Archive for May, 2013

CFP: Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception

May 30, 2013

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: “Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception”
Overview of the Book: Through a collection of original contributions, this book seeks to provide readers with new perspectives on the current research in Contemporary Television Series – narrative structures and audience perception.
Scope of the Book: The study of television series is simultaneously social scientific, humanistic, and professional in orientation. Accordingly, this book welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in any disciplinary field. We seek contributions from researchers and practitioners in communication studies and allied fields (e.g., media studies, telecommunications, journalism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies).Contributions may follow any methodological approach, including, but not limited to, quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, rhetorical, interpretive, case study, discourse analytic, and critical analytic approaches, among others. Submissions from both established and emerging scholars are welcomed.

Topics
Contributions may include, but are not limited to:
– Classical and post-modern TV series;
– Thematic TV Series (historical, medical, science fiction, medical);
– TV Series inspired from reality;
– Stardom, Fandom and Fan clubs related to TV series;
– Audience reception of TV series-patterns of consumption;
– TV series and new media;
– Globalization in the production and distribution of TV series.

The articles should be submitted as an email attachment in MS Word to the editors with “YourLastName – TV Series” as the title. Please include a short biography and your affiliation along with the proposal. The articles (3,000-5,000 words) should adhere to APA Style.
Review and Publication Process: Articles are sent to 2 reviewers for review. The reviewers’ recommendations determine whether a paper will be accepted / accepted subject to change / subject to resubmission with significant changes / rejected.
The book will be submitted for publishing to the University of Bucharest Publishing House (http://editura.unibuc.ro/?lang=en). The deadline of submitting the articles is 1st of July 2013. For inquiries, please contact the editors from the University of Bucharest:

Valentina Marinescu: valentina.marinescu@yahoo.com
Silvia Branea: brsalt@gmail.com
Bianca Mitu: bianca.mitu82@gmail.com

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CFP: Children, Childhood Studies, and Popular Culture, MAPACA Conference, Nov 2013

May 30, 2013

The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association invites you to participate in the annual MAPACA conference. Papers in this area examine the impact of popular culture on children and childhood, as well as the role of children and young adults as influencers and creators of popular and American culture. Work from the world of Fan Studies would be most welcome in this area!
For this area, Fans need not be children. Adult fans of work that might be considered “for children” are of great interest. We’d love to hear about Bronies, adult fans of superheros, cartoons…

Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome. Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 14, 2013. This year’s conference will be in Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 7-9, 2013. For the complete call as well info on how to submit a proposal, please see http://mapaca.net/. Please direct any questions about the Children and Childhood Studies area to area chair Patrick Cox at ptcox@camden.rutgers.edu

MAPACA welcomes proposals on all aspects of popular and American Culture. For a list of MAPACA’s other areas and area chair contact information, visit Subject Areas. Fan Studies work would fit in many of them, and note there is a specific area for Fan Fiction. General questions can be directed to mapaca@mapaca.net

MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multi-disciplinary manifestations. The association is comprised of college and university faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate and undergraduate students. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a “multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.”

Call for Papers: New Media & Society special issue on crowdfunding

May 22, 2013
 
Edited by Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin and Bethan Jones
 
The concept of crowdfunding, where grassroots creative projects are funded by the masses through websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo has been steadily gaining attention in the last few years. The 2013 success of the Veronica Mars movie campaign, along with the successful crowdfunding projects spearheaded by musicians like Amanda Palmer and, most recently, actor Zach Braff, has raised much discussion surrounding the rich and powerful possibilities of this method of funding. However, the practice has also invited much criticism, not just of Kickstarter but also of crowdfunding in general.  Among some of the most common accusations levelled at crowdfunding are: it is used by media conglomerates to exploit fans; successful artists using the scheme take money away from genuine independent producers who actually need it; and the time and money spent on delivering perks to donors detracts from the time and money invested in the actual project. However, others have argued that the existence of crowdfunding affords media scholars new ways of examining the role of the audience in television and film production, that fan agency needs to be more widely considered in discussions of fan exploitation, and that ‘fan-ancing’ is leading to a new business model for the financing of artistic projects that is free from studio or network intervention.
This special issue seeks to examine and unravel the debates around crowdfunding and thus brings together contributors from a range of academic disciplines. We are seeking papers that offer a wide range of perspectives on the processes of crowdfunding projects, from analyses of the crowdfunded projects themselves, to the interaction between producers and audiences, and to the role that Kickstarter plays in discussions around fan agency and exploitation. Thus, we invite proposals on, but not limited to, the following topics surrounding crowdfunding:
– Case studies of crowdfunding campaigns
– Fandom
– Unsuccessful crowdfunding efforts
– The role of the internet and social media in crowdfunding
– Producer/funder relationships
– Crowd funding in the music, film, television and games industries
– Anti-fandom
– The role of auteurs and cult names/media in attracting backers
– Fan exploitation and labour
– Rewards and producer accountability
 
Please send 400 word abstract proposals, along with a short author biography, by 20th June 2013. Please email these, along with any other enquiries, to bennettlucyk@gmail.com, bertha.chin@gmail.com and bethanvjones@hotmail.com. Final, selected, articles will be due during January 2014.
 

CFP: Intensities SI- Transmedia Relationships Between Film/Television and Board Games

May 20, 2013

CFP: Intensities SI- Transmedia Relationships Between Film/Television and Board Games

The term ‘transmedia storytelling’ has become a common one in media and cultural studies in recent years. Described by Henry Jenkins as stories told across multiple media, transmedia storytelling is not just an adaptation from one medium to another. Rather,

In the ideal form of TS, each medium does what it does best — so that a story might be introduced in a film, expanded through television, novels, and comics, and its world might be explored and experienced through game play. Each franchise entry needs to be self-contained enough to enable autonomous consumption. That is, you don’t need to have seen the film to enjoy the game and vice-versa. (Jenkins, 2003: online)

Video-games are among the media most frequently cited in discussions of transmedia storytelling, and academic analysis of video-games is many and varied. In this special issue, however, we turn our analysis to board games, and ask how they can be examined through the model of transmedia storytelling; what processes of adaptation are at work in turning a board game into a film or vice versa; and how do these adaptations or transmedia stories affect the ways in which the different texts are read and understood.

With this in mind, the journal Intensities will be producing a special issue based on these concerns, with the aim of bringing together contributors from a range of academic disciplines.  We hope to include papers which offer a wide range of perspectives on the processes of adapting board games to screen and vice versa, from analyses of the games themselves, to the responses of audiences to the screen adaptations, to the roles the games play in furthering fans’ interactions with the text(s).

We are currently accepting proposals of approximately 300 words in length, focusing on any element of the transmedia relationships and adaptive processes that occur between film/television and board games.  The available topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How adaptation theory is either applicable or needs rethinking based on the nature of the media.
  • Comparative case studies between film/television texts that have been adapted from board games and games that have their source in film/television texts.
  • How the adaptive processes from film/television to board games and vice versa are inherently different or similar.
  • Historical research into the production or industrial development of film/television texts or board games based on previously existing properties from the other medium.
  • The promotion and marketing of such adaptations and how they were directed to appeal to the general public.
  • The industrial logic and socioeconomic conditions which have deemed such texts as potentially profitable.

Please include a short bio of approximately 150 words, and state whether you believe your proposal is suited to a full paper of approximately 7,000 words, or a short paper of approximately 1,500 words.   All proposals should be sent to bethanvjones@hotmail.com andwickscripts@hotmail.com, to be received no later than 10 June 2013.

CFP Collection: The Films of Dario Argento

May 8, 2013

Cited as an important influence to filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Gaspar Noé, Italian director Dario Argento occupies a curious position in film history. With a career spanning more than 40 years, in which he’s made more than 20 films, Argento has attracted relatively little critical attention in the academy. With the only sustained (English-language) book-length consideration of the director’s work being first released more than 20 years ago, this collection seeks to explore Argento’s films through a range of analytical and methodological approaches, and to offer new perspectives on the director’s body of work. In compiling a variety of international critical and scholarly voices, the collection hopes to provide a rigorous consideration of Argento’s work and to consider his wider cultural significance as a director.

Please note that this collection has been contracted with Wallflower Press (imprint of Columbia University Press) and a number of submissions have already been accepted.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Visual style and aesthetics
– Argento as auteur
– Film sound and Argento’s work
– The city and urban space in Argento’s films
– The body/corporeality in Argento’s films
– Issues of gender and sexuality
– Issues of genre and style
– New readings of violence in Argento’s work
– Cult film status and fandom
– Argento as influence
– Little considered Argento films (such as the most recent films)

Please submit a proposal of 300 – 400 words, along with a brief (50 word) bio attached. Accepted essays will be between 6,000 – 7,000 words, with full drafts due 30th November, 2013.

Send your proposal (as a Microsoft word attachment) by Friday 14th June 2013 to:
Alexia Kannas (RMIT Melbourne, Australia)
Email: alexia.kannas@rmit.edu.au

CFP: Slayage Special Issue: Critical Reflections on The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

May 8, 2013

Edited by Kristopher Woofter and Jasie Stokes

Joss Whedon’s and Drew Goddard’s recent horror film, The Cabin in the Woods (2012, produced 2010), was released to general critical praise, but left many fans and scholar-fans divided regarding the film’s love-hate relationship with the genre, its framing of the horror audience as both savvy and deluded, and its simultaneous celebration and ridicule of horror conventions.  

Trading on character types of the 1980s Slasher film, but decidedly not a Slasher film in any other way, Cabin left many viewers wondering how to place the film: Is it a deconstruction of a horror genre in a state of crisis? A fraught film, caught between the sensibilities of a “visionary” Whedon and the horror fanboy approach of Goddard? Is it a satire? A comedy? Or is it, as Whedon has intimated in several interviews, an ethical interrogation of horror’s ostensible turn to “torture porn,” a contested term in scholarship identifying a trend of spectacle horror in films as diverse as Mel Gibson’s splatter-prone The Last Temptation of Christ(2004), Eli Roth’s interesting hybrid, Hostel (2005), and recent French philosophical horror film, Martyrs (2008)?

Regardless of how successful one gauges The Cabin in the Woods as critique, Whedon and Goddard have created their film as a commentary on the state of the horror genre specifically, and horror artistry, reception, and viewership more generally. If the film is an act of horror criticism, then it is largely in line with the most popular critical concepts applied to horror since the 1970s—that of Carol Clover’s trend-setting (and over-applied) work on the “final girl,” and of feminist criticism of the male “gaze” initiated by Laura Mulvey and then debated in the work of Linda Williams, Carol Clover, Cynthia Freeland, and others.

This special issue of Slayage hopes to generate discussion around The Cabin in the Woods within a number of contexts: historical, cultural, commercial, artistic, generic, thematic, theoretical. We especially encourage essays that take on The Cabin in the Woods’s own theoretical pretensions—around the cinematic gaze, media saturation, surveillance, horror fandom, horror genre conventions, other genre conventions, horror viewership, monsters and monstrosity, corporatized media, the Hollywood “dream machine,” and so on. Illuminating comparisons to recent trends in horror in cinema and on television (not necessarily related to Whedon’s or Goddard’s other work), as well as to specific films from any era of horror, are most welcome.

Please send a proposal of not more than 250 words to Jasie Stokes (jasiestokes@gmail.com) and Kristopher Woofter (hauntologist@gmail.com) by Friday, 7 June, 2013. Begin your email subject line with the following “tag”: [Cabin].

We will notify you within a week after the deadline if your proposal is accepted. Please note that if your proposal is accepted, a first draft of your essay will be expected by no later than Friday, 30 August, 2013.