special Topic – New for 2014! 



Vehicle Culture - New Name – Formerly Automobile Culture


CFP ICFA 2014 (10/31/13)

CfP: ICFA 35 "Fantastic Empires"

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The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
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35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
March 19-23, 2014
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
The deadline for submitting proposals is October 31.

From space operas to medieval tales to seminal works of fantasy, imaginative fiction abounds in fabulous empires. ICFA 35 will investigate the widest range of topics relating to empire, including discussions of particular texts, analyses of the hegemonic and counterhegemonic forces of empire, evaluations of individual resistances to imperialism (and of empires striking back), and assays into various other aspects of the theme. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers and panels that seek to examine, interrogate, and expand any research related to empire and the fantastic.

In addition to essays examining our honored Guests’ work, conference papers might consider specific fantastic empires, imaginative imperial fantasies, the semiotics of empire, fantastic diasporas and migrations, margins and liminal space(s), media empires, technologies of empire, speculative post-nationalism, fantastic Others, myth and empire, geographical/ideological mapping, transnational trauma, the construction/constriction of identity, or the multiple metaphors of empire. Panels might discuss various theories of empire, postcolonialism and the fantastic, language and imperialism, cosmopolitanism in the actual cosmos, Orientalism in classic texts, horrific hordes in film, dystopian empires, or postmodern theory and empire.

Please join us in Orlando in 2014. We will add your intellectual and creative distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.

CFP Woman Fantastic Collection (11/1/13)

Engaging the Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (Nov. 1, 2013 / Jan. 30, 2014)

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Elyce Rae Helford (senior editor), Mick Howard, Sarah Gray-Panesi, Shiloh Carroll / Middle Tennessee State University
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The past thirty years have offered a growing and changing body of scholarship on images of fantastic women in American popular culture. Collections from Marleen Barr’s Future Females (1981) and Future Females: The Next Generation (2000) to Elyce Rae Helford’s Fantasy Girls: Gender and the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (2000) and Sherrie Inness’s Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture (2004) have offered multifaceted commentary on ways in which contemporary media culture posits and positions “empowered” women in speculative fictions. Engaging the Woman Fantastic in Contemporary Media Culture takes part in this tradition and brings it to the present day with emphasis on texts from the 1990s to the present and media from young adult fiction to social networks. In particular, this edited scholarly collection, to be published in 2014 by Cambridge Scholars Press, engages with female protagonists, antagonists, and characters that challenge such simple binaries in popular literature, television, comics, videogames, and other new media. As a whole, the volume will examine how images of fantastic women address prevailing ideas of gender, race, sexuality, class, nation, and other facets of identity in contemporary American culture.

We welcome proposals on all aspects of the “Woman Fantastic” within an imaginative fictional context and originating or retaining special media resonance from the mid-1990s to the present. Submissions should be grounded in a particular critical or theoretical perspective and center on a single text and/or character. We especially seek manuscripts within the following categories:

• Media: social networks and internet culture (e.g. Tumblr’s Eschergirls, Twitter’s Feminist Hulk, webcomics)
• Approaches: postcolonial, queer, disability, fandom
• Focus: images of women of color and/or queer women in any medium other than film

Note: We do not seek submissions on film, non-American texts, or DC comics. Also, because we are most interested in publishing studies of texts that have not been written about extensively elsewhere (e.g. the Harry Potter novels), be sure to offer a unique focus or new angle if you write on academically popular texts.

To submit, send a two-page proposal with working bibliography and brief vita (as a single .doc or .rtf attachment) to by November 1, 2013. Complete, polished manuscripts are due by January 30, 2014. Queries are welcome. Acceptance will be handled on a rolling basis.