CfP: Reimagining Beauty and the Beast

Paper proposals can be submitted now for a one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Bristol on September 7, 2016 titled "Reimagining Beauty and the Beast".

CfP: Fantastic

Paper and panel proposals are sought for the "Fantastic" at the 2016 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to take place at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire on October 21 and 22, 2016.

Conf: Imagining Apocalypse

The University of Oxford hosts a one-day interdisciplinary conference titled "Imagining Apocalypse" on June 18, 2016.

This conference is organised in collaboration with Dr Catherine Redford (University of Oxford) will bring together academics from various disciplines including English, History, Theology, History of Art, and Music to reassess the numerous responses to the idea of apocalypse produced during the ‘long’ eighteenth century. A plenary lecture will be given by Professor Fiona Stafford (Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford).


CfP: Monster Media

Article proposals are sought for a collection on Monster Media in their Historical Contexts, edited by Verena Bernardi and Frank Jacob.

Series or movies on vampires, werewolves, zombies, and monsters are en vogue again and have experienced a revival on the big and small screens and in novels. Zombies are marching through the United States in The Walking Dead and provide a new image of coolness in iZombie, while vampires have established a new life in the American South in True Blood (TB) or are in the process of saving a small town by unravelling its mysteries in The Vampire Diaries (TVD). Hollywood productions like Underworld have also attracted countless fans around the world. Although monster movies, series, and novels are not a new phenomenon, what has changed is the representation and the image of these monsters. While vampires, for example, used to be vile creatures literally sucking the life out of their human prey, we now encounter domesticized versions of these former monsters who more than once also save human lives instead of threatening them.
While all depictions of zombies, werewolves, etc. somehow link their monsters to historical aspects of a region or a broader historical or social context, the reception and acceptance of these monsters has changed with time. The editors of the edited volume Monster Media in their Historical Contexts consequently ask for different perspectives:
  1. How is the depicted monster historically explained? 
  2. How is it historically linked to the depicted environment?
  3. How has the reception of monster media changed throughout history? 
Please send a short chapter proposal (300 words) on specific case studies (film, series, novel, short stories etc.), or broader theoretical approaches, to Verena Bernardi (verena.bernardi@gmail.com) and Frank Jacob (fjacob@qcc.cuny.edu) by May 31, 2016. Final chapters ranging from 6,000-9,000 words are due on February 15, 2017. Style guides will be provided by the editors in case of acceptance of a proposal.

CfP: ilinx – Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft (Berlin Contributions to Cultural Studies) on Fallow Lands

Für das 5. Themenheft der ilinx – Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, herausgegeben von Katja Kynast, Birgit Lettmann und Stephan Zandt, werden Beiträge zum Thema "Brachen" gesucht.

Contributions can now be proposed for the fifth thematic issue of ilinx – Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft (Berlin Contributions to Cultural Studies), edited by Katja Kynast, Birgit Lettmann and Stephan Zandt, on "fallow lands".


CfP: The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman

Article proposals can be submitted now for a collected volume on The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman: In Darkness, In Light, and In Shadow, edited by Joseph Michael Sommers, CMU, and Kyle Eveleth, U-Kentucky.

CfP: The Female Science Fiction Western

Original, previously unpublished essays are sought for a collection tentatively titled The Science Fiction Western: Representation of Female Characters in the Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Media, edited by Melanie A. Marotta and Kolin Ford.