Publishing Opportunities

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Ongoing Book Series

Edited Collections

Themed Journal Issues

Ongoing Book Series

Film and History (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

Cynthia J. Miller, series editor

The "Film and History" Series is currently accepting proposals for volumes focused on the ways in which film uniquely reflects and shapes our knowledge of our social and historical worlds. Film is, inescapably, both an artifact and agent of history – a product of the historical moment from which it is created, released, and consumed, a chronicle of lives and times, and a tool of social and historical learning – and as such, mediates our understanding of social and historical themes, genre patterns, and critical events. [Full CFP]


National Cinema Reference Book Series (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)
Cynthia J. Miller, series editor

The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is seeking authors for new scholarly reference books on a wide range of national cinemas, to be published as part of its rapidly growing “Film and History” book series. Proposals for volumes focused on national cinemas, such as The Encyclopedia of Hong Kong Film, are welcome, as are proposals for particular facets of a nation’s cinema, such as The Encyclopedia of Hong Kong Horror Films. [Full CFP]


Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture (Ashgate Publishing)
Lesley Coote and Alexander Kaufman, series editors

This series seeks to reflect the transcultural, transgendered and interdisciplinary manifestations, and the different literary, political, socio-historical, and media contexts in which the outlaw/ed may be encountered from the medieval period to the modern. [Full CFP]

Science Fiction Television (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
A. Bowdoin Van Riper, series editor

The Rowman & Littlefield series “Science Fiction Television” is seeking proposals for books (including reference books) that take a rigorous, scholarly approach to the subject without sacrificing clarity and readability. Volumes that trace themes, subjects, and careers across multiple series and multiple decades; that explore hitherto neglected productions; and that deal with science fiction television outside the United States are particularly welcome. [General CFP][Reference Book CFP]

Edited Collections

Far Eastern Worlds: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction
Ed. Isiah Lavender, III
Submission deadline: 1 May 2014

Continuing where Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction left off (forthcoming from UP of Mississippi), Far Eastern Worlds: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction will feature essays on Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and other Southeast Asian depictions in science fiction. The collection will concentrate on political representations of Asian identity in science fiction’s imagination from fear of the yellow peril and its host of stereotypes to techno-orientalism and the remains of a post-colonial heritage. [More]

The Lord of the Rings Fan Phenomena
Ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell
Submission deadline: 15 May 2014

Intellect's Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of The Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness. The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film's ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings. [More]


Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement
Ed. Laura Dubek
Submission deadline: 1 June 2014

Fifty years after the March on Washington, students of American history, literature, and media studies learn about the civil rights movement from (auto)biographies of movement leaders, archival footage of major events, narrative and oral history presented in documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize (PBS), civil rights museums and special exhibits, annual commemorations, and retrospective analyses provided by critical race scholars in response to contemporary events. This edited collection will explore how poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers—at the time and since—have contributed to our understanding of the civil rights movement and its legacy. [More]

The Aesthetics and Politics of Hunger
Ed. Manisha Basu and Anastasia Ulanowicz
Submission deadline: 15 June 2014

This volume considers hunger not simply as an individual choice or local predicament that sustains dominant ideologies, but rather as a complex, systemic, and culturally- and historically-contingent category that influences ways of thinking and being within a world increasingly connected through discourses of urbanization. For example, this study considers the ways in which mass hunger has been engineered toward the service of state and/or imperial objectives. Likewise, it considers how individual acts of self-imposed hunger – such as the hunger-strikes performed by nineteenth-century Anglo-American suffragettes, Ghandian practitioners of non-violence, and internees at Guantanamo Bay – articulate political visions that ultimately depend upon an implicitly aesthetic or performative logic. In the final analysis, then, this collection seeks to account for the political and aesthetic implications of hunger. Moreover, it considers how historical instances of mass hunger, as well as their aesthetic representations, inform ethical thinking and practice within a transnational critical framework. [More]

Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties
Ed. Sharon R. Yang
Submission deadline: 15 June 2014

The Gothic is a genre that emerged during the turmoil leading up to and caused by the French Revolution. Its symbolic use of shattered landscapes, natural and human made, challenging the view of the individual and society as ordered and rational, continues to evolve to reflect the anxieties of the eras and changing cultures of the nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries. Ruined castles and mansions, blasted heaths, and ominous mountains and cliffs give way to uncharted lands for colonization, mean streets and urban jungles, sinister laboratories, gruesome battlefields, the labyrinth of political and economic conspiracies, and the dark unknowns of the human mind and body themselves. This collection will explore how Gothic’s use and refashioning of its generic landscapes trace the changing social and philosophical concerns in the centuries since its development to the present in literature. We are looking for essays that will explore how landscape in the Gothic is adapted across various time periods, geographies and cultures to reflect shifting cultural anxieties, concerns, and values. [More]


Gothic Literature in English on Screen
Ed. L. Fitzsimmons
Submission deadline: 1 July 2014

This is a chapter proposal call for an edited book GOTHIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ON SCREEN. Chapters will address film, television, and other screen adaptations and should demonstrate currency in contemporary adaptation theory. For initial discussion, email a statement of interest. Proposals of 600 words plus bibliography will be due by July 1 2014. Chapters will be 7-8000 words, due by March 30, 2015. More:


Journal Issues


Interdisciplinary Humanities
Adaptation Across the Humanities
Submission deadline: 1 May 2014

We will be looking for scholarly articles, book reviews, and nonfiction essays that explore a number of issues, including but not limited to reinterpreting the classics, in/fidelity to source materials, chronological precedence as an in/accurate gauge for textual primacy, the intention/agenda of the adaptor, adaptation across media (novel to film, poem to song, play to musical, legend to opera, pop culture snafu into internet meme), stylistic superimposition, intertextuality and adaptation from multiple sources, and knowing vs. unknowing audiences. [More]


Journal of Dracula Studies
Submission deadline: 1 May 2014

We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics. [More]


Musical Screens
Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Submission deadline: 1 May 2014

This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image will be dedicated to position papers analyzing "Musical Screens" in transmedia contexts. We seek contributions that will attempt to stake out the crucial histories, contemporary practices, and methodological innovations for understanding musicality across digital screen cultures, and amidst ongoing digital media transitions. We are especially interested in transdisciplinary approaches which might mobilize affect theory, new theories of labor and media, ethics, studies of gender and sexuality including or beyond queer theory, critical race and ethnicity theories, post-colonial or de-colonial theories, etc., along with film or video music studies, production and reception studies, etc. [More]


Early Film Theory Re-Visited: Historical Perspectives
Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television
Ed. Tobias Hochscherf and Katharina Niemeyer
Submission deadline: 1 May 2014

The theme issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television explores the history of film theory. It looks specifically at theoretical ideas and debates up until the 1940s. Its wide focus invites original submissions on a variety of aspects. Articles that are based on primary sources (archival documents, contemporary journals, etc.) and/or the impact of theory are particularly welcome. Topics may feature analyses of select theorists, the development of schools of thought, film reception, the dissemination of theory (e.g. in trade and specialist journals or academic writing), approaches to media social theory and ways to implement theory into practice. Topics of film and cinema theory not included in the above list are also welcome. International perspectives and comparative approaches are strongly encouraged. [More]


Adapting Australia
Submission deadline for full essays: 1 July 2014

The purpose of this special issue is to gather perspectives on this topic: what happens when a nation reflects on its past through the adaptation of core narratives (novels, poems, memoirs, plays, films, myths, historical events, folktales, political and social movements, graphic narrative, etc)? Can changing notions of Australianness be charted through the process of adaptation; do they change a nation’s consciousness or do they more readily shore upthe illusion of shared identity? What do Australian adaptations tell Australians about themselves, and who are excluded? What institutions act as gatekeepers for Australian adaptations and to what effect? What do Australian adaptations suggest to the world at large? The special issue title,‘Adapting Australia’, invites creative interpretation. Adaptation was an important part of New Australian Cinema in the 1970s and 1980s, as was explored in the 1993 Special Issue of Literature/Film Quarterly, edited by Brian McFarlane, and it is hoped that this volume will extend that early exploration of culture and identity in adaptation, to show how much adaptation studies has diversified and broadened over the past twenty years. [More]


Kubrick and Adaptation
Submission deadline for full essays: 1 December 2014

Proposals are invited for a special issue (late 2015) of Adaptation journal (OUP) on Stanley Kubrick and any aspect of adaptation. We are looking for 6-8 articles that, rather than evaluative novel-to-film comparisons, offer original perspectives on Kubrick in relation to adaptation, intertextuality, and appropriation. [More]

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