Archive for November, 2017

CFP: Queerbaiting collection

November 29, 2017

CFP Short Pieces on Queerbaiting

Fans use the term ‘queerbaiting’ to account for a (primarily) television tactic whereby producers deliberately insert homoerotic subtext between characters in order to capture a queer viewership, yet never actualise this subtext on screen. This is a call for short, forum-style thought  pieces on queerbaiting for an edited book collection being prepared for submission to University of Iowa Press’ Fan Studies series.

Pieces of 500–1500 words (inclusive of references) are invited on all aspects of the topic. These pieces will appear alongside chapter-length investigations of the topic and are envisioned as shorter observations, views on developments, and debates or issues related to the topic of queerbaiting. These pieces are designed to offer readers a glimpse into a range of specific cases, or in-depth readings of single queerbait scenes. Some suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

– a short theoretical piece on the term itself or a single related term;
– a reading of a single fan text that responds to instances of
queerbaiting in some way;
– an investigation of a single campaign to boycott a series that
queerbaits, such as on Twitter (i.e., the response to #AskSupernatural);
– a personal narrative on the effects of queerbaiting;
– a textual reading of a specific scene or pivotal episode from a series
accused of queerbaiting, such as from Supernatural, Sherlock, Merlin,
Rizzoli & Isles, Teen Wolf;
– a consideration of a single character or key pairing in the context of
the queerbaiting debate;
– a reading of an individual film that queerbaits (i.e., Victor
Frankenstein);
– a reading of a lesser known series or form of queerbaiting (i.e., a
video game, a music video);
– an exploration of queerbaiting as evidenced in the marketing of a
particular program;
– a specific case of cast and producer response to accusations of
queerbaiting;
– a discussion of a text that exists beyond the confines of/predates the
term (i.e., Xena);
– a single counter-argument to the queerbaiting concept.

The collection is being compiled by Dr Joseph Brennan
(joseph.brennan@sydney.edu.au) and contributions should be submitted in  full together with a 150-word bio to the editor for consideration by December 17, 2017. Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by the end of 2017, with successful entries being included in the manuscript submitted to the publisher for external review.

Informal correspondence with the editor on proposed pieces prior to the
submission deadline is encouraged.

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Fan Studies Network Australasia conference launches this week

November 29, 2017

We are delighted that taking place this week, between 30th November – 1st December 2017, at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, is the first ever Fan Studies Network Australasia conference.

The conference is organised by Dr. Bertha Chin (Swinburne University, Malaysia), Dr. Renee Middlemost (University of Wollongong, Australia), Prof. Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Dr. Ika Willis (University of Wollongong, Australia).

The keynote is Professor Matt Hills, from the University of Huddersfield and Dr. Ika Willis, from the University of Wollongong.

You can follow the exciting event and Australasian branch on Twitter here: @FSNAusAsia

The final programme is now available here: FSNFinalProgramWEB

CFP: A Celebration of Slashers

November 28, 2017

A  Celebration  of  Slashers #DePaulSlashers (DePaul  University,  April  28,  2018)  
Now accepting  submissions  and  ideas  for  the  sixth  annual  Pop  Culture  Colloquium  at  DePaul  University in  Chicago!  

DePaul  University’s  College  of  Communication  is  hosting  a  one-day  celebratory  colloquium in  honor  of  the  Slasher  genre  on  Saturday,  April  28, from  9am-6pm.  More  details  can  be  found  at popcultureconference.com.  

This  event  will  feature  roundtable  discussions  from  scholars  and  fans  of  slasher  films  (topics  do  not  have to  focus  on  Halloween),  including  the  Friday  the  13th, Nightmare  on  Elm  Street,  and  other  franchises, films,  television  series,  video  games,  graphic  novels,  or  et  al.  

Our  keynote  speaker  is  Rachel  Talalay, director  of  Nightmare  on  Elm  Street 5  as  well  as  multiple  television  series  (Doctor  Who,  Sherlock, Riverdale,  Flash,  Supernatural,  Reign…the  list goes  on.)  

Participants  may  propose  panels  and  topics  about  a  broad  array  of  ideas  related  to  the  genre  and  its cultural  impact.  The  Pop  Culture  Conference  does  not  feature  formal  paper  presentations,  but  speakers  are invited  to  have  roundtable  discussions  themed  around  these  topics.  The  audience  for  this  event  is  both graduate  and  undergraduate  students,  both  fans  and  scholars.   If  you’re  interested  in  speaking  on  a  roundtable, or  want to  propose  a  panel with  3-5  people,  or  have  ideas for  other  events/lectures, please  send  a  300  word  abstract  that  proposes  a  significant  topic  of discussion  and  a  CV/resume  to  Pop  Culture  Conference  (popcultureconference@gmail.com)  by  Jan 15,  2018. Please  aim  your  abstracts  for  a  more  general audience  and  for  a  discussion  rather  than traditional scholarly  paper  presentation.  We  will  also  have  the  opportunity  to  publish  a  longer  version  of your  talk  in  an  update  to  our  Time  Lords  and  Tribbles  book. 

Potential  topics  include  (but  are  not  limited  to): 

Slashers  and  gender 

Slashers  and  race 

Narrative  and  genre  theories  of  slashers 

Changes  in  the  horror  genre 

Slasher/horror  fandom 

The  impact of  particular  directors, writers, or  actors  on  the  genre 

Teaching  horror/slashers 

Adaptation  within  the  slasher  canon 

Case  studies  of  slasher  films 

What  counts  as  a  slasher? 

For  more  information,  please  check  out  popcultureconference.com,  and  sign  up  for  updates  on  Facebook (search  “A  Celebration  of  Slashers”).  

We  hope  that  you  will  be  able  to  join  in  the  discussion  and celebration!