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TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies

deadline for submissions:
August 26, 2016

full name / name of organization:
Birkbeck, University of London

TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies
at Birkbeck College, London, on Saturday November 19th 2016.

Organised in collaboration with Comica- London International Comics Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck College is unique in offering a regular comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar.

We are still especially supportive of postgraduate and early career presenters, but open to any new and ongoing research in our field. Our aim is to provide a platform for debate and a space from which further collaborations can emerge, to further strengthen our area of study and academic community, and to support connections between comics scholars working in diverse academic departments and contexts.

We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of three, on topics including, but not limited to:

-comics, comix, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, bande dessinée

-superheroes, genre comics, religious comics, documentary comics, children’s comics

-politics of representation in comics, formal approaches, trauma and comics, transgressive comics, propaganda and comics

– readers and fandoms, creators, publishing histories, transnational approaches, comics and the law, web-comics and comics exhibitions

Alongside traditional panel presentations we would like to trial the more interactive format of a 20-minute workshop, potentially as a way of data collection and/or feedback on research-in-progress. Please indicate your preference by stating PAPER or WORKSHOP following your abstract title.

You can apply by email to
Please attach your abstract of 250-300 words plus short biographical note (preferably as a Word document), indicating ‘abstract’ in the email subject line and your name in the file’s title.

The deadline for submissions is August 26th 2016.

Reimagining the Future – Utopian Perspectives

deadline for submissions:
January 31, 2017

full name / name of organization:

contact email:

Call for Papers

Reimagining the Future: Utopian Perspectives

The postgraduate journal antae is pleased to announce a special issue around the idea of alternative futures, in particular ones that can be described as “utopian”. This issue shall be published in conjunction with the Institute of Utopian Studies—for the time being, a utopian institution seeking to provide a platform for debate on ideas of radical social change and alternative concepts of living together, which aims to facilitate debate about departures from hegemonic ‘realism’: alternative futures, alternative spaces.

As such, artists, scholars, writers and activists are here encouraged to submit contributions engaging with utopia as a concept for socio-political change: utopian approaches to current political issues, visions of new public spheres, and imaginative projections of different realities. This shall not only be limited to participants of the ‘Away Day’ (happening on November, 2016, at the University of Malta), but also to any other postgraduate students or established academics interested in the multifaceted idea of utopia/s.

The notion of ‘utopian perspectives’ emphasises that constructions of utopian states, since More’s Utopia, have provided ideal models through which one can scrutinise existing socio-political realities. In this sense, utopia is not an absolute aim, but a platform for debate, for exploring alternatives. Utopian perspectives offer different viewpoints with regards to current social realities: (i) they help to sharpen a critical view of the present status quo and its hegemonic discourses; and (ii) they serve to highlight seeds of alternative existing options, spaces and practices, utopian potentials in the present. These two perspectives can also be linked; for example, when basic principles of democracy are interpreted as unfulfilled utopian ideas in present societies (ii), which highlights existing inequalities and exclusions (i).

In light of the above, the editors of antae welcome submissions on or around re-imagined utopias. All issues are open-access and employ a three-tier peer-review process. The authorial guidelines can be viewed here, and the deadline for submissions to is the 31st of January, 2017. Submissions should be in the form of finalised papers of around 5,000 to 7,000 words. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Utopian Communities
– Utopian Perspectives on Socio-Political and Environmental Issues
– Utopian Political Publics
– Utopia Without Borders – Beyond the Nation State
– Urban Utopias
– Futures Studies
– Technological Utopias, Science Fiction
– Radical Education, Radical Emancipation – towards a Utopian Revolution
– Freedom and Utopia – Freedom as a (Collective) Praxis?
– Utopia as an Imposition or a Liberation?
– Utopia and Work, Utopia and Idleness
– After Capitalism
– Utopian Cultures
– Utopia and (Public) Happiness
– Gender, Sexuality and Love in Utopian Perspectives
– Utopian Bodies, Subjects, Individuals Creating and Living (in) Utopia
– Utopia and the Good Life?
– Beyond Reality

For more information about the journal, or to view previous issues, visit us at; for further information about the Institute of Utopian Studies, visit our social media page here. In case of queries, please do not hesitate to email us on

Kaiju and Pop Culture Anthology

deadline for submissions:
July 1, 2016
full name / name of organization:
Camille D. G. Mustachio
contact email:

Kaiju is a familiar trope in film and television that places giant monsters in direct conflict with fellow monsters and/or everyday citizens. While a larger-than-life creature that attacks Tokyo is likely the most familiar form of kaiju, additional iterations include apes, dragons, dinosaurs, and even robots.  Kaiju as a genre has evolved along with cinema; technical developments no longer require men stomping around in rubber costumes as CGI enables bigger and more frightening monsters to haunt our screens. With a timeless kitsch quality, kaiju is solidly placed within our collective pop culture psyche. We seek to create an anthology of original essays that explores technical, thematic, mythological, cultural, and historical aspects of various kaiju. This volume is under contract with McFarland Press with a 2017 anticiapted release date.

Some potential topics may include:

  • individual monsters including but not limited to Godzilla, Mothra, and Daimajin
  • folklore
  • regional kaiju
  • parody
  • fandom
  • cosplay
  • merchandise
  • translation
  • adaptation from page to screen
  • American pop culture endurance
  • nostalgia
  • development of film, television, comics, and gaming

Send abstracts of 200 words to no later than Friday, July 1, 2016. Final articles of 5,000-6,000 words are to be MLA formatted (8th edition) with American English styles and spellings. Refrain from using images from Toho films.

Call for Proposals

Bridging the Solitudes:
Essays on Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Ed. Amy J. Ransom (Central Michigan University)
Dominick Grace (Brescia University)

This call is to solicit chapter proposals for an edited volume of scholarly essays on Canadian science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. A book proposal, including accepted abstracts, will be submitted to the Palgrave/Macmillan series on Studies in Global Science Fiction (series editors Anindita Banerjee, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, and Mark Bould).

Submit chapter proposals by January 1, 2017
Ø 500 Word abstract
Ø Working bibliography
Ø Brief author bio
Ø e-mail to: AND

Completed chapters for accepted manuscripts due by September 1, 2017

Project description
Canadian science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literatures imagine the nation—indeed, the world–as other, different than it is in the here and now. One of the recurring dissatisfactions about Canada concerns two central metaphors that have been used to define the Canadian nation: the lack of communication between French- and English-Canadians as constructing The Two Solitudes described in Hugh MacLennan’s 1945 novel, and the problem of envisioning a multicultural Canada as a mosaic. The nation’s genre literatures in French and English have engaged with these issues from their very beginnings in the nineteenth-century through the present day. Indeed, when Judith Merril decided to edit a volume of Canadian speculative fiction (published in English but including French-Canadian writers), she founded the Tesseracts series of anthologies, whose title references not only the four-dimensional image of a cube, but which also includes the Greek tessera, an individual tile in a mosaic.

Since the publication of that foundational text, Canadian speculative fiction in both French and English has expanded exponentially. From its controversial relationship with the nation’s best-known author (in any genre), Margaret Atwood, to outspoken proponents like Robert J. Sawyer, to fierce defenders of the French presence in Canada like Élisabeth Vonarburg, to the rise of Québec’s equivalent of Stephen King, Patrick Senécal, in its maturity Canadian speculative fiction spans the entire gamut of genres and subgenres, literary styles, and so on. Although divisions certainly exist, writers and scholars of Canadian speculative fiction have frequently worked to bridge the two solitudes in their works and activities, publishing translations, attending each other’s cons, and so on. This task has become increasingly complex as the genre has also expanded its definitions and evolved to embrace more fully the national policy of multiculturalism and the global realities of cultural exchange. Thus, the success of writers like Nalo Hopkinson, Hiromi Goto, Larisa Lai, Stanley Péan, and others hailing from a wide array of cultural communities who practice forms of genre writing that may sometimes appear alien themselves to old guard readers have challenged and expanded the idea of the fantastic, making the term “speculative” fiction more appropriate than ever. Furthermore, a growing number of First Nations writers, filmmakers, graphic artists, and game designers like Eden Robinson, Tomson Highway, and Jeff Barnaby have put Indigenous Futurisms on the generic map.

The editors seek proposals for chapters on an array of topics linked to the production of sf, fantasy, and horror in an array of media by Canadian writers, filmmakers, and artists. Although essays must be in English, we are actively seeking contributions that address the work of French-language, First Nations, and diasporic writers. Ideally, chapters will somehow address the metaphor of the bridge, connecting with the utopian desire to reach out to the other or conversely, the dystopian burning of such bridges, understanding that Thomas More’s original utopia was “perfect” because isolated from corrupting influences, and, of course, in the end, was far from perfect. Chapters may address the work of a single author or engage a problem found in the work of several writers; single-text studies will need to be particularly rigorous or open out onto wider applications in order to be considered.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Ø Themes related to the volume concept, such as:
Ø Bridge as metaphor/motif in Can SF & F
Ø Trans/Canada: the queering of Canadian SF
Ø Border crossings, in texts/by authors (US-born writers who have become Canadian)
Ø Regionalisms beyond Quebec/TROC divide
Ø Significant authors, such as:
Ø Margaret Atwood (proposals must address the volume’s aims directly)
Ø Robert J. Sawyer; Robert Charles Wilson; Peter Watts
Ø William Gibson (particularly the Bridge trilogy; proposals must address the “Canadian”)
Ø Candas Jane Dorsey; Nalo Hopkinson; Eden Robinson
Ø Élisabeth Vonarburg; Esther Rochon; Sylvie Bérard
Ø Jean-Louis Trudel ; Yves Meynard ; Joël Champetier
Ø Patrick Senécal ; Éric Gauthier ; Stanley Péan
Ø Genres or theory specific to Canada, including:
Ø Genre hybridity/ mash-up
Ø What is Canadian speculative fiction?
Ø Transmedia texts
Ø Canadian comics and the fantastic

‘Studies in Horror and the Gothic’: A Special Issue of Palgrave Communications. Proposals/Sept 2016, Final Articles/Nov 2016

full name / name of organization:
Palgrave Communications

contact email:


Deadline for article proposals: September 1, 2016
Final deadline for full submissions: November 1, 2016

Palgrave Communications, an open access journal, is inviting submissions and article proposals for a special issue/thematic collection dedicated to ‘Studies in Horror and the Gothic’. The collection is Guest Edited by Dr John Edgar Browning (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA).

‘Studies in Horror and the Gothic’ is by necessity of its pervasive, aesthetic nature a broad and all-encapsulating thematic collection, one that will engage the study of horror and the Gothic through literature, film, television, new media, and electronic gaming. We are here interested in the dark, the forbidden, the secret. But fundamentally all our submissions should ask, and strive to address (or redress) on their own terms, what is “horror” and what is the “Gothic,” employing in the process individual or multiple methods of theoretical inquiry and myriad disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches from across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.

This thematic collection concerns itself with the business of exhuming, from the dark recesses of human experience, any number of cultural products from any historical moment or geography that might prove useful in uncovering some of horror’s and the Gothic’s more fascinating junctures and deeper meanings. Submissions should be scholarly but remain accessible to the advanced student or knowledgeable general reader interested in the subject.

Contributions on the following themes are especially encouraged:

• Theories of horror and monstrosity;
• Horror, the Gothic, and pedagogy;
• National Gothic(s) and horrors;
• Female Gothic/horror histories;
• Specialised themes in horror and the Gothic (law, sexuality, disability, etc);
• Ethnographic approaches to horror and the Gothic;
• Horror by the decade;
• Lost Gothics;
• Post-millennial horrors and Gothic(s).

Collection Advisory Board: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Central Michigan University, USA), Carol Margaret Davison (University of Windsor, Canada), Harry M. Benshoff (University of North Texas, USA), Dylan Trigg (University of Memphis, USA and University College Dublin, Ireland), Maisha L Wester (Indiana University, USA), and Jesse Stommel (University of Mary Washington, USA).

Authors who are interested in submitting a paper should, in the first instance, send a short abstract-length proposal to the Managing Editor ( outlining the scope of their paper and its novelty; any general enquiries can also be directed to this address.

For more information on the journal’s open access policy and any relevant fees (APCs) or waivers, please see the following:

“The Death of Zod”: Ethics in 21st-Century Comics

deadline for submissions:
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization:
Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email:
Avid comic book fans sat appalled in theatres as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reached the climax of the film in which Superman kills his enemy Zod. Snyder’s film raises the question of whether this killing and the death of Zod could actually fit with Superman’s traditional moral compass. From Man of Steel to the CW’s Arrow and Flash series to the Avengers franchise, comic book characters are facing new ethical developments in their rejuvenation that both encompass and go beyond the idea of killing one’s enemy.Following a loose Nietzschean trajectory of “The Death of God,” this panel seeks to tease out the issues of superheroes’ ethics. Further, this panel questions the regenerated heroes of the 21st century and the moral and ethical dilemmas these characters face in the contemporary world.

Papers for this panel are invited to contemplate the following questions: Do our generation’s heroes have a different ethic than past generations? What does it mean if they do? How is our modern and post-modern culture reflected in this change? What moral tensions are highlighted in male and female characters and are they different? Should we redefine the notion of the superhero and the vigilante (or perhaps even the villain), as well as their place in society? How are characters’ identities formed through their moral actions?

Papers might focus on comic book adaptations on big and small screens or comic book characters’ revival in print.

Submit papers on NeMLA’s website:

Online Abstract:

For questions email:

Forrest Johnson:

Tracey Thomas:

Call for papers for a conference at Queen’s University Belfast:

Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings

Dates: Friday 7th April and Saturday 8th April 2017

Keynote Speakers: Professor Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford); Dr Amy Davis (University of Hull)

With the ever-growing profusion of fairy-tale reimaginings across literature, film, television, theatre, and other artistic forms, a continuing concern among critics today is the portrayal of women. How do these reimaginings represent women’s roles? To what extent do they redress portrayals that have been considered problematic from a feminist standpoint in traditional tales? To what extent do they perpetuate those portrayals? What constitutes a feminist reimagining? How have the fairy-tale heroine, the witch, the (step)mother, the (step)sister, and the fairy godmother evolved since the dawn of second-wave feminism?

This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary scholarship by bringing together a range of ideas about the representation of women in contemporary reimaginings of traditional fairy tales, such as those from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. We welcome proposals that explore this representation from a variety of perspectives and fields of study, including but not limited to literature, film, television, theatre, gender, feminist, and queer studies. We also welcome creative exploration on the theme of the fairy tale and how this theme can be interpreted with regard to women.

Topics might include but are not limited to:
● Feminist revision
● Subversive female characters
● The witch figure
● Women in Disney adaptations
● Physical depictions of women
● Mother/daughter relationships
● Sexuality and gender
● LGBTQI relations
● Marriage and Prince Charming
● Voice and agency

Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a bionote of up to 50 words, to by 1st November 2016.

The Facebook event can be found here:

Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium
When: Saturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Where:  University of Maryland
Cost: Not to exceed $30 per person – exact amount TBD
(additional donation suggested; does not include meals)


The Third Annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium – a.k.a., MidMoot – will take place on Sept. 24 – 25, 2016. The weekend closest to Frodo and Bilbo’s birthdays is the perfect time to get together with Mythgardians and Signum students from across the world and discuss fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative literature.

Signum University President Dr. Corey Olsen will be in attendance, as will Dr. Verlyn Flieger and other guests of honor. Watch this page for additional details.

There will also be an optional Saturday night meal with a cost not to exceed $50 per person.

You can also join the Mythgard Midatlantic group on Facebook to keep abreast as details develop.

Call For Papers

The Mythgard Institute at Signum University is pleased to announce the third annual Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (known affectionately as MidMoot III) on September 24-25, 2016 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Additional details about the symposium will be announced in the summer, including special guests. We are accepting proposals now for short presentations intended to foster discussion. Presentation topics are welcome in the following areas:

  • Speculative Fiction
  • History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Critical Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The Inklings
  • Contemporary Speculative Fiction Authors
  • The Interplay between Speculative Fiction and Other Literary Genres
  • The Future of Speculative Fiction

To propose a paper, please submit a 100 to 200-word abstract that includes your name, email address, and academic affiliation (if any), along with the title of your presentation. Individual presentations should be around 15 minutes long, leaving an additional 15 minutes for discussion. so please plan accordingly. Abstracts should be sent to by July 31, 2016. Acceptances will be sent by August 15. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you can enjoy the symposium with us!

Symposium Schedule




Speaker Bios

Verlyn Flieger is an author, editor, and professor emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland at College Park. She teaches courses in comparative mythology, medieval literature and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Flieger holds an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from The Catholic University of America, and has been associated with the University of Maryland since 1976. In 2012, Flieger began teaching Arthurian studies at Signum University. Her best-known books are Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (1983; revised edition, 2002); A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie, which won the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings studies; Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology (2005) and Green Suns and Faërie (2012), a collection of her published essays on Tolkien. She has edited a critical edition of Tolkien’s short work Smith of Wootton Major, and is co-editor with Douglas A. Anderson of the critical edition of On Fairy-Stories, Tolkien’s seminal essay on myth and fantasy. She is also editor of Tolkien’s early short story, The Story of Kullervo, to be published August 27 by HarperCollins. She won the Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies a second time in 2002 for Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, which she co-edited with Carl F. Hostetter. Flieger has also published young adult fantasy novels, including Pig Tale andThe Inn at Corbies’ Caww, as well as short stories. With Michael D. C. Drout and David Bratman, she is co-editor ofTolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review.”

Corey Olsen is the President of Signum University and the Mythgard Institute. On his teaching website, The Tolkien Professor, Professor Olsen brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation. His website features a series of detailed lectures on The Hobbit, and recordings of the weekly meetings of the Silmarillion Seminar, which has been working its way through the Silmarillion chapter by chapter, as well as more informal Q&A sessions with listeners. His book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, was published by Houghton Mifflin in September 2012. Corey Olsen obtained his B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College in 1996, going on to Columbia University where he obtained his M.A. in 1997, M.Phil in 2000, and his Ph.D in medieval literature in 2003. Upon graduation from Columbia University, Olsen obtained teaching positions at Temple University, Columbia University, Nyack College and Washington College. His undergraduate and graduate teaching subjects included J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, and Sir Thomas Malory.

Del Sol Review Call for Speculative Short Fiction

Submissions accepted year-round.

Del Sol Review is currently looking for quality speculative short fiction inall its forms (sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, slipstream, etc) for publication. Submissions must be formatted in a standard manner and from 500 to 6000 words in length. We also accept excerpts from novels-in-progress up to 6000 words. We’re looking for sharp narrative, strong hooks, and unpredictable storyline progression—and a great first line! Submission guidelines at

CfP: Indigenous Video Games/Gaming – special issue of Transmotion curated by guest editor Elizabeth LaPensée

Transmotion is currently seeking submissions for a special topics issue on Games (e.g. video games, computer games, and digital games). We are a biannual open-access journal, inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor, publishing new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde works produced by Native American and First Nations creators.

The broad use of Vizenor-created theoretical terms in many different academic fields highlights the fact that Vizenor Studies represents a significant interdisciplinary conversation within the broader field of Indigenous Studies. As such, the editors of Transmotion will look for submissions for this special issue that do any of the following:

• Explore the inter-relation of image and text, art and storytelling, in games with Indigenous themes
• Contribute to recent developing conversations in contemporary Native American game development, in relation to questions of visual sovereignty, visuality, and ethics.
• Employ Vizenor’s theory to look at games with Indigenous themes
• Emphasize experimental, theoretical, and avant-garde Native North American games

The journal accepts game reviews; creative or hybrid work; and scholarly articles. The editors particularly welcome for this issue submissions of innovative and creative works that use digital media.

Articles, game reviews, and/or creative work for this special issue are due to Elizabeth LaPensée at by July 1, 2016.

Transmotion is hosted by the University of Kent and produced in collaboration with European University Cyprus, California State University San Bernardino and the University of Georgia, under a Creative Commons license. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed, in a process reviewed by our editorial board, who will also approve each issue. General enquiries regarding submission are welcome and may be sent to the editors at Scholarly articles should be 20-25 pages in length, prepared according to the MLA Style Manual. Creative and hybrid work can be of any length. We are also very keen for scholars to put themselves forward as potential book reviewers and game reviewers.