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

Submission deadlines are for abstracts unless otherwise noted.

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-Room Wars: American Militarism on the Small Screen

Ed. Stacy Takacs and Anna Froula
Submission deadline: 30 May 2014

Despite the historical and social prevalence of military-themed programming on US television, there has been no thorough scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. This anthology seeks to rectify the omission and to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US. Chapters will explore the following questions: What are the conventions of the war series? How do fictional depictions of war on US TV operate in dialogue with existing war films? How do they relate to the broadcast news coverage of war? Is there anything unique about the way television series, as opposed to films, documentaries or news items, depict issues of nationalism and militarism? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality play out differently in the war series, for example? How have the conventions of television production, distribution and reception affected the form, content and influence of the war story Ultimately, our concern is to better define the contribution of television to the militarization of American culture.We seek essays of 6,000-8,000 words that explore television series about war. .[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]

Screening the Non/human: Animal Representations in Visual Media
Ed. J. L. Schatz and Amber George
Submission deadline: 30 June 2014

Whether it be Ms. Piggy selling bacon for Denny’s, the latest Disney film, or the rampant abuse of animals in the filming of The Hobbit, the non/human is an ever-present part of media representation that often goes unacknowledged by academic writing. This book seeks to fill that gap in research so as to seriously address the question of non/humans within visual media as a mode of representation and lived politics. In short, this book seeks to address the question on the role mass media plays with respects to non/human animals. [More]

Fan Phenomena: James Bond
Ed. Claire Hines
Submission deadline: 30 June 2014

The James Bond (Fan Phenomena) title will examine aspects of the Bond fan culture, and may consider in particular what exploring fans and fandom might bring to debates about Bond’s continued cultural relevance. The emphasis will be on fan culture as an aspect of the Bond phenomenon, and the collection will aim to analyse some of the ways in which this iconic character has been taken up and (re)interpreted, (re)appropriated and (re)branded by and for his fan-base, and across media. [More]

TV Geniuses
Ed. Ashley Carlson
Submission deadline: 1 June 2014

A major publisher has shown interest in a collection of essays focused on the portrayal of genius in contemporary television. Genius characters are present in many of today’s top television series, such as House, Bones, Sherlock, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, and Numb3rs. The characters in these shows provide an interesting lens for considering how intelligence is understood and constructed in our society, particularly in terms of the social and psychological impact of genius. They also lend themselves to readings addressing race, class, and gender. Essays in this collection should focus specifically on portrayals of highly intelligent individuals in fictional television series from the past decade. [More]


Evil Women and Mean Girls
Ed. Lyme Fallwell and Keira V. Williams
Submission deadline 1 September 2014

The editors invite scholars from relevant disciplines to submit original research for the proposed collection Evil Women and Mean Girls. The purpose of this edited collection is to explore gendered representations of “evil” in popular culture and history (historical era and geographical region open). Scholars often explore the relationships between gender, sex, and violence through theories of inequality, violence against women, and female victimization, but what happens when women are the perpetrators of violent or harmful behavior? [More]


Bad Men and Damaged Women: Gender, Violence and 21st Century Television
Dr. Ina Rae Hark and Dr. Brian Faucette
Submission deadline: 1 June 2014

Much more than in their past iterations,post-2000 television dramas depict graphic violence, feature murderous male antiheroes as protagonists, and often take the killing and violation of women and children as a starting point for both plots and character motivations. When such dramas have female protagonists, these women are more likely to oppose violent men (even if having ambiguous connections to them) and be trauma survivors as well as suffering from mental illness or other neurological conditions. This proposed essay collection invites analyses from a variety of perspectives that consider the question: what do these violence-inflected narratives and their gender politics signify at this particular pop cultural moment? A secondary focus would interrogate the connections between gender, genre and the discourses of quality these programs inspire. We welcome generalized theoretical arguments and case histories of single series, consideration of industrial/economic factors or of writing, acting, photography, production design and direction, reactions of professional media commentators and of online fans, and discussion of counter-examples that subvert or counter the paradigm. [More]

 

Terror in Global Narrative: The Aesthetics and Representation of 9/11in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism
Ed. Liliana Naydan and George Fragopoulos
Submission deadline: 1 June 2014

We seek 500-750 word abstracts for essays to appear in an anthology tentatively titled Terror in Global Narrative: The Aesthetics and Representation of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism. Proposals should attend to the broader question of aesthetics and representations of 9/11, whatever forms those may take. Proposals that address 9/11 in a tangential but relevant manner are welcome as well, as are non-traditional approaches to the topic. Using notably aesthetic terms, Don DeLillo posits that terror like 9/11’s changed “the world narrative,” but what characterizes this new narrative in the face of the atrocity’s dramatic character? How might the burning towers influence questions of representation? What happens-if anything-to postmodernism in the aftermath of 9/11? How do representations of the West change after 9/11, and, in turn, what characterizes emerging representations of the terrorist as what Kristiaan Versluys terms the “ultimate Other”? What distinguishes the dynamic interplay between terrorism and capitalism in fictional and non-fictional literature, film, and forms beyond and between? And are there certain events that can never truly be "represented," despite their intense visual realities? [More]


Edited Collection on Bruce Springsteen

Ed. Bill Wolff
Submission deadline: 8 June 2014

I am soliciting abstracts by scholars from all disciplines, including scholar-fans and fan-scholars, to be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Bruce Springsteen, which will eventually be submitted to Routledge’s Studies in Popular Music series. The editor of this series has expressed an interest in seeing a Springsteen collection proposal. Despite his contemporary appeal, Springsteen also seems to be rooted in the traditional relationship between label and artist. His recent move to release live versions of his shows soon after the events, while seemingly progressive, reinforces artist- and label-centric publishing with the possibility of refocusing fans on official bootlegs rather than those they compose themselves. Yet, Springsteen doesn’t seem to mind—and rather enjoys—fans recording his concerts with their phones and uploading them to YouTube. He is genuinely appreciative of the efforts fans go through to see his shows and has fun with their sign requests. The decades-long conversation he has been having with his fans (and fans with other fans) has, like all conversations, been made more complex as a result of convergent media. The Routledge Studies in Popular Music series is described as a “home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections covering Popular Music. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, celebrity, fandom, tourism, fashion, and technology, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics” [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: lfitzsimmons@csudh.edu

 

75 Years of Dick Grayson (Robin, Nightwing, Batman)
Kristen Geaman
Submission deadline: Inquiries now . . . first drafts by 31 August 2014

To date, there has not been a single scholarly book published on Dick Grayson, the original Robin who grew up to become the hero Nightwing and serve as Batman. In conjunction with Grayson’s 75th anniversary in 2015, this book seeks to examine any and all aspects of Grayson as an influential comic book character and cultural icon. We welcome contributions from all scholarly fields, including history, literature, psychology, philosophy, art, art history, cultural studies, media studies, and more. Please contact Kristen Geaman (kgeaman@gmail.com) for more information. Currently, we hope to have first drafts written by the end of August 2014. That will give us time to circulate them among the participants before we write final drafts. [More]

 

Journal Issues

Failure in Literature and Art
albeit
Deadline for full essays: 1 June 2014

If at first you don't succeed ... shouldn't we ask why not? albeit, an innovative new online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Failure." [More]

Journal of Dracula Studies
Submission deadline: 1 June 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]

Extreme Reality TV
Journal of Popular Television
Ed. Julie Anne Taddeo and Ken Dvorak
Submission deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2014

Our focus for this special issue is to define what sets the “extreme” apart from other types of reality TV; how do programs that showcase extreme behaviors, bodies, and lifestyles interrogate social/political/cultural concerns? We welcome contributions on American and international reality TV programs; authors must explain how they represent “extreme” in its various manifestations. We especially welcome submissions that examine “transmedia storytelling” that encourages viewers to explore additional content provided by social and traditional media outlets. [More]



Digital Culture
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture
Deadline for full essays: 30 June 2014

The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is seeking submissions for a special issue on digital culture. We are interested in essays that critically explore digital texts, the digital distribution and consumption of media, and various forms of online communication and cultural practices. [More]


Adapting Australia
Adaptation
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
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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