Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CFP TV Geniuses Collection (6/1/14)

Sounds like a fun project:

Edited Collection: TV Geniuses (Abstracts Due June 1)
full name / name of organization:
Ashley Carlson
contact email:

A major publisher has shown interest in a collection of essays focused on the portrayal of genius in contemporary television. Genius characters are present in many of today’s top television series, such as House, Bones, Sherlock, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bing Bang Theory, and Numb3rs. The characters in these shows provide an interesting lens for considering how intelligence is understood and constructed in our society, particularly in terms of the social and psychological impact of genius. They also lend themselves to readings addressing race, class, and gender.

Essays in this collection should focus specifically on portrayals of highly intelligent individuals in fictional television series from the past decade. Some possible themes or topics include:

Geniuses, prodigies, and savants
Mental illness and genius
Child geniuses
Egotistical geniuses
Artificial geniuses
Geniuses in and/or seeking romantic relationships/ friendships
Competition among geniuses
IQ and EQ
Geniuses and nerds
Gender, sexuality, and genius
Walking encyclopedias, heightened observers, and talented logicians

Some possible primary texts include:

Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009)
The Big Bang Theory (2007 – present)
Bones (2005 – present)
The Closer (2005 – 2012)
Criminal Minds (2005 – present)
Eureka (2006 – 2012)
Fringe (2008-2013)
Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – present)
House (2004 – 2012)
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006)
Monk (2002 – 2009)
NCIS (2003 – present)
Numb3rs (2005 – 2010)
Psych (2006 – present)
Sherlock (2010 – present)
Stargate Atlantis (2004 – 2009)

Please send 500-word proposals and a CV to Ashley Carlson ( by June 1st, 2014. Accepted essays should be 5,000 – 7,000 words long and will be due by October 1, 2014.

By web submission at 05/01/2014 - 21:04

CFP Shakespeare and the Imaginary, Supernatural, and Divine (9/12/14; Columbus, OH 10/24-25/14)

"Lovers, Madmen and Poets: Shakespeare and the Imaginary, Supernatural, and Divine"
full name / name of organization:
Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
contact email:

The Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks papers and panels relating to all things Shakespearean, especially those focusing on the spectral, the fantastic, the mad, and the fey. We take our cue from Theseus: “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, / Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend / More than cool reason ever comprehends.” The place of the world-beyond-the world, the line between reality and fantasy, and the demarcation of the sane from the mad are ever-present and controversial aspects of Shakespeare’s work and of early modern literature more broadly. As the plays we now call ‘romances’ or ‘dark comedies’ suggest, the transformation of the tragic into the comedic relies, to some extent, on the willing suspension of disbelief, on the capacity to accept what is otherwise contrary to our understanding, expectation, or experience. From Samuel Pepys’ condemnation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the oblique resonances between Hamlet and Derrida’s Specters of Marx, the relationship between the ‘unreal’ and the ‘real’ is everywhere present and significant in Shakespeare’s works, and centrally a focus of performance history and critical reception from the earliest moments to the present. This conference will especially highlight these aspects of Shakespeare’s oeuvre.

Join us October 24-25, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Papers of 20 minutes, roundtable topics, and suggestions for panels on Shakespeare’s work and that of his contemporaries welcome.

The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to by September 12, 2014.

By web submission at 04/18/2014 - 13:00

CFP Journal of Ghost Humanities

Of potential interest:

Journal of Ghosthumanities CFP (June 9, 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Journal of Ghosthumanities
contact email:


The Journal of Ghosthumanities is a new scholarly journal, devoted to the study of ghosthumanties. Ghosthumanities is the study of traces, imprints or reflections of bodies which have been lost, discarded or ignored, physically or in theory. Ghosthumanities is a posthumous answer to posthumanities, an answer which is so “post” as to have come full circle and (probably) be (questionably) alive again. Ghosthumanities includes in its collection of bodies those which are somewhat human, decidedly animal, multispecies, single celled, vegetal, governmental, and other agentic assemblages.

We are now inviting submissions for our inaugural issue, to be published online in January 2015. The Journal of Ghosthumanities welcomes submissions of papers and academic essays, as well as images, performance documentation, transcripts, zines etc. We are willing to work with contributors in developing appropriate content formats. Successful submissions will demonstrate a rigorous and original mode of analysis, awareness of and empathy towards other modes of thought, and flexibility.

Some potential topics to consider:
the meaning and practice of concern
good and bad bacteria
healthy and/or green lifestyle media
death sentences
stray animals
plant neurobiology
ambivalent service animal relationships
invisible assistive technology
forgotten etymologies

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be sent as email attachments to Please send all attachments as PDF or Word documents. No more than 5,000 words or 5-10 images. If a link to your website or online work makes more sense, the link will be accepted.

All work must be received by JUNE 9TH, 2014.

We will contact you within 4 weeks of receiving your submission.
For more information, please email Or, see:

By web submission at 04/25/2014 - 11:31

CFP Sirens Conference 2014(5/12/14)

Sirens -- October 16-19, 2014; deadline May 12
full name / name of organization:
Hallie Tibbetts / Narrate Conferences
contact email:
programming at

Stevenson, Washington
October 16—19, 2014
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.

Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 16–19, 2014, in Stevenson, Washington, near Portland, Oregon. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.

The theme for 2014 is "hauntings" and presenters are invited to consider what it means to be haunted in fantasy literature. Proposals that address women in fantasy literature, such as specific aspects of a work or series, works related by other themes, and studies of the fantasy genre across all disciplines are encouraged as well. A non-exhaustive list of sample topics includes literary analyses of novels; studies of genre history; use of fantasy works in schools and libraries for education; examination of related business and legal issues; media and fan studies; craft-based workshops in writing, art, and publishing; and overviews of how fantasy works fit into larger contexts.

Presentation submission to the vetting board is by online system only. No other format or contact will be considered. The online submission system is located at

The deadline for proposals is May 12, 2014, and notices regarding proposals will be sent no later than June 9, 2014. Those requiring an early decision in order to obtain travel funding from their institutions should contact the programming coordinator at (programming at

At the time of proposal submission, presenters must provide an abstract of 300–500 words, a 50–100 word presentation summary for publication, and a presenter biography of no more than 100 words. Those wishing to submit a proposal for an interactive roundtable discussion may submit a brief explanation of a topic and a list of 10–15 sample discussion questions in lieu of a formal abstract; workshop proposals may be formatted as lesson plans. Afternoon classes—interactive demonstrations of interest to fantasy readers that may be less formally related to the theme—may also be presented as lesson plans. Presenters must be available to attend the conference in its entirety; no partial or day registrations will be offered.

Conference papers will be collected for publication at a later date. Presenters must be registered for the conference no later than July 6, 2014. For more information about programming, the review process, suggested timing and structure of presentations, audio-visual availability, and proposal submissions, please see the Sirens website at Questions specifically about programming may be directed to (programming at, and general conference inquiries may be sent to (

Sirens is a presentation of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of organizing academic, literary, and exploratory educational conferences that address themes of interest to scholars, educators, students, professionals, and readers. For inquiries about Narrate Conferences, Inc., please write to (

By web submission at 04/22/2014 - 00:46

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CFP PAMLA Science Fiction Area (5/15/14; 10/31-11/2/14)

Courtesy SFRA-L:

Call for Papers: Science Fiction Area

2014 Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association Conference
Riverside, California, October 31-November 2

Conference Theme: “Familiar Spirits”

The 2014 PAMLA Conference will be held Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 2, at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California. We are planning some very special events for Halloween and the entire conference, including our special conference theme, “Familiar Spirits.” See for more information.

The Science Fiction (SF) area will mount up to three 90-minute sessions featuring 3-4 papers each. You are welcome to submit proposals on any aspect of the genre, in any medium. We particularly welcome papers that focus on intersections between SF and the “fantastic,” broadly construed: horror, magical realism, weird/new weird, pseudoscience, and other uncanny genres that defamiliarize consensus reality.

The deadline to propose a paper is Thursday, May 15, at midnight. To propose a paper, please go to the CFP/list of session topics posted online at You’ll have to log in to submit a paper proposal, or, if you’ve never logged in at the website, you’ll have to create an account, and then you’ll be able to submit a proposal (just follow the online directions). If you’ve forgotten your user name and password, you can request a new password. The online form to submit proposals is available at

If you have any questions about how to submit a proposal, you may contact PAMLA’s Executive Director, Craig Svonkin, at, or PAMLA’s webmaster, Heather Wozniak, at If you have questions about the suitability of your proposal for the SF area, you can reach me at

The deadline to pay your 2014 PAMLA dues is June 15, 2014. If you wish to attend the conference, you will also have to pay a conference fee (due September 10th, more expensive if paid after that date). We are working on a brand new online payment system, so please be patient while we work out the kinks on this system with our online provider. You will receive an email when the new payment system is up and ready.
Looking forward to seeing you in Riverside in the Fall!

Rob Latham
English Department
UC Riverside

CFP World Science Fiction Studies (Book Series)

Courtesy SFRA-L:

Peter Lang Oxford is pleased to announce the launch of the new book series
World Science Fiction Studies
Series Editor: Professor Sonja Fritzsche, Illinois Wesleyan University

The book series World Science Fiction Studies understands science fiction to be a global phenomenon and explores the various manifestations of the genre in cultures around the world. It recognizes the importance of Anglo-American contributions to the field but promotes the critical study of science fiction in other national traditions, particularly German-speaking. It also supports the investigation of transnational discourses that have shaped the science fiction tradition since its inception. The scope of the series is not limited to one particular medium and encourages study of the genre in both print and digital forms (e.g. literature, film, television, transmedial). Theoretical approaches (e.g. post-human, gender, genre theory) and genre studies (e.g. film shorts, transgenre such as science fiction comedy) with a focus beyond the Anglo-American tradition are also welcome.

Proposals for monographs and edited collections in either English or German are invited. For more information, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp, Commissioning Editor, Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK. Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1865 514160.

CFP Digital Culture (Spec. Issue of The Projector) (6/30/14)

Another head's up from the NEPCA blog:

CFP Special Issue on Digital Culture
full name / name of organization:
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture
contact email:

The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is seeking submissions for a special issue on digital culture. We are interested in essays that critically explore digital texts, the digital distribution and consumption of media, and various forms of online communication and cultural practices. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

•Convergence Culture
•Remix Culture
•Web 2.0, new forms of media texts, and new forms of media consumption
•YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services as distribution venues for independent and experimental cinema
•Web series as an evolution of or alternative to television broadcasting
•Netflix, Hulu, and as producers of media content
•Online film and television fandom
•The use of social networking sites for the marketing of films and TV shows
•Dual screen media consumption
•Live Tweets as a part of TV broadcasts
•Fan-produced texts
•Internet fan communities and/or fandom practices

Essays should be approximately 25 pages and follow MLA guidelines for formatting and citation. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014. Submissions should be emailed to both and as Word or Open Office files.

The Projector is an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published twice annually. For more information, please visit our journal at

By web submission at 04/27/2014 - 01:26

CFP Essays on TV and War (5/30/14)

Courtesy of the NEPCA blog (I couldn't source the original): 

Seeking Essays on TV and War

A new project seeks essays of 6,000-8,000 words that explore television series about war.

Despite the historical and social prevalence of military-themed programming on US television, there has been no thorough scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. This anthology seeks to rectify the omission and to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US. Chapters will explore the following questions: What are the conventions of the war series? How do fictional depictions of war on US TV operate in dialogue with existing war films? How do they relate to the broadcast news coverage of war? Is there anything unique about the way television series, as opposed to films, documentaries or news items, depict issues of nationalism and militarism? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality play out differently in the war series, for example? How have the conventions of television production, distribution and reception affected the form, content and influence of the war story?

Please send proposals (no more than two pages) to both Stacy Takacs ( and Anna Froula ( by May 30, 2014 with a one page CV. You may direct questions to either of us. Papers may examine one or more of the following series or tackle questions related to the inquiries above:

The West Point Story (1956-7)
Men of Annapolis (1957-8)
The Silent Service (1957-8)
The Phil Silvers Show (1955-1959)
Combat! (1962-1967)
Rat Patrol (1966-1968)
Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971)
McHale’s Navy (1962-1966)
Gomer Pyle, USMC (1964-9)
Winds of War (1983)
Tour of Duty (1987-1990)
China Beach (1988-1991)
Private Benjamin (1981-3)
JAG (1995-2005)
Band of Brothers (2001)
NCIS (2003-present)
E-Ring (2005-2006)
The Unit (2006-2009)
Over There (2005)
Generation Kill (2008)
Army Wives (2007-2013)
The Pacific (2010)
Combat Hospital (2011)
“Reality Militainment” like American Fighter Pilot, Military Diaries, Profiles from the Front Lines, Surviving the Cut, Special Ops Mission, etc.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SF, Fantasy and Legend 2009 Sessions

Just for the record, the inaugural sessions of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area included the following papers:

Queensborough Community College, 23-24 October 2009
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Panels

Saturday, 24 Oct. (8:30-10:00 AM): Panel 17, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend I
Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa (The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)

1.  Joseph Rainone (Independent Scholar), “How a Young Man’s Invention Became the Inspiration for American Popular Science Fiction”

2.  Geoff Klock (Borough of Manhattan Community College), “The Limits of Watchmen (1986-87)”

3.  Marlene San Miguel Groner (Farmingdale State College), “Searching for the Well of Surcease: Ethical Choices in Sherri Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country (1988)”

Saturday, 24 Oct. (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): Panel 27, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend II
Presider: Marlene San Miguel Groner (Farmingdale State College)

1.  Michael A. Torregrossa (The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages), “America’s First Arthurian-Inspired Superhero: Quality Comics’ Merlin the Magician (1940-42)

2.  John Sexton (Bridgewater State College), “Who’s Afraid of the Beowulf? The Anglo-Saxon Hero as a Modern Movie Monster”

3.  April Selley (Union College), “Rebooting an American Myth: Nurturing Males in the 2009 Star Trek Film”

Saturday, 24 Oct. (1:30-3:30 PM): Panel 37, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend III
Presider: April Selley (Union College)

1. Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University), “Mr. Tompkins, the Philadelphia Experiment, and Land of the Lost (1974-77): Parallel Universes, Closed Universes, and the Dangers of Interdimensional Travel”

2. Jenny Abeles (University of Hartford), “Narratives of Credulity and Disappointment: Histories of Magic and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2004)”

3. Derek S.McGrath (SUNY Stony Brook), “ ‘I Won’t Feel a Thing’:  Invulnerable Male Superheroes Made Emotional through Internet-Broadcasted Song in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)”

4. John Walliss (Liverpool Hope University), “The Road to Hell is Paved in D20s: Evangelical Christianity and Fantasy Role Playing Games”

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Presenter Biographies

Geoff Klock (D. Phil, Oxford University) is the author two academic books: How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and Imaginary Biographies: Misreading the Lives of the Poets. He presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibit. He is an assistant professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and his name was the inspiration for villain in a work by Marvel Comics writer Matt Fraction. You can find him online at

Marlene San Miguel Groner is currently Chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at Farmingdale State College. Her prime area of specialization is twentieth-century women writers.

Derek McGrath is a third-year graduate student in the English PhD program at Stony Brook University.  He previously studied liberal arts and science at Florida Atlantic University, with interests in the themes of home and travel in nineteenth-century American literature.  His other research interests include the description of human bodies in text and film, including Henry Louis Gates’s African American Lives television series, the works of Charles Darwin, and his scheduled presentation on Dr. Horrible.  By this year, Derek will have presented twice at the Modern Language Association convention, and he has presented at the Northeast MLA conference.

Michael A. Torregrossa, current Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair, is a graduate of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). His research interests include adaptation, Arthuriana, comics and comic art, medievalism, and wizards. He is founder of the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and co-founder, with Carl James Grindley, of the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages. Michael has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in Adapting the Arthurian Legend for Children: Essays on Arthurian Juvenilia, Arthuriana, The Arthuriana / Camelot Project Bibliographies, Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays, Film & History, The 1999 Film & History CD-Rom Annual, The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy, and the three most recent supplements to the Arthurian Encyclopedia.

April Selley teaches American Literature and Creative Writing in the English Department at Union College in Schenectady, New York.  She has delivered four previous papers on Star Trek at Popular Culture Conventions and has published the following articles: “ ‘I Have Been, and Ever Shall Be, Your Friend’: Star Trek, The Deerslayer and the American Romance,”  “Transcendentalism in Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Final Farce: Demythologizing the Hero and the Quest in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (with Louise Grieco), and the entry on Star Trek in The Guide to United States Popular Culture.

CFP Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings (5/15/14)

Head's up from

Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings
Posted on May 3, 2014
Call for chapters
Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2014

Intellect’s Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of the Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film’s ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

- Fan media
- Cult status
- Film-based tourism
- Website and forum interactions
- Character franchises
- Adaptation processes
- Audience reception
- Prequels/sequels
- Film location guides
- Fantasy fandom
- Merchandise
- Economics
- Collector editions
- Media design
- The importance of ‘location’
- Gender portrayal
- The philosophy of LOTR

Interviews with The Lord of the Rings tour organisers, fan-media coordinators, or authors of LOTR-related books (especially of tourism and film guides) will also be considered as additional pieces.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (250 words max) by 15 May 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CFP From Text to Screen: Spinning Words into Film in the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Genres

Another missed call:

From Text to Screen: Spinning Words into Film in the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Genres
Call for Papers Date: 2014-03-01
Date Submitted: 2014-02-13
Announcement ID: 211474

The translation of pre-existing works (plays, novels, short stories) to the big screen remains a problematic process fraught with difficulties of cultural translation and updates as well as differences in media forms and traditions. How do filmmakers take a work – especially one that existed in a different cultural and historical time – and translate it for contemporary audiences?

Such films are seeing unprecedented success in American and world cinema. Having received initial interest from an academic publisher the editors seek chapter proposals on films and the pre-existing texts they are based upon for a work that asks questions about the two kinds of “translation” happening here: How do filmmakers produce a film based on a non-filmic text? And, at the same time, how do they update the cultural ideas in those pre-existing texts for a modern audience without losing the inherent ideas of the original work?

Proposals should consider the following list in assessing their idea’s suitability for this project:

1. Proposals should include either recent films, “classics,” or films underrepresented in academic discussions.

2. Films should be based on non-film texts (preferably written) that are either genre or non-genre.

3. Preference to texts/films that have a somewhat significant period of time between the original text and the filmed version (i.e., Ender’s Game) unless the film/text are undeniably popular (i.e.: Jurassic Park).

4. Emphasis on the needs of the filmmaker to "culturally update" the original text to make it relevant for contemporary audiences, especially along lines of “race/class/gender” and technology/philosophy.

5. Emphasis on the cultural/mythic/folkloric importance of both the original text and the film version.

6. Preference to works that have seen more than a single film production.

7. The editors also wish to indicate a strong preference for avoiding unnecessary academic jargon and emphasizing clear writing and readability.

8. The editors also prefer not to receive proposals on the works of Philip K. Dick at this time.


Chapter proposals should provide a brief abstract (200-400 words) for a chapter of 5,500 to 7,000 words and detail the main thesis of the proposed chapter. Proposals should also include the name, discipline, and current affiliation (if any) of the author(s) with a separate, single page C.V. The editors are willing to consider proposals from graduate students and independent scholars. Proposals should be sent, as a Word and Word-compatible attachment to by 1 March. Decisions on proposals will be made by 31 March and initial drafts are expected by 2 June with final drafts due by 18 August. The dates listed are subject to modification as deemed appropriate by the Press but the editors do not anticipate moving the dates up in the calendar.

The editors are interested in proposals on all possible films or film franchises, but are especially interested in the following:

War of the Worlds (Wells/Haskin [1953]/Spielberg [2005])

Oz (Baum/Semon [1925]/Fleming [1939]/Raimi [2013, Oz The Great and Powerful]

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bates/Wise [1951]/Derrickson [2008])

The Thing (Campbell, Jr./Nyby [1951, as The Thing from Another World]/Carpenter [1982]/Heijningen, Jr. [2011])

Planet of the Apes (Boulle/Var. Directors, 1968-2014)

Ender’s Game (Card/Hood)

Harry Potter (Rowling/Var. Directors, 2001-2011)

I, Robot (Asimov/Proyas)

The editors also welcome general queries and questions concerning possible proposals and the suitability of specific films/texts at address.

Editors: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell & Ace G. Pilkington
Matthew Wilhelm Kapell & Ace G. Pilkington