SFF Paper Prizes 2018

Congrats to our two winners for the annual conference paper prize at PCA


Faculty/Independent Scholar
Carey Millsap-Spears -“Sometimes you need to roll a hard six”
Student Award 2018
Finola Prendergast – “Diverging Dystopias: Why Brave New World and Divergent at not the Same Genre”
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Schedule for PCA 2018

Star Trek & Ghost in a Shell ·         The Continuing Voyage: Women and Power in the Kelvin Reboot and Star Trek: Discovery

·         Beyond Utopia: Posthuman Bodies and Our A-mortal Future in Ghost in the Shell

·         Rich Ghost in the Rich Shell: Inequality in the Coming Cybernetic Age

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 8:00am to 9:30am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Butler & Hopkinson ·         Autonomous Magic: Magical Realism as Reclamation of Autonomy within Science Fiction in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed

·         Speculative Landscapes, Erotic Power, and Black Woman Magic in Nalo Hopkinson’s Fiction

·         The Intersection of Disability, Race, and Gender in Octavia Butler’s Parable series

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 9:45am to 11:15am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Harry Potter ·         “Dumbledore’s Army, Now Recruiting”: Harry Potter, Social Justice, and the 2016 Presidential Election

·         Regenerations and Polyjuice Potions: Harry Potter’s Influence on the Doctor’s Regenerations

·         Wielding the Wand: Minerva McGonagall Does It Better

·         Dissemination of Information in Harry Potter: The Daily Prophet as Alternative Facts

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Star Trek ·         These Are The Voyages?: Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville and The Post-Jubilee Trek Legacy

·         Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Is Oppression “Far Beyond the Stars”?

·         A Federation Free-Lunch in /and Mega City One: Universal Basic Income in Judge Dred and Star Trek.

·         Deconstructing Development: Star Trek, Exploration, and Exclusion

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm JW Grand Ballroom 1

·         Anthropological Perspectives on Wonder Woman in and Out of the Classroom

·         Pop Culture in Composition: Pedagogy and Wonder Woman

·         Costuming in Wonder Woman

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 9:45am to 11:15am JW Grand Ballroom 1
I Still want to Believe: the Enduring Cultural Relevance of the X-Files ·         Disappearing Without a Trace: Indigenous Representations in The X-Files

·         The (post-) truth is out there: The X-Files in the age of “alternative facts”

·         The XXX-Files: Renegotiating Dana Scully’s Sexual Agency through Erotic Fanfiction

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 11:30am to 1:00pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Beauty, Beasts, and Androids ·         “Electrical Things Have Their Lives”: Exploring the Legacy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner in Almost Human

·         “Do you know what ‘robot’ means? It means ‘slave.’” Examinations of androids, servitude, and revolt in Blade Runner, The World’s End, and Westworld

·         Barbie meets Fiona: Conflicting Discourses of Beauty in Sci-fi Films

·         The Archetypal Mother of Evil: Grendel’s Mother, Cersei Lannister, and Sarah Palmer

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels ·         “What the Hell Did I Just Read?”: A study of intertextuality in David Wong’s “John Dies at the End” series

·         The Contingent Post-Structuralism of Frank Herbert’s Dune Novels

·         Entangled States: Putting Affect Theory into Play with Nnedi Okorafor and Ann Leckie

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Gender and Sexuality ·         Away from prying eyes: Queer spaces and the performance of intimate relations in contemporary supernatural television

·         What to Expect When He’s Expecting: Images of Male Pregnancy in Science Fiction

·         “’In Love with a Woman Who is Not a Woman’: Cylon Queerness as Abject Other”

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
SFF on TV ·         Decidedly Disastrous Dealings: Oh, Woe Is Dean!

·         “A Place of Fear”: Teen Wolf Recalls Kristallnacht in the Trump Era

·         Television’s Cool Misfits: Millennial Heroes and Their Friends in Sci-fi and Fantasy

·         The Old Gods and the New Gods: A Clash of Cultures in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Friday, March 30, 2018 – 8:00am to 9:30am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Politics, Religion and Ethics ·         Within the Moon’s Shadow: Reflections of Religious Metaphysics in Sci Fi and Fantasy.

·         “Liminal Limitations: The Politics and Ethics of Fantasy and Science Fiction Travel”

·         Bodies Must Move: The Siren of Capitalism in Mid-Century Science Fiction

·         Desire’s Surface: Rowena Morrill’s Fantasy Illustration and the Late Capitalist Rhetoric of Embodiment

Friday, March 30, 2018 – 9:45am to 11:15am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Buffy, The Vampire Slayer ·         What Just Happened?: Sacrifice, Heroics, and Death in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers

·         “It’ll All be Right as Rain”: The Life and Death (and Life) of Transubstantial Bodies in the Buffyverse

·         “I was raised to believe that men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies:” Examining the Psychology of Sex and Gender in the Whedonverses

Friday, March 30, 2018 – 11:30am to 1:00pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Creative Writing – Open Mic ·         Poems on Fantasy authors, and fantastical poems on Keats Friday, March 30, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Star Wars ·         Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Cryptic Frame

·         “Star Wars in the Anglo-American Context: Episode I – Civic Virtue, Corruption, and Universal Monarchy”

·         Star Wars in the Anglo-American Context: Episode II – The Popish Plot, Righteous Rebellion, and Messianic Deliverance

·         My Research has Jets: Exploring Barthes’ Enigmas and Fan Based Exaltation within Star Wars, DC Comics, and Television

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 8:00am to 9:30am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Apocalypse 1 ·         Doctor Who and the Apocalypse

·         Apocalyptic Consciousness and the Development of Alternative Models of Nationalism in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien

·         Evolutionary Psychology and the Apocalypse: The Fit May Survive but at What Cost?

·         And the Apocalypse Makes Three: Monogamy in Apocalyptic Fiction

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 9:45am to 11:15am JW Grand Ballroom 1
Publish your F/SF Nonfiction with McFarland ·         Publish your F/SF Nonfiction with McFarland Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 11:30am to 1:00pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Fandom ·         A Social Desire Path of Their Own: Female Superheroes, Fans, and the Absence of Industry Empathy

·         Not a Hollywood Blockbuster? Comparative study of Russian and the US Audiences viewing Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy

·         Blerds, Gamer Girls, and Bronies: The Changing Face of Fandom

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Feminism ·         Xena: Amazonian Proto-Wonder Woman

·         Alien: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream About Inequality and Power Dynamics

·         “I am No Man’s Land:” Transforming the Feminine in Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman

·         James Cameron, Joss Whedon, and what some people just don’t understand about feminism

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Marvel Cinematic Universe ·         Red in Everyone’s Ledger: Marvel’s Black Widow Difficulties

·         Cool Backstory Bro?: Why the Vulture Transcends all other MCU Villains

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
SFF Area Meeting Meeting Friday, March 30, 2018 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
SFF Movie Night Film screening Friday, March 30, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Joss Whedon and the Marvel Cinematic Universe ·         Necessary Regrets: Assessing the dangers of fulfillment in the Framework

·         “The only thing I like about myself is you“: The “Terminal Identity” of the Whedonverses

·         Agents of SHIELD’s “Framework” as Interconnected Canon

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
Pot Pourri! ·         VR > IRL ;)?…Nope OMG! : How Ready Player One Forefronts Debord’s Spectacle

·         Does the Dog Die? A look into the human relationship with dogs on the silver screen.

·         Monster’R’US

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 1
The Frankenstein Myth in Science Fiction Fantasy ·         “Big, Scary, and Frankenstein-Looking: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Frankenstein, and Post-Modernism”

·         It’s part of the research: Attempts to control the natural in Buffy and Frankenstein

·         “Sometimes, You Need to Roll a Hard Six”: the Gothic Science Fiction in Frankenstein and Battlestar Galactica

·         “We have a lot to talk about”: The Dialogical Adam in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 8:00am to 9:30am JW Grand Ballroom 2
What SFF Teaches Children and Young Adults About Our World ·         YA and Adult Dystopias: Distinct Subgenres?

·         Brave Girls in Uncanny Worlds: Coraline Jones & Eleven in Upside-Down Worlds of Wonder

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 9:45am to 11:15am JW Grand Ballroom 2
Psychology in Science Fiction & Fantasy ·         Memory as Forgetting: The Role of Heterotopia in Showcase’s Continuum

·         “My Story Is an Embroidery”: Representing Trauma Within the World of Orphan Black

·         Beatin’ into Submission: Trauma Bonding in The Dark Tower and The Walking Dead

·         Back to the Future: ReGenesis, The Neurotic Genius, and Scientific Censorship

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 11:30am to 1:00pm JW Grand Ballroom 2
Apocalypse 2 ·         Galactic Colonization: Conquest Narratives and the Role of the Natural Environment in The 100

·         The Final Ship: Military Criticism and Redemption in Post-Cataclysmic Narratives

·         More apparent than real: Y2K and the millennium in Crusade, Cleopatra 2525 and Dark Angel

·         Where Post-Human Meets the Prehistoric: Temporal Dissidence and the End of the World in The Magicians

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm JW Grand Ballroom 2
SFF Cinema ·         Echoes through Space and Time: The Theory of Non-Linear Temporality in Slaughterhouse-Five and Arrival

·         Communication, empathy and time-travel in Arrival and The Peripheral: we might just survive

·         “We Can Sell It for You Wholesale: Philip Kindred Dick, Chronotopal Science Fiction, and Cinematic Spectacle”

·         Hollywood Dick: Screamers and Imposter

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CFP: A Celebration of Slashers

Call for Discussion Topics and Panel Proposals:

A Celebration of Slashers
DePaul University
Now accepting submissions and ideas for the sixth annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University
in Chicago! DePaul University’s College of Communication is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium
in honor of the Slasher genre on Saturday, April 28, from 9am-6pm. More details can be found at
This event will feature roundtable discussions from scholars and fans of slasher films (topics do not have
to focus on Halloween), including the Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and other franchises,
films, television series, video games, graphic novels, or et al. Our keynote speaker is Rachel Talalay,
director of Nightmare on Elm Street 5 as well as multiple television series (Doctor Who, Sherlock,
Riverdale, Flash, Supernatural, Reign…the list goes on.)
Participants may propose panels and topics about a broad array of ideas related to the genre and its
cultural impact. The Pop Culture Conference does not feature formal paper presentations, but speakers are
invited to have roundtable discussions themed around these topics. The audience for this event is both
graduate and undergraduate students, both fans and scholars.
If you’re interested in speaking on a roundtable, or want to propose a panel with 3-5 people, or have ideas
for other events/lectures, please send a 300 word abstract that proposes a significant topic of
discussion and a CV/resume to Pop Culture Conference (popcultureconference@gmail.com) by Jan
15, 2018. Please aim your abstracts for a more general audience and for a discussion rather than
traditional scholarly paper presentation. We will also have the opportunity to publish a longer version of
your talk in an update to our Time Lords and Tribbles book.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
– Slashers and gender
– Slashers and race
– Narrative and genre theories of slashers
– Changes in the horror genre
– Slasher/horror fandom
– The impact of particular directors, writers, or actors on the genre
– Teaching horror/slashers
– Adaptation within the slasher canon
– Case studies of slasher films
– What counts as a slasher?
For more information, please check out popcultureconference.com, and sign up for updates on Facebook
(search “A Celebration of Slashers”). We hope that you will be able to join in the discussion and
A Celebration of Slashers
(DePaul University, April 28, 2018)

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“The Worlds of Whedon” Call for Proposals







Joss Whedon’s oeuvre includes writing, directing, and producing a number of hit television series, such as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, as well as cult favorite Firefly and its sequel motion picture Serenity, along with the controversial series Dollhouse. He is also a co-producer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recent cinematic forays include The Cabin in the Woods, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing along with the blockbusters, Marvel’s the Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon’s works have spawned a legion of fans, who create various types of homages to him, including fiction, films, and other forms of creative works, such as jewelry, clothing, etc. In addition, academic scholarship about Whedon and his work has led to the establishment of the Whedon Studies Association along with a peer-reviewed journal, a number of conferences, and myriad books. Given this dedicated base of fans and scholars, McFarland is pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed series that will be edited by Sherry Ginn, author of Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon. Both monographs and edited collections are welcome.

More information can be found at the following website:


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Deadline extended – CFP Sydney Newman – Producing Television and Film Across Borders

Call for Proposals

Sydney Newman – Producing Television and Film Across Borders

Sydney Newman – Image from Doctorwhowatch.com


Probably best known as the creator of the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, Sydney Newman played a significant role in the production of television and film both in his native Canada and in the United Kingdom.  The Museum of Broadcast Communications describes Newman as “the most significant agent in the development of British television drama.”[1]  But this is only one aspect of Sydney Newman’s (1917-1997) professional experience.  Newman enjoyed a long and interesting career in broadcasting and films.  While his ‘claim to fame’ might very well be as creator of Doctor Who and The Avengers, he also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Supervising director of features, documentaries and outside broadcasts (1952-1958), the Associated British Corporation as head of Drama (1958-1962), the British Broadcasting Corporation as head of Drama (1962-1967), and the National Film Board of Canada as a film editor (1941-1949) and as Commissioner (1970-1975).  He then became a special advisor on film to the Canadian Secretary of State, and was Chief Creative Consultant for the Canadian Film Development Corporation (1978-1984).

His work at these institutions was critical in the development of Canadian and British broadcasting, and popular culture.  His influence was far-reaching.  But thus far, while there have been some studies which have taken into account the particular roles which he has played during his career, no study has taken into account his full career, to provide a more complete picture.

This peer-reviewed collection seeks to understand Sydney Newman’s career in both Canada and in Britain by curating a number of studies on his various professional roles and works. This includes providing an understanding of the world of broadcast television and film, in both countries during the 50s-70s, and the visions of culture he articulated in his work.   Articles can deal with specific aspects of his career, specific institutions, specific programs he developed, his influence as a producer/filmmaker, or administrator.  Biographical articles are also welcome.  The aim is that the collection taken as a whole will provide a balanced look at his varied career in two countries during periods of significant development and change in the entertainment industry of both.

[Please note that Sydney Newman’s Memoirs Head of Drama: The Memoir of Sydney Newman will be released by ECW Press on 5th September 2017.]

Proposals should be approximately two hundred words, and sent to gilliandoctor@gmail.com by the 30th of September 2017.  A decision will be communicated by the 30th of November, and final articles should be submitted by the 15 July 2018.


Gillian I Leitch, PhD

Independent Scholar

Co-Chair, Science Fiction Fantasy Area, PCA/ACA





Key Words: Canada, United Kingdom, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, Associated British Corporation, television, film, policy, public broadcasting+

[1] http://www.museum.tv/eotv/newmansydne.htm [Accessed 2 April 2017]


Sydney Newman, image from Doctorwhowatch.com



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CFP – National Conference!


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

28 – 31st March 2018 – Indianapolis, IN


One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2018 national conference to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. 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)


The New Women: Superheroes and Anti-heroes


The new Wonder Woman film has brought to light the portrayal of the women in superhero genre films and comics.  This special session invites proposals for papers or roundtables that discuss the role, performance and relationships of women in action movies and comics. Examples for discussion are Gamora, Nebula, Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Harley Quin, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman.


When proposing for a special session please clearly indicate this, and contact the area chairs pcasff@gmail.com to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.


Submission Guidelines:  In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing 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 www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php and submissions made at http://ncp.pcaaca.org .


Submissions can be made on the site after July 1st, 2017.


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)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain


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. Note that beginning with the 2015 conference, 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 2017.  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 the same proposal 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 2017


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 a science fiction film, TBD. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, 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: www.pcasff.wordpress.com. 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 7 January 2018.  Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information.



Hope to see you in Indianapolis!


PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs


Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn and Heather M Porter




Direct all enquiries to our email address:   pcasff@gmail.com


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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