Call for Abstracts – Exploring Teen Wolf – April 1, 2016

Looking for papers for an essay collection on the MTV television show Teen Wolf, with an emphasis on the most recent seasons. This volume aims to discuss Teen Wolf in the context of popular and literary culture, historical analysis, and academic theory, though other approaches are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
– Monstrosity and/or Hybridity
– Fandom
– Adolescence
– Personal Transformation
– Genre Transformation and/or Subversion
– Gender
– Race
– Heroism and/or Villainy
– History and Memory
– Power

We are also interested in the intersections of Teen Wolf with:
– the werewolf in literary history
– current media and pop culture
– fairy tales and/or folk mythology
– horror tropes
– the werewolf in other television shows (True Blood, Doctor Who, Sanctuary, Grimm)

What to Send:
300 – 500 word abstracts (or complete articles, if available) and CVs should be submitted by April 1, 2016. If an abstract is accepted for the collection, a full draft of the essay (5000 – 8000 words) will be required by July 1, 2016.

Abstracts and final articles should be submitted to both ecampb10@gmu.edu and keoverland@gmail.com. Please include “Teen Wolf Submission” in your subject line.

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CFP Deadline Extension

Temporal Discombobulations

We are extending the deadline for abstract submissions to the slightly more Gothic 13th March. (Unfortunately a Sunday rather than a Friday.)

A short version of the CFP is included below. For a more comprehensive call for papers, including an extended discussion of the theme and examples click here.

We invite 20-minute papers on all aspects of Gothic time in art. Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Temporality in classical Gothic texts
  • Ruinophilia
  • Explorations of ruin and decay in the arts
  • Spectres of the past or future
  • Time and decay in the Gothic
  • Temporal ruptures, such as regression, progression, displacement or echoes
  • Gothic spaces that function outside or beyond time
  • Parallel universes, ruptured time and relativity
  • Temporal excess that “real” time cannot contain
  • Traumatic time, temporal wounds and repairing time
  • Timelessness and immortality
  • Fundamentalism as regression
  • Medievalism in the Twenty-first century
  • The “found manuscript”…

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CFP: Death and Culture Conference

Thursday 1 September 2016, 12.30pm to Wednesday 3

Speaker: Jacque Lynn Foltyn, Sarah Tarlow, Michele Aaron

Location: TFTV, University of York Campus

Email: deathandculture2016@york.ac.uk

Death and Culture

How can we, as academics, understand cultural responses to mortality?

Is every response to death – over time and over place – uniquely personal or essentially the same?

This conference focusses on the impact of mortality on culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The conference seeks to re-engage with the study of mortality as an academic enterprise, supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement. No discipline is excluded and we are encouraging researchers including postgraduates to contribute who might not consider themselves death scholars, with work that overlaps with death and the dead.

We welcome contributions on topics such as but not limited to:

  • Death, film and television
  • Fame and death
  • Historical death
  • The dead in place and space
  • Law, death and the dead
  • Art and death
  • Commonplace death

Abstracts should be sent with a 100 word biography to deathandculture2016@york.ac.uk by Friday 1st April 2016

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CFP: Science, Society and Civilisation Issue of HARTS & Minds

This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates, early career researchers and independent researchers on the subject of Science, Society and Civilisation for the eighth edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for researchers of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in 2016.

The year is 2016. Three hundred and fifty years ago, in 1666, Isaac Newton formulated the Law of Universal Gravitation; two hundred and fifty years later, the publication of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity would once again revolutionise the field of physics. In that same year, 1916, during the advent of mechanised warfare on the fields of the Somme, the first successful use of cooled, stored blood in a transfusion was completed. A mere eighty years later, in 1996, the first successful clone of an adult mammal was created, just ten years after the catastrophic Chernobyl disaster. Scientifically speaking, such coincidences are not unusual. Nevertheless, rarely have the consequences of Homo sapiens’ predilection for knowledge been thrown into such sharp relief.

It is not just the inventions and ideas alone which are significant, however; the social and cultural reactions to scientific and technological advances are as important as the advances themselves because they tell us as much about the human condition as they do their subject.

In this bumper issue of HARTS & Minds, we invite innovative submissions that consider how the relationship between science and society is represented, explored, and interrelated within a wide variety of cultural and historical discourses. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Pieces may take, as a point of departure, any of the following topics, as they are explored in the arts and humanities:

 Medical Humanities – its purview and function

 Biological or psychological discoveries, and mankind’s changing perception of itself

 Science or technology in performance or conceptual art

 Global warming/climate change, renewable energy, and resource depletion

 Automation, and its social or political consequences

 Modern scientific education and/or educational science

 Evidence-based policy in government

 The explicatory or obfuscatory aspects of fictionalised science

 Media depictions of, and relationships with, scientific discourse

 Gender and minority roles in the scientific community

 The implications of translation technology for the study of modern languages

 The artistic applications of new developments in cinematic technology

 The history of science and/or scientific approaches to history

 The ongoing relationship between science and philosophy

 The history of philosophy – rationalism, phenomenology, epistemology, ontology

 Recent pharmaceutical discoveries and/or recent drug liberalisation policies

 Normalisation of social networking, and questions regarding data security, digital rights, anonymity

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines and use the article template available on our website www.harts-minds.co.uk, where you can also find our past editions.

We accept submissions of:

ARTICLES: Send us an abstract (300 words) and your draft article (no longer than 6,000 words).

BOOK REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on an academic text that deals with the theme in some respect. This would preferably be interdisciplinary, but we will accept reviews of subject specific texts.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on any event along the lines of an art exhibition, museum collection, academic event or conference review that deals with the theme in some respect.

CREATIVE WRITING PIECES: e.g. original poetry (up to 3 short or 1 long) short stories or creative essays of up to 4,000 words related to the theme.

All submissions should be sent to editors@harts-minds.co.uk by 31st March 2016 for Articles and 31st July 2016 for Creative Writing and Reviews.

Please keep in mind that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal, and esoteric topics will therefore need to be written with a general academic readership in mind.

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CFP: Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

Cristina Artenie (Universitas Press) and Ashley Szanter (Weber State University)

Starting from the premise that monsters/monstrosity allow for the (dis)placement of anxieties that contemporary social mores do not otherwise sanction in the public space, editors Artenie and Szanter seek original essays for an edited collection on manifestations of monsters and monstrosity in all facets of popular culture and entertainment with an emphasis on film and television. Within the last years, there has been an explosion of movies and television shows that incorporate monstrous characters such as the vampire, zombie, werewolf, revenant, witches, and ghosts. While monsters continue to remain strong in the human conscious, the recent proliferation of monstrous characters includes new and innovative interpretations that not only attract mainstream audiences but transform traditional folklore and mythologies. This collection aims to analyze the new forms taken by monsters in film and television for their cultural impact on modern entertainment and popular culture.
Chapters in the proposed collection can focus on one or more of the following categories:
•Modern monsters in television and film, particularly new monster media like iZombie, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Penny Dreadful, NBC’s Dracula, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, Les Revenants, Sleepy Hollow, Doctor Who, Warm Bodies, The Wolfman (2010), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Krampus, Victor Frankenstein, and many others
•Modern monster theory as an important element of pop cultural study and relevance in an era of growing monster imagery and narrative
•Address canon or contemporary monster fictions through a particular scholarly lens
•Address monster studies and intersectionality. Of particular interest to the editors are popular depictions of monstrosity and disability, non-binary gender and sexuality, feminism, and non-traditional/deconstructed families within a broad identity politics frame.
•Discussions of fandom theory as it relates to monster films with worldwide success (i.e. The Twilight Saga).

Preference will be given to abstracts received before May 1, 2016 and should be no longer than 300 words. Please also include a brief biographical statement and a CV.

Final manuscripts (no longer than 15,000 words, including Works Cited) should be submitted in MLA style, by July 15, 2016.

Send inquires and abstracts to: ashleyszanter1@weber.edu

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Global Fantastika: July 4-5, 2016 – CFP

Fantastika Conference

Global Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference

July 4-5th2016, Lancaster University

“Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The 3rd annual Fantastika conference will focus on productions of Fantastika globally, as well as considering themes of contact across nations and borders within Fantastika. It is our hope to draw together academics with an interest in Fantastika from an international audience to share and disseminate Fantastika-related research globally.

We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers on fantastika as they occur in any medium and form. Some suggested topics are:

– the production and development of Fantastika in non-Western or non-English-speaking countries

– Fantastika genres predominant in non-Western/non-English cultures (e.g. magical realism, contemporary mythologies)

– fictional and real empires

– globalization, industrialization, development and the…

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CFP: Supernatural Cities: Exploring the Urban Mindscape

 Saturday 30th April 2016 University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Pile, Open University

Where do urban supernatural stories and beliefs come from and why do they survive in our modern cities? What is it about the nature of the urban environment that encourages our imaginations to respond in this way? How do supernatural accounts and legends alter urban geographies? What cultural roles have ghosts and other supernatural beliefs and practices played in historical and contemporary cities? How has and does the supernatural articulate the experience of urban living, unequal power relations, and fluid urban identities?

The urban environment, dense, sprawling, and perpetually haunted by multiple histories, has long played upon the mind of its inhabitants. Both the city’s known and unknown spaces and places have been prone to prompting fantasising, storytelling, and a search for influence in or over a powerful environment that is as much psychological as material.

This one-day conference aims to explore the haunted and haunting nature of the urban environment by bringing together scholars, discourses and theoretical approaches from a diverse range of academic disciplines. It also seeks to reflect on the way urban supernatural tropes such as ghosts, zombies and other urban bogeymen have been creatively represented in various media. This fusion of approaches and representations will be used to broaden our analytical scope, encouraging us to explore how we engage with both the mundanity and strangeness of urban spaces and places on intellectual, imaginative and emotional levels.

The conference’s overall purpose is to draw diverse disciplinary approaches to the urban and the imaginary into conversation with one another, enabling us to advance interdisciplinary discussion and reflection upon the supernatural and the uncanny as means of articulating urban otherness, estrangement and enchantment.

We welcome papers from all disciplines. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Urban supernatural folklore and urban legends
  • Ghost stories and urban temporalities
  • Magic and occult beliefs in the urban context
  • Uncanny architecture and urban heterotopias
  • Hauntology, capitalism, and urban power relations
  • Urban fantasy and urban gothic fictions (literature, art, film, TV, video games, music)
  • Supernatural storytelling as intangible urban heritage
  • Functions of the urban supernatural (communal identity and memory; socio-political and environmental critique)
  • Baudelaire, Simmel, Benjamin and the phantasmagoric urban experience
  • Psychogeography and urban space/place as palimpsest
  • Monstrous urbanisation, urban monstrosity, and environmentalism
  • Affective theory and the emotional urban environment
  • Archaeology, concealed objects and domestic magical thought
  • Urban supernatural, enchantment, and the de-familiarisation of the mundane
  • Re-reading / re-writing the urban – supernatural cartographies; imagination as agency

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper, together with a brief bio, by 1 st February 2016 to supernaturalcities@port.ac.uk . If you have any queries please contact Dr Karl Bell at karl.bell@port.ac.uk

The registration fee for the conference will be £30 (waged) / £20 (students and unwaged). Speakers will not have to pay a registration fee, although they will still be required to register. Registration will be conducted via the University of Portsmouth’s online store. It is intended that selective conference papers will subsequently form the basis of an edited essay collection that will further advance multidisciplinary reflection upon the urban imaginary.

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