Archive for January, 2014

CFP: Reading Bad: A critical analysis of the Breaking Bad series

January 7, 2014

Edited by Alice Nuttall, Oxford Brookes University

Vince Gilligan’s series Breaking Bad, running from 2008-2013, has enjoyed immense popularity, gathering a dedicated fanbase and spawning several well-known memes. Following the metamorphosis of mild-mannered chemistry teacher Walter White into vicious drug lord Heisenberg, the series explores themes such as family, crime, drugs, and the blurring of the lines between good and bad.

This critical collection will explore the themes and narrative trends present in the series, as well as its impact on viewers. Potential topics for chapters may include, but are not limited to:

• Masculinity and femininity
• The family
• The law and morality
• Life and death
• Fandom and intertextual influences
• Science and medicine
• Class
• Race
• Drugs and addiction

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short biography toreadingbad@gmail.com by 28th February 2014. Completed chapters of 5000-7000 words will be due by 30th June 2014.

CFP: Politics and Law of Doctor Who symposium, Westminster University, UK, 5th September 2014

January 7, 2014

Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture

Westminster Law School

The politics and law of Doctor Who

 

Symposium Announcement and First Call for Papers 

Friday 5th September 2014

University of Westminster

 

Doctor Who is the BBC’s longest-running drama television series and the world’s longest-running science fiction series.  The massive public attention devoted to the show’s 50th anniversary and to its choice of new lead actor confirms that the programme merits serious academic attention.  Politics, law and constitutional questions often feature prominently in Doctor Who stories, whether in the form of the Time Lords’ guardianship of the universe, the Doctor’s encounters with British Prime Ministers, or the array of governance arrangements in Dalek society.   The show’s politics is also an adventure through time, from the internationalising moralism of the Barry Letts-Terrance Dicks years, the dark satire of Andrew Cartmel’s period as script editor and the egalitarianism of the Russell T. Davies era.  Yet the politics and law of Doctor Who have yet to be the subject of wide-ranging scholarship.  Proposals for 20 minute papers are therefore invited for a symposium on 5thSeptember 2014, to be held in the University of Westminster’s historic Regent Street building just metres away from BBC headquarters.  Possible subjects for papers might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Doctor Who’s ideology
  • The Doctor’s political morality
  • Comparison of politics of Doctor Who with politics of other science fiction
  • The merits/demerits of Harriet Jones as Prime Minister
  • Doctor Who and devolution
  • Portrayals of British sovereigns in Doctor Who
  • Doctor Who’s politics of class, gender and sexuality
  • Fan responses to “political” Doctor Who stories
  • International law, intergalactic law and non-interference
  • Globalisation and corporate domination
  • Satire in Doctor Who
  • Politics and law in audio adventures, comic books and novels
  • War crimes and genocide
  • The politics of UNIT and Torchwood
  • The will of villains to secure power
  • Political history and political nostalgia in Doctor Who
  • Doctor Who’s construction of British national identity

 

Abstracts should be 250 words in length, and should be accompanied by a 100-word biography of the author.  Abstracts should be sent to nicold@wmin.ac.uk – deadline for receipt of abstracts 17 January 2014.

CFP: special ‘Stars’ edition of the Journal of British Cinema and Television

January 7, 2014

 Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical perspectives on British stardom (film, television, celebrity)
  • Genre and film stardom
  • Celebrity and British stardom
  • Audiences and fandom
  • Race, gender, class and ethnicity and British stardom
  • The international appeal of British stars
  • Transitions between media for British stars (film, theatre, television, music)
  • British stars abroad
  • Stardom and regional identity
  • Fashion and costume and British stardom
  • Auteurs and British film stars
  • Stardom and industrial contexts

The editors, Andrew Spicer and Melanie Williams, will require submissions by April 2014.

For details about the Journal:
http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/jbctv

For submission guidelines:
http://www.euppublishing.com/page/jbctv/submissions

please address all enquiries about this to Andrew and Melanie:

Andrew Spicer Andrew2.Spicer@uwe.ac.uk>

Melanie.Williams@uea.ac.uk

Deadline Extended: Special Issue CFP: European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation

January 3, 2014

Edited By Anne Kustritz and Emma England

contact email:
EuropeanFandoms at hotmail.co.uk

Special Issue CFP: European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation

Edited By Anne Kustritz and Emma England

Special Issue of Transformative Works and Cultures

*Updated Due Date for Full Articles: February 1, 2014*

The growing inter-discipline of Fan Studies often remains largely centered within North America and the English language, or alternately within Japanese popular culture. This special issue seeks to explore the state of Fan Studies and the variety of fandoms focused within the social and geographical boundaries of Europe, particularly with regard to processes of localization and translation, broadly interpreted. Papers are invited to explore European objects of fan attention, the localization of international media within specific European fan contexts, and/or the nature of the field itself as European scholars diverge from and/or reinterpret Fan Studies within local conversations and concerns. Potential avenues of exploration may include how Fan Studies is represented, studied, and received by European universities, funding bodies, and publishers. Papers on fandoms may explore how European (English and non-English speaking) fans of European and non-European objects of fan appreciation participate in fandom, the differences between internet fandoms and local/national/international fan practices, and objects of fan appreciation which originate within Europe.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-Regional Fan Histories
-Negotiation Between International and Local Fan Infrastructures
-Local and National Adaptation of Fan Cultures and Identities
-European Fans’ Impact on International Public Policy and Industry Practice
-Fans’ Relationships to National Media Industries and Public Policy
-National and Transnational Economies within Fandom and/or Fan Studies
-Crossing National, Cultural, and Language Boundaries in Fandom and Fan Studies

-Translation, Both Linguistic and Cultural

-Fans’ Local and International Languages and Economies of Desire

-Framing Local European Fan Objects and Cultures within Fan Studies

Submission guidelines

TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic writing. Contributors are encouraged to include embedded links, images, and videos in their articles or to propose submissions in alternative formats that might comprise interviews, collaborations, or video/multimedia works. We are also seeking reviews of relevant books, events, courses, platforms, or projects.

Theory: Often interdisciplinary essays with a conceptual focus and a theoretical frame that offer expansive interventions in the field. Blinded peer review. Length: 5,000–8,000 words plus a 100–250-word abstract.

Praxis: Analyses of particular cases that may apply a specific theory or framework to an artifact; explicate fan practice or formations; or perform a detailed reading of a text. Blinded peer review. Length: 4,000–7,000 words plus a 100–250-word abstract.

Symposium: Short pieces that provide insight into current developments and debates. Nonblinded editorial review. Length: 1,500–2,500 words.

Submissions are accepted online only. Please visit TWC’s Web site (http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) for complete submission guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (editor AT transformativeworks.org).

Contact

We encourage potential contributors to contact the guest editor with inquiries or proposals: Anne Kustritz and Emma England, University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (EuropeanFandoms at hotmail.co.uk)

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works (http://transformativeworks.org/) copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). Contact the editors with questions (http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/about/contact).