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February 2016: Upcoming Calls For Papers (Updated)

Are you looking for a place to publish the hard work you’ve completed at Signum University? Perhaps you’ve had an idea and want to work through it as an independent scholar.

Check out these calls for papers relevant to Mythgardians the world over. Some of these due dates are coming up fast – don’t delay!

Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Proposals due Feb. 10, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2016 – Columbia University has shared multiple calls for papers, on many topics of interest to Mythgardians, including medieval studies, translation, and medieval European literature.

Australasian Victorian Margins

Abstracts due Feb. 17, 2016 – The Australasian Victorian Studies Association is seeking papers for AVSA 2016, the association’s 3-day conference on … well, Australasian Victorian Studies. They are seeking papers on marginalization in the Victorian era from any discipline in the humanities.

FAFNIR – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

Submissions due Feb. 29, 2016Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 2/2016. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy research. Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

New Readings of the Medieval Robin Hood Tales

Abstracts due Mar. 1, 2016 – The 2013 publication of Thomas Ohlgren and Lister Matheson’s Early Rymes of Robyn Hood: An Edition of the Texts, ca. 1425-1600 provides new opportunities for scholars to reread and reconsider the earliest Robin Hood rhymes and plays. The University of Pennsylvania Department of English is providing an opportunity for students to write from an interdisciplinary approach, including literary, linguistic, historical, cultural, performance studies, theoretical approaches, among others. There is publisher interest for this topic as well, pending submissions. Applicants will be notified of acceptance April 1, 2016.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Abstracts due March 10, 2016 – The Critical Insights: Film series, published by Salem Press, is seeking chapters for a book on Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic science fiction novel. Initial drafts will be due July 15, 2016, with final drafts due October 1.

The Other 1916 Conference

Abstracts due March 11; event date June 3, 2016 – Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology is looking for paper presentation proposals on the cultural, social, and political factors that helped shape the modern Irish state during the years 1916 – 1922, including the modernization of literary and artistic movements.

Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science (Postgraduate Conference)

Abstracts due April 1, 2016; event date June 3, 2016 – The University of Kent is hosting a one-day symposium on the bridging the divide between literature and science, and they are looking for postgraduate papers on topics addressing that divide from an interdisciplinary perspective. Potential paper topics of interest to Mythgardians include (but are not limited to): science fiction, speculative fiction and myth; technologies of gender, cyber- and technofeminism; technologies of writing and material culture; digital and computational humanities. Check out the listing for additional topic ideas and details about the event.

Medieval Sexualities: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Abstracts due April 20, 2016; event date June 11-12, 2016 – The Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series – hosted by the Institute of Archaeology, University College London – is looking for papers to be presented at its two-day conference on Medieval Sexualities in mid-June. “Whether absent or present, sexuality in medieval texts is equally telling,” the call for papers states, and topics may include literary subjects, as well as topics from other disciplines.

New York City Tolkien Conference 2016: The Inklings and Science

Submissions due May 1, 2016; event date July 16, 2016 – This year’s New York City Tolkien Conference is exploring the theme of The Inklings and Science. Areas of Inklings focus include published works of fiction or non-fiction, science of sub-created worlds, Inspired Music, Religion/Spirituality, Inklings Inspirations (i.e. Mythology, Linguistics, Culture, Folklore, etc).

Nautical Gothic – Special issue of Gothic Studies Journal

Proposals due May 30, 2016 – The International Gothic Association is seeking papers for a special issue of its journal, Gothic Studies, on gothic stories that take place on the high seas. Potential topics include haunted ships, shipwrecks and castaways, the sea as a liminal space, and more.

Orphan Black: Sestras, Scorpions and Crazy Science

Abstracts due ~June 2016, estimated end of Season 4Orphan Black has been repeatedly heralded as one of the premier science fiction shows on television today. This volume, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Alyson Buckman, is under contract with McFarland. Potential topics for this compilation include gender, sexuality, identity, parenting, science and religion, among others.

Journal of Tolkien Research

Open submissions – 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.

Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

Open submissions – Eaton accepts submissions in three categories, 1). Scholarly articles with a significant archival research component; 2). Methodological/Pedagogical articles; 3). Articles spotlighting neglected authors, emerging archives, and other research opportunities.

MOSF Journal of Science Fiction

Open submissionsMOSF Journal of Science Fiction seeks to uphold the spirit of educated inquiry and speculation through the publication of peer-reviewed, academic articles, essays and book reviews exploring the myriad facets of science fiction. The journal welcomes unsolicited, original submissions from academics around the world, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and innovative history of science fiction.


If you have any papers accepted for any of these journals, conferences, or books, please let us know so we can share on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!