Sunday, November 17, 2013

CFP American Literature Association 2014 Conference (1/30/14)

Call for Papers

American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference


May 22-25, 2014

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001

Conference Director:  Alfred Bendixen

Texas A & M University

Conference Fee:  For those who pre-register before April 15, 2014:  $90 
($60 for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).
 After April 15, the fees are $100 and $75.

Deadline for Proposals:       January 30, 2014

The ALA website contains further details and instructions for submitting proposals as well as important information for representatives of participating author societies.  Proposals from individuals and program information from author societies should be sent to Professor Alfred Bendixen via email (
 by January 30, 2014 following the instructions on the website:

CFP Spec Issue on Border Crossings (12/1/13)

A head's up courtesy the American Literature Association (pdf at

Journal of American Drama and Theatre
Deadline: December 1, 2013

“The border is not merely a wall or a body of water. It is a force of containment that inspires dreams of being overcome and crossed…”
Ramón Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young, Performance in the Borderlands (2011)

The American Theatre and Drama Society invites submissions for the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

Borders have been conceived of as sites of tension, violently maintained boundaries that define, divide, contain and exclude, and as sites of hope, inviting resistance, transgression, crossings, and straddlings that open up endless possibilities for re-namings and re-formations, inclusion, and multiplicity. This special issue centers the border as both an imagined concept and a material reality, in the theatre of the Americas. It seeks to explore how the existence of borders and the movement across them has captured the attention of theatre artists and has modeled ways of thinking about the performance of identity. Contributors are invited to consider the relationship of American theatre and performance to conceptions of “borders” and acts of border crossing or straddling in the widest possible terms. Submissions may address theatre and performance (broadly construed) from across the Americas, North and South.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • American Theatre and Drama during politically contentious historical eras (e.g., the Great Depression or the Cold War)
  • The Politics of translation/adaptation
  • Hybridity and/or fluidity in dramatic form or style of production (Realism/nonrealism, notions of “Neo” and “Post” etc.)
  • Issues of gender, sexuality, race, and/or ethnicity
  • Inter/trans-disciplinarity in performance texts, process, and/or production
  • Inter/trans-national and inter/trans-cultural exchanges in performance texts, process, or production
  • New media

Manuscripts (4000-6000 words) should be prepared in conformity with the Chicago Manual of
Style, using footnotes rather than endnotes. Articles should be submitted as e-mail attachments,
using Microsoft Word format. Please note that all correspondence will be conducted by email.
Submissions must be received no later than December 1, 2013; please email articles to
Cheryl Black,

Authors do not need to be a member of the American Theatre and Drama Society to submit an
article, but submissions from members are especially encouraged. (For more information about
the society, see

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Science Fiction Studies for November 2013

The latest number of Science Fiction Studies arrived this week. Here are the contents from the journal's website:

Science Fiction Studies
#121 = Volume 40, Part 3 = November 2013

Edited by Rob Latham

  • Stephen Dougherty. The Self Is a Reader, The Reader a Time Traveler: Wittenberg’s Time Travel.
  • Arthur B. Evans. Good News from France: Vas-Deyres’s Ces Français qui ont écrit demain , Bréan’s La Science-fiction en France , Fondanèche’s La Littérature d’imagination scientifique
  • Pawel Frelik. How We Think When We Think About Science Fiction: Hayles’s How We Think
  • Adams’s Exploring Invented Languages and Rogers’s A Dictionary of Made-Up Languages (Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.)
  • Baxter/Wymer’s J.G. Ballard (Taylor Evans)
  • Butler’s Science Fiction in the 1970s (David M. Higgins)
  • Capanna’s Cordwainer Smith (Carol McGuirk)
  • Lavigne’s Cyberpunk Women, Feminism, and SF (Rebecca Holden)
  • McAvan’s The Postmodern Sacred (Matthew J. Bond)
  • Macdonald/Bleiler/Donovan’s Political Future Fiction (David Seed)
  • McNally’s Monsters of the Market (Sherryl Vint)
  • Milner’s Locating Science Fiction (John Rieder)
  • Seed’s The Atomic Bomb and Cold War Narratives (Pedro Groppo)
  • Stiles’s Popular Fiction and Brain Science (Lorenzo Servitje)
  • Walter’s New Translation of Verne’s Sphinx (Arthur B. Evans)
  • International Science Fiction Symposium in Japan (Pat Murphy et al.)
  • Communiqués from the First and Second International Science Fiction Symposia (Brian Aldiss et al.)
  • Slavic Science Fiction in the Slavic Review (Anindita Banerjee).
  • Imagine Local: A New Kind of Science Fiction Convention (Katharine Kittredge and Elizabeth Bleicher)
  • Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, & Survival (Tamara Ho)
  • SF and Technoculture Studies (Rob Latham and Sherryl Vint)
  • A Celebration of Doctor Who (Paul Booth)
  • Current Research in Speculative Fictions (Chris Pak and Michelle Yost)
  • Memory Palace (Mark Bould)
  • The Spirit of Utopia (Andrew M. Butler)
  • New Acquisition at the Eaton (Melissa Conway) 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

The recent release of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is an engaging adaptation of the classic picture book. The primary audience is (of course) kids, but the focus on Ned McDodd, the Mayor of Whoville, as one the film's protagonists extends the message of the film--regarding the power of belief and faith--to adults as well. The DVD release includes a commentary track by the directors of the film.

CFP Symposium on The Politics and Law of Doctor Who (1/17/14)

Thanks to IAFA for the head's up:

Symposium Announcement and First Call for Papers: The Politics and Law of Doctor Who

Friday 5th September 2014

University of Westminster

Doctor Who is the BBC’s longest-running drama television series and the world’s longest-running science fiction series. The massive public attention devoted to the show’s 50th anniversary and to its choice of new lead actor confirms that the programme merits serious academic attention. Politics, law and constitutional questions often feature prominently in Doctor Who stories, whether in the form of the Time Lords’ guardianship of the universe, the Doctor’s encounters with British Prime Ministers, or the array of governance arrangements in Dalek society. The show’s politics is also an adventure through time, from the internationalising moralism of the Barry Letts-Terrance Dicks years, the dark satire of Andrew Cartmel’s period as script editor and the egalitarianism of the Russell T. Davies era. Yet the politics and law of Doctor Who have yet to be the subject of wide-ranging scholarship. Proposals for 20 minute papers are therefore invited for a symposium on 5th September 2014, to be held in the University of Westminster’s historic Regent Street building just metres away from BBC headquarters. Possible subjects for papers might include, but are by no means limited to:

• Doctor Who’s ideology
• The Doctor’s political morality
• Comparison of politics of Doctor Who with politics of other
science fiction
• The merits/demerits of Harriet Jones as Prime Minister
• Doctor Who and devolution
• Portrayals of British sovereigns in Doctor Who
• Doctor Who’s politics of class, gender and sexuality
• Fan responses to “political” Doctor Who stories
• International law, intergalactic law and non-interference
• Globalisation and corporate domination
• Satire in Doctor Who
• Politics and law in audio adventures, comic books and novels
• War crimes and genocide
• The politics of UNIT and Torchwood
• The will of villains to secure power
• Political history and political nostalgia in Doctor Who
• Doctor Who’s construction of British national identity

Abstracts should be 250 words in length, and should be accompanied by a 100-word biography of the author. Abstracts should be sent to – deadline for receipt of abstracts 17 January 2014.

CFP Mythcon 2014 (4/15/14)

At last:

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference 45
Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Friday, August 8 through Monday, August 11, 2014

Scholar Guest of Honor: Richard C. West
Winner of the 1976 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Scholarship for Tolkien Criticism.
Author Guest of Honor: Ursula Vernon
Winner of the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for Digger.

Fantasy literature does not fit comfortably into any scheme. Both old and new, traditional and innovative, popular and elite, mainstream and esoteric, escapist and engaged, high-tech and anti-technology, fantasy defies definitions and transcends categories, dramatizing the incompleteness of our understanding of our own imaginations. At Mythcon 45 we will discuss the place of fantasy in our culture, our institutions, and our hearts.

Central to this theme will be questions of genre: What is fantasy? What are fairy stories? What constitutes the fantastic? What is fantasy versus magical realism? What is speculative fiction? How does Tolkien’s legendarium fit in with the mythic texts such as Beowulf or the Norse Eddas or his scholarship? How do Lewis’s Narnia books or his science fiction fit into the classic literary tradition? How do fantasists question our fundamental assumptions about literature and the world? We can discuss authors who explore different genres or modes of writing that do not lend themselves to easy categorization such as Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, and others who make us ponder what it means to fit into a particular style or format. We invite papers that broadly consider the nature and boundaries of fantasy and the relationship between fantasy and different literary and artistic forms—how fantasy fits or resists our attempts to classify and define it.

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. Panels will be scheduled for 1.5-hour time slots and will normally include 3-5 presenters who speak briefly on the subject (usually 10-15 minutes), leaving substantial time for discussion with the audience.

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. Papers from graduate and undergraduate students are especially encouraged; we offer an award for “Best Student Paper.” See

Paper and panel proposals (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following email address by 15 April 2014. AV and technology requests must be included in your proposal.

Papers Coordinator:
David D. Oberhelman
Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University

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 (

CFP Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy (12/15/13)

CFP for Edited Collection: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy
Call for Papers Date:2013-12-15 (in 30 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-09-26
Announcement ID: 207015
Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.

This collection will consider the ways in which contemporary writers, artists, directors and producers use the opportunities offered by popular fantasy to exceed or challenge gender and sexuality norms. In contrast to many claims made about the fantasy genre being necessarily conservative/reactionary, this collection will explore the ways in which this genre can be and is being used to reflect on the contingency of our gender and sexuality norms.
With this in mind, proposals are invited for essays of c.7000 words exploring representations of the following in contemporary popular fantasy across all media and cultural formats:

Trans* characters;
Non-binary gender, genderqueer and genderfluid characters;
LGB characters;
Queer characters;
Asexual characters;
Cisgender women and men characters which challenge or do not conform to heteronormativity;
Non-monogamy and non-monogamous characters and relationships;
Non-normative femininity/masculinity;
BDSM and alternative sexualities and sexual practices;
Intersections between gender and sexuality and race, class, dis/ability, mental health, and national and regional identities.

In addition to:

The work of LGBTQI or poly-identified writers, artists, directors, producers, etc. in all fields of contemporary popular fantasy; Relationships between popular fantasy and feminism, gender studies, queer theory and politics;
Authorial responsibility regarding the representation of gender and sexuality;
Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in popular fantasy.

These lists are far from complete and should be taken only as a starting point, rather than definitive.

The intention in this collection is engage directly and explicitly with an enormously successful popular genre which is often overlooked by literary and cultural criticism, rather than to look at 'the fantastic' broadly conceived. This is not to ignore the permeable boundaries of popular fantasy and the ways in which this genre is in continual dialogue with other genres. Essays exploring liminality - as long as they maintain a primary focus on gender and sexuality - are welcome.

The scope of the contemporary is as unstable as the boundaries of genre and therefore is open to discussion. Generally speaking texts under discussion should have been produced, released or published within the last 20 years, however if there is a clear reason for expanding this timeframe earlier texts may be considered. Please do get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Once selected the table of contents and abstracts will be submitted to Ashgate Publishing, who have expressed an interest. Final inclusion in the published volume will be subject to peer review.
Please send proposals of 500 words plus a short biography to by 15th December.
Jude Roberts
Birkbeck College
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Doctor Who / Torchwood for SWPACA (11/15/13)

Sorry for the short notice. Deadline for papers closes tonight.

CFP: Doctor Who and/or Torchwood-REVISED
Location:New Mexico, United States
Conference Date:2014-02-19
Date Submitted: 2013-11-03
Announcement ID: 208205
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association invites paper or panel proposals on Doctor Who and/or Torchwood at the 35th annual meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

February 19-22, 2014

Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

o genre (comedy, horror, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, etc.)
o reception/transmission of either series internationally (past or present)
o Doctor Who as brand
o regeneration(s) of the series
o gender
o Use/misuse of technology
o Perspectives on the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
o Queer readings and/or presentations of LGBQT characters
o auteur-ship
o fandom and fanwork
o Intersections of Doctor Who and/or Torchwood with this year’s theme “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Proposals Due: November 15, 2013

Submit 250-word paper or full panel (title & 250-wd abstract for each panelist) proposals at: Database opens July 1
Submit in category Science Fiction & Fantasy—Doctor Who

Questions: Erin Giannini (

For more details on the conference, please visit the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association: or follow us on Facebook & Twitter at or @southwestpca
More about the SF&F Area:
With an average of 70+ presenters annually, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association is one of the most dynamic and well attended areas at the conference. Numerous book and article publications have originated from our panels.

The Area was founded in 1995 by Prof. Richard Tuerk of the Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) and author of Oz in Perspective (McFarland, 2007). The Area is currently chaired by Ximena Gallardo C. of the City University of New York-LaGuardia and co-author of Alien Woman: The Making of Lt. Ellen Ripley (Continuum: 2004); Rikk Mulligan of Longwood University, author of “Zombie Apocalypse: Plague and the End of the World in Popular Culture” (End of Days, McFarland 2009); Tamy Burnett of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, co-editor of The Literary Angel (McFarland, 2010); Brian Cowlishaw of Northeastern State University, author of "No Future Shock Here: The Jetsons, Happy Tech, and the Patriarchy" (The Galaxy is Rated G, McFarland: 2011); Erin Giannini, independent scholar, who has presented and published work on series such as Dollhouse, Supernatural, and Mystery Science Theater 3000; and Susan Fanetti, Associate Professor at California State University Sacramento. 

Erin Giannini, PhD
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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