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October 2015: Upcoming Calls for Papers

Looking to share your ideas? Want to be published? Check out these calls for papers that are right up the alley of just about every Mythgardian. If you are interested, submit a proposal by the deadlines.

(Additional details about each CFP is available by selecting each individual heading.)


Volume on The Hobbit by Grey House Publishing

Proposals Due Oct. 30, 2015 – Ideal for those wishing to write an entire chapter of this forthcoming book, with chapters on cultural/historical context, comparing Tolkien with another author, critical reception, and other topics agreed on by contributing writers and the managing editor.


Wonder Tales: The 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Proposals due Oct. 31, 2015 – This conference, which takes place March 16-20, 2016, in Orlando, Fla., will focus on “Wonder Tales,” which is a term folklorists often use for “fairy tales” due to their emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder. Papers should explore wonder tales and their modern forms, along with reader responses of wonder to fantastic texts, uses of wonder within fantastic texts, how wonder is invoked across media and genres, and the relationship between wondering (marveling) and wondering (questioning). Papers on the conference guests are welcome, as are proposals for individual papers and academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.


Domestic Entanglements in the Works of Joss Whedon

Proposals due Nov. 1, 2015 – This volume focuses on representations of domestic situations in the works of Joss Whedon. Key questions this text aims to address include, but are not limited to:

  • How domestic space is used to reflect, simulate, or provoke social transformation
  • How gender constructs are challenged by domestic domains in the Whedonverse
  • The ways that texts and/or specific spaces challenge political, social, familial, ideological, and other constructions of domesticity?
  • The impact of technology on domestic interactions, domains and objects
  • The influence and alterations of narrative domesticity between media (i.e., cinema, television, web series, comics, etc.)


37th Annual SWPACA Conference

Proposal deadline is Nov. 1, 2015 – This is a huge conference with many different tracks and individual calls for papers, so browse the link to find out what will fit your particular niche. Here are a few topics that might be relevant to Mythgardians—horror (literary and cinematic), the geek and popular culture, children’s/young adult literature and culture, creative writing, graphic novels, comics, myth and fairy tales, mystery/detective fiction, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Joss Whedon, science fiction and fantasy, and more.


Romance in Medieval Britain Conference

Two deadlines: Nov. 1, 2015; Feb. 1, 2016 – The 15th Biennial Romance in Medieval Britain Conference will convene in Summer 2016. For the first time ever, it will be hosted outside of the British Isles and Ireland. This conference addresses the genre of Romance – understood broadly – during the Middle Ages in the multilingual literary landscape of the British Isles (and Ireland).


Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen

Deadline Nov. 15, 2015 – Sherlockians, this is your chance! This collection will  historicize and by exploring versions of Sherlock Holmes in films and on television. Holmes Onscreen will analyze why people continue to be fascinated by Holmes and examine the treatments social issues such as gender, race, international relations, and terrorism. The Journal’s editors encourage proposals on new theoretical, historical, critical, and analytical perspectives on Holmesian adaptations – canonical and otherwise – with a view of furthering scholarship both about the character and about his portrayal in cinema and television.


Realizing the Unreal: Victorian Speculative fiction in Context

Abstracts due Nov. 15, 2015 – This special issue of The Journal of the Centre for Victorian Studies will focus on Victorian speculative fiction and its thematic, generic, cultural, and historical contexts. Victorian speculative fiction is usually described as “a flight from the real”; the issue’s editors encourage submissions show how the Victorian imagination engages with the unreality of the real or creates alternative realities using different forms of speculative fiction.


Werewolves: Studies in Transformations

Deadline Nov. 30, 2015 – The journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural is accepting articles, creative pieces, and reviews of events, games, films and books for a themed issue on werewolves (currently scheduled for Autumn 2016). This issue will be guest edited by Dr. Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck. All approaches are welcome, and writings may examine any aspect of the werewolves representations in literature, drama, fan cultures, film, television, animation, games and role playing, art, music or material culture from any era.


Exploring the Dark Shadows Mythos

Abstracts due Dec. 1, 2015 – This CFP comes from Mythgard’s own Dr. Andrew Higgins. The broad topics these papers could explore are:

  • Literary tropes and sources that have been reimagined/repurposed for Dark Shadows storylines
  • Barnabas Collins’ place in the development of the vampire in modern horror texts
  • The unique use of time-travel and parallel time in the narrative of Dark Shadows
  • The Mythos of Dark Shadows and the role of trans-medial world-building through various texts.
  • The fan reception of Dark Shadows including the muli-generational interest in the show.
  • The fan-fiction of Dark Shadows and what this has added to the Dark Shadows mythos.


In More’s Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction

Deadline Dec. 4, 2015 – Contributors are invited to submit papers for a special issue of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. The issue’s editors will consider articles on any aspect of More’s text and its relationship to modern and contemporary science fiction. Topics that Mythgardians might be interested in:

  • Utopia and language
  • Utopia and religion
  • Travel and exploration
  • Economics and social organization
  • Political organization of utopias
  • The private versus the public


The Euroslayage Conference on the Whedonverses

Proposal deadline Jan. 4, 2016 – This bi-annual conference is dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon. The conference welcomes proposals of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of Whedon’s television series, web texts, films and comics, or any element of the work of Whedon and his collaborators. Additionally, proposals may address fandoms, paratexts, or Whedon’s political and activist activities – such as his involvement with Equality Now.


Science Fiction and Medical Humanities

Deadline April 1, 2016 – We invite papers of broad interest to an international readership of medical humanities scholars and practising clinicians on the topic ‘Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities’. Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Clinicians as science-fiction writers
  • Representations of medicine, health, disability, and illness in science-fiction literature, cinema, and other media
  • The use and misuse of science fiction in public engagement with biomedical science and technology
  • Utopian narratives of miraculous biomedical progress (and their counter-narratives)
  • Socio-political critique in medical science fiction (via cognitive estrangement, critical utopias, etc.)
  • Science fiction as stimulus to biomedical research and technology (e.g. science-fiction prototyping)
  • Science-fiction tropes, motifs and narratives in medical publicity, research announcements, promotional material, etc.
  • The visual and material aesthetic of science fiction in medicine and healthcare settings


Standing Calls for Papers

The following items are general calls for papers with no particular deadlines at journals that may interest Mythgardians.


Revenant Journal

The journal seeks to publish a mix of both creative writing and academic articles covering any aspect of the supernatural from any time period. Topics might include:

  • Discussions of classic Victorian ghost stories
  • Articles about Shakespeare’s ghosts
  • Science fiction
  • Standing stones
  • Science and the supernatural
  • Architecture
  • Television, film, television, games or new media

The journal encourages a cross-theoretical approach and accepts explorations of gender, sexuality, spirituality, post-colonialism, Marxism or eco-criticism. Creative writing can take the form of fantastic tales, new ghost stories, nature writing, and poetry. Revenant also welcomes reviews of books, television, drama, cinema, conferences and events.


SF Storyworld

This new and exciting book series aims to explore the evolution of Science Fiction (SF) and its impact upon contemporary culture. The series welcomes monographs, single author studies and essay collections, including anthologies based upon conference proceedings. The aim is to publish texts that will not only benefit other academics but will also further the student reader’s knowledge. The objective is to build a library of critical works that will be insightful, informative and reliable by situating the history of SF within recent developments in terms of both artistic and theoretical practice.


Journal of Science Fiction

Dr. Sturgis highlighted this journal on her blog.

The Museum of Science Fiction is starting an academic journal of science fiction using University of Maryland’s journal management system. The first issue will launch in January 2016 and will allow scientists and academics around the world to discuss science fiction, including recent trends, its influence on the modern world, and its prognostications of the future.

The Journal of Science Fiction will be an open-format online publication (freely accessible to everyone without subscription or submission fees). The Journal welcomes original work from writers around the world, and emphasizes the interdisciplinary and innovative aspects of science fiction.