Archive for December, 2016

CFP: Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century, 9 June 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

December 21, 2016

Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century.

Event Date: June 9th 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Deadline for proposals: 3rd March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Johnny Walker, Northumbria University

In relation to cinema, the term “exploitation” has been adopted by various individuals and institutions over time, from opportunistic film producers and marketers of the 1920s to contemporary online distributors releasing new films in the 21st century. There is a current wave of exciting and productive scholarship on the historical developments of exploitation cinema, and its famous, and not so famous, films and filmmakers. But much of this research focuses on exploitation before the year 2000, with a particular focus up to and including the VHS era of the 1980s. Less research exists on the inflections of exploitation in the 21st century, and the trends and developments that have taken place since the turn of the century. This one-day symposium seeks to shed new light on the embodiments of exploitation cinema since 2000, with particular emphasis on current waves and cycles, the way in which they are now consumed (such as online rather than in theatres), and which particular exploitation filmmakers stand out as being important in contemporary times.

Topics might include (but are not limited to);

  • Analysis of single films
  • Studies of current waves or cycles of exploitation
  • Exploitation cinema from global national contexts (in particular from non-English speaking countries)
  • The re-emergence of old cycles since 2000 (Rape-Revenge, the Biker movie, etc.)
  • Individual filmmakers
  • New genres, sub-genres, and hybrids
  • High budget exploitation (such as that produced by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez)
  • Patterns of exhibition and distribution
  • Studies of industrial models or modes
  • Exploitation studios (The Asylum etc.)
  • Exploitation online
  • Exploitation fandom and audiences

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers, plus a short bio (up to 150 words) by March 3rd 2017.

We also welcome video essays to be submitted with a 300 word proposal/150 word bio, sent to us by March 3rd 2017. Final video submissions should be sent by June 2nd 2017 via Vimeo link. Video submissions should aim to be 10 minutes maximum running time.

All proposal (and any queries) should be sent to Dr James Newton at


CFP: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices, 9-10 September 2017, Kingston University, London, UK,

December 20, 2016


Conference: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices

Event date: Saturday 9 September – Sunday 10 September 2017
Kingston University, London
Deadline for Proposals: 1st March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate E. Taylor-Jones, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

The popular contemporary representation of a teenager is someone who stays in their bedroom with their tablet and phone, only venturing out for sustenance.  Media panics around violence and videogames, online pornography and extreme television and film also construct the teenager as a passive victim of the mass media. The purpose of this two day conference is to interrogate popular representations, cultures and sub-cultures, and practices of teenagers on a global level.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks 20 minute papers and panel proposals which interrogate popular conceptions and misconceptions of the teenager. Papers and panels will approach the teenager from a global perspective are particularly welcome.

Themes include:

•       Bedroom Cultures

•       Fan practices and cultures

•       Blogs/Vlogs and other internet practices

•       Selfie culture

•       Fashion and beauty

•       Music and sub-cultural identities

•       Constructions of the ‘girl’ or constructions of the ‘boy’ in popular culture

•       Teenage cinema

•       Online dating and sexting

•       K-Pop/J-Pop and hybridity

•       Teenagers and the ideology of anti-social behaviour

•       Religion and the teenager

•       Histories of the teenager

•       Young Adult literature

•       Young Adult television and film

•       The law and the teenager

Please email abstracts (250-300) words to Colette Balmain ( or Lucy Williams ( by no later than March 1st 2017 and don’t forget to include your name, email address and institutional affiliation if applicable. We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information about this event contact: Dr Colette Balmain at:

Updated details will appear on the conference website:

CFP: Call For Papers: Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture, Saturday 3rd June 2017, York St John University, UK

December 20, 2016

Call For Papers: Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture

Saturday 3rd June 2017, York St John University


This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and disseminated in global popular culture.

Since the popularisation of monster narratives in the nineteenth century, the monstrous figure has been a consistent border crosser, from Count Dracula’s journey on the Demeter from Romania to Whitby, to the rampaging monsters of Godzilla movies across multiple global cities. In folklore, such narratives have long been subject to specific local and national cultures, such as the shape-shifting Aswang of Filipino folklore or the Norwegian forest Huldra, yet global mediacapes now circulate mediatised representations of such myths across borders, contributing to a transnational genre that spans multiple media. Aihwa Ong has referred to ‘the transversal, the transactional, the translational, and the transgressive’ in transnational ‘human practices and cultural logics’, and each of these categories can encompass the scope of transformations imagined within cross-border constructions of monstrosity.

There has been significant recent interest in the ways in which transnationality, particularly in film studies, has depicted flows of people and demonstrated lines of cultural flow. This conference will explore cultural flow as it relates to the construction of a transnational genre (by producers and audiences), but will also explore the ramifications of representations of monstrosity in socio-political terms. The event also intends to engage with the ways in which monsters metaphorically represent forms of social and political otherness as they relate to cross-cultural or transnational forms and social groups, either directly or indirectly. Monstrosity has long been explored in a number of ways that connect gender, sexuality, class, race, nationality and other forms of otherness with depictions of monsters or monstrosity. The representation of refugees across Europe has been just one example of the ways in which cross-border monstrosity and otherness are culturally fused, with media outlets and political figures contributing to the repeated representation of refugees as a monstrous ‘swarm’ moving into and across European borders.

While the study of monsters in fiction is nothing new, the examination of the figure of the monster from a transnational perspective offers the opportunity to better understand: issues of cultural production and influence; the relationship between national cultures and transnational formations; hierarchies of cultural production; diasporic flows; the ethics of transnationalism; as well as the possibility to explore how shifting cultural and political boundaries have been represented through tropes of monstrosity. Hence, this conference seeks to offer new insights into the nature of transnational cultures and help us to understand how one of the oldest fictional metaphors has been transformed during the age of globalisation.


We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, on topics around transnational monsters and monstrosity. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):

Monstrous-genders/sexualities/ethnicities: transnational approaches to femininity and/or sexuality as monstrous or othered; interpretations of otherness in cross-cultural or comparative approaches.

Monster fandoms: transnational fandoms around monsters, or representations of monstrosity, which might include Whitby Dracula pilgrimages, kaijū eiga, or Pokemon.

Transnational horror and the monster: approaches to investigating particular monster tropes in comparative national cultures or across media that might include the figure of monsters in the slasher film, or the transnational appropriation of folkloric monsters in horror games such as the Wendigo in Until Dawn.

The transnational monster genre: theoretical explorations of the genericity of monster narratives and their relationships with national and transnational cultures (including regional approaches to affinitive transnational areas, such as Scandinavia or Latin America).

Reimagining monsters:  cross-cultural appropriations of specific monster figures; issues of cultural power and difference within appropriations that might include Dracula, Godzilla, King Kong or zombies.

Monster as metaphor: cultural metaphors relevant to the figure of the monster as it relates to transnational, cross-border concerns, which might include the reflection of concerns about migration in The Walking Dead and the potential impact of those metaphors.

Proposals are welcomed on any other relevant topics

Please send proposals of 300 words, along with a brief biography (50 words), to by Wednesday the 1st of March 2017.

We will be announcing details of our invited speakers early in 2017.

Follow @TNMonstrosity on Twitter.

Call for Proposals for an Essay Collection on Meta-Fiction, Intertextuality, and Authorship in Supernatural -deadline extended

December 19, 2016

Call for Proposals for an Essay Collection on Meta-Fiction, Intertextuality, and Authorship in Supernatural -deadline extended

One of the defining themes of the CW’s Supernatural is its interest in fiction and storytelling. The longest running genre series on American television, it has, throughout its twelve seasons, broken the fourth wall in a way that no other TV show likely has. From making Supernatural itself (and its fandom) exist within the world of the narrative to the unique relationship between canon and fanon, fans and creators, Supernatural is a groundbreaking look at the way narratives are created, told, and retold. Yet most scholarship dedicated to Supernatural has omitted thoroughly exploring this crucial aspect of the series. This collection seeks submissions on all manner of topics dealing with dealing with Supernatural’s use and exploration of metafiction, intertextuality, adaptation, authorship, and fandom. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
•Breaking the fourth wall: Supernatural’s unique use of meta-fiction, particularly in episodes such as “Metafiction,” “The French Mistake,” “Fan Fiction,” and “The Monster at the End of This Book,” and the character of Metatron.
•Supernatural as Transformative Work: it use and rewriting of myth, religion, and urban legend
•Genre: Supernatural’s use, adaptation, and reworking of various genres, especially in its “genre” episodes such as “Frontierland,” “Monster Movie,” “Hell House,” and others.
•“Tearing up the Rules and Rewriting the Ending” – themes of authorship and (re)writing and their relationship to other themes of the show such as free will
•God as writer, positioning Supernatural/the Winchesters’ stories as The Gospel
•American Culture within the show and its reworking/adaptation
•Popular culture, literary references, and intertextuality
•Fandom and Fan Work: Supernatural’s portrayal of fandom (“Fan Fiction,” “The Monster at the End of This Book”) and its inclusion of fan theories and “fanon” in the show
•The relationship between fans and creators outside of the text (social media, conventions)
•Canon, “Fanon,” and the relationship between the two
•Fandom politics, canonicity, and the porous boundaries around what counts as canon
•Ships, Shipping, and issues of canonicity
•Fan theories about authorship and textuality as they relate to Supernatural

Other topics are also welcomed, as are submissions from a variety of perspectives and levels of experience, including fans, aca-fans, and independent scholars. [the idea is to] create a collection of essays as diverse and varied as Supernatural itself.

Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words and a short biographical note to by January 5th. Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent out by January 15th, and the final draft will be due late Spring. McFarland has expressed strong interest in this collection.

CFP: Fan Studies Network Australasia 2017

December 16, 2016

Fan Studies Network Australasia 2017
1-2 December 2017

University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Keynote Speaker: TBC

Since March 2012, the Fan Studies Network has provided a friendly space with which scholars from all disciplines who are interested in fans and fan culture can connect, share resources, and develop their research ideas. In June 2017, the network will hold its fifth annual conference at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Each year has seen the network grow exponentially, as the mailing list and conference attract more scholars interested in fan studies from all over the world. 

As research and interest on fandom grow in Australia, New Zealand and Asia at large, the Fan Studies Network is also interested in fostering these connections and resources. We are delighted to announce that FSN Australasia, with support from FSN in the UK, will hold an inaugural conference for scholars based in the region. 

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for individual 20 minute papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome submissions for pre-constituted panels (for 3-4 speakers/papers). We encourage anyone in all stages of study, to the network at large and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

– Fandom in Asia, Australia and/or New Zealand

– Non-Western fan cultures 

– Producer-audience interactions

– Activism and fandom

– Ethics in fan studies

– Defining fandom

– Anti-Fandom and Non-Fandom

– Fan use of social media platforms

– Fandom (and) controversies

– The future of fan studies

Please send any inquiries and/or abstracts to by 15th July 2017

Conference organisers: Dr. Bertha Chin, Dr. Renee Middlemost, Dr. Ika Willis

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