Sunday, February 12, 2017


MAPACA has recently released preliminary information for its upcoming 2017 meeting to be held from 8-11 November 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Further details and links to submissions to area chairs can be found online at

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CFP Star Wars, Special Issue of Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (3/31/2017)

Call for Papers Journal of Religion and Popular Culture special issue "STAR WARS"

Event: 03/31/2017
Abstract: 03/31/2017

Organization: University of Toronto Press

With an extensive and still growing body of work, including two cinematographic trilogies, a third trilogy in process, several animated television series, and numerous books and novels, Star Wars is probably one of the richest universes in science fiction, and generates a strong and constant interest from a vivid fan community. Religions play a major role in this setting, particularly with the preponderant importance of the Force in the Star Wars universe. However, given the size of the Star Wars galaxy and the number of sentient species that inhabit it, religion in Star Wars cannot be reduced to the Force.

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture invites submissions exploring the religious dimensions of the Star Wars universe, including the religious and mystic symbols that have been extensively used in developing the varied elements of the Star Wars franchise. Papers exploring the religious dimensions and implications of the animated series’, the third trilogy, the Star Wars legends material, fans, conventions, theme parks, and other Star Wars material are particularly welcome.
This special issue will provide an up-to-date reflection on the topic of religion and Star wars, and will investigate some of the most recent avatars of the Star Wars saga through the lens of religion.

Interested authors, and book reviewers should contact guest editor, Matthieu Guitton at

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CFP 2017: A Clarke Odyssey: A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke (7/30/2017)

2017: A Clarke Odyssey: A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Event: 12/09/2017
Abstract: 07/30/2017

Location: Canterbury Christ Church University
Organization: Canterbury Christ Church University

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Baxter
Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British sf writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.

We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.

We are looking for twenty-minute papers on topics such as:
  • any of Clarke’s publications
  • influences on Clarke
  • Clarke’s influence on others
  • the Second World War
  • Sri Lanka/Ceylon
  • the Cold War
  • adaptations to film, television, radio and comic books – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rendezvous with Rama, Trapped in Space, etc.
  • collaborations
  • A.I. and computers
  • alien encounters and first contact
  • astronomy, space and space travel
  • Big Dumb Objects
  • the destiny of life and mind in the universe
  • the far future
  • futurology
  • politics
  • religion, the transcendent and the paranormal
  • science and scientists
  • world government
  • Young Adult fiction
  • the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievements in space and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation awards

Please submit four-hundred-word abstracts and a hundred-word biography to and by 30 July 2017.

The conference will be co-organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent). Further details will be available from

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CFP Imagining Alternatives (6/1/2017)

Imagining Alternatives

Event: 06/01/2017
Abstract: 06/01/2017

Organization: Resilience: A Journal for the Environmental Humanities

CFP for a Special Issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities

“Imagining Alternatives”

From Afrofuturism to dystopian, apocalyptic fiction to alternate history to ecofeminism and cli-fi, authors of speculative fictions have been interrogating alternative worlds in literature, film, television, comic books, and video games. These visions give us access to alien planets as well as alternative perspectives on our own pasts, presents, and possible futures. They reflect our hopes and fears; they offer new narratives of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality; they suggest the magic and the horror embedded in our own realities.

This special issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities invites authors to interrogate imagined alternatives to existing systems of knowledge and distributions of power. We are interested in submissions engaging with a wide variety of subjects, genres, mediums, time periods, and national origins: from cyberpunk to steampunk, and from Gothic fiction to fan fiction. We also want to encourage authors to imagine alternative formats for their own work. In addition to traditional essays, we will also consider roundtables, interviews, photo essays, web comics, YouTube videos, Flash animations, web-based games, and other creative works.

To be considered for inclusion in the special issue, submit your work via the Resilience website ( by June 1, 2017 for publication in the fall of 2017. Be certain to indicate in the abstract that you are submitting a piece for the “Imagining Alternatives” special issue.

Please direct any questions about the special issue to Megan Condis via email at or on Twitter @MeganCondis.

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CFP Mythmoot IV (2/28/17)

Mythmoot IV

Event: 06/01/2017 - 06/04/2017
Abstract: 02/28/2017

Location: Leesburg, VA
Organization: Signum University

Call for Papers

Mythgard Institute from Signum University is turning Mythmoot IV into an experience of a secondary world for academics, friends, and fans. Mythmoot will be held from June 1st to 4th, 2017, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. This year’s theme is…

Invoking Wonder

Accepting Paper, Panel, Workshop, and Creative Presentation (storytelling, music, visual arts, etc.) Proposals related to:

  • Imaginative Literature — Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction from Mary Shelley and H.P Lovecraft to Ursula Le Guin and Neil Gaiman.
  • Tolkien and Inklings Studies — Research on the works and lives of the Inklings as they interact with each other, their modern context, and classic and imaginative literature.
  • Germanic Philology — Explore relationships between language and literature in the past, present, and future.
  • Anything Else — Academic research or creative presentations that traverse literature in its wondrous variety.

~ Paper proposals should be approximately 100 words.
Presentations will be under 20 minutes long.

~ Panel proposals must be submitted in one inclusive email, with approximately 100 words describing each paper.
Panels will be presented in 1-hour sessions.

~ Workshop proposals should be approximately 200 words.
Workshops will be allotted 1 hour in total.

~ Creative Presentation proposals should provide a short description (fewer than 200 words) of the presentation.
Creative Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are accepted through 28 February 2017. Send proposals to with a subject line of “Paper Proposal,” “Panel Proposal,” “Workshop Proposal,” or “Creative Presentation Proposal.” Include a brief bio and A/V requirements.

Please Note!

Submission of any proposal is considered agreement by the presenter to attend Mythmoot and deliver the presentation if it is accepted. Presentations of any form will not be delivered in absentia.
Visit for more details!

What is Mythmoot?

Mythmoot combines academic conference, literary creative meet-up, and fan convention all into one. It develops studies in fields not considered primary in literary scholarship such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, gothic, folklore, children’s literature, etc., in a way that academics and enthusiasts will appreciate.

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CFP The Journal of Games and Gaming (4/30/17)

The Journal of Games and Gaming (JGG)
Event: 12/31/2017 - 12/31/2017
Abstract: 04/30/2017

Location: United Kingdom
Organization: The Museum of Games and Gaming

The Museum of Games and Gaming is putting together a body of work for publication in its first journal and is pleased to be launching this as an open call for papers. This is a great opportunity to get your work published as there is no publication fee, your paper will be peer reviewed and you will be assigned an editor.

The first edition of the journal is looking for Original Research, Book Reviews and Short Articles in any area covered by our current Research Themes (please see the list on our website).

If you have an idea for a paper or a work in progress please contact us as soon as possible at with your proposal including an abstract.

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CFP Pirates: Lifting the Jolly Roger in History and Popular Culture Collection (3/1/17)

Collection on pirates

Event: 03/01/2017
Abstract: 03/01/2017

Location: N/a
Organization: American Press

Pirates: Lifting the Jolly Roger in History and Popular Culture
Edited by Antonio Sanna

Since the times of their brutal aggressions to vessels journeying over the seven seas, pirates have firmly captured the imagination of writers, directors and producers all over the world and have elicited an incredible impact over contemporary culture. Pirates have been studied and represented by Daniel Defoe, Walter Scott, Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, but they have also appeared in the works of William Shakespeare, Ann Radcliffe and Lord Byron. Although their fictional representation is very different from the reality of the (either duller or more atrocious) actions that they actually committed, these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers have modelled and defined the figure of the maritime outlaws that is still firmly impressed in our minds: expert mariners, bold hunters for treasures who were often obsessed with revenge, vulgar and ruthless predators roaming the coasts and the deep seas of the five continents. Cinema has equally invested in such a figure, from Albert Parker's The Black Pirate (1926), Michael Curtiz's The Black Hawk (1940) and Disney's Treasure Island (1950) to the successful saga Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-2017) – whose most recent instalment will be in cinemas in 2017 – and Shinji Aramaki's Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013). Nevertheless, the figure of the pirate has not been confined to these media and has freely roamed through theatre, the visual arts, manga, anime, video games and park rides, thus demonstrating its centrality in contemporary popular culture.
This anthology will explore the figure of the pirate from multidisciplinary perspectives. This volume seeks previously-unpublished essays that explore the heterogeneous representations of both historical figures and fictional characters. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the subject. There are indeed several themes worth exploring when analyzing the historical and fictional representation of pirates, utilizing any number of theoretical frameworks of your choosing.

Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Historical pirates (in the seven seas)
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary pirates
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary representations of pirates in literature
  • Manga and anime
  • Pirates in the visual arts and on the stage
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean saga
  • Video games
  • Pirates and philosophy
  • Pirates and sea creatures (including monsters and mermaids)
  • Humour, Black Humour and the Macabre
  • Gender and queer readings
  • Ecocriticism
  • Alienation and misperception, conformity/nonconformity
  • Disfigurement, deformity and (dis)ability
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Adaptations, Remakes and Appropriations
  • Music in films on pirates
  • Fan practice and fan communities

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. We are open to works that focus on other topics as well and authors interested in pursuing other related lines of inquiry. Feel free to contact the editor with any questions you may have about the project and please share this announcement with colleagues whose work aligns with the focus of this volume.
Submit a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter contribution, a brief CV and complete contact information to Dr. Antonio Sanna ( by 1 March 2016. Full chapters of 4000-6000 words would be due by June/July 2017. Note: all full chapters submitted will be included subject to review.

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CFP Theorising the Popular Conference - Liverpool Hope University, 21-22 June 2017 (3/17/17)

Theorising the Popular Conference - Liverpool Hope University, 21-22 June 2017
Event: 06/21/2017 - 06/22/2017
Abstract: 03/17/2017

Location: Liverpool, UK
Organization: Liverpool Hope University

Theorising the Popular Conference 2017

Liverpool Hope University, June 21st-22nd 2017

The Popular Culture Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce its seventh annual international conference, ‘Theorising the Popular’. Building on the success of previous years, the 2017 conference aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. One of its chief goals will be to generate debate that challenges academic hierarchies and cuts across disciplinary barriers.

The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in new ways of researching ‘popular’ forms of communication and culture. In addition to papers from established and early career academics, we encourage proposals from postgraduate taught and research students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• Film and Television
• Media and Communications
• Politics and Populism
• Literature (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
• Music
• Drama and Performance
• Fan Cultures
• Sport
• Celebrity
• Social Media
• Gender: Feminism/Femininities/Masculinities/Queering/Sexualities/Representations of the Body
• Language/Linguistics

The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope’s main campus, Hope Park. Situated in a pleasant suburb of Liverpool, just four miles from the city centre, Hope Park offers superb facilities in beautiful surroundings.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Dr Jacqui Miller and Dr Joshua Gulam ( by March 17th 2017. The abstract should include your name, email address, affiliation, as well as the title of your paper.

Successful abstracts will be notified by April 3rd 2017.

Conference fees: £100 for both days, including lunch and all refreshments (£80 for students and unwaged).

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CFP Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area (6/1/17; NEPCA Amherst, MA 10/27-28/17)


Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic:

2017 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
27 and 28 October 2017
Proposals by 1 June 2017

Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair

Formed in 2008, the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017, 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 fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, horror, legend, mythology, and science fiction) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing innovative works in diverse countries, media, and time periods and for audiences at all levels. Details on previous offerings can be found on our website at

Special topics:

  • Given the proximity of the conference to Halloween, we are always interested in proposals related to monsters and the monstrous. 

  • Furthermore, 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. Be on the lookout for a separate call for our 2017 Frankenstein-themed sessions on "Frankenstein: Friend or Foe?". 

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, please address inquiries and send your biography and paper abstract (each of 250 words) to the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair at, noting “NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2017” in your subject line. Do also submit your information into NEPCA’s official Paper Proposal Form accessible from Be sure to select "Fantastic" as your designated area.

Please submit inquiries and/or proposals for complete panels directly to the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair at

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