Archive for May, 2017

CFP: Backward Glances 2017: Mediating Resistance

May 6, 2017

The Screen Cultures Graduate Student Conference

Department of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

September 29 & 30, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Professors Mary Celeste Kearney and Kara Keeling

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2017

In our tumultuous political landscape of “fake news” and reality TV presidents, the urgency of critically engaged media scholarship has never been greater. At a time in which many are experiencing a sense of traumatic upheaval, such work has the potential not only to enlighten the workings of media in our present moment, but to trace the history of media’s relationship to movements of resistance, rebellion, and radical change.

To this end, the theme of this year’s Backward Glances, Northwestern’s biennial graduate student media and historiography conference, is Mediating Resistance. We invite scholars to explore the role of resistance in media as well as the role of media in resistance, in historical and contemporary contexts.

Resistance manifests in forms ranging from political and activist content to formal and aesthetic innovation. These multiple inflections of resistance inform a number of interrelated questions we aim to address: What role do media play in shifting norms, broadening access to discourse, or even overthrowing regimes? How have marginalized communities used media to resist violence or imagine alternative modes of being? Alternately, how have hegemonic institutions used media to instigate violence or impose constructions of reality? In what ways are media implicated in the deepening of cultural divisions and the forms of social or political resistance they engender? As scholars, how might we engage resistant methodologies? What constitutes a “resistant reading” of a media text? What types of formal or aesthetic innovations resist norms of media-making or media consumption?

Further topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternative archives

  • Media literacy and pedagogy

  • (Re)appropriation of media texts

  • Resistant spectatorship practices

  • Feminist, queer, and transgender media

  • Racial difference, racialized identities, and racism

  • Avant-garde movements

  • Postcolonial, revolutionary, and state media

  • Protest music

  • Taste and respectability politics

  • Circuit-bending

  • Affect and embodiment

  • Conspiracy theories

  • Media activism/hacktivism/slacktivism

  • Political campaigns

  • Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing

We invite scholarship from a broad range of disciplinary approaches, such as gender and sexuality studies; critical race studies; game studies; new media studies; postcolonial studies; comparative literature; historiography; film and television studies; disability studies; communications; and performance studies. Northwestern faculty will serve as respondents for graduate student panels.

Our keynote speakers will be Mary Celeste Kearney and Kara Keeling. Professor Kearney is Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre and Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses primarily on gender, youth, and media culture. She is the author of Girls Make Media, as well as editor of The Gender and Media Reader and Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture. Her most recent book, Gender and Rock, will be published in August 2017 by Oxford University Press. She is currently completing research for her second monograph, Making Their Debut: Teenage Girls and the Teen-Girl Entertainment Market, 1938-1966. Her essay, “Sparkle: Luminosity and Post-Girl Power Media,” (Continuum 29.2) won the 2016 Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Professor Keeling is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Keeling works in the areas of Film and Media Studies, Black Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies. Keeling’s book, The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, exploitation, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. Keeling is co-editor (with Josh Kun) of Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies and (with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West) of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead entitled European Pedigrees/ African Contagions: Racist Traces and Other Writing. Keeling’s most recent book manuscript, tentatively entitled Queer Times, Black Futures, is under contract with New York University Press.

Please send an abstract (up to 300 words) to by June 15, 2017. Participants will be notified by mid-July. More information about the conference can be found at

CFP: UCLA’s Mediascape – On Technology and Media

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2017

The last decade has witnessed a transformation in electronic visual media. Film, television, video games and user- generated- content (UGC) are increasingly commingling. This has facilitated significant changes in the traditional models of production and consumption, leading to new practices and relationships as divergent production communities operate together.

The META section of Mediascape is looking for essays and/or video essay submissions related to Film Technology. This may relate to topics of production or exhibition, with a focus upon how advances in technology have altered longstanding practices and philosophies related to media creation as well as introducing new capabilities. This might also include the effect that the introduction of new technologies has had on narrative and form. Cinema, Television, Video Games and other forms of digital media.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-The current age of the professionally produced fan film as well as its increasing convergence (and potential conflict) with commercial media.

-The increasing use of computer generated imagery in creating increasingly detailed and temporally transcendent works. An example of this would be the digital inclusion of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016).

-There is an ever-increasing requirement for production personnel at all levels to document their professional creative work on social media. How has this new reality based upon the need for self- promotion through the conjunction of frequently marginal employment changed production practices from the standpoint of the practitioner?

-The strategies of streaming video services, such as algorithms and real time customer data for choosing projects for internal production as they seek to cultivate their own IP.  

-How the prevalence of increasingly high quality cameras in smartphones together with networked social media platforms has changed the documentary form towards a more egalitarian structure.

The META section encourages the use of video essay or other digital media, but this is not a requirement. Submissions should be in the range of 1,000 to 3,000 words.

If you have questions about META submissions, or wish to submit a paper or project for consideration, please contact Josias Troyer at with the subject header “Mediascape” META” by June 30, 2017.

CFP: Violent Feelings: Affective Intensities in Literature, Film and Culture

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017

From the cruel optimism of neoliberalism to the rise of white nationalism to the almost daily reminders of the precariousness of life—especially the lives of those who are othered through race, class and gender—contemporary events show the necessity of studying representations of violent feelings. While “violence” is often evoked as a metaphor for affective exchange, theories of feeling as violence and of violence as feeling remain implicit in the criticism of both violence and feeling. This special issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory seeks essays that examine the relationship between violence and feeling explicitly, in order to raise new questions about emotion, embodiment, and representation.

The essays sought for this special issue seize on violent feeling as a productive avenue for further propelling and complicating the “affective turn” in literary studies. We seek essays that position themselves at the intersection of prevailing understandings of affect and violence, and explore the undertheorized ground of violent feelings in ways that affect theory has not yet fully elucidated.

Essays may explore representations of violent feelings and:

– Race, class, gender, disability

– Theories of disgust, rage, shock

– Genre, narrative or discourse (e.g. terror, horror, pornography)

– Polyvalent intensities (agitation, mourning, hysteria, anger, outrage)

– Other forms of violence (structural violence, state violence, slow violence, sexual violence)

– Brexit, the 2016 US Presidential Election, or other current events of note

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays that employ engaging, coherent theoretical perspectives and provide original, close readings of texts. Submissions must use MLA citation style and should range in length from 5,000-9,000 words in length. Please direct any questions relating to this cfp to the guest co-editor, Douglas Dowland; Submissions should be emailed to (please include your contact information and a 100-200 word abstract in the body of your email). LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

Guest Editors: Douglas Dowland, Ohio Northern University and Anna Ioanes, Georgia Institute of Technology

Editors: Dwight Codr and Tara Harney-Mahajan

CFP: The British Isles in the Mind’s Eye: Literary Tourism and “Real” History

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2017

What are the relationships among history, fiction, and tourism? Contributions are solicited for a collection of essays that will map the boundaries of and intersections among these discourses of “place” and its significance, with an emphasis on literary tourism and the British Isles. Essays may be weighted towards the theoretical or may be focused on studies of individual historical sites or literary authors; they may approach the subject from the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, cultural studies, literary history, or history. Potential subjects of interest include historicality, historicity, and historical fiction; the influence of popular fiction and film on British tourism or on the marketing of historical sites to the literary tourist; the (re)creation of history in fiction and film; and the impact of tourism on historical curation.

Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, is inviting a proposal for this project. Send 500-word abstracts and one-page CVs as Word documents to the editor, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher (, by 1 September 2017. Accepted abstracts will be included in the proposal to the press, with completed manuscripts needed by 1 June 2018.

CFP: Musicals at the Margins

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: July 17, 2017

While the musical for much of its existence has had a relatively ‘strong’ generic identity, the genre’s central semantic element, the musical number, is also widespread in films not understood to be musicals. Generic transformations since the late 1970s, as well as technological, cultural, and industrial change, have produced greater instability in our collective understanding of what a musical is. Recent research has focused on the song in film (e.g. Dyer 2011; Spring 2013)or on musical moments (Conrich and Tincknell 2006), while recent scholarship on both the musical and on music and film in the context of the musical has begun to look beyond both the usual canonical texts and the genre’s usual identification with studio-era Hollywood (e.g. Kessler 2010; Creekmur and Mokdad 2012; Garcia 2014). Yet a narrowly-defined canon still dominates discussions of the musical as a genre and remains the basis of its most influential theorisations.

This collection of essays will focus on the genre’s unstable edges and the margins and boundaries of the musical as a genre, seeking to contribute to genre studies by investigating one particular case of the instability of a film genre and how genre can be contested at the levels of industry, text, and/or reception. Why are particular films marginalised in scholarship and public discourse? What is lost through a strong emphasis on the canon? And how do films that challenge established theorisations of the musical become confined to the boundaries of the genre?

We invite proposals for chapters approaching this topic from a range of angles, historical periods, and (inter)national contexts. We are interested in considering why certain films have been marginalised despite their evident commonalities with the genre’s canon, as well as what is at stake for films questioning, bending, or playing with the musical genre.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Boundary cases in various national cinemas, historical eras, industrial contexts
  • Films whose generic status have shifted over time
  • The core and the periphery of the musical
  • Sub-genres and cycles at the margins
  • Stars within these texts
  • Authors of boundary cases (directors, screenwriters, producers, music publishers, etc.)
  • How gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity impacts on the generic status of these films
  • The body and the edges of the musical
  • Promotion, publicity, and reception of films at the margins
  • Specific film studios or production companies
  • Analysis of cultural factors that impact on these marginal cases
  • Musicals marginalised in scholarship
  • Musicals in media beyond film (television, web series, etc.)
  • Animated films as musicals
  • Music films (jazz films, rock films, hip hop films, etc.)

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your abstracts of no more than 500 words and a brief 100-word bio via email to both editors by Monday 17th July 2017. We have already had a positive initial response to this project from a highly respected academic publisher.  We anticipate that finished essays will be approximately 6000 words in length, including footnotes. Acceptance of proposals will be sent by email by the end of August 2017.

Please email your abstract and bio to both editors:

Dr Martha Shearer at

Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright at


CFP: The Alt-Right in Popular Culture

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2017

Over the past few years, a loosely defined group that has since come to be referred to as “the alt-right” began to receive increased attention and scrutiny in the American media. The group presents itself to the public as an alternative to the mainstream conservatism of the contemporary Republican Party, and is an amorphous mass of people, largely associated with Internet social media platforms. The alt-right appears to be motivated by white nationalism, antigovernment conspiracy theory, xenophobia, and an opposition to identity politics. Its existence is linked with news sites like Breitbart News, the white supremacist site American Renaissance, and the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer (among others), and with movements like the Men’s Rights, neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant movements. In 2017, Donald Trump’s presidential election has arguably legitimized and further publicized alt-right figures and ideologies, most clearly demonstrated by the rise of Trump Aid Steve Bannon, former Breitbart chairman, to the White House. In this cultural moment, it is essential that scholars and thinkers of the contemporary begin critical explorations of the formation, influences and attitudes that comprise a cultural understanding of the alt-right and niche internet groups as a political and social phenomenon. Intrinsic to this study is the interrogation of various modes of toxic masculinities associated with these internet platforms and their popularization of both fascist and nihilistic political and social paradigms. This volume calls for full-length essays that will contribute to this interrogation. I plan to approach university presses with this volume, which will pioneer the serious study of the alt-right within the academy. This collection is the first of its kind.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Alt-right leaders and their treatment in the media
  • The relationship between alt-right and nihilism
  • The alt-right and fascist iconography and influences
  • The alt-right and its growing antithesis, an emerging “alt-left”
  • The emergence of the alt-right and its forebears/predecessors
  • Media focus on figures like Milo Yiannapoulos/Richard Spencer
  • Literary/critical/philosophical influences on the alt-right
  • The alt-right and popular genres, specifically science fiction and fantasy
  • The alt-right and configurations of toxic masculinities
  • Artist pushback against alt-right groups/anti-fascist art installations and output
  • Street art (both alt-right & anti-fascist)
  • Commercial/mainstream response to alt-right ideologies

This collection will be interdisciplinary, and is open to scholars in Media Studies, Film Studies, Literary and Historical Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and beyond.

Please send an abstract (450-700 words) and a short bio to Katlyn Williams ( by September 1st, 2017.

This volume will call for completed essays of 5,000-7,000 words by March 1st, 2018.

CFP: Transmediating the Whedonverse: An Edited Collection

May 6, 2017

Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2017

In the last two decades, scholarly attention to transmedia storytelling (TS) has increased dramatically. Approaches to the topic vary widely, ranging from a focus on the effects of TS on narratives and texts (Harvey, Mittell); explorations of paratexts, metatexts, intertexts, and pretexts (Gray, Clarke); and the increase in fan participation and agency with regard to narrative agency since the transmedia turn (Jenkins, Geraghty, Hills). More recently, scholars such as Raúl Rodríguez-Ferrándiz have returned to what might be considered the beginning, looking to Gerard Genette’s discussion of paratexts and building on Genette’s print-bound ideas with transmediated frames. This edited collection aims to open a conversation about the ways in which the extended Whedonverse crosses narrative platforms, combines authorial voices, and blurs the boundaries between and among issues of production, dissemination, and consumption.

Whedon stands as a transmedia icon. His role in advancing transmedial narratives includes media code switching from movies to TV to comic books to web texts as well as his tendency to encourage fan inclusion and agency. While not exhaustive, Whedon scholars have addressed transmedia activism (Cochran), authorial and audience agency (Hadas, Kociemba), semiotics (Beddows), hyperdiegsis (Buckman), and narrative destabilization (McCormick). Whedon scholars have placed their TS scholarship in various, broader edited collections and journals; however, Transmediating the Whedonverse seeks to advance these conversations while showcasing the extent of Whedon’s influence on TS.

The anticipated collection seeks to showcase a range of theoretical lenses and approaches to transmedial world-building, branding and franchising, and research including but not limited to feminism(s), posthumanism, new materialism(s), and speculative realism(s), in order to frame the significant conflicts and contributions of the meta- and paratextual Whedonverse. Successful proposals will explore the constructions of, complications with, and relations between and among narratives across media, possibly including effects on audience-consumers, creator-producer(s), and user-disseminators.

Key ideas this text aims to address include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Narrative conflicts and complications created by or resolved through transmediation
  • Production, dissemination, and consumption of transmediated materials
  • The relationship between creator-text-audience/producer-product-consumer
  • The impact of transmediation on Whedon scholarship and classroom pedagogies
  • Complications with real-world representations of creator, audience, and texts (i.e. social media, Save the Day, public appearances, speeches, etc.)
  • Fan-created content as narrative instantiation (i.e. mash-ups, wikis, fan fiction, etc.)

Editors Juliette Kitchens and Julie Hawk invite query letters and abstracts for proposed chapter-length original work (300-500 words); please send to (subject line: Whedon Transmedia Collection) no later than June 1, 2017. Selected contributors will be notified by July 1, 2017. 

CFP: Generation BioWare. Story-Driven Games in Contemporary Humanities

May 6, 2017

American ​Literature and Culture Secton (Department of English Studies, University of Wrocław) and New Media and Popular Literature Secton (Department of Polish Studies, University of Wrocław) invite paper abstracts for “Generaton BioWare,” a conference focused exclusively on the Canadian developer and their games.

Founded in 1995, BioWare have been responsible for some of the most acclaimed ttles in the history of the industry. The studio’s games are famous for mult-layered narratves and complex characters, both of which originated in ttles set in the well-established worlds: Faerûn from the Dungeon and Dragons pen-and-paper RPG system and the Star Wars universe. Since their release, Baldur’s Gate (1998), Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000), and Knights of the Old Republic (2003) have enjoyed critcal and commercial success and the two franchises have enabled the studio to create its own proprietary worlds in Jade Empire (2005), Mass Effect (2007), and Dragon
Age: Origins (2009) as well as to further refne story-telling structures, character writng, karmic
mechanics, and worldbuilding techniques. 

The positve recepton of BioWare ttles has been accompanied by the development of a dedicated fanbase, whose general video game literacy was centrally shaped by BioWare’s design decisions and techniques. As a result, BioWare games have come to be regarded as templates for many western RPGs: the recent Kickstarter success of Divinity Original Sin (2014), Pillars of Eternity (2015), and Tyranny (2016) can be partly ascribed to the impact the Baldur’s Gate series had on these ttles.

Consequently, BioWare’s impact on the medium as well as the industry can be perceived as nothing short of critcal. To address this influence, we would like to create a platorm for academic exchange and invite submissions from scholars and researchers across disciplines, including game studies, literary studies, linguistcs, fan studies, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Suggested areas of research include but are not limited to:
• narratology and character research,
• literary and ludological dimensions,
• sociology of BioWare games and their fan communites,
• BioWare games and classic RPGs,
• worldbuilding techniques,
• narratve techniques,
• gameplay design,
• poetcs of BioWare games,
• ethical and moral issues in BioWare games,
• localizaton and adaptaton,
• paratextuality and transmediality,
• video game market and the evoluton of BioWare as a studio,
• Interplay, BlackIsle, Troika, and Obsidian as compettors and creators of alternatve worldbuilding
and narratve techniques,
• narratve and character design methods,
• visuality and sound in BioWare games.

Registration form:

Abstract submission deadline: 30.09.2017

Notfcaton of acceptance: 10.10.2017

Conference registraton due: 15.11.2017

Conference fee: 100 EUR (fee transfer details will be provided with the notfcaton of acceptance)

Main event: 5-7.12.2017

CFP: Netflix at the Nexus: Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television

May 6, 2017

Netflix’s meteoric rise as an online content provider has been well documented and much debated in the popular press and in academic circles. It has been praised as the future of television (Auletta, 2014) and as “the most feared force in Hollywood” (Villarreal & James, 2016), while also decried as the end of “TV’s Golden Age” and blamed for ushering in an era where “TV shows may be briefer, lower-budget and filled with the kind of product-placement ads that audiences hate and advertisers pay for” (Thielman, 2016). Interestingly though, amongst the academic inquiry thus far, much of this research has dealt primarily with the algorithmic culture and nature of Netflix (Hallinan & Striphas, 2016; Gomez-Uribe & Hunt, 2016; Amatriain, 2013), binge watching (Jenner, 2015, 2016; Pittman, & Sheehan, 2015), engagement, (Groshek, & Krongard, 2016; Matrix, 2014); and the future of television, (Auletta, 2014).

The editors seek contributions to this collection that will broaden this discussion greatly, focusing on Netflix in three specific ways:

•      platform – How does the nature of Netflix streaming change our relationship to media? How does Netflix’s interface design impact media consumption? How does Netflix change our media consumption in mobile contexts? What are the cultural implications of Netflix’s business model?

•      content – What kind of content does Netflix privilege? How does the streaming model change serialized programming? What are these effects on narrative? Does Netflix’s streaming model prelude a more diverse offering for consumers interested in “quality TV?” Do representations in Netflix offerings differ from traditional broadcast programming? Is there a “Netflix genre,” shows produced by Netflix can be recognized as such?

•      viewer practices – What kind of viewing practices does Netflix encourage? What is the nature of viewer discourse surrounding binging and other streaming viewing practices? How do fans discuss and build community around Netflix programs? How do fans incorporate social media into their viewing habits? Do users utilize social media as a second screen when discussing their favorite programs?

Submission Process:

Interested authors should submit an initial proposal of 500 words (exc. references) by July 15, 2017. This should be sent as a Word or PDF document to editors Theo Plothe ( and Amber M. Buck ( for consideration.

CFP: Stardom, Celebrity and Fandom Conference

May 6, 2017

We invite presentation proposals for the Stardom, Celebrity and Fandom Conference, to be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) November 10-11, 2017.

The conference organizers are seeking contributions that explore various realities associated with living in the limelight and/or admiring those who do, insightful analyses of individual stars and/or celebrities, and in-depth analyses of intriguing media offerings that examine and represent stardom, celebrity and/or fandom, during any historical era.

Given adequate participant interest and high-quality submissions, we are hoping to publish selected papers (with author’s permission) in a special collection of essays pertaining to the conference theme.

Participants are encouraged to interpret the conference theme quite broadly and innovatively. Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) achieving fame, active vs. passive fan phenomena, addiction and destructive behaviors as coping mechanisms, authenticity, celebrity culture, challenges associated with continual media attention, cult of personality, dynamics of celebrity and stardom, falling from grace, gossip and innuendo, Hollywood’s Golden Age, the illusion of intimacy, instant celebrity status, fandom realities and pleasures, media (over)saturation, micro-celebrity, noteworthy stars and celebrities, scandals, social mobility and the American Dream, stalkers and other obsessive admirers, the studio system, television stardom, and trends in social media.

We encourage submissions from scholars, educators, and students at all levels, and from disciplines including art, communication, cultural studies, film and video studies, history, journalism, LGBTQ studies, media studies, music, political science, popular culture, sociology, television studies, and women’s studies, among others. Individual paper presentations will be limited to 25 minutes in length.

Please e-mail presentation proposals containing (a) a one-page abstract with complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and contact telephone number) and (b) a one-paragraph author biography to Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart ( on or before Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and certainly no later than August 15, 2017. For specific inquiries prior to submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Hart at your convenience by e-mail (