Archive for December, 2015

CFP: Console-ing Passions

December 10, 2015



International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

June 16-18, 2016
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.  The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992.  Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

The 2016 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, or other intersected components of identity.  We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity.

Possible paper, panel, and forum topics include:

●      media production and industries

●      media audiences and fans

●      textual analysis and criticism

●      media theory

●      feminist, queer, and critical race theory

●      media history

●      neoliberalism and the economy

●      transmedia and convergence culture

●      globalism and transnational cultural flows

●      theories of post-television

●      social media and the Internet

●      music and sound studies

●      gaming and virtual worlds

●      social movements and media activism

●      politics and gender

●      religion and media

●      youth culture and media

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Please submit your proposal here:

Proposers may propose only one paper or creative project, and only one CP Forum.  Attendees may present only one paper or creative project, and may participate in only one CP Forum.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information.  Co-authored papers are acceptable. 

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole.  Coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information for each panel participant. Panels should include 3-4 papers.  Co-authored papers are acceptable.  Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. 

CP Forums: Building upon the success of discussion-based roundtables at Flow and other conferences, we invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest.  We are especially interested in roundtables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees, and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies, and professional rank or employment status.  Proposals should be submitted by a convener, who will propose a question (<100 words) and solicit brief (<250 words) responses from 5-7 respondents.  Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the convener and each participant.  If the proposal is accepted, each participant will write a response to the question of no more than 600 words, which must be submitted to the conference organizers 2 weeks prior to the conference.  Those papers will be circulated to all attendees and will form the basis of a public discussion during the CP Forum sessions. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to create substantive discussion with attendees.

Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits.  Proposals should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information.  If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process

Visit our website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more.

Conference Organizers: Christine Becker, Michael Kackman, Mary Celeste Kearney, Susan Ohmer, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik / Department of Film, Television, & Theatre / University of Notre Dame.


The Fan Studies Network Conference 2016

December 9, 2015


25-26th June 2016
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK


Keynote Speaker:
Professor Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California, USA).

The fourth annual Fan Studies Network Conference is returning to the University of East Anglia for a two-day programme in June 2016. The conference will continue FSN’s proud tradition of offering an enthusiastic space for interdisciplinary researchers at all levels to connect, share resources, and further develop their research ideas. In addition to panel presentations, the two days will feature social events, speed geeking, and workshop discussions.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Henry Jenkins as the keynote speaker for FSN2016. Jenkins’ work has proved extremely influential in the field: He is the author/editor of thirteen books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide; Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, and one of the key texts of the first wave of fan studies, Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture.

Registration is open here:

And the conference programme can be found here:

FSN 2016 draft Programme v2

Please send any enquires about the conference to:

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2016, or visit

CFP: A Celebration of Star Trek, DePaul University, Chicago, USA, 7 May 2016

December 8, 2015

Now accepting submissions and ideas for the fourth annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University in Chicago!

The Media and Cinema Studies program, along with the College of Computing and Digital Media, the English Department, and the Department of American Studies at DePaul University is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium in honor the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek on Saturday, May 07, from 9am-6pm. This event will feature roundtable discussions from scholars and fans of Star Trek, speaking about the cultural impact of the show, as well as analyzing aspects of the episodes. The even will also feature keynote speaker Brannon Braga (executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes and films), screenings, screenwriting workshops, a costume contest, and more.

The audience for this event is both graduate and undergraduate students, both fans and scholars, and the focus should be on informed and enlightening discussion rather than formal academic papers. “A Celebration of Star Trek” will take place on DePaul’s Loop campus.

If you’re interested in speaking on a round table, please send a 200 word abstract of your topic and a CV or resume to Paul Booth ( by Mar 01. Please aim your abstracts for a more general audience and for a discussion rather than a paper presentation. For more information, please check out the website and sign up for updates on Facebook (search “A Celebration of Star Trek”). We hope that you will be able to join in the discussion and celebration!

A Celebration of Star Trek (DePaul University, 07 May)