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

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