Sunday, June 21, 2015

NEPCA Fantastic 2015 First Area Update

A quick update on our recent campaign for papers for the 2015 meeting of NEPCA at Colby-Sawyer College this coming Halloween weekend. The area received approximately 20 submissions with the majority fitting into our theme of monsters. Thanks again to everyone who submitted a proposal. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be going out ASAP.

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

CFP Saga Making in Contemporary (Jap)animations (6/10/15; PAMLA 11/6-8/15)

One last call for the day:

Saga Making in Contemporary (Jap)animations
CFP for PAMLA conference in Nov, Portland, on animation
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Special session for 113th Annual Conference of Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Portland, Oregon Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015. Submission should be made electrically on the webpage of PAMLA by June 10. Session chair: Takayuki Yokota-Murakami (Osaka University)

Panel description:

Lyotard declared the death of grand narratives in postmodernity. (Jap)animations, however, demonstrate tendency for large-scale chronology (Gundam, Evangelion, etc.). Are these attempts at giving signification to reality? Or are they simply commercialization of time and narrative? This session invites explorations of the notions of history and narrative in contemporary (Jap)animations. Longer description: Lyotard’s diagnosis that grand narratives are dead in the age of postmodernity is widely accepted. However, the penchant for a master narrative appears to have remained active in Japanese animations. This is all the more significant since Japanimation is often regarded as a typically “postmodern” genre. In fact, the Japanese philosopher, Hiroaki Azuma, relying on Aleksandr Kojeve’s idea that history has terminated in Japan, points to a database-like system of Otaku sexuality as opposed to a narrative construction of desire. Nonetheless, many of the canonical Japanimations, notably SF animes, demonstrates a marked tendency for historicization: Gundam series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, etc. Not only do they adhere to large-scale chronology, but some even give the sense of a grand narrative of emancipation (consider, for instance, Evangelion’s Human Instrumentality Project). Do they defy Lyotard’s rejection of grand narratives? Are these sagas attempts at giving signification to reality, by means of narratives, in the postmodern world of relativization? Or are they simply commercialization of time and narrative that is deprived of any sense of emancipation, progress, or speculation? This session thus invites explorations of the notions of history and narrative in contemporary (Jap)animations. - See more at:

Takayuki Yokota-Murakami

CFP Critical Insights FILM volume on Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (10/15/2015)

Call for Papers: Critical Insights FILM volume on Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The editor of a new Critical Insights FILM volume on Arthur Penn’s 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde, seeks contributors to write chapters on any topic on the film.

Critical Insights FILM is a new multi-volume series that offers original introductory criticism on key directors and individual films that are used in teaching at the advanced high school and the undergraduate level. The quality of scholarship and the level of analysis for this series are designed to provide the best and most well-rounded overviews of the directors and films covered. Each volume is peer edited by a scholar in the field. The result is a collection of authoritative, in-depth scholarly essays, written with clarity and avoiding excessive jargon, for students and teachers alike. All chapters are written as original material and include an MLA-style “Works Cited” section and citations embedded in the text.

Published and distributed by Salem Press, new volumes in the series are solicited and edited by Grey House Publishing. The publisher owns the copyright of all submissions to its volumes.

Topics of interest might include Bonnie and Clyde and gangster film, American masculinity, influence on fashion, relationship to the historical Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, “lovers on the lam” films, the French New Wave, reception of the film in non-North American markets, cinematography, sound, montage.

Specific slightly shorter (4000-5000 words) essays are requested on the film’s critical reception, on its relationship to its time, and a comparative analysis of two or three films across the genre represented by the film.

Final drafts of chapters of approximately 5000-5500 words will be due on October 15, 2015.

Contributors will be compensated upon the submission of completed chapters.

To contribute, please send a proposed title and a short abstract (250 words or less) of the proposed chapter along with a short bio (150 words) by July 15, 2015, to Rebecca Martin at Please also feel free to send any questions.  

Rebecca Martin
Pace University
Dept of English & Modern Language Studies
861 Bedford Rd/Choate 255W
Pleasantville NY 10570
Fax (914) 989-8639

CFP Authorizing Tolkien (Spec Issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research) (7/1/2015)

A great idea; please note some modification in the call to link the reference:

CFP: Authorizing Tolkien: Questions of Adaptation, Control, Dissemination, and Transformation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works [Special Issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research]
Friday, May 29, 2015

This proposal for a themed issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research seeks articles about the matters of adaptation, control  dissemination, and transformation of Tolkien’s works (including those published by his son, Christopher), and the implications such matters have for current and future scholarship in the areas of Tolkien Studies, film and media studies, cultural studies, adaptation studies, gaming, and fan studies.

In 2012, Christopher Tolkien gave an interview to Le Monde, a French newspaper, in which he describes himself as turning his head from the recent commercialization of his father’s work: “Il ne me reste qu’une seule solution: tourner la tête” (Tolkien, l'anneau de la discorde). Fans and critics alike have had strong opinions about the validity of adaptations of Tolkien’s works, beginning with the Rankin-Bass animated versions of The Hobbit and Return of the King, Ralph Bakshi’s partially-rotoscoped animated adaptation, a number of video games based on Tolkien’s narratives, fan fiction, fan art, etc.

These public adaptations, both commercial and amateur, are a direct reflection of the complex global receptions of Tolkien's works over the past seventy-eight years, including the ways in which his works are discussed and taught in a variety of socio-political contexts and the growing high and medieval fantasy publishing and film productions.

Article topics are not limited to, but can include, ideas of authority with respect to Tolkien’s intellectual property” (crossing) boundaries in adaptation, expanding (even potentially negative) critiques of Tolkien’s narratives, modes of retelling Tolkien’s stories, the issues of adaptation into different media,  original fantasy fiction and films influenced by Tolkien's work, approaches to teaching Tolkien's work, etc.

Proposal Deadline:  July 1, 2015

First Draft Deadline:  December 10, 2015

Final Draft Deadline: May 10 2016 (to Journal of Tolkien Research)


Michael Elam (

Robin Anne Reid (

Length:  (recomended): 10,000-30,000 words (including Works Cited)

Format:  MLA 7th

Michael Elam; Robin Reid

CFP Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns - Film & History Conference 2015 (7/1/2015; Madison, WI 11/5-8/2015)

Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns - DEADLINE EXTENDED (7/1/15; 11/5-8/15)
Discussion published by Cynthia Miller on Saturday, June 6, 2015

*****  DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! *****


“Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns”
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
November 5-8, 2015

Journeys can be deceptive. Full of purpose, they are nonetheless plastic and boundless: from the social journeys of women in Britain or children in India and the political journeys of native populations in Australia or the Americas, to the physical journeys of ships through space and time or of comic-book heroes through urban landscapes; from the psychological journeys of warriors in Kenya and painters in New York, to the economic journeys into Wall Street or the middle class or the empty street. To what extent might the journey on a film also be the journey of that film, of the actors, writers, and directors striving to give shape to experiences outside their own?

On the other hand, what kinds of journeys matter to which kinds of audiences? Ten different films might be made about the journey of coal miners in West Virginia or of engineers in South Korea. Why does one “journey” prevail or another? What has one specific cinematic experience done to their stories, to their histories?  What teleological shape has Hollywood given to “crime” in Los Angeles or to “medicine” in urban centers, to the expansionist ideology of nuclear powers or to the racial ideology of homogenous populations? What goals or purposes have certain films or networks of films created? For whom? And which detours or breakdowns on the road to those purposes have decisively altered them?

Film & History welcomes paper and panel proposals for all areas, exploring the interlocking concepts of “Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns” across a wide variety of production systems [Hollywood, independent film, network and cable television], genres [animation, science fiction, noir, comedy, reality television], geographies [narratives of immigration, national and transnational movement of films], ideas and innovations [sight, sound, special effects], individuals [producers, filmmakers, stars, production personnel], and venues [movie palaces, drive-in theaters].

Our annual conference will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel (in the heart of downtown Madison, WI, next to the historic Capitol), November 5-8, 2015. Attendees will receive specially-discounted room rates for this premier hotel. Air travel may be arranged conveniently through the regional airport in Madison or the international airport in Milwaukee.

Deadline for proposals for individual papers and full panels has been EXTENDED to July 1, 2015.  Please consult our website <> or our Facebook page <> for full calls for papers for each area.  If your proposal does not seem to fit squarely within one of our areas, please submit it directly to Cynthia Miller, Area Chair Manager, at

The following is a list of our topic areas:

1950s and 60s TV
Classical Antiquity
Disability & Difference
Exploitation Film
Explorers and Exploration
Film Exhibition
Girlz II Women
Journeys of Identity
Journeys of Love
Queer Film and Television
Race & Ethnicity
Road Movies
Studio System
Time Travel
Wandering Jews

CFP MAPACA 2015 (6/30/2015; Philadelphia 11/5-7/2015)

This is a great venue:

CFP: Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) -- 26th Annual Conference – Philadelphia, PA – Nov. 5-7, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
26th Annual Conference
November 5-7, 2015
Philadelphia, PA –Sonesta Philadelphia

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Philadelphia, PA. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

UPDATE: MAPACA is pleased to announce that this year’s special guest and Divine Impact Award winner will be Terry Gross, award-winning host of NPR’s Fresh Air.  More details will be announced soon.

For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit General questions can be directed to mapaca at mapaca dot net.

MAPACA’s membership is comprised of college and university faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate and undergraduate students. MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multi-disciplinary manifestations. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a “multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.”

For more info, visit

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
P.O. Box 25033
Philadelphia, PA 19147-0033

CFP Encyclopedia of American Folklore (7/15/2015)

CFP: American Myths, Legends, and Folktales
Sunday, June 14, 2015

ABC-Clio is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in early 2016.  The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics.  The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.

ABC-Clio intends to offer an up-to-date, attractive resource based on current scholarship in the field, including useful illustrations, selections from primary texts, informative sidebars, and references for further reading and research.  Entries will provide coverage of diverse traditions within the genre of folklore and mythology, including Native American traditions, and include treatment of newer traditions such as urban legends and UFO stories.

Contributors will receive publication credit in the encyclopedia and may choose from several options for compensation.  The editors will send information about compensation upon request.

Deadline for the FINAL round of submissions is July 15, 2015.

Writers should contact the editors to request a list of available entries.  Send name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, email address and a current CV to:

Jeffrey B. Webb
Edwina Patton Chair in the Arts & Sciences and
Professor, Department of History
Huntington University
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, Indiana  46750


Thursday, June 18, 2015

CFP Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (1/4/16; UK 7/7-10/16)

I was going to post this on the monster blog, but Whedon Studies has become so much more than Buffy/Angel. Formatting was preserved from the original post:

Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, 7-10 July 2016 / Proposals, 4 January 2016

full name / name of organization: 
Whedon Studies Association
contact email:

Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association (, the Whedon Studies Association, and conveners Stacey Abbott and Tanya R. Cochran solicit proposals for the seventh biennialSlayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW7). This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon will be held on the campus of Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, England, UK, 7-10 July 2016. Simon Brown of Kingston University will serve as local arrangements chair, supported by the Euroslayage organizing committee Bronwen Calvert, Lorna Jowett, and Michael Starr.
We welcome proposals of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Whedon’s television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFireflyDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogDollhouseMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); his films (SerenityThe Cabin in the WoodsMarvel’s The AvengersMuch Ado About NothingThe Avengers: Age of Ultron); his comics (e.g. FrayAstonishing X-MenRunawaysSugarshock!Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason EightNine, and TenAngel: After the FallAngel & Faith Season Nine and Ten); or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, a proposal may address paratexts, fandoms, or Whedon’s extracurricular—political and activist—activities, such as his involvement with Equality Now. As this is the first Slayage conference to take place in Europe, we also welcome proposals about Whedon’s work in relation to notions of Britishness, heritage, globalization, language, as well as its transnational and international reception. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women’s studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, and others. In other words, multidisciplinary discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. A proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and over a dozen years of the blind peer-reviewed journal Slayage.
An individual paper is strictly limited to a reading time of 20 minutes, and we encourage, though do not require, self-organized panels of three presenters. Proposals for workshops, roundtables, or other types of sessions are also welcome. Submissions by graduate and undergraduate students are invited; undergraduates should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). Proposals should be submitted online through the SCW7 website ( and will be reviewed by program chairs Stacey Abbott, Tanya R. Cochran, and Rhonda V. Wilcox. Submissions must be received by Monday, 4 January 2016. Decisions will be made by 1 March 2016. Questions regarding proposals can be directed to Rhonda V. Wilcox at the conference email address:

CFP UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts (Grad Conf) (12/1/15; Alabama 2/26-27/16)

Looks like a great idea:

UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts
full name / name of organization:
University of North Alabama English Department
contact email:

Call for Papers:
The University of North Alabama English Department
Announces the 7th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English
February 26-27, 2016

UNApocalypse: Exploring Dystopianism in Texts

Recently, there has been a resurgence of critical interest in dystopianism, which is mirrored by dystopic themes in contemporary literature and pop culture like The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games series, and dystopian graphic novels. The University of North Alabama’s Department of English invites proposals for scholarly papers which investigate any aspect of dystopianism or its converse, utopianism, in language, literature, or other media. For example, topics might include readings of works within the genre of utopic or dystopic literature, but we also welcome examinations of these themes in texts. We are interested in receiving examinations of texts from any time period or country of origin, but we are particularly interested in contemporary and nontraditional texts or media.

Possible topics and representative texts may include (but are not limited to):
Film and film adaptations
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
YA literature and novels
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Television shows
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Comics and graphic novels
Divergent series (novels and film adaptations)
Studies of fan fiction
V for Vendetta (graphic novel or film adaptation)
Contemporary and classic literature
The Republic by Plato
Marxist and neo-Marxist criticism
Utopia by Thomas More
Gender studies and feminist theory
Zombie genre films, TV shows, novels, and graphic novels
Postcolonial theory
Science fiction and fantasy
Queer theory
Satire and political commentary
Diversity in dystopian texts
Post-apocalyptic texts

The keynote speaker for this conference will be announced at a later date.

We welcome proposals from current students and recent graduates (within the last five years) of MA or PhD programs in English, Film Studies, or Cultural Studies. Presentations should be twenty-minutes in length and may explore a range of topics addressing our theme in relation to literature, film, or other new media. Presentations that utilize audiovisual presentations are encouraged.

Please upload proposals of 250-300 words by December 1, 2015 to the conference website at You may also send proposals directly to Eric Hughes at Suggestions for panels are also welcomed. All proposals will receive a decision on acceptance by January 15, 2016.

Travel Scholarships:
A limited number of travel scholarships for out-of-town presenters are available and must be made at time of proposal submission. Presenters will be notified of travel scholarship award when they are notified of acceptance. More information and the application can be found on our website:

Prize for Best Paper:
At the closing session of the conference, presenters will be asked to vote on the three best papers presented at the conference. Following the conference, a panel of judges will award first, second, and third place standing to these three papers with a cash prize awarded to the top paper.

Further information on the conference, the University of North Alabama, our department, and the Florence area is available on our website:

By web submission at 06/17/2015 - 19:35

CFP The Age of the Geek collection (7/20/15)

Sounds like fun:

"The Age of the Geek:" Book collection. Abstract deadline 7/20/15
full name / name of organization:
"The Age of the Geek:" Book Collection
contact email:
CFP: “The Age of the Geek:” Book collection

Submission Deadline: Abstracts are due July 20, 2015

“The Age of the Geek:” Book Collection

It’s every child’s schoolyard nightmare—to be called a “nerd.” From an early age, we know that being labeled a “nerd” or a “geek” isn’t a good thing. It implies too much knowledge and too few social skills. Yet, as much as we don’t want to be labeled a “geek,” it’s obvious that as a society we value their knowledge and expertise—or Best Buy wouldn’t have labeled their technical support “The Geek Squad.” Furthermore, the popularity of the reigning “nerd” powerhouse The Big Bang Theory (now available nightly via syndication) or any number of other series— CBS’s newest hit Scorpion, NBC’s Chuck and the ubiquitous “Nerd Herd,” BBC’s Doctor Who, or the Sci-Fi Channel’s Eureka (to name but a few)—proves that America may want to watch “geeks” and use them but we “wouldn’t wanna’ be them.” A quick glance through an evening’s primetime programming begs the question: is it that American culture is becoming more accepting of difference or have we made “geeking out” okay and thereby created a new level of “geekdom”?

This book collection seeks to examine the relationship between popular culture and the ever-changing geek or nerd—to look at the way the concept of the nerd has changed over time, and at what these changes can mean for the future of “nerds” of every type. Topics could include: defining the “geek,” the geek versus the nerd, female geeks or nerds, depictions of geeks, depictions of nerds, tropes surrounding nerds/geeks, Hollywood’s pseudo-nerd creations, the “babe” in nerd/geek television series or films, differences between the two terms and their depictions in television or film, the power of the nerd, the social acceptance of the term “geek,” and much more.

Article abstracts (approximately 500 words) and a brief CV should be sent to Dr. Kathryn E. Lane at by July 20, 2015. Longer outlines or drafts are also welcome at this time. Selected authors will be notified by August 1, 2015. For those invited to contribute to the collection, articles should be 5,000-7,000 words (MLA format, minimal footnotes or endnotes, please), and completed essays should be submitted by November 30, 2015. Queries are welcome concerning submission topics.

By web submission at 06/17/2015 - 21:36

CFP Sherlock Holmes Fandom (Spec Issue of TWC) (3/1/16)

NB: The original containing formatting errors; I corrected what I could, but I could not find the original source for the call:

CFP: Transformative Works and Cultures Special Issue on Sherlock Holmes
By Bethan
Transformative Works and Cultures Special Issue CFP: SHERLOCK HOLMES FANDOM, SHERLOCKIANA, and THE GREAT GAME (3/1/16; 3/15/17)

Sherlock Holmes has attracted devoted fans almost since the date of first publication in 1887.  The oldest still-existing Sherlockian society, the Baker Street Irregulars, was founded in 1934, while the Sherlock Holmes Society of London dates from 1951.  More recent additions to the ever-growing network of organized Sherlock Holmes literary societies include the formerly all-female Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and fan groups in the media fandom model have arisen, such as the Baker Street Babes and other online communities. This special issue seeks to engage both academics and fans in writing about the older, long established Sherlockian fandom. We welcome papers that address all fandoms of Sherlock Holmes and its adaptations, particularly those that trace the connections and similarities/differences among and between older and newer fandoms.

We welcome submissions dealing with, but not limited to, the following topics:
* Questions of nomenclature, cultural distinction, class, race, gender, and sexuality
* The role of Sherlockian fandom and the Great Game in fandom history
* Academic histories of Sherlockian fandom, both organized and informal
* Connections between new adaptation-based fandoms and the older fandom
* Fan productions, e.g., pastiche, fan works, and Sherlockian writings on the Canon
* Influence of intellectual property law and norms on adaptations and fan productions
* Sherlockian publishing, e.g., MX, Titan, BSI Press or Wessex Press
* Community, e.g., Sherlockians on the Internet or Sherlockian world gatherings
* Specific national fandoms, e.g., Japanese or Chinese Sherlock Holmes reception

*Submission guidelines* Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC, is an international peer-reviewed online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. TWC aims to provide a  publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic  community and the fan community. TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Theory: Conceptual essays. Peer review, 6,000-8,000 words.
Praxis: Case study essays. Peer review, 5,000-7,000 words.
Symposium: Short commentary. Editorial review, 1,500-2,500 words.

Please visit TWC’s Web site ( for complete submission guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (

*Contact* Contact guest editor Betsy Rosenbaum and Roberta Pearson with any questions or inquiries

*Due date* Contributions are due March 1, 2016

CFP Intersection of Cartoons/Animation/Youth Media (Spec Issue of ChLAQ) (11/1/16)

Of related interest:

The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media: A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly
full name / name of organization:
Joseph Michael Sommers/ in association with the Children's Literature Association
contact email:
-Call For Papers-

The Intersection of Cartoons, Animation, and Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers
Deadline: 1 November 2016

In connection with the upcoming 2016 ChLA conference on Animation, this special issue of ChLAQ will focus broadly and widely on that multimodal and ever-expanding medium known as youth animation. From children's cartoon shorts such as Walt Disney's Steamboat Willy (1928) and Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes (1930-1969); to full-length animated motion pictures such as the work of Studio Ghibli, Pixar, and Nickelodeon; to Homestar Runner, video games, and flip books, if it's sequential art put into motion, it's on the table for discussion.

The Quarterly invites papers that craft, extend, and/or disrupt existing discussions, including (but certainly not limited to):

- Histor(-ies) of children's animation (from the Walt Disney, Fleischers, and Warners forward to the Hanna Barbera and Terrytoon Television era and all stops in between and beyond)

- The adoption of animation intended for other audiences and venues to an audience of children (The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, etc.)

- New Frontiers of Animation (modes and media, interactivity, video games, etc.)

- The commodification of and interaction between animated media and revenue streams (animation as product tie-in/commercial for toys and games [Barbie, GI Joe, Transformers, Disney Princesses, etc.])

- Adaption of print media into animation and further transmedia

- Difference in animation (broadly ­from cultural and global perspectives, styles, historical perspectives etc.)

- Stop motion, CGI, puppetry, and other operative modes in the creation of animation

- Sex(-ing) and gender(-ing) in animation for youth culture

- Close readings of animated properties.

Papers should conform to the usual style of ChLAQ and be between 5,000-7,000 words in length.

Queries and completed essays should be sent to Joseph Michael Sommers ( with a re: line indicating "ChLAQ Essay") by 1 November 2016.

The selected articles will appear in ChLAQ in 2017.

By web submission at 04/12/2015 - 19:10

CFP Animation Conference Theme (no deadline; Columbus, OH 6/9-11/16)

Came across the following by accident today. It sounds like a great venue. Source:

2016 Conference of the Children's Literature Association
Hosted by The Ohio State University
Sponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology

June 9 - 11, 2016
Columbus, OH
The Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
Conference Theme:  “Animation”
The theme for ChLA 2016 is “Animation.”  This concept reflects new developments in both the aesthetic creation and the critical analysis of children’s and YA literature.  The idea of “Animation” has a special significance for OSU, given the campus’ well-known comics collection and cartoon museum, its Wexner Center for the Arts, and its Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD).  Moreover, we feel that the theme “Animation”— defined variously as “inspiration, vivacity and liveliness” as well as “continuous motion or shape change”—will inspire a wide variety of possible paper topics.  These might include:
  • picture books and illustration
  • graphic novels for young readers
  • Jerry Griswold’s notion in Feeling Like a Kid of “aliveness” as a key feature in texts for young readers:  toys coming to life, anthropomorphized animals, etc.
  • Comics and cartoons for young people
  • critical practice as an animating act, bringing historically neglected authors and texts to the attention of current readers
  • birth, aging, and the life cycle
  • Animation from the standpoint of science and technology:  in the form of machinery, mechanics, and energy in books for young readers
  • Shape shifting and morphing
  • children’s media: film, cartoons, television, video games
  • the animation of texts that occurs in classroom settings through activities like read-alouds
  • electronic books and digital storytelling
  • children’s and YA literature in performance:  stage plays, musicals, book trailers, etc. 

The conference organizers are pleased to announce that Gene Luen Yang will be a featured speaker.  He will be giving a talk and book signing on the evening of Thursday, June 9!
Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, includingDuncan’s KingdomThe Rosary Comic BookPrime Baby and Animal Crackers.American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 2016 Francelia Butler lecture, "Children's Comics, Past and Present," will be co-presented by:
Charles Hatfield - Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, author of Alternative Comics (2005) and the Eisner Award-winning Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (2011) and co-editor of The Superhero Reader (2013). He has served on the boards of the International Comic Arts Forum (1997-2009) and MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives (2010-2013). His essays on children’s comics have appeared in The Lion and the UnicornChildren’s Literature Association QuarterlyOxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (2011), and Keywords for Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2011). Charles is currently curating a Kirby exhibition and co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Comics.

Joe Sutliff Sanders - Associate Professor in the Children's Literature track of the English Department at Kansas State University.  He is the author of a book about classic orphan girl novels (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011) and the co-editor, with Jackie C. Horne, of a collection of essays about The Secret Garden (Scarecrow, 2011).  In 2011, Joe received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 2013 he was the Fulbright fellow to the University of Luxembourg.  Joe is the editor of a collection of essays about the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (University Press of Mississippi, 2016) and the author of new and forthcoming essays on picture books, manga, digital comics, and the history of children's comics.

Location: The Sheraton Columbus, Ohio

For more information:

Contact: Association Manager
Phone: 630-571-4520

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media

Here's a second McFarland collection for the night. Heit offers readers a nice mix of the mundane and the fantastic.

Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media
Edited by Jamey Heit

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5845-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8510-9
notes, bibliographies, index
233pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2011

Price: $35.00
Available for immediate shipment

About the Book
What is evil? How do we understand it in our culture? The thirteen essays in this critical volume explore the different ways in which evil is portrayed in popular culture, particularly film and novels. Iconic figures of evil are considered, as is the repeated use of classic themes within our intellectual tradition. Topics covered include serial killers in film, the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, Star Wars, and more. Collectively, these essays suggest how vital the notion of evil is to our culture, which in turn suggest a need to reflect on what it means to value what is good.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1
Introduction      3

1. The Aesthetic of Evil      13
2. The Devil Made Me Do It! The Devil in 1960s-1970s Horror Film      28
3. Frankenstein’s Legacy: The Mad Scientist Remade      46
4. Focus on the Family: Good and Evil Vampires in the Twilight Saga      64
5. The Dichotomy of the Great Mother Archetype in Disney Heroines and Villainesses      80
6. Exploring the Relay Gaze in Hollywood Cinema: Serial Killers and the Women Who Hunt Them      97
7. Wanting the White Witch      113
8. Paradise Inverted: Philip Pullman’s Use of High Fantasy and Epic Poetry to Portray Evil in His Dark Materials      125
9. Sim Evil: Avatars and the Ethical Game Mechanic      145
10. Making Modern Evil: Terrorism, Torture, and the Creation of Evil in 24      162
11. No Laughing Matter: The Joker as a Nietzschean Critique of Morality      175
12. I Am Your Father: The Villain and the Future Self      189
13. Hearts of Darkness: Voldemort and Iago, with a Little Help from Their Friends      202

Epilogue      218
About the Contributors      221
Index      223

About the Editor
Jamey Heit is the co-founder and CEO of Essay Assay, Inc., an automated assessment company. An active researcher and writer in cultural studies, he teaches humanities courses online at Walden University.

Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games

Been catching up on my McFarland collections. Perlich and Whitt offer a varied yet deeply informative set of essays.

Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games
Edited by John Perlich and David Whitt

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4562-2
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5592-8
notes, bibliographies, index
212pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2010

Price: $39.95
Available for immediate shipment

About the Book
Contemporary myths, particularly science fiction and fantasy texts, can provide commentary on who we are as a culture, what we have created, and where we are going. These nine essays from a variety of disciplines expand upon the writings of Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. Modern examples of myths from various sources such as Planet of the Apes, Wicked, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Spirited Away; the Harry Potter series; and Second Life are analyzed as creative mythology and a representation of contemporary culture and emerging technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface: "There and Back Again…"      1

Contrasting Colors
1. Sorting Heroic Choices: Green and Red in the Harry Potter Septology
2. The Complexity of Evil in Modern Mythology: The Evolution of the Wicked Witch of the West
3. Polysemous Myth: Incongruity in Planet of the Apes

New Champions
4. The Hero with the Thousand-and-First Face: Miyazaki’s Girl Quester in Spirited Away and Campbell’s Monomyth
(DEE GEORTZ)      67
5. The Odyssey of Madame Souza: A Heroine’s Quest in The Triplets of Belleville
(DAVID WHITT)      83
6. Rethinking the Monomyth: Pan’s Labyrinth and the Face of a New Hero(ine)
(JOHN PERLICH)      100

No Boundaries
7. Actors and Their Mythic Heroes: From the Doctor to Captain Kirk
(DJOYMI BAKER)      129
8. Running Free in Angelina Jolie’s Virtual Body: The Myth of the New Frontier and Gender Liberaton in Second Life
9. So Where Do I Go from Here? Ghost in the Shell and Imagining Cyborg Mythology for the New Millennium

Epilogue: "Always in Motion Is the Future…"      193
About the Contributors      197
Index      199

About the Editors
John Perlich is a professor of communication studies at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.
David Whitt is an associate professor of communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.