Publishing Opportunities

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Ongoing Book Series

Edited Collections [8 new]

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

Lifetime Television and Movies
E. Newman
Abstracts due 6 October 2014; finished essays 1 April 2015

Contributions are sought for an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Lifetime Television to be published by McFarland & Co. We are interested in a sustained exploration of the television channel and brand as a cultural phenomenon. Founded in 1984, Lifetime Television’s goal was to provide content appealing to women through a broad range of original programming and syndicated content that stood in opposition to what was offered by other networks. Over the years, Lifetime has aired a broad range of films and television shows geared toward women, such as romantic comedies and dramas featuring female protagonists, but the network drew attention for its commitment to programming that addressed serious, challenging issues like domestic violence, cancer, and teen pregnancy. In recent years, the network has increased their reality programming, and ompetition from Hallmark and other new channels has caused it to reconsider its position in the market and invest more in original programming and promotion. How can we reconcile this multifaceted and intriguing line-up? How does Lifetime reflect and shape contemporary American culture?


Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg
Adrian Schober and Debbie Olson
Abstracts due 31 October 2014; finished essays 31 March 2015

Children are an almost essential feature of the landscape in the films of Steven Spielberg: from the alien-abducted Barry in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Elliott and his unearthly alter-ego in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), to the war-damaged Jim in Empire of the Sun (1987), the lost mecha child David in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), and the eponymous boy hero of The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Contrary to his reputation as a purveyor of innocuous ‘popcorn’ entertainment, Spielberg’s vision of children/childhood is not all sweetness and light, and indeed is often fraught with tensions, conflicts and anxieties. We therefore seek original articles addressing both the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ aspects of childhood in the full spectrum of Spielberg’s cinema, in a forthcoming collection to be published in Lexington Books’ new "Children and Youth in Popular Culture" series. [More]


Iconography and Archetypes in Western Film and Television
Sue Matheson and Andrew Patrick Nelson
Abstracts due 15 November 2014

We are interested in proposals that examine any aspect of the Western’s conventional mise-en-scène, including but not limited to, landscaoes (Anthony Mann’s rocky sierras, Howard Hawks’s depopulated towns, Sam Peckinpah’s impoverished borderlands), places (the stagecoach, the saloon, the barbershop and the general store), and objects (firearms, cigarettes and the act of smoking, the significance of the costume as shorthand for character attributes). Proposals may address the genre-at-large; particular periods, cycles or series; the work of individual filmmakers, actors or other personnel; or any combination thereof. [More]


Marvel Feature Films
Robert Moses Peaslee, Matthew McEniry, and Robert G. Weiner
Abstracts due 15 November 2014; finished essays 15 February 2015

The editors of this volume seek essays that discuss Marvel feature length films, and while we will consider essays that deal with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more recent films, we are particularly interested in those films that have not received a lot of scholarly attention (including made-for-television films and animated features). We are also interested in work dealing with films produced when certain characters were Marvel properties (like Transformers, G. I. Joe, and Conan). Please note we are not interested in television series, per se, but rather the full-length films produced from them. We will also consider essays on those unauthorized foreign films based on Marvel characters like the Turkish Captain America and Spider-Man. [More]


Python Beyond Python: Critical Essays on the Work of Monty Python Members Before and After Their Participation in the Comedy
Lynn Whitfield
Abstracts due 1 December 2014; finished essays 1 March 2015

The editors seek well-written and well-researched articles that address texts and performances that fall into the category of Python Beyond Python. While the editors are interested in analysis of the recent 2014 reunion (as live and streamed performance), they will not consider papers related to Monty Python’s Flying Circus or movies like Meaning of Life, Life of Brian, Holy Grail, And Now for Something Completely Different etc. Some texts and topics to consider include (but are not limited to):
non-Python collaborations, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, non-fiction work for television, Illustrated books for children, work in theatre, audio works, graphic novels, non-Python film acting (e.g. John Cleese as "Q" in the James Bond films), etc. [More]


Wrath of God: The Cinema of Klaus Kinski
Matthew Edwards
Finished essays due 1 December 2014

This is a call for papers, for a new anthology tentatively titled Wrath of God: The films of Klaus Kinski. The collection looks to bring together a series of essays (interviews with filmmakers, will be welcome) on one of cinema's truly volatile sons. Particular emphasis on Kinski's more exploitive roles and obscure gems. Essays on Kinski/Herzog will be welcome, though only one essay per film will be included in the collection. I’m looking for critical and scholarly essays that discuss individual Kinski films or the man himself. I have currently received essays on the following films:

Venus in Furs

If interested, I recommend that you first send a 300-400 word proposal (or a simple email, in order to check the paper’s suitability). [More]


On the Other Side of the Sterile Field: Medicine and the Media
Valentina Marinescu
Finished essays due 1 December 2014

Through a peer-reviewed collection of original contributions, this book seeks to provide readers with new perspectives on the current research inthe relation between medicine and media. We welcome submissions from scholars and practitioners in any disciplinary field, and seek contributions from researchers and practitioners in communication studies and allied fields (e. g., media studies, telecommunications, journalism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies). Contributions may follow any methodological approach, including, but not limited to, quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, rhetorical, interpretive, case study, discourse analytic, and critical analytic approaches, among others. Submissions from both established and emerging scholars are welcomed. [More]


Plant Horror: The Monstrous Vegetal
Dawn Keetley and Rita Kurtz
Abstracts due 2 January 2015; finished essays Summer 2015

Perhaps because of their irreducible difference from us, their intractable unfamiliarity, plants have often entered popular narratives as terrifying and terrorizing forces. They seem monstrous in their implacability and impersonality, their rooted unfreedom, their unintentionality, and their prolific and non-teleological “wild” growth. With the goal of exploring how and why plants have figured as terrifying in so many of our cultural narratives, we invite proposals for the first collection of essays on “plant horror”—that is, on how plants and all forms of vegetal life have figured as the monstrous in literature, film, television, and other media (video games, comics).

We are interested in essays that address the “canon” of plant horror (e.g. Day of the Triffids, Little Shop of Horrors, Swamp Thing, The Happening), but essays that serve to expand this “canon” are very welcome. We are also eager to receive abstracts that address how vegetal life features in unexpected ways and on the margins of narratives not explicitly about the depredations of plants (e.g. Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom, Batman and Robin (1997), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). [More]

Journal Issues


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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