Saturday, November 21, 2015

NEACIS 2015 Session

The Area is proud to sponsor a second session this year at the annual conference of the New England region of the American Conference for Irish Studies. The conference is being held at the University of West Haven on Friday, 20 November, and Saturday, 21 November.

NEACIS 2015 Conference
Saturday, November 21st: Session 6 (Kaplan 203, 3:45-5:00 PM)
Horrors of the Irish Imagination: Papers from the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair

Chair: Christopher Dowd, University of New Haven

1. “Francis Crozier and the Mysterious Disappearance of the Franklin Expedition”
Donald Vescio, Worcester State University

Don Vescio is a faculty member of Department of English at Worcester State University.  After serving ten years as Worcester State’s Chief Information Office/Vice President of Information Technologies and two years as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Don now focuses his energies on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines.  His research interests are in critical theory, narratological analysis, and information design. 

2. “Louis MacNeice’s Bogeymen”
Samuel Robertson, Suffolk County Community College 

Sam Robertson is an Associate Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College.  He received his Ph.D. from New York University.  Though he teaches a wide range of courses, and considers himself a Generalist, his specialty is twentieth-century Northern Irish poetry.  He has written on such figures as John Hewitt, Louis MacNeice, Michael Longley, and Derek Mahon.  He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys spending summers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

3. “There’s Something Rotten in Denmark Ireland: Irish Zombie Media and the Irish ‘Other’ ”
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University

Dr. Kristine Larsen is Professor of Astronomy and Faculty Coordinator of the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at Central Connecticut State University. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the intersections between science and society, including science education, the history of science, and scientific motifs in literature, television, and film. Her research on popular culture has focused on The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, the Resident Evil series of films, Lost, Harry Potter, Dominion, and The Last Mimzy, and in particular the fantasy works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Andrzej Sapkowski. She is the author of Stephen Hawking: A Biography and Cosmology 101, and co-editor of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman. Her twenty-five year career as a science educator has been recognized by the 2014 Connecticut Science Center's Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award, the 2013 Walter Scott Houston award of the North East Region of the Astronomical League, the 2007 Distinguished CCSU Alumni Service Award, and the 2001 CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award.

4. “Have the Irish Doomed Civilization?: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Its Enduring Legacy in the  21st Century”
Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar) 

Michael A. Torregrossa 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, monsters, and wizards. Michael has presented papers on these topics at regional, national, and international conferences, and his work has been published in academic journals and edited collections. Michael is founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and co-founder, with Carl James Grindley, of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages; he also serves as editor for these organizations’ various blogs and moderator of their discussion lists. Besides these activities, he is currently Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair for NEPCA, a position he has held since 2009, and organizes sessions for their annual conference in the fall (and other conferences like this one) and maintains the area’s blogs.

For more information on the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association please visit our blog at

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CFP Ongoing Video Games Studies for the Popular Culture Review

Ongoing Video Games Studies CFP for the Popular Culture Review
Discussion published by Amy Green on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Popular Culture Review is seeking out scholarly articles on video games to be included as part of an ongoing series featured in each issue. While we want to keep the range of topics open, serious consideration of the digital narrative, especially in the form of focused analyses of specific titles or series, are of special interest. Approaches combining the ludological approach with the narratological approach are also of interest. The goal of the journal is to continue to expand upon a growing and serious consideration of gaming as a storytelling platform.

Please submit your articles, as blind attachments, to Dr. Amy M. Green, who is the editor of the gaming section. The PCR accepts electronic submissions only. Please direct them to and indicate PCR Gaming Article Submission in your subject line. Please include all author information and the title of the article in the body of your email message.

Additional Information:

The Popular Culture Review is the refereed journal of Far West Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, sponsored by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is published twice yearly. Members of the FWPCA/FWACA receive each issue as part of membership. Single copies may be purchased for $7.50 by individuals. Yearly subscriptions for institutions and libraries are $25.00. Address correspondence to the editor.

Documentation may be in the form appropriate to the discipline of the author. Otherwise, MLA format is preferred. Quotes and paraphrased passages must be followed by their citations within the text. In accordance with copyright laws, we request that quotations not exceed one-hundred (100) words in length.

The author is responsible for obtaining permissions for illustrations, song lyrics, advertisements, etc., which are to be published with the article.

Authors must be members at time of publication. (Persons who have registered for our conference are automatically members for the year of attendance. Those who have been members for at least two years are exempt.)

Call for Book Proposals in "Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture" Series

Of potential interest:

Call for Book Proposals -- R&L "Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture"
Discussion published by Bob Batchelor on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hello, please see the Call for Proposals/Authors below. I would be happy to answer questions at your convenience. This book series is aimed at smart, general readers, so the emphasis is on strong research and writing. I have suggested some topics that I would like to see and those favored by the Senior Editor I work closely with at Rowman & Littlefield. I welcome additional suggestions!

Please contact me at your convenience: Bob Batchelor,

Call for Proposals

Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture

A New Book Series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Series Editors: Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor

The editors of the Rowman & Littlefield Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture Series are currently accepting proposals for volumes focused on sports stars and how they reflect and influence not only their sport, but also broader popular culture. In an age when these sporting icons cross over into everyday lives and popular culture, the time is ripe for assessing, reassessing, and refocusing our gaze on the centrality of these athletes in our the contemporary world.

Rowman & Littlefield Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture Series will include single-author, co-author, and edited volumes that address the concerns listed above. The Series editors also hope to receive proposals that add to our current understanding of past and current sports icons as well as rising stars in the sporting world. This new series intends to demonstrate how these sports icons not only reflect and influence fandom issues but also broader audiences in terms of lifestyle such as fashion and music. The audience for this series is smart, general interest readers, so strong writing and research is preferred to academic jargon.

Potential Topics (among the endless possibilities):

  • Lou Gehrig: An American Life
  • Shaun White: Bringing Extreme to the Mainstream
  • Arnold Palmer: Golf, Life, and the Modern World
  • The Green Jacket: A History of the Masters
  • Michael Jordan: Icon
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and the Making of the 1980s
  • Andre Agassi: An American Sports Icon
  • New York: The History of a City’s Love (and Hatred) with Sports
  • Gina Carano: Lady Fighter
  • LINSANITY! An Asian/American Sports Icon

Volumes in the series will typically run between 80,000 – 110,000 words, exclusive of notes, bibliography, and index. Authors and editors are responsible for negotiating and securing their own permissions for use of images, illustrations, and other copyrighted material.

Proposals should include:

-- Discussion of the volume’s significance

-- Competitive titles/studies

-- A proposed table of contents,

-- Estimated length (and number of images, if applicable)

-- Projected timeline for completion,

-- A sample chapter/excerpt that demonstrates writing style and voice

-- Author/editor’s CV

For more information, please see the Rowman & Littlefield Publishers guidelines at:

Inquiries and proposals should be directed to both Series editors, Norma Jones at and Bob Batchelor at, or to Rowman & Littlefield’s Associate Editor in Sports, Arts & Literature: Christen Karniski at

About the Editors:

Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and media studies scholar who has written or edited 27 books, including John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He is the editor of R & L’s Contemporary American Literature, Great Writers/Great Books, 100 Greatest…, and Cultural History of Television book series. He teaches in the Media, Journalism and Film Department at Miami University.

Norma Jones is a David B. Smith Fellowship recipient and doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. Norma co-edited Aging Heroes: Growing Old in Popular Culture (R&L, 2015). She is the co-editor of two companion volumes on heroines of popular culture (Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture, Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture). In addition to contributing to popular press books regarding business and nontraditional student experiences, Norma has authored or co-authored eight chapters/entries in edited volumes such as the American History Thorough American Sports volumes, as well as the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans edition in the Great Lives from History series. She is also an associate editor for The Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association.

CFP Colllection on “You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics”: Studies on the Integration of Popular Culture in Teaching and Learning About Education (proposals by 1/31/2016)

I don't know the context here, but it seems a worthwhile endeavor:

“You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics”:  Studies on the Integration of Popular Culture in Teaching and Learning About Education
Call for Chapter Proposals

Discussion published by Edward Janak on Wednesday, September 16, 2015


A group of high school history teachers attended the 2015 meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  After each of the first two days, they were enthused and excited to meet a group of like-minded people.  However, after one session, one of the teachers walked up looking dejected.  When asked what was wrong, he fumbled for words for a moment or two, then finally said “Just because you teach using comic books does NOT make you a cool teacher!  And it DEFINITELY doesn’t mean you know what to do with those comics.”

The purpose of this edited volume is to address that frustration.  It is intended to serve as a place for teachers and scholars to begin seeking ways in which popular culture has been tapped for research and teaching purposes in effective means around the country.  The book will be divided into two parts:

Part I will allow teachers and scholars who perform research using popular culture to provide a discussion on any methodological issue or other related topic;
Part II will allow teachers and scholars who have great success teaching via popular culture to discuss the pedagogy/andragogy they tap.

Submission Areas:

Predicted possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections/linkages between schooling and popular culture in the United States;
  • Theoretical perspectives to using popular culture in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education in the United States;
  • Use of popular culture in both formal and informal settings;
  • International/multinational/cross-border lenses through which popular culture/popular perception of schooling can be viewed;
  • The role of history in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education in the United States and/or re-integrating historical foundations into education;
  • Successful use(s) of popular culture in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education in the United States;
  • Representation(s) of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture through history;
  • How education has impacted/has been impacted by popular culture;
  • The impact/emergence of LGBTQ studies in schooling and education;
  • Queering any of the represented fields/multidisciplinary approaches to the represented fields (education, schooling, history, archival studies, teaching, preservice teacher education);
  • Otherization/de-otherization of immigrants via their representation(s) in popular culture (Hollywood, Television);
  • Tapping into (or resisting) popular technology to improve education; and/or
  • Exploring the intersections of social media, social identity and education.


We thus invite educational scholars to submit the following to both of the editors appearing below:

An abstract of 500 words (excluding sources cited) providing an overview of the chapter in its entirety
A list of tentative sources cited/data points; and
Brief (1-2 page) curriculum vitae of each contributor including, when relevant: affiliation/position, publication history, and educational history.

Please note:  Graduate students, K-12 teachers and independent scholars are all highly encouraged to submit. When possible, we encourage collaboration with a university faculty member.


If accepted, contributors will be responsible for producing manuscripts that meet the following criteria:

  • be relevant to the field and further the conversation;
  • be a minimum of 5,000 words (20-35 pages) in length;
  • follow all formatting and style guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style;
  • contain all original material (not have been previously published); and
  • not contain any copyrighted material (images, lengthy passages, etc).

Important Deadlines and Dates:

  • Submission of abstracts to editors: January 31, 2016
  • Notification of decisions to contributors: April 2016
  • Submission of proposal to Lexington Press: May 2016
  • Chapter submission to editors: August 2016
  • Revision/redraft of chapters from editors: November 2017
  • Revision re-submission from contributors: January 2017
  • Submission to press: June 1, 2017
  • Tentative publication date: November 2017

Editor Information:

All enquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Edward Janak, Chair          
Educational Foundations and Leadership
Judith Herb College of Education
University of Toledo
5000-C Gillham Hall, Mail Stop 921
2801 West Bancroft Street
Toledo, OH  43606-3390
Phone: (419) 530-4114

Dr. Ludovic A. Sourdot
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Teacher Education
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425769
Denton, TX 76204-5769
Phone:(940) 898-2216

CFP Essay Collection on The Hobbit in Fiction and Film (abstracts by 12/1/2015)

From H-Film:

CFP: Essay Collection on The Hobbit in Fiction and Film (working title) with McFarland publisher

Discussion published by Janice Bogstad on Friday, October 2, 2015
COMPARING JACKSON’S The Hobbit FILMS TO TOLKIEN’s NOVEL: : Text into Film   Edited by Dr. Janice M Bogstad

 Call for papers for an essay collection -12-15 essays of 6000-8,000 words in length.

The deadline for receipt of an abstract, for consideration, is Dec 1, 2015. Final manuscripts are due March 1, 2016 with encouragement for earlier submission.  Contact me to discuss exceptions.

Send Abstracts and address queries to:    
Dr. Janice M. Bogstad, Professor  715-836-6032
(McIntyre Library U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire   Eau Claire, WI  54702-5010

Manuscripts will be reviewed in a double-blind process by peer reviewers after having been tentatively accepted by the editor.

The collection will consider comparisons between Tolkien’s original Hobbit and the three Jackson films.  Of interest are structural parallels and differences, changes in character-focus from the book to the films, and considerations of philosophical differences in the overall message of Tolkien’s original book and Jackson’s films, but other well-supported arguments will also be considered.  As with the previously published essay collection, Picturing Tolkien (McFarland 2011), this collection will focus on positive comparisons. Essayists may wish to discuss features of the film that are, in their judgment, less successful, but will be asked to hold condemnation of the cinematic text simply on the basis of its differences from the textual narrative.  Authors may decide to focus on the films or the novel but the primary focus is comparative features of both.  Contribution to Tolkien scholarship can be articulated with two concepts:  its audience is the informed reader, not only the Tolkien, literary or film critic.  Its basic framework is in respect of co-measurability, that the books and the films are co-creations with parallel structures that intersect at certain points.  Each should be examined and compared as if those comparisons and intersections are significant to understanding contemporary Tolkien studies.

CFP James Bond: Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era (Spec Issue of The Journal of Popular Film and Television) (8/21/2016)

From H-Film:

CFP: Special Themed Issue on James Bond: Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era

Discussion published by Lisa Funnell on Friday, November 6, 2015
CFP: Special Themed Issue on James Bond: Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era
The Journal of Popular Film and Television

The release of Spectre (2015), the 24th James Bond film, has been accompanied by much speculation in the critical and popular media about the film. From discussions about casting and characterization to the circulation of photographs of shooting locations to conversations about the style and tone of the new Bond song, Spectre has been a topic of conversation long before the film was released. As the film debuts in various international markets, anticipation and conjecture are steadily being replaced by questions about the current direction of the series and speculation as to whether the franchise even has a future. As Daniel Craig reportedly noted, he would rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond for a fifth time, just before British critics, as it turns out, celebrated his performance in Spectre.

The Journal of Popular Film and Television will address these questions in a special James Bond themed issue focusing on Spectre (2015) and the other Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012). This special issue will be edited by Dr. Lisa Funnell (University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London). We are interested in papers that analyze Spectre and the other Craig era films from a socio-cultural perspective and address topics such as:

  • heroism
  • villainy from individual villains to organizations like Quantum and Spectre
  • narrative structure, style, and tone
  • inclusion, adaptation, and/or absence of traditional Bond elements
  • geopolitics and geographies of Bond
  • feminism
  • social locations such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, etc.
  • action aesthetics/choreography and the body
  • nationality, (post)colonialism, and/or imperialism
  • post-9/11 and/or post-7/7 context
  • terrorism (domestic, cyber, nuclear, corporate)
  • technology and gadgetry (or lack thereof)

Submissions should be 5000 to 7000 words in length (including bibliography and notes), be double spaced in Times New Roman font, and adhere to MLA style. Please include a 100 word abstract and 5-7 key words to facilitate online searches. Send an electronic copy of your submission in .doc or .docx format to Dr. Lisa Funnell and Dr. Klaus Dodds by August 21, 2016.

For more information about the Journal of Popular Film and Television, please see

Any inquiries about the special themed issue on James Bond should be directed towards Dr. Lisa Funnell or Dr. Klaus Dodds

Editor Bios:

Lisa Funnell, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond (Wallflower 2015) and has published extensively on gender and feminism in James Bond. She is currently writing a book with Klaus Dodds on The Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Klaus Dodds, Ph.D. is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written numerous articles on the popular geopolitics of James Bond and other spies/assassins including Jason Bourne. His book with Columbia University Press on International Politics and Film co-written with Sean Carter was published in May 2014.

They recently published “‘The Man with the Midas Touch’: The Haptic Geographies of James Bond's Body” Journal of Popular Film and Television 43(2015): 121-135.

Friday, October 30, 2015

NEPCA Fantastic 2016 First CFP

Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic:

2016 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Keene State University in Keene, New Hampshire
29 and 30 October 2016
Proposals by 15 June 2016

Formed in 2008, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area celebrates its ninth anniversary in 2016, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, horror, legends, and mythology) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing innovative works in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels.

Special topics: Given the proximity of the conference to Halloween, we are always interested in proposals related to monsters and the monstrous, and, in anticipation of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 2018, we are especially hoping for proposals that address aspects of the Frankenstein tradition and the fantastic.

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, a Google document will appear on NEPCA’s Website ( in November, and you can register using that form. Please send biography and paper abstract (each of 500 words) to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note “NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2016” in your subject line):

Karen Honeycutt
Program Chair

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

Please submit proposals for complete panels directly to the Program Chair and Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair at the addresses above.

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (a.k.a. NEPCA) 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 and annual dues are included in conference registration fees. Further details are available at

NEPCA Fantastic 2015 Schedule

Sorry for the delay in posting this:

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Panels 2015
Michael A. Torregrossa, Area Chair
Current as of 30 October 2015
Complete schedule at

Session I: Friday, October 30, 2:30-4:00 PM
Panel 4:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend I: Making Monsters (Ivey 201)

Chair: June-Ann Greeley (Sacred Heart University)

1. “Imagining Monsters: Contemporary Horror and Cognitive Monstrosity”
Jack Dudley (Mount Saint Mary’s University)

Jack Dudley received his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he researches and teaches modern and contemporary British and American literature. Jack also works on horror fiction and film, an interest that drew him to our area. He recently taught a much-sought after class on American horror and is also working on a book entitled Modernism and Horror.

2. “Butchering Identity: Depictions of Unconscious Repression within The Midnight Meat Train”
Courtney Peters (Flagler College)

Courtney Peters is a senior at Flagler College and majoring in Media Studies and Advertising. Her main areas of interest are horror cinema and the future of media convergence, and she has recently presented a paper on the allegorical role of post 9/11 horror at PCA South’s 2014 conference. After graduating this winter, she hopes to gain employment with one of the many theme parks in Florida and use her knowledge of media and audience behavior to develop and promote exciting new ways of interactive entertainment.

3. “The Alien Human: Monstrous Humanity in Science Fiction”
Selena Middleton (McMaster University)

Selena Middleton is a PhD candidate in English with the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a writer and scholar of science fiction. Selena’s research interests include religion, myth, and ecocriticism, and her dissertation, “Old Myths in the New Anthropocene: Negotiating the Terms of Exile in Ecological Science Fiction,” engages trauma and affect theory to examine the exilic experience in environmental science fiction.

4. “Are They Among Us?  The Battle of Los Angeles and UFO Disclosure”
Donald Vescio (Worcester State University)

Don Vescio is a two-year veteran of our area and a faculty member of Department of English at Worcester State University.  After serving ten years as Worcester State’s Chief Information Office/Vice President of Information Technologies and two years as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Don now focuses his energies on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines.  His research interests are in critical theory, narratological analysis, and information design.

Session II: Friday, October 30, 4:15-5:45 PM
Panel 9: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, And Legend II: Transforming the Monster (Ivey 109)

Chair: Asher Ellis (Colby-Sawyer College)

1. “C. M. Kornbluth’s Postwar American Vampire at the Dawn of the Atomic Age”
 Kristin Bidoshi (Union College)

A two-year veteran of our area, Kristin Bidoshi is Associate Professor of Russian at Union College, where she teaches courses on Russian language, literature and culture. As a researcher, Kristin has conducted fieldwork in Eastern Europe and published on the use of the oral tradition in the works of Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, and Liudimila Petrushevskaia and on the evil eye in Albania. Happily for our area, she also teaches a course on the Vampire as Other in East European and American Culture and shares the continuation of her thought-provoking work on C. M. Kornbluth with us this afternoon.

2. “Invisible Reflections: Queer Erasure and the Monstrous Visibility of Vampires in Comics”
Gabriel Morrison (Rhode Island College)

Gabe Morrison is a graduate student at Rhode Island College studying creative writing, and he currently serves in a faculty position as the writing coach for the Master of Social Work program at Rhode Island College’s School of Social Work as well as a tutor in the college’s writing center. Gabe’s research focuses on graphic narratives, children’s literature and picture books, creative nonfiction, and teaching and tutoring writing. His academic work has focused on the intersection of visual and textual narratives, and, with a studio art minor at the undergraduate level, he frequently incorporates graphic elements into his work in creative writing.

3. “Super Monsters: Frankenstein in the Superhero Genre”
Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Legend Area Chair)

Michael A. Torregrossa 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, monsters, and wizards. Michael has presented papers on these topics at regional, national, and international conferences, and his work has been published in academic journals and edited collections. Michael is founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and co-founder, with Carl James Grindley, of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages; he also serves as editor for these organizations’ various blogs and moderator of their discussion lists. Besides these activities, he is currently Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend Area Chair for NEPCA, a position he has held since 2009, and organizes sessions for their annual conference in the fall and maintains the area’s blogs.

Session III: Saturday, October 31, 8:45-10:15 AM
PANEL 15: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend III: Rethinking Horror (IVEY 109)

Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Legend Area Chair)

1. “Where the Wild Things Are: Horror, Atavism, and the Unspeakable”
Christopher  McVey

Our first presenter this morning is Christopher McVey. He currently serves as a full-time Lecturer for the Writing Program at Boston University, where he teaches courses in dystopian fiction and film, modernism, the avant-garde, and twentieth-century literature. Christopher’s published work has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature and Twentieth-Century Literature, and his current book project is entitled Syncretic Cosmopolitanisms: Citizenship and Belonging in Twentieth-Century Literature.

2. “The Boogeyman Catalyst: Transformative Fear in the Gothic and Child-like Power in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook”
Anna Lockhart (Rutgers University-Camden)

Our next presenter is Anna Lockhart. She is in her second year at Rutgers University-Camden, where she is pursuing a Master’s in English Literature with a concentration in Childhood, Literature and Culture and working as an adjunct professor in writing. Her research interest lies in the relationship that female protagonists have with space and natural vistas. Anna has also previously written and presented a paper on the figure of the female child in Southern Gothic literature

3. “Monstresses: The Representation of the Monstrous Feminine Onscreen”
Dalina Aimee Perdomo (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez) [WITHDRAWN]

4. “The Fallen Angel of the House: Women and Monsters in Penny Dreadful”
Kavita Mundan Finn (Independent Scholar)

Our final presenter is Kavita Mundan Finn. She just finished a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University. Kavita received her PhD from the University of Oxford in 2010 and published her book, The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography 1440-1627, in June 2012. In addition to queenship and gender studies, her research interests include popular history, medievalism in popular culture, and the intersection between fan studies and early modern literature.

Session IV: Saturday, October 31, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
(Note: The Area has two panels running concurrently this session.)

Panel 20: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend IV: New Ideas on Science Fiction (Ivey 107)

Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Legend Area Chair)

1. “Fans of Bronze: Writers of Fan Letters Printed in Doc Savage Magazine, 1933-1949”
October Surprise (Independent Scholar / Rogue Sociology)

Our first presenter is October Surprise. He is a sociologist and now attached to the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, as a sociology instructor. October is also currently completing a book, under contract with McFarland, that views fascism and totalitarianism in the interwar period through the lens of the Doc Savage pulp fiction novel series.

2. “Stylometry and the Seldon Crisis: Using Statistics to Categorize Novels in Asimov’s Foundation Universe”
Daniel M. Look (St. Lawrence University)

Our second presenter is Daniel Look. He is an associate professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. His research interests lie in Complex Dynamics and Stylometry (the statistical analysis of language.) Recently, Daniel’s research has focused on using stylometry to provide evidence in cases of disputed authorship, especially in the pulps.

3. “Imperial Fictions: Doctor Who, Post-Racial Slavery, and Other Liberal Humanist Fantasies”
Susana Loza (Hampshire College)

Our next presenter is Susana Loza. She is an associate professor of media culture at Hampshire College. Susana teaches courses in cultural studies, critical race theory, film and media studies, popular music, feminist theory, and ethnic studies. She has published a wide range of topics, including Doctor Who, film noir, popular music, steampunk, and vampires, and her current project, Speculative Imperialisms: Monstrosity and Masquerade in Post-Racial Times (forthcoming in 2016 from Lexington Books), explores the resurgence of racial masquerade in science fiction, horror, and fantasy and contemplates the fundamental, albeit changing, role that ethnic simulation plays in American and British cultures in a putatively post-racial and post-colonial era.

4. “Female Warrior Heroes from Athena to Agent Carter”
Cheryl A. Hunter (Southern New Hampshire University)

Our final presenter this morning is Cheryl Hunter. She is currently an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and Colby-Sawyer. Cheryl’s background is in philosophy, and her research has focused on the heroic tradition, including a number of conference presentations and a book, published in 2011, entitled Myths and Archetypes in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

Session IV: Saturday, October 31, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
(Note: The Area has two panels running concurrently this session.)

Panel 21: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend V: Nature and the Unnatural in the Fantastic (Ivey 109)

Chair: Deborah Wills (Mount Allison University)

1. “ ‘Safe at Last in the Wood outside the Garden’: Classic Animal Fantasy and the Environment”
Amie A. Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Amie A. Doughty is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at SUNY Oneonta and now a five-time presenter in our area. She teaches courses in linguistics, composition, children’s literature, science fiction, and fantasy. Amie’s primary area of research is children’s and young adult fantasy, and she is author of the books Folktales Retold: A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children (2006) and “Throw the book away”: Reading versus Experience in Children’s Fantasy (2013), both published by McFarland. Amie is also the Area Chair of the Children's Literature and Culture area of the National PCA/ACA.

2. “Souls of Creation: Trees in Selected Works of J. R. R. Tolkien”
June-Ann Greeley (Sacred Heart University)

June-Ann Greeley is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University. Her research and scholarship focus on women and religion/women’s spirituality; religion and literature, especially in contemporary fiction and fantasy; religious themes in modern art; contemporary expressions of religious life and modern spiritual movements; and comparative spirituality.

3. “What’s the Use?: Man’s Search for Purpose in Bradbury’s Short Stories”
Laura A. Brown (SUNY Potsdam)

Laura A. Brown is an assistant professor at the State University of New York in Potsdam, where she is the program coordinator for Adolescent English Education. Laura is a member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents and the National Council of Teachers of English and has presented at the council’s annual convention numerous times. She has co-authored two books on young-adult authors and their writings and has been published in both The ALAN Review and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Laura’s current research is an analysis of Ray Bradbury’s short stories and the Nancy Drew series for unique content and stylistic markers.

4. “Monstrous Machines: Technology, Nature and the Importance of Balance in Andre Norton’s Witch World Novels”
Kathleen Healey (Worcester State University)

Kathleen Healey is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Worcester State University. She holds a PhD in American literature to 1865 and is currently co-editor, with Sharon Yang, of the forthcoming book Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties. Kathleen’s research interests include Gothic literature, environmental literature, and the intersection between literature and the visual arts.

Session V: Saturday, October 31, 1:45-3:15 PM
Panel 27: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend VI: Writing Horror (Ivey 109)

Chair: Amie A. Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

1. “ ‘We’re Not All Dead Yet’: Humor Amid the Horror in James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein”
Martin F. Norden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Martin F. Norden teaches film history and screenwriting as a Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has published more than one hundred books, book chapters, journal articles, encyclopedia essays, and reviews, almost all of which have been about film.

2. “Tales from the Encrypted:  Decoding the Index in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves”
Deborah Wills (Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick)

Deborah Wills teaches in the English Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she holds the Charles and Joseph Allison Chair in English Literatures. Her research interests include representations of violence in literature, metaphor and race in news media, and contemporary gothic and horror fiction.

3. “Hunting the Hunters: Lovecraft’s Epistemology and the 21st Century Monster Hunter”
Jonathan Elmore (Savannah State University)

Jonathan Elmore is an Assistant Professor of English and the University Writing Center Director at Savannah State University.  He teaches courses in British literature, composition, writing center theory and practice, popular culture, and philosophy.  Jonathan’s research interests include composition theory and pedagogy, British modernism, multimodal literacies, and the future of English departments. He has published and presented on a number of writers, including Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, H. P. Lovecraft, Iris Murdoch, Bram Stoker, and H. G. Wells, and his current projects include a book length project for Routledge entitled Engagements with Gothic Horror: From the Gothic Revival to The Walking Dead.

4. “Becoming the Monster: A Jungian Analysis of Monster Erotica and the Acceptance of the Animus through the Shadow”
Saraliza Anzaldua (National Taiwan University)

Saraliza Anzaldua is an American in the master’s degree program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University. Her current studies focus on monstrosity, and she is engaged in a research project that argues that there is no monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Saraliza hopes to continue her work on the monstrous in the future, and, after her Mandarian has improved to an academic level, she would like to attempt a cultural study regarding the impact of literary horror in American and Taiwanese society.

Session VI: Saturday, October 31, 3:30-5:00 PM
Panel 37: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Legend VII: Re-Writing Horror (Cleveland Reading Room)

Chair: Lance Eaton (North Shore Community College)

1. “A Recurring Nightmare: A Teaching Opportunity in Pop Culture”
Joseph Sgammato (SUNY/Westchester Community College)

Joseph Sgammato is a writer and teacher. His background is in both English and Film Studies, and he teaches English and Film at SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. He is also a Fellow of the CUNY Writers’ Institute in New York City. Joseph writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In the last category, his subjects have included film, literature, art, medicine, and memoir, and his work has appeared in the journals Patient Care, Sight and Sound, and The Wordsworth Circle and in the collection The Book of Firsts (Anchor Books, 2010).

2. “Evil that Devours: Modern Re-imaginings of the Wendigo”
Elizabeth J. Nielsen (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

Elizabeth J. Nielsen is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Department of Communication with a focus on Media Studies/Popular Culture. Her research interests include monsters and the monstrous, gender studies, and fan studies. Her most recent publications include essays on the James Bond film series and the Supernatural television series. Elizabeth will also be guest editing an upcoming edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies dealing with virtual and physical fan spaces, an extension of a panel she organized on the same topic for the Fan Studies track at the national PCA/ACA conference in 2015. She also serves as one of the organizers of the popular Pseudo Society panel at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.

3. “The Four Texts of World War Z: Unity, Violence, and Transformative Vulnerability”
Eric Boyer (Colby-Sawyer College)

Eric Boyer is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at Colby-Sawyer College. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in the department of Political Science. Eric’s research focuses on the intersections of Marxism, pragmatism, and popular culture.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CFP DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic (1/10/2016; Chambersburg, PA 10/27/2016)

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic
Announcement published by Michael Cornelius on Monday, August 31, 2015

Type: Conference
Date: February 27, 2016
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: Film and Film History, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Religious Studies and Theology

Wilson College Humanities Conference

DOOM: From the Personal to the Apocalyptic

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA

sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities Program

The theme of this year’s Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with the apocalypse, both in biblical representation and thought as well as more scientific and climactic concern. This Humanities Conference wishes to extend this theme beyond these global concerns to focus on doom. Always impending, doom encapsulates fears for both humanity and the individual. Doom can be personal and communal, practical and rhetorical, quite real or simply hyperbole.

This conference looks to how the various fields represented by the Humanities explore our own relationship to this impending notion that things will not work out as we hope, or, conversely, that things will work out exactly as we fear. How can we use the Humanities to make sense of how we pessimistically perceive/have perceived our future? How can we use what we study to understand more about our own fears for what is about to come, or how we perceive the possibilities of cataclysm, whether individual or global?

Please feel free to interpret the theme of this conference liberally. Our goal is to bring a group of Humanities scholars from around the region together to articulate and celebrate these always intriguing and confounding questions of time, anticipation, endings, fear, and the manner in which our fields seek to understand any point in-between. Thus whether impending or upon us, singular or global, or even just a megalomaniac in a silver mask and a green cape, we hope to use this conference to explore all relevant aspects of doom.

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit. Undergraduate students may also submit abstracts, but their submission must be sponsored by a current faculty member at their institution. (For more on this, please contact the conference director.)

To submit a presentation, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the email address below.

Send abstracts to:
Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Program Director, MA in Humanities
Director, Wilson College Humanities Conference
Submit the abstract as either a .doc or .docx file or simply place it into the text of the email itself.

Individual presentations will last no more than 15 minutes; panels of up to 3 individuals may be submitted as well. Each conference participant may submit only one abstract. Abstracts are due by JANUARY 10, 2016.

The conference is sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities program, in conjunction with the Orr Forum 2015-16 Lecture and Performance Series.

Contact Info:
Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Program Director, MA in Humanities
Director, Wilson College Humanities Conference

Contact Email:

CFP Fictional Maps International Conference (10/30/2015; Poland 1/21-23/2016)

Thanks to IAFA-L for the head's up:

Fictional Maps International Conference 2016 ~ January 21st-23rd, Katowice (Poland)

Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. An exquisitely quotable phrase coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, who claimed to “start writing with a map and [then] make the story fit” is only reprising what have always been evident to cartographers and creators of imaginary worlds: maps precede territories and are inevitably becoming the most essen­tial part of modern and postmodern storyworlds. Ambrosius Holbein’s wood­cut in the first edition of Thomas More’s Utopia, collectors editions map in video games, atlases of fictional universes, animated map routes in online reportages, or even interactive maps outlining the worlds of blockbuster TV shows—these are all indications of a significant shift in contemporary storytelling that looks for creating many and more access points to the fictional storyworld. Hence conference atten­dees will be asked to submit abstracts of presentations or posters’ descriptions revolving around:

  • fictional topography and geopotics;
  • map theory & theorists;
  • the dichotomy of a map and a territory;
  • ways of mapping the imaginary;
  • fictional cartography (maps, atlases, mini-maps, plans, charts, etc.)
  • maps of secondary, imaginary, fictional, possible or impossible worlds;
  • relationship between world-building and map-making;
  • function of maps: between navigating and augmenting the world;
  • navigating the actual and the imaginary: Tim Ingold’s trail-following and wayfaring;
  • case studies in literature;
  • case studies in video games;
  • case studies in movies and TV shows;
  • case studies in comic books, graphic novels and other media;
  • case studies in transmedia storytelling and transmedial franchi­ses;
  • case studies in fictional worlds;

Confirmed keynote speaker:

STEFAN EKMAN (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), author of the book Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps & Settings (Wesleyan UP 2013).

The conference language shall be English. 600-words abstracts of presentations or posters featuring (1) the title of pre­sentation or poster, (2) a concise bio-note, (3) current affiliation, and (4) all necessary contact information should be submitted until October 30th 2015 at Notifications on both accepted and rejected submissions shall be sent no sooner than in two weeks from the deadline. Poster presentations will be displayed during the poster session and accompanied by a general discussion with the presenters.

The conference fee will be 150€ (125€ for students) for the full coverage of English editions of printed conference materials and all other essentials. Polish attendees will be kindly asked to transfer the equivalent of the fee in local currency (600 PLN, 400 PLN for students). For more detailed information please follow to “Registration”.

Any further details regarding the venue, accommodation and transportation will be continuously updated at the website Organisers are also open to answering all questions and requests at fictional­

The conference will be followed by a peer-reviewed monograph, published by Facta Ficta Research Centre and licenced under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 as an ebook sto­red in a globally accessible repository (CeON Center for Open Science).

We look forward to seeing you in Katowice!

Krzysztof M. Maj
Ksenia Olkusz
on behalf of Organising Committee

CFP Many Africas In/Of Imagination (Spec Issue of Glocal Colloquies) (proposals by 11/30/2015)

Of potential interest:

Many Africas In/Of Imagination
Announcement published by rahul chaturvedi on Friday, August 28, 2015

Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 30, 2015
Location: India
Subject Fields: African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS: Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures & Cultures

Many Africas In/Of Imagination

Once, in the distant past, Africa came to the World. . .

Martin Bernal’s Black Athena, published almost a quarter century ago, raised militant eyebrows and caused a furore in politico-academic circles with its unbelievable argument that Egypt and Phoenicia had contributed significantly to the origins of Greek civilization.

. . . and then, in the not so distant past, the World came to Africa. So varied, so brutal, so nuanced, so structured were the innumerable plays in cartography and demography –invasions, onslaughts, influxes, slavery, settlement, colonialism,“post colonialism” with its compulsive adages—civil war, secession, totalitarian dictatorship, military regime, migration—andcontemporary neo-colonial-consumerism, that Africa presents today an intricately coalesced, immensely painful tapestry.

This issue of Glocal Colloquies seeks to question the shifting contours of representation,and thereby interrogate the role of the literary/cultural texts in the dis-semination of conflicting global images of Africa. How is Africa staged and staging itself forms the axis of this special issue on African polity, culture and literature. The journal invites original research papers, articles, book reviews, interviews for publication in its 2nd issue in December 2015. Some of the suggested thematic areas are as follows, but are not limited to:

  • The Problem of Identity: Who is an African Today? 
  • Cultural Apocalypse and Thereafter: Who Cares for African Pasts?
  • A Passage of (w)Rite: Oratures to Literatures
  • Can a Hundred Flowers Really Bloom? Language and Conflict in Africa
  • European Knowledge Systems vs. “Native” Knowledge Systems.
  • Master Narratives vs Peripheral Counter Narratives
  • The Indigenous, The Native and The African: Issues of Race and Identity
  • Of Nationalisms and Arbitrary Borders: Insane Cartographies and Divided World Orders
  • Re-envisioning Her(s)tories: The African Woman in Time Past and Time Present
  •  Lee Cooper Jeans and Ray Ban Sun Glasses: Neo-Colonial CulturalInvasion of the African Youth
  • Performing Culture: Theatre Traditions of Africa
  • Ecological Eclipse: Development, Globalization and Environmental Ruins
  • Africa in Mind: African Diaspora and the Literary Imagination
  •  Learning from the Margin: “Amaechina” May the Path Never End

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to: along with a brief bio-note. The deadline for proposal submissions (abstracts) is  October 30, 2015. The acceptance of abstract shall be intimated by November 5, 2015. However, acceptance of abstract does not indicate final nod for publication. Author(s) whose abstracts has/have been accepted, shall have to submit full length papers, in or about 5000 words, by November 30, 2015. The research articles must conform to the MLA Hand Book (7th Edition) in all matters of style and formatting. Notification of final acceptance of research papers to be published in Glocal Colloquies for its Diwali (Festival of Light)issue will be communicated by December 15, 2015 only after double-blind peer review of the research articles.

Important Deadlines:

Last Date of Abstract Submission: October 30, 2015
Author notification (Abstract): November 5, 2015
Last date for the submission of full-length Research Paper: November 30, 2015

Author notification (Research Paper): December 15, 2015


Dr. Shreya Bhattacharji
Head & Associate Professor
Centre for English Studies
Central University of Jharkhand,
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor
Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Glocal Colloquies is a non-profit, international, bi-annual, double-blind peer reviewed, refereed, open access e-journal. Glocal Colloquies is an initiative to create a shared space for scholars to engage in trans-cultural global literary conversations. The journal publishes critical and scholarly writings, book reviews, inter-Views on literatures across the globe. The language of publication is English. Glocal Colloquies does not charge any publication fee.  For details, please log on to

Contact Info:
Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures & Cultures

Contact Email:


Sorry to do this again, two nights in a row, but my inbox is getting increasing filled up with calls for papers. Another batch posts tonight.

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair/Blog Editor

CFP Collection on Nationalism and Popular Culture (proposals by 11/15/2015)

One last call for the night:

Call for Chapter Proposals - Nationalism and Popular Culture
full name / name of organization:
Tim Nieguth
contact email:

Our world is a world of nations. The existence and fundamental importance of nations, national identities, or national boundaries is rarely questioned. Yet, the scholarly literature on nationalism has shown that national communities are socially constructed, that national identities are fluid, and that national boundaries are constantly contested. Clearly, maintaining nations requires a great deal of collective effort. How is it that this effort is rendered invisible? How have nations come to be seen as natural? Why do individuals buy into the idea of national identity?

In order to fully answer these questions, we need to examine the links between nationalism and popular culture. Movies, TV series, popular music, sport, video games, comics and other elements of everyday culture are intimately involved in the production (and contestation) of nationhood. Showtime’s hit series Homeland, for example, closely reflects American values and sensibilities; Britpop played a prominent role in British nation-branding; and the Beijing Olympics offered an important venue for the dissemination of official Chinese nationalism.

This volume will focus on three themes in analyzing nationalism and popular culture:

  • Communities (e.g., what are the links between nationalism and social inequality? What, if anything, do members of the nation owe one another? What are the core beliefs, myths, and values of the nation? What are the origins of the nation, and what is its future?)
  • Limits (e.g., what are the borders of the nation? Who belongs to the nation and who does not? Who are the nation’s “Others”? Are national boundaries secure or under threat?)
  • Sovereignty (e.g., who is seen to rule the nation? What is the relationship between nations, states, and markets? Where does the nation fit in the global order? What actors, rules, or power structures govern the production of national identity and popular culture?)

The editor invites proposals for chapters that address one of these broad themes. The volume is primarily designed as an examination of empirical cases, but theoretically oriented chapter proposals are welcome as well. The editor aims to include case studies from a wide range of geopolitical contexts, covering both the Global North and Global South.

Please email chapter proposals of about 300-500 words to by November 15, 2015, together with your full contact information and a short biographical statement. The editor will review proposals by early December. If accepted for inclusion in the volume, chapters should be completed and submitted to the editor by April 30, 2016. Chapters should be 7,000-8,000 words in length, must be original work, and must not be under review or accepted for publication elsewhere. Please note that it is the responsibility of individual contributors to secure permissions for any copyrighted material included in their chapter.

For further information, please feel free to contact the editor at:

Tim Nieguth
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Laurentian University - Barrie
130 Bell Farm Road, Suites 2 & 3
Barrie, Ontario
Canada L4M 5G6

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 19:01

CFP Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

NeMLA 2016 Panel "Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and Its Descendants"
full name / name of organization: Claire Sommers (the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Barry Spence (University of Massachusetts)
contact email:

Please submit a 300 word abstract to by September 30, 2015

Aristotle in his Poetics outlines his theory of tragedy and gives readers a framework for assessing and understanding the genre; his treatise providing the equivalent analysis of comedy has sadly been lost, and as a result, it is difficult to find a unified theory of ancient comedy. Perhaps the closest we have is Democritus’ statement that “Laughter is a complete conception of the world.” Centuries later, Bakhtin would elaborate upon this sentiment by claiming that the carnivalesque comedy allows for dialogue between multiple genres and voices in order to create a world in which societal structures are upended. Though ancient comedy evolved from Aristophanes’ examples to Menander’s New Comedy and finally to the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, all of them borrow stylistically from contemporaneous works in order to create a world where traditional hierarchies are suspended and inverted.

This panel will explore the tropes of ancient comedy and their influence on more modern literature, drama, satire, film, and theory. Possible approaches include:

  • analyzing comedy’s relationship with other ancient genres
  • examining ancient comedy’s influence on post-Classical works
  • using modern critical and humor theory to analyze classical comedy
  • exploring the comic and satirical treatment of Greco-Roman subject matter in post-Classical literature

The goal of this session will be to understand humor through its Classical antecedents, tracing the evolution of comedy from its ancient origins to the present day. By contemplating the emergence of ancient comedy and its enduring effect on subsequent literature, drama, film, and theory, this panel will synthesize its own theory of ancient comedy and determine why we are still laughing so many centuries later.

By web submission at 07/29/2015 - 01:12

CFP Essays for MLA Volume on Teaching Young Adult Literature (proposals by 11/1/2015)

Call for Essay Proposal for Volume on Teaching Young Adult Literature (1 November 2015)
full name / name of organization: MLA Publications
contact email:

Proposals are invited for a volume entitled Teaching Young Adult Literature to be edited by Karen Coats, Mike Cadden, and Roberta Seelinger Trites. This volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series aims to bring together a range of articles describing innovative and successful approaches to designing and teaching stand-alone Young Adult Literature courses at the post-secondary level, as well as incorporating YA texts into other undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to MLA members and Education and Library Science faculty.

This volume will be a resource for new and experienced teachers of young adult texts. It will provide suggestions for supplementary materials and pedagogical activities for a variety of student audiences in a range of college settings. Abstracts that use specific YA texts as examples to demonstrate how to teach genres within YA literature (e.g. graphic narrative, historical fiction, the verse novel, etc.) are welcome, as are abstracts that focus on themes, topics, methods, and problems in teaching Young Adult literature in various settings.

Your abstract should clarify your intended topic, setting, its relevance to the subject of Young Adult literature pedagogy, the texts, genre(s) or theories you expect to explore, and the value of your intended topic to a broad range of instructors and students. Please note that any quotations from student papers will require written permission from the students. Contributors to a volume must be members of the MLA when their contribution is submitted in the final, approved manuscript, through publication.
If you are interested in contributing an essay of between 2000–3000 words, please submit an abstract of 350–500 words to Karen Coats at by 1 November 2015.

By web submission at 07/25/2015 - 18:49

CFP Function and/or Role of the Past in Detective Fiction (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Conference Session on Detective Fiction
full name / name of organization: NorthEastern Modern Language Association
contact email:

Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how “dead,” to borrow Faulkner’s famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.

Papers are sought which examine the functioning and role of the past/ time perception in works of detective fiction, exploring the perspectives of individuals or whole groups (everyone involved in detection and pertaining to historical events/ memory) as well as more basic reconstruction of crimes. In particular, papers applying various disciplines, such as the sciences, psychology or history, to this question are welcome. For example, to what extent does past trauma, such as of a victim of murder or another crime, persist into the present and motivate the action of detective fiction, as has often been considered the case with fictional detectives? How does the victimization of a larger group, such as through genocide, serve to rationalize future crimes, such as those driven by vengeance? How authentic, and helpful, is going back in time to reconstruct not only criminal acts, but even motives and memories? To what extent do changes, whether in police practices, even entire regimes, serve to bury or even undo or compensate for the past?

Contact me with any questions. as well as passing on this CFP to anyone else who may be interested.

However, abstracts must be submitted here: (deadline 30 Sept.)

By web submission at 07/31/2015 - 04:59

CFP Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks Collection (proposals by 9/30/2015)

[UPDATE] "It's Happening Again": Twenty-Five Years of Twin Peaks: EXTENDED DEADLINE! (new submission date: September 30 2015)
full name / name of organization: Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace
contact email:

Call for Papers for "It's Happening Again": 25 Years of Twin Peaks is a proposed edited collection on the television show Twin Peaks. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace solicit essays for a new collection celebrating one of television's greatest cult phenomena. Originally airing in 1990/91, Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks will be returning, just over twenty-five years after it went off the air, and this collection will explore the show in the context of its time, and its legacy. We are interested in papers on all aspects of the television program as well as on tie-ins and connected materials (e.g. the film Fire Walk with Me, the new Log Lady material added for the show's run on Bravo, the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, etc.). Possible subjects include but are not limited to:

narrative and the televisual medium
cinema versus television textuality
Twin Peaks in relationship to Lynch's oeuvre
Twin Peaks as pop culture phenomenon
Twin Peaks as satire
Twin Peaks as cult/experimental television
Twin Peaks and sexuality/gender/feminist contexts
generic explorations - specifically murder mystery/film noir, soap opera, horror, fantasy, science fiction, etc.

Completed papers can be submitted, in Word, to Dominick Grace ( or to Eric Hoffman ( Papers should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words and should follow MLA guidelines. Inquiries and proposals are also welcome. Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace are the co-editors of Dave Sim: Conversations, Chester Brown: Conversations and Seth: Conversations, all of which are part of the University Press of Mississippi's Conversations with Comics Artists series. Due date: September 30 2015.

By web submission at 07/29/2015 - 21:15

CFP Global Poe (9/23/2016; ACLA Harvard U 3/17-20/2016)

"Global Poe" Seminar for ACLA Conference at Harvard, Mar. 17-20, 2016 (submissions from Sept. 1-23, 2015)
full name / name of organization: Emron Esplin / Department of English, Brigham Young University
contact email:

The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA’s annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at, click on “annual meeting,” and then click on “submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under “Global Poe” on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar. Submissions will be open between September 1 and September 23.

If you are doing work on Poe from an international angle, we would enjoy receiving your submissions. Also, if you have questions about this seminar, feel free to email me directly at

Many thanks,

Emron Esplin
Assistant Professor of English
Brigham Young University

Margarida Vale de Gato
Assistant Professor
University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

“Global Poe”

Critical studies of the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe have long acknowledged Poe’s global influence. In nations as disparate as France, Japan, and Argentina, Poe has left his mark, and local authors, artists, and translators have conversed with and altered Poe’s works and image according to their own unique needs and purposes. Building on the most recent push of global Poe scholarship that includes Barbara Cantalupo’s edited volume Poe’s Pervasive Influence (Lehigh UP, 2012), Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato’s edited volume Translated Poe (Lehigh UP, 2014), and successful seminars on Poe and the world at the ACLA’s Annual Meeting in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, this seminar hopes to join and expand the conversation about Poe’s global influence and affinities.

Paper topics could include:

  • Analyses of Poe’s influence on literary, philosophical, or critical discourses in any linguistic and/or national tradition
  • Analyses of Poe translations in any language and/or comparisons of translations of Poe
  • Comparative readings of Poe alongside various world writers
  • Critical discussions of any of the Poe bicentennial celebrations
  • Discussions on Poe’s textualization of foreign or estranged places
  • Examinations of literary traditions incorporated into Poe’s work or of specific foreign influences or appropriations in his literary corpus
  • Examinations of Poe’s international biographies
  • Studies of Poe adaptations in film, music, or other artistic forms
  • Studies on how particular authors and cultural mediators use Poe’s works or image to accomplish specific ends within their particular literary or cultural setting

In short, we are interested in scholarship that places Poe’s work and/or his biography in comparative and/or international contexts.

By web submission at 08/11/2015 - 19:33

CFP Game Studies and Determinism (Spec Issue of Reconstruction) (proposals by 10/1/2015)

Reconstruction 16.3, Games and Determinism (Oct. 1, abstracts)
full name / name of organization: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
contact email:

Reconstruction 16.3: Game Studies and Determinism,
edited by Reconstruction staff
(Abstracts 250-500 words, due Oct. 1 2015, completed papers by Feb 1, 2016)

Even though it might be considered a relatively new discipline, Game Studies has galvanized around a readily recognizable set of determinisms. Indeed, the necessity of differentiating between video and computer games instantiates highlights an important pair. Conversely, it might be argued that a set of determinisms have galvanized around Game Studies, not least of which is the ongoing duel of the ludology and narratology dichotomies. Similarly, the mere existence of the debate regarding whether or not games constitute art seems to invoke the potential for invocations of auteur theory, if not definitions of art and aesthetics. Yet, as the “gamergate” fiasco reveals, familiar categories like player and genre break down under the weight of the determinism contained within. Likewise, the complete elision of queer perspectives, readings and subjectivities exists in and through the almost symbiotic relationship between an admittedly sexist industry and an academy eager to criticize it through the equally deterministic sex role theory that continues to dominate academic considerations of gender. Thus, the editors seek papers that explore/explode the various determinisms that have arisen in, through and about game studies. There would be a particular welcome and/or interest in papers from emerging scholars and/or scholars who would like to take the opportunity the revisit their own work or works that have become part of the lexical orthodoxy. Scholars would be invited to consider particular games, game genres and game elements as well as more theoretical considerations, particularly with regard to tertiary or other modes of game related production that have arisen and were not envisioned and/or encompassed when the canonical modes of reading were established as such.

Suggested topics include:

  • demythologizing or deconstructing deterministic criticism in Game Studies
  • beyond sex role theory
  • exclusions of gender performativity and play
  • the industry of critical commonplaces
  • the empire (building) of gamification tropes
  • outside and/or before the "magic circle"
  • paratexts and other texts "outside" the game
  • beyond gamers
  • Game Studies and disciplinary occlusions
  • disciplinary occlusions and Game Studies
  • win or lose

Please send abstracts and queries to Marc Ouellette at with the subject heading “Game Studies and Determinism” by Oct. 1, 2015.

N.B. As an online journal, we are able to incorporate images and multimedia submissions.

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.

Send Open Issue submissions (year round) to: and submissions for Themed Issues to the appropriate editors listed on the site at

Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

By web submission at 08/01/2015 - 12:28

CFP Fairy Tales in Society and Culture (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Fairy Tales in Society and Culture
full name / name of organization: NEMLA
contact email:

This panel session will feature the manner in which fairy tales reflect and influence values and ideals of their respective society and culture. In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim emphasizes on how the fairy tale that an individual has read or listened to during childhood impacts him/her both consciously and subconsciously throughout life.

In the fairy tale, the reader always encounters an ideal world where all dreams come true and the hero and heroine live happily ever after. This “happily ever after” ending often entails the fulfillment of ideals and falls in line with the values that contemporary society and culture hold dear. For example, in the fairy tale, good and evil is outlined concretely, and physical beauty is given much importance. The “happily ever after” ending most often includes resolutions such as marriage and wealth. The fairy tale, in turn, tends to have the impact of reinforcing those ideals and values in society by spelling out those values and influencing the reader to put in the effort to attaining those ideals. This panel session welcomes papers on fairy tales as well as literature that involves the fairy figure and Fairy Land.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2015 through the following link:

By web submission at 08/04/2015 - 17:56

CFP Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture Area (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA Seattle 3/21-25/2016)

Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture, Seattle, March 21-25, 2016
full name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
contact email:

I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA/ACA Motherhood/Fatherhood Area on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation
  • print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines
  • celebrity culture
  • the internet and digital technologies
  • advertising and marketing
  • visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media
  • film; performance; music
  • graphic fiction/memoir
  • best-selling literatures including mommy lit, momoirs, and dadlit
  • pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature
  • fashion
  • politics
  • reproductive technologies
  • law and policy; maternal and paternal activism/organizations

For information on the PCA/ACA, please see:
Abstracts (200-250 words) will be accepted on a continuing basis up to October 1, 2015. Abstracts (and a short, 50-word author bio) must be submitted online at:

Please send any inquiries to the Area Chair:
Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor
Department of English and
Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, Toronto

By web submission at 08/04/2015 - 13:54

CFP Modern Myth and Legend (9/2/2015; Louisville, KY 2/18-20/2016)

Modern Myth and Legend - Louisville Conference (Feb. 18-20, 2016)
full name / name of organization:
International Lawrence Durrell Society
contact email:

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

Louisville, KY | 18-20 February 2016

"we do create the world around us since we get it to reflect back our inner symbolism at us. Every man carries a little myth-making machine inside him which operates often without him knowing it. Thus you might say that we live by a very exacting kind of poetic logic--since we get exactly what we ask for, no more and no less."
--The Dark Labyrinth (1947)

Dealing overtly with ideas of myth and legend, Lawrence Durrell's The Dark Labyrinth chronicles the adventures of British tourists exploring a cave system on Crete just after World War II. Despite their awareness of how reality is transformed by their individual experiences, beliefs, and myth-making, they are no less susceptible to the fear of the minotaur which might be chasing them through the dark passageways. A myth becomes the way we understand the world. As a legend, the monster and its labyrinth offer grounds to reflect on personal terrors and emerge triumphant—or be consumed.

In anticipation of our upcoming conference on Crete, the International Lawrence Durrell Society calls for papers addressing the broad theme of Modern Myth and Legend for a society-sponsored session of the 2016 Louisville Conference. We welcome proposals on aspects of Durrell's writing or other topics addressing the theme. Some possible topics include the following:

  • W. B. Yeats's esoteric blending of Greek, Irish, and other mythologies
  • Refigured legends in the aftermath of T.S. Eliot's "Ulysses, Order, and Myth," including Iris Murdoch's The Green Night or John Gardner's Grendel
  • Frazer's The Golden Bough and its impact on modernist literature
  • Fantasy repurposing legend, as in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series
  • Mythologizing the 20th century in film, including for example Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth or Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away
  • Legendary societies, urban legends, apocrypha, and literary mysteries
  • Symbolic use of tall tales, or the literary adapting of Bigfoot, werewolves, vampires, minotaurs, homunculi, gorgons, witches, griffins, manticores, giants, etc.

Please send a 250-word abstract to James Clawson (, International Lawrence Durrell Society, by Sept. 2, 2015. Final presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in length.

By web submission at 08/06/2015 - 20:58

CFP Word and Image on Page, Stage, and Screen in the Long Nineteenth Century (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford 3/17-20/2016)

Word and Image on Page, Stage, and Screen in the Long Nineteenth Century, NeMLA 2016
full name / name of organization: NeMLA
contact email:

The organizers of this panel session welcome papers that engage with any aspect of the word-image nexus in illustrated novels, stage productions, or film in Anglo-European or North American culture during the long nineteenth century.

The relationship between text and image has an important and suggestive place in the humanities. While in decades past literary scholars have been apt to treat any visual elements accompanying literary texts as supplemental to texts, a growing number of visual and media studies theorists have expressed interest in the important and under-theorized role of paratexts in the form of advertisements, book illustrations, and film and stage adaptations. We have a particular interest in the visual culture of the long nineteenth century. For example, the craze for tableaux vivants, recreations of famous paintings on stage with living actors, infected both the popular stage, early film, and book illustration in the mid-1890s. The visual culture leading to this moment had itself been conditioned by pre-cinematic arts like magic lantern shows and stereoscopic viewers. We are interested in the complex ways that this visual culture not only supplemented but determined the representational conditions of literary texts, films, and stage productions.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2015 through the following link:

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 20:48

CFP CFP: American Literature Area (10/1/2015; PCA/ACA 3/21-25/2016)

CFP: American Literature Area at PCA/ACA 2016, March 21-25
full name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email:

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
2016 National Conference
Seattle, WA
March 21-25, 2016

Call for Papers: American Literature

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015

The American Literature Area of the American Culture Association seeks individual papers for presentation at the 2016 National Conference of the PCA/ACA, to be held in Seattle, WA from March 21-25, 2016.

Papers may concern any work(s) of American literature from the colonial era to the present. A range of critical approaches is welcomed: For instance, presentations may consider issues of representation, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, or examine thematic trends or parallels. Treatments of race, ethnicity, and gender are encouraged, as are proposals that contextualize American literature with areas of popular culture, including but not limited to fashion, film, music, theater, and visual arts.

Interested individuals should submit a titled, 250-word abstract and complete contact information—name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mail and email addresses, and telephone number—by October 1, 2015. Please submit proposals to one program area only.

Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. The deadline for early-bird registration is November 15, 2015, and the final registration deadline is December 15, 2015. All presenters must be PCA/ACA members by the time of the conference.

Please send proposals through the PCA/ACA submission database: General instructions for submissions may be found at

For further assistance, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:

Corey Taylor
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920

For additional information, please visit the PCA/ACA website at

By web submission at 08/10/2015 - 20:11

CFP Cities of the Future (9/30/2015; NeMLA Hartford, CT 3/17-20/2016)

Cities of the Future - NeMLA Conference 2016 - Hartford, CT
full name / name of organization: Matthew Lambert / Carnegie Mellon University
contact email:

This panel seeks to explore representations of futuristic cities from all periods in American literature, film, and other cultural mediums. In particular, it seeks papers responding to one or more of the following questions: In what ways have American writers and filmmakers envisioned future urban landscapes? In what ways have these visions changed over the course of American history and why? How have urban theorists, critics, and reformers as well as particular ideologies (Christian, technocratic, socialist, libertarian, environmentalist, etc.) shaped them? In what ways do the past and present (or the erasure of the past and/or present) affect their depictions? What different cultural modes (the utopian, dystopian, pastoral, etc.) do writers, filmmakers, painters, etc. use to depict future cities and how do they combine these modes to explore social tensions and/or tensions within the cultural modes themselves? How do American writers depict future cities in ways that are different from other cultures? And how does using different cultural mediums change the way artists depict future cities?

Ultimately, I hope papers in this panel will help trace the function and development of futuristic cities in American culture, drawing and building upon work on urban spaces by figures like Mike Davis, David Harvey, and Fredric others. I hope to receive papers from different potentially representative time periods, including our own, that might allow us to create a trajectory from the earliest renditions of future cities to more contemporary ones. Doing so, I think, will help us better understand the general need in American culture to imagine and depict future cities as well as the various intents behind their designs and functions. It will also help us critique the problems and omissions in past and present depictions, perhaps pointing the way towards envisioning (and creating) more inclusive, just, and environmentally safe cities.

NeMLA's 2016 Conference is in Hartford, CT. and runs from March 17th to March 20th. All proposals should be submitted through the NeMLA's online submission page ( by September 30th, 2015. Notification for acceptance will be made by October 15th. Please contact me by email ( if you have any questions.

By web submission at 08/09/2015 - 17:54

CFP Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World (8/31/2015; Athens, Greece 1/3-6/2016)

Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World, 3-6 January 2016, Athens, Greece
full name / name of organization: The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
contact email:

The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing a Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World which will be held in Athens, Greece on 3-6 January 2016. In the past, the five research units of AHRD have organized 50 annual international conferences on history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, languages, as well as the visual and performing arts. The aim of the conference session lies in discussing the significance of recollecting the Victorian literary past in the present-day fiction by means of diversified historical narratives.
Moreover, other topics are welcome (but are not confined to):

  • The notion of historical fiction: history in neo-Victorian texts
  • The idea behind the revival of the Victorian past
  • Neo-Victorian fiction and the process of historical recollection
  • Is neo-Victorian fiction always “historical”?
  • Victorian morality and social standards introduced in the modern literary context - (is it valid?)
  • “Readerly communities” – reading habits as the nexus between the Victorians and us
  • Neo-, retro- or post-Victorian fiction – proliferation of terms and their significance
  • “Reviving the ghosts:” nostalgia and longing for the past in neo-Victorian fiction
  • Neo-Victorian biographies
  • The relations between the author and the reader in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • Neo-Victorian prequels/sequels to the Victorian texts and their significance in the study of the literary past
  • The notion of Bildunsgroman in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • The notion of “gentleman” in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • Women as protagonists in neo-Victorian fiction
  • Class-consciousness as presented in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
  • The idea of the “Victorian values” and their use/misuse in the modern literary discourse and historical narratives
  • The marginalised voices in neo-Victorian texts

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at

All areas of arts, humanities and related disciplines will be considered, including papers on education. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 31 August 2015, by email, to the Dr. George Poulos, Vice President of Research, ATINER. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association and its mission is to act as a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - can meet in Athens in order to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and thirty-nine Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:

By web submission at 08/13/2015 - 05:41