CfP: Hitchcock

Seeking 300-word proposals for an edited collection (already under contract with Salem Press) of 15 essays on the work of Alfred Hitchcock. All Hitchcock (and Alma Reville Hitchcock) topics are welcome. I am particularly interested in essays that address Hitchcock's silent work, Selznick-era work, and post-MARNIE works such as TOPAZ and FRENZY, but proposals on the "old standbys" are also very welcome (AND NEEDED). Proposals for essays rooted in deep theory are also welcome, but the final papers for such accepted proposals will need to be accessible to an undergraduate readership. Essays about unproduced Hitchcock works (e.g., MARY ROSE, BLIND MAN, etc.) are also welcome.
Proposals must be received by 15 June 15. Final essays will be due 15 October 15. Please send all proposals to Doug Cunningham (Westminster College) at hitchcockanthology@gmail.com.

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CfP: Studies in the Fantastic

The University of Tampa Press is pleased announce the relaunch of its journal Studies in the Fantastic.
In the spirit of new beginnings, the journal invites submissions on the subject of reboots. Now a staple of the entertainment industry, reboots regularly appear on television, in movie theaters, on computer screens, and, of course, in comics. Although hardly unique to the fantastic—appropriation and retelling are historically common throughout the arts—many of the most visible recent examples of the reboot are in fantastic genres such as science fiction and superheroes. This issue of Studies in the Fantastic asks why these genres are so ripe for reboot. Approaches dealing with canon formation, intermedia adaptation, and cultural capital are encouraged.

Submissions are due by August 1, 2015, with publication planned for the end of the year.
Please send submissions to fantastic@ut.edu.

Studies in the Fantastic is an annual journal publishing refereed essays, informed by scholarly criticism and theory, on both fantastic texts and their social function. Although grounded in literary studies, we are especially interested in articles examining genres and media that have been underrepresented in humanistic scholarship. Subjects may include, but are not limited to weird fiction, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, video games, architecture, science writing, futurism, and technocracy.

Submitted articles should conform to the following guidelines:
1. 6,000-12,000 words
2. MLA style citations and bibliography
3. A separate title page with author information to facilitate peer review
4. 1” margins, 12 point serif font, page numbers

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Update: IGA conference

The program of the upcoming biennial conference of the International Gothic Association, to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 28 to August 1, is now online:


CfP: Monsters, Demons and the Jewish Fantastic

Oy! Have We Got a Monster for You!

The Journal of Jewish Film & New Media invites submissions for a special issue on Jewish horror and fantasy in film, TV and new media productions.

Jewish Film & New Media provides an outlet for research into all aspects of Jewish film, television, and new media and is unique in its interdisciplinary nature, exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage across the globe. The journal is distinctive in bringing together a range of cinemas, televisions, films, programs, and other digital material in one volume and in its positioning of the discussions within a range of contexts—the cultural, historical, textual, and many others.
This special issue, planned for Autumn 2016, may include essays discussing any form of (broadly interpreted) Jewish horror or fantasy in film, television series (or episodes), or other digital material.

Topics may include, but are not limited to,
  • Representations of Jews in horror and fantasy films, TV series and new media productions
  • Horror & fantasy films, TV series and new media productions made by Jewish producers – i.e. Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Roman Polanski, Larry Cohen, etc.
  • Jewish spectatorship and audiences
  • Jewish folklore monsters in film, TV series and new media productions – specifically golems and dybbuks
  • Jewish parodies of horror and fantasy films, TV series and new media productions
  • Israeli horror and fantasy films, TV series and new media productions (an article on Kalvet/Rabies would be particularly appreciated)
Submissions should be 8,000-10,0000 words in length following Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Submissions should be made (electronically) to Dr. Mikel Koven (m.koven@worc.ac.uk) by 1 October, 2015. Informal enquiries and correspondence regarding this special issue should also be sent to m.koven@worc.ac.uk

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CfP: Books of Blood

Submissions are invited for the collaborative research project "Books of Blood: a cross-disciplinary investigation into blood as representation, symbol, and text in modern culture"
All humans ‘are books of blood—wherever you open us, we’re red’ (Clive Barker). If our bodies are books of blood, then they can be read; we invite such readings and contributions where blood is the signifier. We are also interested in analyses and representation of the literal presence of blood in our culture, the importance of the actual material substance of life itself.

CfP: Carnivalization and the Carnivalesque

For its 2015 SAMLA panel, the Georgia and Carolinas College English Association seeks proposals that address the theme of carnivalization and the carnivalesque. As articulated by Mikhail Bakhtin, “carnival celebrated temporary liberation from prevailing truth and from established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions. Carnival was the true feast of time, the feast of becoming, change, and renewal. It was hostile to all that was immortalized and completed.”

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • the liberating subversion of popular humor on the literary and cultural tradition
  • the overturning of hierarchies in popular carnival
  • the mingling of the sacred and the profane, the sublime and the ridiculous
  • the usurpation of power
  • the scatological
  • the grotesque
  • open/dialogic or polyphonic genres, esp. in satire and the novel
  • alternative voices versus authoritative, official culture
  • transgression of genres and gender roles
By May 29, please submit abstracts to Lee Brewer Jones, Department of English, GPC – Online: lee.jones@gpc.edu.

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CfP: Desire

The Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary graduate conference on desire, to take place from August 21 to 23, 2015 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“There is only one big thing—desire,” says Wunsch in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark (1915). Indeed, many current events can be explained through the lens of desire, indicating the extent to which human behaviours and socio-cultural phenomena seem to be dictated by yearnings of all kinds. If the recent Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi scandals, for example, have taught us anything, it is that misplaced sexual desire, gender-based violence, and structural power inequalities are not one and the same—that this sort of conflation is problematic and needs to be continually addressed. But what of repressed, socially-sanctioned, or even benevolent desires? In what ways are private desires socially constructed, the products of public discourses and tastes? What might different approaches to the study of desire in literary studies, history, sociology, psychology, or other disciplines tell us about desire itself? How might an interdisciplinary approach inform the study of desire?