Archive for December, 2014

CFP: Essay Collection, “Supernatural” and the Gothic Tradition

December 30, 2014

CFP: Essay Collection, “Supernatural” and the Gothic Tradition (abstracts: 15 March 2015)

Essays are invited for an edited collection of essays focusing on the television series “Supernatural” and its relationship to the Gothic tradition. This study seeks to examine how the series is directly tied to Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family/generational trauma, curses, and of course, the supernatural itself. In addition to these overarching themes, the series provides a rich framework with which to discuss major Gothic sub-genres such as the Comic Gothic, Suburban Gothic, Political Gothic, Female Gothic, and Postmodern/Meta Gothic. As a television show, “Supernatural” also allows connections between the Gothic and reception studies (such as comparisons of Gothic serialization on the page and screen). The collection is under contract with McFarland Press and will be part of their expanding Pop Culture series. Essays may examine any aspect of the representation of the Gothic/supernatural within the context of the series.

Themes might include:
American Gothic (particular characteristics)
Comic Gothic (the comedic episodes that recur on the show)
Religious Gothic (the involvement of angels and demons on the show)
Political Gothic (leviathans, vampires, demons, angels, world dominance, social control)
Contemporary/Postmodern Gothic (the fragmented self, shifting/multiple identities)
Gothic Television (how the series relates to this emerging field of study)
Meta Gothic and Fan Fiction

Other suggested topics:
Monsters; ghosts; vampires; revenants; shapeshifters; haunting/memories; familial anxiety; curses; cursed objects; the beast within; monstrous or victimized women; folklore, mythology and urban legends; monstrosity; hybridity; fairy tales; demons and angels; possession; identity; death and dying; the occult; mysticism; sexuality; class; race; gender.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract (or complete essay) and C.V. by 15 March 2015. All submissions will be acknowledged. If your abstract is accepted, the complete essay (5,000-6,000 words, including endnotes and bibliography) will be due 1 July 2015.

Submissions should be emailed to Melissa Makala at


CFP: “I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV”, University of Salford, UK, 21-22 May 2015

December 23, 2014

Call for Papers

“I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV”

A two-day international conference.

School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK

21st- – 22nd May 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Professor David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University, USA)
• Cristina Alvarez (Barcelona based independent video artist)
• Dr Adrian Martin (Monash University, Australia)

Proposals are invited for a two-day international conference on the return of the popular cult television series Twin Peaks. The conference presents a timely reconsideration of the critically acclaimed programme with the announcement of its return to television after a twenty five year hiatus. In the meantime, cultures of television production, circulation and viewer practices have changed dramatically; the US cable sector in this period becoming the primary site for a model of auteur-driven, big-budget offbeat serial drama that Twin Peaks served as prototype for, with this trend underpinning Showtime’s recommissioning of this series of broadcast network origin. But alongside such transformation, the cultural prominence of this landmark programme has endured, as the considerable enthusiasm among critics and fans for the series’ return demonstrates.

This conference seeks to address the issue of Twin Peaks’ significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome proposals from scholars in the fields of cultural studies, television studies, film studies, visual arts, popular music studies, sound studies performance studies, digital and social media and related disciplines.

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Twin Peaks and fandom
Twin Peaks and generations of cult television
Music and sound design in Twin Peaks
Set design and visual style
The use and subversion of the crime and melodrama genres
Feminism and gender relations
Seriality in Twin Peaks and contemporary television
Camp performance styles in Twin Peaks
David Lynch and televisual auteurism
Twin Peaks and social media
Generations of quality television
Intertextuality between television, film and literature
Comic and melodramatic performance styles
Film and television convergence
Twin Peaks and the contemporary television industry

Deadline for abstracts: 31st January 2015

300 word abstracts plus a 100 word biography should be sent to the conference organisers:
Kirsty Fairclough
Michael Goddard
Anthony Smith

CFP: The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

December 20, 2014

As we open a new volume for 2015, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship would like to invite all authors to submit contributions to the journal.

We welcome submissions from graduate students, scholars, artists, teachers, curators, researchers, publishers and librarians from any academic, disciplinary or artistic background interested in the study and/or practice of comics or other related cultural expressions. Submissions can cover any thematic field and approach as long as they fulfil The Comics Grid’s editorial guidelines, available here:

For 2015 we have also identified 15 priority general thematic areas we encourage authors to consider:

Online comics, digital comics and comics in non-print platforms
Comics and print culture; comics and history of the book; comics and caricature
Comics and cultural value
Comics and libraries, archives; comics preservation; comics and the digital humanities
Data research on comics; data science and comics
Comics and international development; comics and human rights
Comics in languages other than English
Comics and translation
Comics as educational resources
Long-form and short-form non-fiction comics and comics journalism
Comics and science or scholarly communication
Comics fan networks on line and off line; amateur comics as fan fiction
Academic engagement with comics in comics or other visual forms
Women in comics; comics scholarship and feminism, gender studies
Comics and multimodality and transmedia; comics as immersive documents

The Comics Grid publishes one issue per year, with rapid publication as soon as articles are ready. Submissions can be sent throughout the year, however editorial deadlines are:

March 31st
October 31st

CFP: Music and Fandom special issue, Journal of Fandom Studies

December 14, 2014

Music operates simultaneously as an object of, an accessory to, and a production of fandom. Though this phenomenon has been addressed by scholars such as Henry Jenkins, Solomon Davidoff, and Mark Duffett, the use and production of music remains a relatively ignored area of research within the field of fan studies. This leaves a wide variety of important fan practices unexplored, including music-making (filk, geek rock, wizard rock, fanvids, and cover bands), the hybridization of media in fan creations (i.e., music in fan fiction, music in fanvids, and music in LARPing and Cosplay), fan performance and recording practices, and music-making as a community-building exercise within fandom, to name a few.

The editors invite article proposals for a special issue of The Journal of Fandom Studies that critically investigate the intersections between music and fandom. As fan studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, we welcome scholars from a variety of disciplines (musicology, ethnomusicology, media and communication studies, ethnography, social/subcultural theory, philosophy, etc.) to contribute. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Adaptation and Labor
Amateur music-making and musical training within fandom
Fans as musical producers/fan-musicians
Music and anti-fandom
Music and convention culture
Music and cult media fandom (movies, television shows, web serials, video games, comics, novels, etc.)
Nonwestern, global, and transnational music fandoms
Popular music fandom
Music and sports fandom
Music and DIY Culture
Musical fan communities
Music as fan ritual
Music’s relationship to other fan-created media (fan fiction, fanvids, podcasts, etc.)
Music and historical (re)enactment
Music as a site for national, communal, and personal identity negotiation
Music tourism
Present and past music fandoms
To submit, please send proposals of no more than 500 words in PDF format to by February 1, 2015. Up to two additional pages of musical examples and/or references may also be included, though this is not required. The proposal should include name of the author, institutional affiliation, and the title of the proposal. Accepted proposals will be notified by March 1, 2015, and completed articles will be expected by September 1, 2015, for publication in October 2016.

Jessica L. Getman
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Aya Esther Hayashi
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Journal of Fandom Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect. The multi-disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies offers scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship in the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. We focus on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming). The Journal of Fandom Studies aims to address key issues, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.

CFP: Extending Play: The Sequel

December 3, 2014

Are we the species that plays—or are we better understood as the species thatrepeats? Walter Benjamin suggests that, “For a child repetition is the soul of play.” Is play always at its core a form of re-play, an iteration of an earlier moment that resists a complete recurrence, yet is found in a series or sequence? We accept replication as a matter of course: Successful games and films always already have a sequel in the works, fashion is fueled by a recycling of its past, and images are increasingly manipulated to mimic the earlier eras of photographic technique. But what is the impact of these repeats, echoes, and continuations? And how do we understand the experience of play as a chain of sequels in the age of digital surrogates, cybernetic archives and networks of distributed storage?

Extending Play: The Sequel asks how conceptions of repetition, iteration, mimesis, chronography and sequence emerge through the dynamics and modalities of play in an increasingly repetitive, yet always playful world. We aim to continue the mission of the previous Extending Play conference, to entertain all approaches to the traditions, roles, and contexts of play that extend its definition and incorporation into far-flung and unexpected arenas. With The Sequel, we hope to focus on how play is culturally reproduced, repeated, continued, remixed, recycled, resequenced, and reimagined, and how play re-orders issues of power, affect, labor, identity, and privacy.

We invite scholars, students, tinkerers, artists, visionaries, and players to the second iteration of the Rutgers Media Studies Conference: Extending Play, to be held April 17th and 18th, 2015 on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Submissions are welcomed from scholars working in media studies and related fields across the humanities and social sciences. Our keynote conversations will include a conversation between Miguel Sicart (IT University of Copenhagen) and Anna Anthropy (Author, “Rise of the Video Game Zinesters”). Also, Marcus Boon (York University) will discuss the play of repetition with another guest who will be announced soon!

Potential topics for paper, panel, roundtable, and workshop submissions include, but are not limited to:
–Sequels, serials, remakes, covers, reprints, reissues, remixes, remasters, reprises, series, and sagas
–Media industries, including the business of sequels, franchises, and brands
–Social media and re-circulation, including memes, retweets, repins, and reblogs
–Resequencing, repetition, and the news industry
–Biomedia, genetic sequencing, and clones
–Sequels and repetition in history and historical knowledge, including global conflict, archives, and dynasties
–Mimicry, mimesis, and mirroring
–Repetition, continuation, and sequencing in digital networks, databases, and big data approaches
–Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Game Studies, Fan Studies, Critical Cultural Studies, Critical Media Studies, Critical Game Studies, and more!

Rutgers Media Studies Conference Extending Play: The Sequel promises to offer a memorable meeting of ludic inquiry, and to that end, we are looking to play with standard conference conventions. One track throughout the conference will be a series of public workshop sessions in which scholars and practitioners will host roundtable discussions on contemporary issues that bring together an audience of experts and interested parties. In the academic panel track, each presenter will have a maximum of 15 minutes to offer his or her ideas as a presentation or interactive conversation, and will choose one of the following methods of presentation:
–material accompaniment (hand out a zine, scrapbook, postcards, etc) 
–performance (spoken word, song, verse, dance, recording, etc)
–limited visuals (a maximum of 3 slides and 25 total words)
–game (create rules and incorporate audience play)

For additional ideas on how to play with media, play with time, or play with space during your presentation, visit our website

The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, December 12, 2014. We invite individual proposals, full panel proposals (of four members), and proposals for roundtable and workshop sessions. Please use the submission form on our website at . If you would like to submit supplementary materials, or have trouble with the form, please send a 256 word abstract Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by February 1, 2015.