CFP: Edited collection on Familial Influences on Superheroes (30 Apr 2019)

Call for Submissions: Edited collection on Familial Influences on Superheroes


Areas of analysis: American Studies, Cultural Studies, Fan Studies, Film and Television Studies, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Media Industries Studies


Editor: Jim Iaccino


This text will examine the role that the family plays on the development of the superhero as portrayed in radio, comics, graphic novels, television series, and feature films.  Many superheroes have experienced the trauma of losing (a) parent(s), which sets them apart from others.  Thus, the individuals that the superheroes gravitate towards become an integral part of their lives, to the point where they form a necessary and vital “familial network” of connections that would either replace those that were lost or never fully established.  This network ranges from “substitute” parents/guardians as well as siblings and relatives, to significant others and even more extended members comprising superhero teams.  Each chapter will focus on a specific superhero and how s/he has been impacted by the aforementioned familial figures.  Through this collection of essays, readers will understand the psychological makeup of superheroes much better and see that behind every hero is a family member(s) encouraging them to use their powers for the benefit of humanity.


Besides Batman, potential superheroes to be covered across a number of media (radio, comics, television and film) include, but are not limited to:


  • Superman
  • Supergirl
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spider-Man
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Black Widow
  • Scarlet Witch
  • X-Men
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Avengers
  • Justice League of America
  • Teen Titans


We already have an agreement with McFarland Press to do this collection, so all that remains is securing the contributions in a timely fashion for a planned text publication in early 2021.


The deadline for proposals of 500 words is April 30, 2019.  Please email your abstract and a brief bio to  Please put “Familial Influences Abstract” in the subject line.  If an abstract is selected for the collection, full essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due by September 1, 2019.

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Deadline October 1st!


October 1st is only 15 days away – that means if you want to present at the PCA in Washington DC next year you have only 15 days to submit your proposal.
Our call for papers can be found here:
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One Month left to propose for the 2019 Conference!


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CFP – National PCA Conference 2019


Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

17 – 20th April 2019 – Washington, DC


One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2019 national conference to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).


PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F:  art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games.  The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.


Special Session(s):


Black Panther


The release of the Marvel film Black Panther early in 2018 was a pivotal moment in cinematic history. A special session or sessions is being proposed to explore the impact of the film on both fans and the entertainment industry. Papers on fandom, gender, race/ethnicity, representation and film which explore Black Panther are sought.


The Journey to the Moon


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the film The First Men in the Moon (1919), a roundtable of cinematic depictions of human kind’s attempts to reach our nearest neighbor is being proposed.  We are seeking participants for this special roundtable session who will present a short (i.e., 7-8 minutes) example of a film illustrating such a journey in the last hundred years.  Please note that participants in round table sessions can also propose a regular paper for this area.  Please contact the area chairs to propose for this session.




Film and television have borrowed heavily from other media in the production of SFF.  A special session or sessions is being proposed which would explore the phenomena of adaptation from the choice of material, the adaptation process, the reception and the influence of adaptations on the original source material.


When proposing for one of these special sessions, please clearly indicate this in the text of your proposal and contact the area chairs at to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.


Submission Guidelines:  Completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing and readings should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of your intentions to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program.  Instructions for submission can be found at and submissions made at .


Submissions can be made on the site after July 1, 2018.


The document should contain the following information in this order:


  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
  • Name and contact information of Supervising professor—undergraduates only
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper
  • Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)


Roundtables and special sessions can only be created by Area Chairs—if you wish to organize one of these sessions, please contact the Area Chairs, who will create the event for you in the schedule. ALL areas are limited in the number of roundtables that can be held. If you wish to propose one, then do so as soon as possible.

The proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 15th October 2018.  Please be aware that acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance.  Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline.  Earlier submission is appreciated.


Please, do not simultaneously submit to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs and will result in your paper being refused. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).



Submission Deadline:  1 October 2018


Each year the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! This year’s movie will be fantasy film – The Hobbit (animated – 1977). The screening will be Friday night. Fundraising supports area activities and awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. The Student Award includes a cash prize. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website: . We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under all of your SF/F memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.


Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 1 December 2018.  Check the PCA website for more information.



Hope to see you in Washington!


PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs


Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M Porter




Direct all enquiries to our email address:


NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.


Please note that this is a professional conference and once you are accepted, your presentation becomes integral to the success of the event.  If you must cancel, please notify the Area Chairs of your withdrawal as soon as you know.  Failure to do so will impact future opportunities to present at this conference.


Next year’s conference will commence early Wednesday morning. Be advised that your panel will be assigned a time randomly by the master scheduler. We cannot change the schedule after it is completed, so please ensure that you will be able to attend the entire conference before you submit your proposal. In other words, clear your schedule from Wednesday through Saturday. We will notify you of your exact presentation time as soon as we can, but know that the program is not likely to be completed before December 1st; make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The number of reserved rate hotel rooms is limited.


Please consult our handy guide for proposing here:

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CFP – Ethics and Culture Series at McFarland!

ethics and culture

Ethics and Culture
This series focuses on scholarly books that will be of interest to
both academics and non-academics. The books should contain
new, original material and explore various areas where scholarly
debates intersect with cultural concerns.
What We Want
Book Length Manuscripts
 For example, T. Furman, The Ethics of Poker (978-1-4766-6461-3)
Edited Volumes
 For example, T. Samek and L. Shultz, Information Ethics, Globalization,
and Citizenship: Essays on Ideas to Praxis (978-1-4766-6772-0 )
Categories of interest include but are not limited to debates in healthcare,
science, genetic enhancement, free speech, journalism, literary genre,
sports, gaming, politics, business, performing arts, immigration, technology,
disability, environment, urban space, law enforcement, protest, and
popular culture.

Have an Idea?
James M. Okapal
Series Editor
Also visit
and explore
“Becoming an Author”
For general information
Tel: 336-246-4460
FAX: 336-246-5018

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CFP- Batman in Popular Culture Conference – 30 Dec 2018

Call for Papers

Batman in Popular Culture Conference

Friday, April 12 and Saturday April, 13 2019

Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

The Department of Popular Culture and the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio are proud to announce the Batman in Popular Culture Conference on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019.  The Batman in Popular Culture conference aims to examine Batman in Popular Culture in all mediums and media.  It is intended to serve as a space for academics, graduate students, comic industry professionals, retailers and fans to engage in dialogue about topics related to Batman in its many media forms, mediums and cultural influence in popular culture and beyond. The scope of this conference is deliberately broad, with the intention of highlighting the interdisciplinary nature and many different avenues of research possible related to Batman in Popular Culture.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:


  • Textual analysis of graphic novels, storylines, other texts related to Batman
  • In-depth analysis of particular authors & artists work related to Batman
  • The development of supporting characters, villains, and themes within the Batman mythos
  • Batman in Popular Music
  • Batman in Film, Television, and Animation
  • The rise of Batman-centric podcasts
  • Batman as a mass merchandising phenomenon
  • Batman VS. Superman
  • Batman and video games
  • The role of diversity issues (race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality) within Batman’s world
  • Batman within the Comics Industry (writing, drawing, retailing, etc.)
  • Batman art and covers across the decades
  • How authors build an audience in an era of subgenre specialization
  • Reception and fan communities for Batman and the superhero genre
  • Digital Humanities approaches to Comics and Mass Media Studies with emphasis on Batman


We welcome individual proposals or pre-formed panels that address any or all of these themes. As the conference seeks to provide a multitude of perspectives, academic presentations and those from outside the academy are welcome.

Please send a 300-word abstract describing your individual presentation to  with “Batman in Popular Culture” in the subject line. (Panel, roundtable, performance, and artistic display proposals should include a 300 proposal for each individual and a 500-word proposal explaining the group presentation.) Submissions should be sent in a document attachment with the following information:

Author’s name/Title

Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)

Email address

Presentation Title and Abstract

Deadline for Submissions is Monday, December 30, 2018.


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CFP- Re-entering Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse – 1 Sept 2018


Co-editors Heather M. Porter and Michael Starr invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore Joss Whedon’s science fiction television series Dollhouse (2009-2010). Though arguably Whedon’s most provocative foray into television, Dollhouse has thus far been subject to limited academic analysis in comparison to his other works, something this collection is aiming to redress. Indeed, Dollhouse’s meditations upon corporate control of the individual and female autonomy have grown ever more prevalent in the light of contemporary socio-political developments and the #metoo movement, and are hence ripe for further investigation.
Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a
familiarity with prior and current conversations and publications about the series, and the Whedonverse in general. The anticipated collection seeks to showcase a range of theoretical lenses; we are hence interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Though not prescriptive, it may be productive to consider the following list of topics:

Dollhouse and the #metoo movement
Recent controversy surrounding Joss Whedon’s feminism
The influence and legacy of Dollhouse on television (e.g. HBO’s Westworld)
Dollhouse and the current and expanding corporate influences on government
The construction of sexuality and/or gender
Queer identity and Theory
Race Relations
The Posthuman Body
The Dollhouse Comics
Philosophy and Ethics
Paratexts or production elements

We strongly recommend authors familiarize themselves with these publications to extend and/or challenge published analyses of the series:
Espenson, Jane, ed. Inside Joss’ Dollhouse: From Alpha To Rossum. Dallas, TX: Benbella,
Ginn, Sherry, Heather M. Porter and Alyson Buckman, eds. Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse:
Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

All essays in the Dollhouse Issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies
Association. Volume 8.2/3, Summer/Fall 2010.
Selected writings on Dollhouse in:

Ginn, Sherry. Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC:
McFarland and Company, 2012.

Iatropoulos, Mary Ellen and Lowery A. Woodall III, eds. Joss Whedon and Race. Jefferson,
NC: McFarland and Company, 2016.

Kitchens, Juliette C. At Home in the Whedonverse: Essays on Domestic Place, Space and Life. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2017.

Waggoner, Erin B. Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010.

The Whedonology Academic Whedon Studies Bibliography, available at:
Queries and Submissions:
Please send queries and abstracts for proposed chapter-length original work (350-500
words) to (subject line: Dollhouse Collection).
Proposals should be submitted no later than September 1, 2018. Selected contributors will be notified by October 1, 2018. We suggest but do not require that proposals include a working bibliography. Please provide in a separate document or in the body of the email a brief author biography and selected list of prior publications/conference presentations. We are currently discussing the book proposal with a publisher who is very interested in the collection, hence are working on a production timeline which would tentatively allow the book a 2020 publication date.

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