CFP – Kelvin Timeline of Star Trek

The Kelvin Timeline of Star Trek – JJ Abrams’ Final Frontier
Call for Papers
With apologies for cross-postings.
With its original broadcast in 1966 Star Trek has become one of the most significant franchises in contemporary popular culture. Reaching its fiftieth anniversary in 2016 with the release of Star Trek Beyond, the third film in JJ Abrams’ “reboot” of the franchise, Trek is both more popular (the three films are approaching $1 billion in worldwide grosses) and more maligned by fans than ever before.
The Abrams version of Star Trek, called “The Kelvin timeline,” is at once a reboot and a remake of a long-loved franchise and it is time for an academic collection which assesses these films in relation to the rest of the Trek franchise, and independently of it.
Having received a contract for an edited volume from an academic press, chapter proposals are sought for 5-6,000 word chapters.
Proposals should include a brief abstract (no more than 250 words) and a 1-2 page CV. It is the hope that proposals will focus primarily on the newest three films, but discussions of other parts of the Trek franchise are welcome. Proposals are especially encouraged from advanced graduate students.

Proposals should consider the following list in assessing their idea’s suitability for this project (but need not be limited to it):
  • The New Trek and the Old Trek – comparisons and critiques
  • The New Trek and a new structure – myth and narrative
  • The Other – the representation of gender, race, and class
  • The “old Kahn and the new Kahn” – whitewashing a villain
  • Is the Kelvin timeline a “reboot” or a “remake”?
  • The value of reboots/remakes
  • The utopian pretense of classic Trek and the new Trek.
  • Turning Trek into a blockbuster
  • Updates of the look and feel of the franchise
  • JJ Abrams on Trek and on Star Wars
  • JJ Abrams’ other projects and Trek – comparisons and contrasts
  • Justin Lin Trek and Fast and the Furious films
Proposals:                      Currently accepting
Drafts:                           1 February 2017
Final:                            Late March, 2017
(These dates are somewhat subject to change depending on the schedule of the press.)
Send proposals (as .doc or .docx attachments) to:
Matthew Wilhelm Kapell at
 Matthew Wilhelm Kapell |
And the new book:
Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s American Myth and History
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