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CFP: Superheroes Beyond conference, Melbourne, Australia, 6-8 December 2018

March 19, 2018


Superheroes Beyond conference

Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) – Melbourne, Australia

Date: 6-8 December, 2018*

A Conference Welcome Event will be held on the evening of December 5th

Proposal Deadline: 29 June, 2018

*please note that the dates have changed slightly from an earlier version of this CFP

Superheroes are transmedia, transcultural, and transhistorical icons, and yet discussion of these caped crusaders often fixate on familiar examples. This conference will join wider scholarly interest in going beyond out-dated definitions of superheroes. We invite papers that unmask international examples, examine superheroes beyond the comic book page, identify historical antecedents, consider real world examples of superheroism, and explore heroes whose secret identities are not cisgender men. From big screen heroes to lesser-known comic book vigilantes and real-life costumed heroes, the conference will include papers that consider superheroes across all eras and media platforms

Keynote Speaker: Comics artist, writer, and “herstorian” Trina Robbins

We are inviting submissions for individual research papers of 20 minutes as well as pre-formed panels. Proposal topics might include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Superheroes Beyond… Comics

Superheroes are often considered comics’ defining content, as traditionally the four-colour medium was the only format capable of fully capturing the superhero spectacle. Emboldened by digital technologies, superheroes can now be found across a rich array of media formats. Proposals are invited that consider superheroes across multiple media platforms including movies, games, television, digital comics, and virtual reality.

Superheroes Beyond… Men in Tights

It is often suggested that superheroes reflect our attitudes and anxieties. However, while superheroes may articulate society’s interests, they have only recently begun to reflect its diversity. We welcome papers that consider how superheroes are no longer the white heterosexual men that once dominated the genre, with a more diverse array of characters donning capes and cowls.

Superheroes Beyond (and Before)… 1938

Is the vigilante Robin Hood a superhero? What about demigods and mythological icons such as Hercules, Māui, and Artemis? Superheroes are notoriously hard to define, making it difficult to identify when the pop culture icon first came into existence. We encourage papers that identify early examples of the superhero archetype and chart their influence on the heroes of today and tomorrow.

Superheroes Beyond… America

Comic books are often described as an American form, and the medium’s most popular character, the superhero, did much to affirm that link with dozens of star-spangled heroes created during the industry’s Golden Age. However, the superhero has been reimagined in a range of contexts to respond to local cultures, politics, and traditions. Papers that consider how superheroes engage with national and regional identities are welcome.

Superheroes Beyond… Fantasy

The term “superhero” is often applied to real-life individuals who have distinguished themselves through their bravery or compassion. However, superheroes in popular culture are often violent vigilantes. Papers are invited that consider superheroism in everyday settings and how that can be reconciled with the more colourful power fantasies.

The Superheroes Beyond conference is organised by the Superheroes & Me research team – Angela Ndalianis (Swinburne University of Technology), Liam Burke (Swinburne University of Technology), Elizabeth MacFarlane (University of Melbourne), Wendy Haslem (University of Melbourne), and Ian Gordon (National University of Singapore) – and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Proposals of 250-300 words for individual presentations or full panels, as well as any queries, should be sent to Liam Burke by 29 June, 2018, along with a 150-word bio.

Keynote Speaker Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper, while at the same time designing and selling clothes from her Lower East Side boutique, Broccoli. In 1970, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972 – 1992)

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee.

In 1986 she became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book. In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego comic convention she received the Eisner award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of the complete Wimmin’s Comix.

Further Speakers and Industry Guests to be announced.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference

December 8, 2017

FSN CFP imageCALL FOR PAPERS: The Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference

Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference
29th & 30th June 2018
School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Mark Duffett, Reader, University of Chester, UK
Professor C. Lee Harrington, Miami University, USA 

As our global network continues to grow, with inaugural conferences held for FSN Australasia in 2017 and FSN North America hosting an event in October 2018, we are delighted to announce that the sixth annual Fan Studies Network Conference is taking place at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University in the UK. Offering a diverse two-day programme during June 2018, the conference will find its home in a city already well-known as a destination for fans of television shows such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sherlock. The conference will continue FSN’s long-standing tradition of offering an enthusiastic space for interdisciplinary researchers at all career stages to connect, share resources, and further develop their research ideas. In addition to panel presentations, the two days will feature a variety of social events, workshop discussions, and our famous speed-geeking sessions.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Mark Duffett and Professor C. Lee Harrington as our keynote speakers. Mark is the author of Understanding Fandom (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Elvis Presley (Equinox Press, 2017) and editor of Popular Music Fandom (Routledge, 2014) and Fan Identities and Practices in Context (Routledge, 2016). C. Lee Harrington, with Denise D. Bielby, is the author of Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life (Temple University Press, 1995) and Global TV: Exporting Television and Culture in the World Market (New York University Press, 2008). She is also the co‐editor of several anthologies on popular culture, fan studies, soap opera, and aging and media. We are very excited to have both speakers as keynotes for FSN2018.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels of four papers. We encourage new members, in all stages of study, to the network and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

  •      – Links between fandom, participatory culture and the political moment
  •        – Forms of anti-fandom or non-fandom
  •        – The intersections between celebrity and fandom
  •        – Fan activism in response to contemporary political/world events
  •      – The use of social media and its language (e.g. memes, hashtags, GIFs)
  •        – Fannish places and spaces, both physical and virtual
  •        – Fandom and material cultures
  •        – Music fandom
  •        – The ethics of studying participatory culture and fandom
  •        – Fan Studies methodologies
  •        – Sports fandom
  •        – Transcultural and transnational fandom
  •        – Fandom and race and ethnicity
  •        – Producer/fan interactions and relationships
  •        – Fandom and controversies

We also invite short abstracts (100-200 words) from anyone wishing to present as part of our popular ‘speed geeking’ session. This would involve each speaker presenting a short discussion on a relevant topic of their choosing to a number of small groups, and then receiving instantaneous feedback, making it ideal for presenting in-progress or undeveloped ideas. If you have any questions about this format of presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please send any abstracts/enquires to: by the end of Monday 12th February 2018. Please include up to three keywords for your submission, which will help us to place your paper in an appropriate panel, and a short biographical note.

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2018, follow us @FanStudies or visit

Conference Organisers: Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips (FSN chairs)
Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones, Richard McCulloch, Rebecca Williams (FSN board)

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
– 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
– 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
( 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.


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: Wentworth is the New Prisoner – 5 & 6 April 2018, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

July 21, 2017
Wentworth is the New Prisoner
A two-day international conference
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April 2018RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists:

Professor Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia);
Kim Akass (University of Hertfordshire, UK);
Kate Hood (actress, writer and director, aka Prisoner’s Kath Maxwell);
Jan Russ (casting director, PrisonerNeighbours, etc.)

Wentworth (aka Wentworth Prison) is an award-winning Australian prison drama series now in its fifth season and recently renewed for a sixth season. It screens in Australia on Foxtel, in the UK on Channel 5 and in the USA on Netflix. The series was inspired by Prisoner (aka Cell Block H), a groundbreaking drama produced between 1979 and 1986, which was internationally successful and led to a cult following. Set in a women’s prison in contemporary Melbourne, Wentworth dramatises current cultural and political issues, and provides a rich example of creative and industrial screen practice that can often be read in the context of its predecessor, Prisoner.

This conference will unite those who study and are fans of Wentworth and Prisoner, with those who are or who have been involved in making the series.

We invite abstracts for papers (critical or creative, 20 minutes) from academics, practitioners or those who are both, including research degree candidates and early career researchers. All topics related to Wentworth and Prisoner will be considered, with the aim of generating a lively exchange of critical and creative ideas. Our intention is that selected papers from the conference will lead to a publication (most likely an edited collection).

Conference organising committee:

Associate Professor Craig Batty (RMIT University); Dr Tessa Dwyer (Monash University); Dr Radha O’Meara (University of Melbourne); Dr Stayci Taylor (RMIT University).

Please email your 300-word paper abstract, along with a 100-word biography, to by Monday 30 October 2017.

Potential paper and panel topics include, but are not limited to:

●      Gender in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Sexuality and Queerness in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Class in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Prison industrial complex in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Race and ethnicity in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Diversity behind bars

●      Nation in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Violence in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Substance abuse in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Mental health and mental illness in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Aesthetics of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Serial narrative and Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Performance in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth as reboot or remake of Prisoner

●      Television genre and the prison drama

●      Prestige TV and prison dramas 

●      Reception of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth/Prisoner fans, fan practices and fandoms

●      Distribution of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Creative practice in the development and production of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Industrial practice in the development and production of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth/Prisoner and transnational TV and format trade

●      Activism, Social Change and Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Music and lyrics in Wentworth/Prisoner


Transmedia Literacy International Conference, 22-24 March 2018, Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, Spain

July 21, 2017

Join us on March 22-24, 2018, for the Transmedia Literacy International Conference. This event brings together a vibrant and global community of media and education researchers and innovators. The conference is organized as a part of the dissemination activities of the TRANSLITERACY H2020 action, a project that involves researchers from Europe, Latin America and Australia. Beyond the paper sessions and the keynotes the Transmedia Literacy International Conference will include workshops and short presentations by education innovation leaders. The main objective of the conference is to share research outputs and practices around the following topics:

Transmedia literacy
Transmedia education
Transmedia skills and informal learning strategies
Media literacy
Student-generated contents
Collaborative cultures and education
Fan cultures and education

Transmedia Literacy International Conference will be held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, and will feature a series of workshops for teachers as well as two days of paper sessions and a special event around Transmedia Literacy. We hope you can join us!

This event has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645238

Proposals submission: October 31, 2017
Notifications: December 15, 2017

With accepted proposals: from December 15 to February 15, 2017
Other participants: from February 16, 2017
Keynote speakers:
David Buckingham – University of Loughborough (United Kingdom)
Divina Frau-Meigs – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)
Alejandro Piscitelli – Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Other keynote speakers will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The Transmedia Literacy Conference will accept the following formats:

Research Papers: participants must send research papers (extension: 6,000 -8,000 words) before October 31, 2017. The Transmedia Literacy International Conference will accept proposals tailored to the diverse forms of research in the field of transmedia literacy, transmedia education, transmedia skills and informal learning strategies, media literacy, educommunication, student-generated contents, collaborative cultures and education, and fan cultures and education.
Paper parallel sessions will be held on March 22 (afternoon) and March 23 (morning & afternoon).
If you are interested in presenting a Research Paper, please fill and submit a proposal in English (download the Paper Guidelines) to the following email:, clearly indicating that is a Research Paper proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
Innovative Educational Practices: participants must send before October 31, 2017 an extended abstract (extension: 1,200-1,500 words) describing a real educational experience in primary/secondary schools involving transmedia storytelling, collaborative practices in social media, student-generated contents o any other educommunicational activity.
Innovative educational practices sessions will be held on March 22 (afternoon) and March 23 (morning & afternoon).
If you are interested in presenting an Innovative Educational Practice, please fill and submit a proposal in English (download the specific guidelines here) to the following email:, clearly indicating that is an Innovative Educational Practice proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
Workshops: the Transmedia Literacy International Conference will accept a short number of workshops oriented to high-school teachers/professors. The workshops should be designed for short groups (no more than 20 people) and the duration should be 4 hours (240 minutes including a break); they could explore different uses and experiences around transmedia storytelling and collaborative cultures in the classroom.
Workshops will be held on March 23 (morning & afternoon) and, eventually, on March 24 (morning).
Workshops can be in English, Spanish or Catalan (Los talleres pueden ser en inglés, castellano o catalán / Els tallers poden ser en anglès, castellà o català).
English: If you are interested in organizing a Workshop, please fill the following Workshop proposal (extension: 1,500-2,000 words) (download the specific guidelines here) and submit it to:, clearly indicating that is a Workshop proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Castellano: Si estás interesado en organizar un Taller, por favor completa la siguiente propuesta (descargar la guía) (extensión: 1.500-2.000 palabras) y envíala a:, indicando claramente que es una propuesta de Taller. Por favor, envía un archivo MS Word (.doc o .docx); no envíes documentos PDF.
Catalán: Si estàs interessat a organitzar un Taller, per favor completa la següent proposta (descarregar la guia) (extensió: 1.500-2.000 paraules) i envia-la a:, indicant clarament que és una proposta de Taller. Per favor, envia un arxiu MS Word (.doc o .docx); no enviïs documents PDF.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE (work in progress)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

09.00 – 13.00 Registration
10.00 – 13.00 Special opening event (live and streaming)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.30 Keynote conference
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 18.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions
Friday, March 23, 2017

09.00 – 13.00 Registration
09.30 – 10.30 Keynote conference
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 13.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.30 Keynote conference
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 18.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions / Workshops
Saturday, March 24, 2017

10.00 – 14.00 Workshops
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Teacher’s Kit presentation

Important details

This conference is supported by the TRANSLITERACY Project / H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 645238. The registration is free and includes coffee breaks.
Participants with accepted papers, innovative experiences or workshops will have priority for registration. The registration will then be opened to other participants.
All conference rooms will be equipped with standard Wi-Fi broadband service, PC, Power Point / Adobe PDF software, AV projection, sound, and VGA adapters. We will not provide additional bandwidth capacity or provide other special equipment.


Scientific Committee

Carlos A. Scolari – Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Elisenda Ardévol –Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
Rosalía Winocur – Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
Gladys Ceretta – Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
Sara Pereira – Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
Raine Koskimaa – University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
Rebecca Enyon – Oxford Internet Institute (United Kingdom)
Simona Tirocchi – Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Carlos Barreneche – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Gabriella Taddeo – Istituto Nazionale Documentazione Innovazione Ricerca Educativa (Italy)
Heather Horst – University of Sidney (Australia)
Sarah Pink – RMIT University (Australia)
Organization Committee

Carlos A. Scolari – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Maria-Jose Masanet – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Mar Guerrero-Pico – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
María-José Establés – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Elisenda Ardèvol – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Israel Márquez – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Débora Lanzeni – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Arnau Gifreu – Universitat de Vic
Ruth Contreras – Universitat de Vic

The conference


FSN 2017 Louisa Stein ‘Fandom/Resistance’ Keynote: audio recording

July 18, 2017

Dear all,

Thanks to Finn Upham we are very happy to be able to provide an audio recording of Louisa Stein‘s ‘Fandom/Resistance’ keynote which was delivered at the Fan Studies Network 2017 conference. Finn was kind enough to record the keynote so that we could share with those of you that could not attend, and those who were there but may wish to listen to it again. This talk resulted in a lot of emotion in the room, so we are very happy that more of you can experience this striking and wonderful keynote.

You can also download the file.

Timestamps and links for the vids included are as follows:

11:18 – 11:30 Crazy by l_e_s
13:09 – 13:36 Light It Up – A Sailor Moon AMV by The Optional Studios
15:08 – 15:25 Light It Up (Women’s March Vid) by lolawaldorf
27:00 – 27:20 Carrie and Gary – A Better Son Daughter by eruthros2
33:12 Questions (Audience voices cut for audibility.)

The programme for FSN2017, which took place at the University of Huddersfield 24-25 June 2017,  is also available for download here.


CFP: Gender and Horror

July 12, 2017

Following our previous call inviting chapter submissions for a new edited collection focusing on gender and horror, we have had such a large number of submissions that we are now aiming to publish three volumes. The first two will focus on films and on television but the third volume will cover other forms of media such as comics and graphic novels, fan literature, video games, and crossover media forms.

We would like to extend the call for papers in relation to the third volume only and will welcome 200 word abstracts plus a short personal bio. The deadline for this will be 19 July 2017.

​Responses to this call should be sent to Professor Robert Shail


​The original cfp is below for your information.
This edited collection aims to re-examine horror in an era of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. There have been many developments in the horror genre and whilst much of it has been reliant on previous material, there are also many shifts and changes such as
* cross-over of genres (for example, teen romance paired with vampires and werewolves, or horror in space);
* new formats such as Netflix, and cinema no longer being the only place we see horror;
* a resurgence of stories of hauntings and ghosts;
* and the popularity of ‘found footage’.

We wish to focus specifically on horror from 1995 to the present, as after a brief hiatus in the mainstream, the 1990s saw the return of horror to our screens – including our TV screens with, for example, Buffy The Vampire Slayer – and with horror and its characters more knowing than before.
We are happy for you to compare older material with newer versions, such as the recent Netflix version of The Exorcist (2016) with the original film The Exorcist (1973). The main requirement is that you interrogate whether the portrayal of gender has changed in horror – it may look like something different (more positive?) is happening, but is it?

We hope to encourage diverse perspectives and we welcome early career researchers and new voices to offer a different light on classic material, in sole- or multi-authored chapters.
We’d also like to gently remind potential authors that ‘gender’ doesn’t only apply to women, it applies to men and masculinities, and it encompasses non-binary identities and experiences, as well as issues about ‘race’, ethnicities and class. ​
The schedule is as follows:
* You send your chapter title, 200 word abstract and brief bio by the end of May 2017.
* The finalised proposal will be sent to the publisher Emerald in early summer.
* Your final first draft chapter (approx 7000 words) should be sent to us by January 31st2018 (reminder/s will be sent).
* We will return any comments/revisions by the end of March 2018,
* and ask that you send us the final revised chapter by the end of June 2018.
* The completed manuscript will be submitted in July 2018 for publication in early 2019.

Please send your chapter titles, 200 word abstracts and a brief bio to the book editors by the end of May.
If you have any queries, or would like to contribute but need to tweak the schedule, please email us.

Dr Samantha Holland
Dr Steven Gerrard
Prof Robert Shail

If you are not familiar with the publisher, Emerald are an independent publisher, established by academics in 1967 and committed to retaining their independence.
And for your future reference: All hardback monograph publishing will be available in paperback after 24 months, and all books are available as ebooks. Emerald commission and cover the cost of indexing if authors don’t want to do it themselves; use professional designers for each individual book jacket; and aim to exceed the royalties of other publishers. They have international offices, but pride themselves on not being a ‘corporate machine’.


In Praise: Fandom Zine now accepting submissions

July 12, 2017



CFP: The Second Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2018

July 12, 2017

Call for Presentations:

The Second Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 27, 2017

The Second Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2018
Conference Dates: March 1 – 4, 2018
Conference Hotel: Biltmore Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
Conference Website:

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference co-chairs invite all interested scholars and academics to submit presentation abstracts related to horror studies for consideration to be presented at the Third Annual StokerCon, March 1 – 4, 2018 held at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (see: ).

The inaugural Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference in 2017 was a tremendous success and saw many presentations covering various aspects of horror studies. It is the goal with the second conference to continue the dialogue of academic analysis of horror. Hence we are looking for completed research or work-in-progress projects that can be presented to with the intent to expand the scholarship on various facets of horror that proliferates in:

• Art
• Cinema
• Comics
• Literature
• Music
• Poetry
• Television
• Video Games
• Etc.

We invite papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter and can apply a variety of lenses and frameworks, such as, but not limited to:

• Auteur theory
• Close textual analysis
• Comparative analysis
• Cultural and ethnic
• Fandom and fan studies
• Film studies
• Folklore
• Gender/LGBT studies
• Historic analysis
• Interpretations
• Linguistic
• Literature studies
• Media and communications
• Media Sociology
• Modernity/Postmodernity
• Mythological
• Psychological
• Racial studies
• Semiotics
• Theoretical (Adorno, Barthes, Baudrillard, Dyer, Gerbner, etc.)
• Transmedia

Conference Details

• Please send a 250 – 300 word abstract on your intended topic, a preliminary bibliography and your CV to by November 27, 2017. Responses will be emailed out during the last week of November/first week of December, 2017.
• Presentation time consideration: 15 minute maximum to allow for a Question and Answer period. Limit of one presentation at the conference.
• There are no honorariums for presenters; this is an academic conference. There is, however, a StokerCon2018 award opportunity; see
• The co-chairs of the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference are exploring the possibilities of editing and publishing a volume of conference presentations (along with selections from the inaugural conference). Presenters will have the opportunity to edit and expand their presentations into proper chapters if they are selected for the volume.

Organizing Co-Chairs

Michele Brittany & Nicholas Diak


The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is part of the Horror Writers Association’s Outreach Program. Membership to the Horror Writers Association is not required to submit or present, however registration to StokerCon 2018 is required to present. StokerCon registration can be obtained by going to There is no additional registration or fees for the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference outside StokerCon registration. If interested in applying to the Horror Writer’s Association as an academic member, please see .

StokerCon is the annual convention hosted by the Horror Writers Association wherein the Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror writing are awarded.