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New CFPs – Tolkien, Whedon & Medievalism

Three new opportunities to disseminate your scholarship!

I.) The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR

Call for articles for the inaugural “issue” of The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR), a peer-reviewed open access electronic journal to be published by ValpoScholar, the publishing and institutional repository of Valparaiso University (supported by Bepress).  The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR) has the goal of providing high-quality research and scholarship based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) and on transformative and derivative texts based on his work to a wide and diverse audience.  This journal will focus on multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to Tolkien studies, including gaming, media and literary adaptations, fan productions, and audience reception. For more information about the journal and submission guidelines, please go to and click on “Submit Article” on the left-hand side to start the process.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Brad Eden, Editor, at  The journal will also have a book reviews section, edited by well-known Tolkien scholar Douglas A. Anderson.  If you would like to be considered as a reviewer, or have suggestions of items for review, please contact Douglas at Submissions and publication will be on-going, so there is No Deadline.


II. Area of Whedon Studies, 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCAACA) Annual Conference, October 3-5, 2014, Indianapolis, IN.

Call for Papers on any aspect of Joss Whedon’s television and web texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); his films (Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Marvel’s The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing); his comics (e.g. Fray, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Sugarshock!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Season Nine); 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. 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. For more information, email Katherine (Kaydee) Whaley, Upload 250 word abstract or panel proposal on any aspect of Whedon Studies to the Whedon Studies area: DEADLINE April 30, 2014.


III. “Medievalisms on the Move,”  29th International Conference on Medievalism, October 24-25, 2014, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Call for Papers: “Medievalisms on the Move” will investigate the manifold transformations that happen when recreations, reinventions, and redefinitions of the “medieval” move from one cultural space and time to another. We also imagine contributions that would show how medievalisms move between different discourses, genres, technological modes, historical periods, geographies, religions, art forms, social levels, research paradigms, etc. In addition to these contributions to the general theme of the conference, we invite any and all papers on the reception of medieval culture in postmedieval times. Inquiries, one page proposals for entire sessions (Deadline: April 15, 2014), and one page proposals for individual papers (Deadline: June 1, 2014) should be sent to the conference organizers at