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Call for Papers: Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives, Networking Knowledge, the journal of the MeCCSA-PGN

November 16, 2015

Call for Papers: Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives

A special-themed issue of Networking Knowledge, the journal of the MeCCSA-PGN

Edited by Milena Popova and Bethan Jones

Deadline for abstracts: 30th December 2015

Popular culture, as can be seen through the GamerGate controversy for one example, has a profound impact on feminist issues and discourses. Representations of sex and sexualities influence public opinion and individual attitudes and perceptions. Discussions – in both media and academia – are continuing to take place about the impact of Fifty Shades, sexism and misogyny in computer game and comic book fandom, the sexualisation of girls and the sexual desires of both young and adult women. Moral panics abound surrounding Fifty Shades and the “irrational” behaviour of One Direction fans, while LGBTQIA+ identities and sexualities are often represented tokenistically at best. Creative practitioners can easily come under fire for poor representations of sex and sexualities, as evidenced most recently by the reception of Joss Whedon’s treatment of Black Widow in The Avengers: Age of Ultron; equally they can be celebrated for their efforts, as was the case with Bioware’s inclusion of a consent negotiation scene in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Following a successful one-day symposium on this theme in November 2015, we invite proposals for a special issue of Networking Knowledge – the Journal of the MeCCSA PGN. As with the symposium, we wish to open up debates and explore the nuances of sex and sexualities within popular culture. To that end, possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Representations of women’s desire and sexualities in popular culture

•Non-cis- and heteronormative sexualities in popular culture, especially beyond “gay and lesbian”

•Representations of sex work

•Infertility and sexual dysfunction

•Sexual intersections: race, disability, religion, class and socioeconomic status, gender

•Sex and sexualities in gaming

•Sexual pleasure in popular culture

•Invisibility: (a)sexualities unrepresented

•Sex, sexualities and social media

•Sex and sexualities in fan and transformative works

Please send 300 word abstracts for papers of 5,000 to 6,000 words, along with a short author biography, by 30th December 2015. Please email these to guest editors milena2.popova@live.uwe.ac.uk and bethanvjones@hotmail.com. If you have questions about Networking Knowledge in general, please contact the Journal Editor, Simon Dawes at simondawes0@gmail.com. Final, selected, articles will be due by the end of March 2016.

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Transformative Works and Cultures 20th issue celebrations

September 7, 2015

Press release from the Organisation for Transformative Works:

TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES REACHES 20th ISSUE MILESTONE
Peer reviewed academic journal enlarges the field of fan studies

New York, N.Y. — The Organization for Transformative Works will be celebrating its eighth year this September with another big milestone: the release of the 20th issue of its journal. This special anniversary issue of the journal Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) comes at a time when fandom and its works – including fan fiction, fan films, and fan art – are becoming more visible.

The OTW will be celebrating throughout September, starting with a feature highlighting a unique aspect of TWC’s publication, the Symposium section, which allows contributors to bridge the gap between academic study and fan dialogue about their own activities.

The issue itself will be released September 15, and it will be followed by reflections from several contributors on its history on the 17th. Celebrations will culminate with a live chat featuring several of TWC’s early contributors on September 19. The chat will be held in The OTW’s public chatroom from 16:00 UTC to 18:00 UTC.

Transformative Works and Cultures is an online peer-reviewed Gold Open Access journal that specializes in articles about transformative works, media studies, and the fan community. It encourages a variety of critical approaches, including feminism, postcolonial theory, and literary criticism, among others. Past issues have covered topics such as anti-fan activism, the interaction of race and gender in fandom activities, and special issues on gaming and fan videos. The TWC also has published The Fan Fiction Studies Reader with The University of Iowa Press. The reader gathered essential foundational works in the field of fan studies in one place, making many of these articles accessible to mainstream audiences for the first time.

Founded in 2007, the Organization for Transformative Works is a nonprofit organization established by fans to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms. Supported by members and volunteers internationally, the OTW advocates that fan works are transformative and that transformative works are legitimate. More information can be found at http://transformativeworks.org.

Call For Papers: Virtual/Physical Fan Spaces for Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies

July 21, 2015

CFP: Virtual/Physical Fan Spaces for Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies

As proven by the popularity of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as their transformative works, metatexual analyses, and cosplay. These spaces exist both physically (as, for example, fan run or commercial conventions, fan meet ups, and pilgrimage sites) and virtually through social media platforms such as Tumblr, twitter, and Archive of our Own.

Papers on virtual and physical fan spaces are being sought for a proposed Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

-creating or delineating fan spaces
-fan shrines or pilgrimage sites
-for-profit conventions such as San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World, or any run by Creation
-fan run conventions such as Otakon, 221bCon, or GallifreyOne
-policing and harassment in fan spaces
-virtual fan spaces including Tumblr, twitter, Archive of our Own, and fanfiction.net
-fan spaces functioning as or failing to function as “safe spaces”
-cosplay and crossplay
-authenticity of mediated and live fan spaces
-language of fan spaces
-theorizing fan spaces
-differences/similarities between virtual and physical fan spaces

Priority will be given to papers that go beyond introductory level treatment of their topics. In order to round out our existing selection of papers, priority will also be given to those focusing on the physical side of fan spaces. We are especially interested in articles dealing with conventions.

Abstract submissions should be sent to elizabeth.j.nielsen@gmail.com by 1 November 2015 and should include the author’s CV, a short biography (100-150 words), and their abstract (250-500 words).

Articles will be due 1 March 2016. For more information on the Journal of Fandom Studies, check out http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=213/view,page=0/

CFP: Moomin Collection

July 17, 2015

Call for papers

Moomin collection

The Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have delighted and enlightened adults and children for generations, and have been translated into several languages. In all, nine books were published , together with five picture books and a comic strip, between 1945 and 1993. The Moomins have since been the basis for numerous television series, films and even a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland.

At the centennial anniversary of their creator’s birth, a new film has been released and more of Jansson’s works are now being translated from Swedish into various other languages, including, finally, her work for older readers. This has put the Moomins back on the map, and created a second ‘Moomin boom’, which is, in itself, worthy of analysis. Her works have often been regarded in terms of potential autobiographical readings – an approach perhaps encouraged by Jansson’s much-famed ‘island’ lifestyle – but the time is ripe for revaluations and reconsiderations. This collection therefore seeks to extend the work already done in the field, and to take into consideration as many of the different variations, and incarnations, of the Moomins as it is possible to cover in a book-length study, it aims to have an open focus, and to begin conversations about The Moomins, their roles, impact and influences as children’s characters, and their status as ambassadors of a greener, more bohemian, lifestyle.

I am seeking contributions of 5000 words and envisage that the collection will comprise entries on the books, comic strips, theatre productions, TV series (Soviet & Japanese) and film, and even the theme park. At present I do not have a publisher for this book but will be approaching Palgrave, Bloomsbury et al once I have some more contributors and potential chapter abstracts to submit. Themes might include (but are not limited to):

Ecological elements

Philosophical aspects

Gender

Narrative structure

Grief and loss

Legacy (commercialisation)

If you would like to contribute, please send an abstract of not more than 500 words by October 30th 2015 to Dr Nicola Allen at: N.allen2@wlv.ac.uk

Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell

July 14, 2015

Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell.

Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK].

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell’s music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope have drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest.

Essay proposals that mix personal with critical, historical, musicological, or cultural-studies analyses are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:
• Considerations of the relationship between Mitchell’s visual art and her music.
• Politics and political activism in Mitchell’s music [for example: Mitchell as reluctant feminist, Mitchell’s ecocriticism].
• Race in Mitchell’s work.
• Low affect in Mitchell’s work [disappointment, boredom, ennui, alienation].
• High affect in Mitchell’s work [joy, desire, excitement, enchantment].
• Commodification, stardom, the market and fame.
• Cover versions and reworkings.
• Mitchell’s milieu.
• The politics of space and travel in Mitchell’s work.
• Mitchell in popular culture.
• Mitchell’s histories.
• Queer Mitchell.

Please send 350-500 word chapter proposals to Dr Ruth Charnock by 30th September, 2015.
If your essay is selected for the collection, a first draft of 5,000-6,000 words will be due on 1st February, 2016.

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Ruth Charnock: rcharnock@lincoln.ac.uk

http://courtandsparksymposium.wordpress.com/

CFP: Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige, edited collection

June 21, 2015

CFP (Edited Collection):
Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige

Adaptation studies has recently grown into a vibrant, wide-ranging field of study. Scholars in literary, media, and cultural studies have used the concepts of adaptation and intertextuality to explore how content negotiates the transition from text to image, image to text, and across media platforms and/or cultures of production and reception.

One of the key factors at stake in these intermedial transitions is the question of cultural prestige. As the written word loses ground to the moving image, it retains or even gains prestige as a locus of cultural, aesthetic, and ethical value. In screen studies, the rise of television studies in conjunction with and in contrast to film studies raises similar issues of cultural esteem. Greater critical attention to comics and graphic novels has also presented a challenge to received notions of literary and visual aesthetics. Adaptation across these and other forms is frequently, if not always explicitly, shaped by these perceptions of cultural value, and the rise of cultural prizes, or what James F. English has called the “economy of prestige,” marks one of the clearest (if not always uncontested) declarations of value in the culture industries. Yet this intersection between adaptation and the institutional prestige of awards–whether honoring accomplishment on the page, on the stage, or on various screens–remains largely unexplored.

Focusing on this intersection of adaptation, awards culture, and notions of value, this collection will address the relationship between literary, cinematic, and other cultural prizes and the process of adapting contemporary texts in and across a variety of media. We invite essays that approach this topic from cultural, social, and textual perspectives, and will consider essays that examine a broad base of prizes and assessments of cultural value, including awards made to authors, directors, artists, creators, performers, etc. involved on either side of the adaptive process.

Key questions we wish to consider include:

How is cultural value encoded into the adaptation process?
How is value embodied in cinematic, literary, televisual, theatrical, and other cultural texts?
How do adaptations shape or transform the careers of writers, directors, and performers?
How does adaptation interact with processes of canonization, both in literature and in other media?
How are specific textual features on both sides of the adaptation process affected by questions of cultural prestige?
How have recipients of particular prizes (Nobel, Booker, Pulitzer, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy, Tony, etc.) been adapted in different media?
To what extent is prestige transferable across media?

Topics to consider include:

Adapted Screenplay and similar awards
Television adaptations
Remakes and reboots
Auteurism and adaptation
Performance in adapted works
Adaptations of serial works
Genre fiction and adaptation
Textual and paratextual signifiers of cultural value
Reception of adapted texts
Festival awards and adaptation

A major academic publisher has expressed preliminary interest in this project. The editors are committed to publishing the volume within a reasonable time frame, and to keeping all contributors fully informed of its progress.

Please submit 200-300 word abstracts to Eric.Sandberg [at] oulu.fi AND kenkar [at] bilkent.edu.tr by August 15, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be sent to contributors no later than September 15, and the deadline for full essays (no longer than 6000 words) will be January 25, 2016.

About the editors

Colleen Kennedy-Karpat is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University, Turkey, where she teaches film and media studies. She is the author of Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s (2013) and has published essays on Bill Murray and Wes Anderson as well as the self-adapted films of Marjane Satrapi.

Eric Sandberg is University Lecturer in Literature at the University of Oulu, Finland. He teaches British and American literature, and works on the twentieth and twenty-first century novel, genre fiction, and modernism. He is the author of Virginia Woolf: Experiments in Character (2014) and has also published on topics ranging from hardboiled detective fiction to the novels of Hilary Mantel.

Transformative Works and Cultures – new special issue on Performance and Performativity in Fandom

March 15, 2015

The new issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 18, is now out!

Vol 18 (2015)

Performance and performativity in fandom, guest edited by Lucy Bennett (Cardiff University) and Paul J. Booth (DePaul University)

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/view/19

Table of Contents

Editorial
Performance and performativity in fandom
Lucy Bennett, Paul J. Booth

Theory
Self-representation in literary fandom: Women’s leisure reader selfies as postfeminist performance
Dawn S. Opel

Fannish tattooing and sacred identity
Bethan Jones

Bound princes and monogamy warnings: Harry Potter, slash, and queer performance in LiveJournal communities
Darlene Rose Hampton

Toward new horizons: Cosplay (re)imagined through the superhero genre, authenticity, and transformation
Ellen Kirkpatrick

Praxis
The digital fandom of Na’vi speakers
Christine Schreyer

Doctor Who–themed weddings and the performance of fandom
Jessica Elizabeth Johnston

Audience reaction movie trailers and the Paranormal Activity franchise
Alexander Swanson

Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous: Performance, community norms, and shaming among fans of The Sims
Ruth A. Deller

The remediation of the fan convention: Understanding the emerging genre of cosplay music videos
Nicolle Lamerichs

Symposium
Exploring nonhuman perspectives in live-action role-play
Rafael Bienia

Finding truth in playing pretend: A reflection on cosplay
Shelby Fawn Mongan

My football fandoms, performance, and place
Abby Waysdorf

Zombie walks and the public sphere
Brendan Riley

What is global theater? or, What does new media studies have to do with performance studies?
Abigail De Kosnik

Interview
Exploring fandom and the performance paradigm: An interview with Kurt Lancaster, author of Interacting with “Babylon 5”
Paul J. Booth, Lucy Bennett

Interview with Hello Earth Productions
Cameron Salisbury

Review
Fandom unbound: Otaku culture in a connected world, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji
Nele Noppe

Work/text: Investigating “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” by Cynthia W. Walker
Francesca Coppa

Networking Knowledge Journal: Expressions of Interest

February 6, 2015

For the attention of all postgrads/early career researchers (please pass this email on if you know one),

Networking Knowledge – the Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network – is seeking expressions of interest from prospective editors, authors and peer reviewers.

Guest Editors:

The journal publishes specifically-themed guest edited issues throughout the year. The journal is now calling for prospective guest editors who are interested in editing collections of articles on a theme of their choice. This will include conceiving the theme and its parameters, seeking and selecting authors of 5-8 articles through both commissioning and an open call for papers, managing the peer review process, copy-editing articles and contributing a short editorial introduction to the finished collection. Guest editors will be supported throughout the process by the Journal Editor, who will also prepare the final articles for online publication.

This is a valuable opportunity for PG researchers to gain experience of all aspects of peer-reviewed journal publication, as well as developing interaction with peers who have similar research interests. Teams of two or three Guest Editors are acceptable, as well as individuals. Themes can be drawn from any aspect of the subject areas covered by MeCCSA. They should represent a cutting-edge and specific research focus, but be open enough to accommodate a range of disciplinary, methodological and/or geographical areas.

As a guide, some previous special issues have focused on:

•Time and Technology in Popular Culture, Media and Communication
•Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue
•Protest and the New Media Ecology

And our forthcoming issues will be on:

•Mediatizing Gaza
•Digital Comics
•Selfies
•New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship and Digital Culture
•New Approaches to Music Listening

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and include:

•A provisional title for the collection
•The proposed theme, including a brief explanation of existing relevant research and what the collection will seek to contribute
•Brief examples of potential contributors (to be commissioned) and article topics (to be included in a call for papers)
•Name(s), institution(s) and e-mail address(es) for the prospective guest editor(s)

Articles:

As well as guest editors of themed issues,Networking Knowledge is now also seeking material for open submission.

Such articles, interviews, reviews and conference reports are to be published in standard issues. These pieces will be firstly screened by the Journal Editor for relevance and suitability, then peer reviewed by two members of our PG advisory board. Submissions can be on any of the broad subject areas covered by MeCCSA. Abstracts of no more than 150 words can, in the first instance, be e-mailed to the journal editor. The editor will then inform the author if a formal submission will be relevant and suitable. Alternatively, full submissions can be sent unsolicited to the journal editor.

More detailed author guidelines are available here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Peer Reviewers:

The journal is also looking for experts across all areas of media, communications and cultural studies to join its advisory board of peer reviewers. As a member of the advisory board, you will get hands-on experience of the peer reviewing process and be part of this dynamic and multi-disciplinary journal. All postgraduate and early career researchers who would like to be involved in encouraging cutting edge and high standard scholarship in this open access online journal are invited to volunteer.

Members of the advisory board are required to write a single page report on articles that relate to their specific research interest(s) and make a recommendation as to its suitability for publication. It is a ‘double blind’ process so both authors and reviewers remain anonymous.

If you are interested, please send the following information to the Journal Editor:

•Your name
•Your institutional affiliation/s (if applicable)
•Your position (e.g. PhD candiate, lecturer, etc.)
•Your current e-mail address/es
•3-6 key words or phrases identifying your areas of expertise (no need to mention ‘media, ‘communications’ or ‘culture’!)

NB. those who are already members of the advisory board, please contact the editor to update contact details and areas of expertise if they’ve changed recently.

Expressions of interest in editing a special issue, contributing an article or other material, or joining the advisory board of the journal, should be sent to the Journal Editor, Simon Dawes, atsimondawes0@gmail.com

CFP: Fans, Videogames and History

January 19, 2015

CFP: Fans, Videogames and History

Over the last two decades, a substantial amount of research has addressed the fan culture phenomenon, particularly in relation to film and television; the focus has centred on the impact that fan communities can and have had on the ‘official’ creative works that are released by film and television studios. More recently, researchers have examined the impact that the internet has played in empowering and expanding the fan network and fan communication structures, and in affecting the production, marketing and audience engagement with the fan object.

Games are now central objects of study within Fan Studies, yet to date there has been only isolated consideration of gaming’s long history of fandom, and fans’ important roles in game history and preservation. Little academic writing has focused on the impact and centrality that fan communities play — as a collective intelligence, as a pool of individual creators of games, and as interested and engaged parties in the collecting and remembering of game history.

For this anthology we seek essays that address issues that come out of the various possible configurations of the terms: fans, games, and history. We invite proposals for chapters addressing one of three broad axes:

. Historicising game fandom
. Fan contributions to game history
. Methodological reflections on studying historic game fandom

We invite abstracts of 500 words that address the relationship between game fans and history. Possible themes and issues may include but are not limited to:

. Fan communities and the preservation of games
. Online communities and gamer memories
. Digital fandom before the internet
. Nostalgia and history
. Historicising fans’ creative output
. Magazines and fanzines as sources
. how to ‘do’ fan history
. Fans as authors of game history

Please send an abstract and brief bio to the editors by 30th April, 2015. Full papers to be submitted by 30th
August 2015.

Email: playitagain@flinders.edu.au

Editors – Melanie Swalwell, Angela Ndalianis, Helen Stuckey

CFP: Edited collection – ‘Transitions, endings and resurrections in fandom’

January 13, 2015

Periods of transition and change, as well as endings, can have huge impact on fans who either engage with texts collectively via fan communities or who have more individual connections with fan objects. This edited collection seeks to draw on existing work on fandom in this area to offer greater insight into how fans respond to and cope with transitions or periods of ending such as actors or characters leaving television shows; the cancellation of shows entirely; the deaths of famous people; the splitting up of bands or the ends of careers of musical acts; players leaving particular sports teams, and so on. It also examines how fandom continues and changes after these periods of transition or cessation, exploring ongoing practices such as fan discussion, creativity, or identification, along with cases of fans who may abandon favoured objects and move onto new objects of fandom entirely. Issues of return and resurrection can also be explored to examine cases such as returning television series, the reforming of musical bands, or the revival or reboot of a film franchise.

The proposed collection draws on the work being conducted on endings more broadly by writers such as Jason Mittell (2013), C. Lee Harrington (2012) and Joanne Morreale (2011), and on specific fan studies including Bertha Chin’s work on post-series X-Files fandom (2012), Bore & Hickman’s (2011) study of post-West Wing fan practices on Twitter, Whiteman and Metevier’s (2013) study of the ends of online fan communities, and Rebecca Williams’ (2011; forthcoming) work on fan reactions to the ends of television shows. However, it seeks to extend these approaches and offer new ways of theorising periods of transition and change, as well as the concept of the ‘ending’ in fandoms, along with broadening the field of inquiry beyond television to consider examples including cinema, popular literature, games, sport, celebrity, music, TV, media technology (e.g. hardware, consoles) and more.

The collection already has a number of proposed chapters but I now invite proprosals on the from other interested contributors. I am particularly interested in proposals on the following topics:

• The impact of media production contexts
• Transmedia and multi-platforming
• Fan reactions to deaths of celebrities
• Examples of fan objects on hiatus (where a return is unknown)
• The role of memory and/or nostalgia
• The role of archives and/or memorials
• Fan activism and endings/transitions
• Non-Western case studies
• Endings and transitions in sports fandom

Please send an abstract of 300 words, along with a short author biography of 150 words to Dr. Rebecca Williams rebecca.williams@southwales.ac.uk by 15th February 2015. Please also address any queries to this email address.