CFP – Spatial Dynamics of Children’s Literature – Deadline 1 Sep 2019

Call for Papers: The Spatial Dynamics of Children’s Series Literature

 

“Geography,” Nedra Reynolds asserts, “fixes identities” (149). That is to say, where we come from—and where we are, literally, spatially, environmentally, figuratively—has a huge impact on who we are. Of course, theories of space and place also hold that the converse is equally true—that we have an impact on those spaces and places we inhabit and/or dwell within. We make space: our agencies, our cultures, our beliefs and values and understandings shape the macro- and micro-environments around us. And yet, just as much, those places we inhabit shape us, causing us to adapt ourselves to them, causing us to learn how to fit—to fit in, to fit out, to fit up—or, just as relevant, how to simply exist within the spaces we daily inhabit.

This collection seeks to interrogate the nature of space and place within children’s series literature. It specifically seeks to interrogate the spatial dynamics of children’s series literature in both series books and books in a series. Scholars of children’s literature make important generic, structural, and cultural distinctions between books in a series and series books. Books in a series—such as the Little House books or The Hunger Games trilogy—often function as extended bildungsroman, books that explore the growth and maturation of their central character or characters. These books are hallmarked by change: not only do the dynamic character(s) at the heart of the story demonstrate corporeal and psychological development, but the other components of the books themselves demonstrate a sense of cultural, political, or social maturity. Series books, however, are dominated by static natures. The central character—usually a flat, unchanging trope more than a fully realized, fleshed out, dynamic figure—is a static creation. Often, these characters do not even age, let alone change. Typified by series like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, these books act as truly distinct counterparts to their books in a series kin.

The central characters in books in a series often have powerful relationships to the spaces that define them: Laura Ingalls in her Little House; Katniss Everdeen and the Capital; Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Changes in space are often indicative of powerful transformations within the protagonist figures as well. Series books are in some way opposite to this; though characters like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys frequently move through different geographies, they almost never change as characters, not really. And yet one could argue that the only dynamic that ever experiences any alteration in a series like Nancy Drew is setting. Nancy travels the world; inhabits rural, suburban, and urban space; visits regional and contested space; some series characters even inhabit outer spaces or underwater realms, if only for a time. Surely there is something significant about the relationship of series books to those spaces their protagonists inhabit?

The editors of this collection seek essays that explore the spatial dynamics found within children’s series literature, whether books in a series or series books (or those series that are not easy to define as one or the other). Essays should focus primarily on one series, though others can be brought in as a point of referent. The ideas contained in this call for papers are meant to be jumping off points for your own essays; we are open to a wide range of papers exploring the subject at hand.

All essays should be between 5000-7000 words. Abstracts are due 1 September 2019. Deadline for essays is 31 January 2020. Contact the chief editor, Michael Cornelius (mcornelius@wilson.edu), with any questions you may have concerning the project.

 

Editors:

Michael G. Cornelius, Marybeth Richards, and Courtney Gotham

Wilson College

Email abstracts and questions to Michael: mcornelius@wilson.edu

 

Please cross-list where appropriate.

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SFF Paper Prizes, 2019

We had 5 people apply for each of the 2 paper awards:  the student award and the faculty/independent scholar award. Both winners receive a certificate as well as a trophy. The student winner receives $200. This year’s winners were Lisa Meinicke (student) and Ross Leasure (faculty).

We would also like to thank the members who read the submissions. The faculty/independent scholar award sub-committee consisted of: Michael Cornelius, Stan Hunter Kranc and Derek Sweet    The student award sub-committee consisted of: Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Matthieu Guitton and Warren Jones  . Michael Cornelius served as Chair of the Awards Committee and tabulated the results. Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper and who volunteered to read the submissions.

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PCA Schedule – Sat 20th April 2019

“It Was Hot the Night We Burned Chrome”: Towards co-existence in the Cyberworld and the Phenomenal World Christopher Ketcham Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Saturday 8:00am – 9:30am
Before Blade Runner: HBO’s Westworld and Čapek’s R.U.R. T. Ross Leasure Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Saturday 8:00am – 9:30am
What a Spectacular Westworld: Hyperreality and the Construction of Authentic Sex and Violence in Quality Television SAU KUEN LO Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Saturday 8:00am – 9:30am
The Hero as Homo Economicus in Patrick Rothfuss’s The King Killer Chronicles. Florica Rosu Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villians Saturday 9:45am – 11:15am
A Power-UP from Death?: A New View of the Grief Cycle within Sci-Fi and Fantasy Narratives like Batman Sonnel Regalado Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villians Saturday 9:45am – 11:15am
A Humanized Lucifer is Best Lucifer. Sarah Elizabeth Bish Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villians Saturday 9:45am – 11:15am
My Beautiful Dark Twisted (Urban) Fantasy: How Kanye West and Richard Mayhew Overcome the Below in order to Conquer the Above Nick B. Nusbaumer Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villians Saturday 9:45am – 11:15am
Finding the Other Alien: The Search for Self in the SF Films of Jack Arnold James G. Davis Locatin One’s Space and One’s Place in SFF Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Self-Formulation and Discovery Through the Lens of a Defamiliarizing Portal Fantasy Alexandra Balasa Locatin One’s Space and One’s Place in SFF Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Queering the Human: Furry Scions in the Peltedverse of Maggie Hogarth Tova Cooper Locatin One’s Space and One’s Place in SFF Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Mitigating a Colonized Identity: Retrofitting the Cityscape in Omar Gilani’s Artwork Areej Mehdi Locatin One’s Space and One’s Place in SFF Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Star Trek’s “New Frontiers”: Gender, Biology, and Conventionality in Science Fiction Michael Cornelius Fifty-Plus Years and Still Going Somewhere: Star Trek #1 Saturday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Star Trek Discovery:  Back to the Future Kathleen Marie Heath, Ann Carlisle Fifty-Plus Years and Still Going Somewhere: Star Trek #1 Saturday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
The Mycelial Network and the Borg: Connectivity, the Rhizome, and Posthumanism in Star Trek Lisa Dorothea Meinecke Fifty-Plus Years and Still Going Somewhere: Star Trek #1 Saturday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
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PCA Schedule – Fri 19th April, 2019

A Decade of Disruption: The Narratologist View of the MCU Heather Urbanski Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
Don’t Touch My Stuff: Tony Stark as a Non-State Actor in the MCU Hannah Megna Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
“I was Designed to Save the World”:  The Paradox of Perfection within the MCU Lyndon H Anderson Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
Trust, Knowledge, Identity, and Betrayal in “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” David Wright Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
“Dispossessed Sci/Fi: Ursula K. LeGuin Schools the Wizarding World” Shawn E. Fullmer Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I can touch you now”: Touch, Violence, and Trauma in the Harry Potter series Morgan Leigh Connor Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Antisocial Personality Disorder Portrayed in the Harry Potter Series Namrata Kulkarni Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Instructional Competency and Educational Theory: How the Hogwarts Professors Score Tessa Wynn Masula Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Out of the mouths of….Kents?  Family communication in Smallville Mary Blakeman Jackson Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Mommy Dearest: Reimagining the mother narrative in Syfy’s Wynonna Earp Erin B Waggoner Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dwelling on Dreams: Imagining Family in Kubo and Harry Potter Kathryn N. McDaniel Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Publishing your SF/F nonfiction with McFarland Donald E. Palumbo Publishing your SF/F nonfiction with McFarland Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Do You Believe in Magic?: Contemplations on the Curious Mixture of Contemporary Science-Positive SF and Classic SF Critiques of the Same Edward Ardeneaux IV Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Political Prescience: How Game Theory Solves the Paradox of Foreknowledge in Frank Herbert’s Dune Dominic Jerry Nardi Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Steampunk at the Cinema: Neo-Victorian Science Fantasy and the Contemporary Blockbuster Robbie McAllister Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
“Future Shock and Time Dilation: Masculinities and Speculative Technologies across Space and Time in Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War” Michael Austin Pitts Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Black Heroes Matter: Afrocentrism, Luke Cage, Jefferson Pierce, and T’Challa Thomas Parham Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“Great Gorilla M’Baku”:  Transforming racist tropes in Black Panther Jamie Dessart Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“Don’t Scare Me Like That, Colonizer!”: The Cultural Infiltration of Black Panther and the MCU Kristina Hill Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Malignant Machinery: Individualism, Technology, and Fear Factory’s Science Fiction Concept Albums Jeffrey A Sartain Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
 I’d Like to Report an Ageism: Ephebiphobia Exhibited in The Gifted, Impulse, and the New Mutants. Orion John Greig Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Between Now and Never: Exploring the Temporality of Time Travel Narratives in Doctor Who, Outlander, and Game of Thrones Elizabeth Trepanier Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Business Meeting Sherry Ginn, Gillian Leitch, Heather M Porter Business Meeting Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Movie Night – “The Hobbit” (1978) Sherry Ginn, Gillian Leitch, Heather M Porter Movie Night Friday 8:15pm – 11:45pm
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PCA Schedule – Wed 18th April 2019

Prime Dick II: P.K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Jake Jakaitis Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
“I Know What’s Real”: Women, Men, Bodies and Subjectivity in Altered Carbon and Blade Runner 2049 AJ DeLong Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
BLADE RUNNER 2049: THEORIZING DYSTOPIA IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD Tyler Jean Dukes (not registered) Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
Where had the Robots Gone? : Reflections on the Robotic in recent audio-visual and written fiction. Caroline-Isabelle Caron Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
When Robots Choose to Die: A Survey of Robot Suicide in Science Fiction Liz W Faber Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I’m Sorry, Laura, I Don’t Understand the Question”: The Trace of Counter-Intuitive Pessimism in UBI/AI Stories from Humans to Westworld and The Expanse to Star Trek, Part 1 Warren G Jones II Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I’m Sorry, Laura, I Don’t Understand the Question”: The Trace of Counter-Intuitive Pessimism in UBI/AI Stories from Humans to Westworld and The Expanse to Star Trek, Part 2 Matthew Hudson Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
Nalo Hopkinson, Afrofuturism, and Black Women as Technological Explorers Cherie Ann Turpin Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Broken Earth, Broken Narratives: Story, Agency, and the End of the World in N.K. Jemisin Leigha High McReynolds Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
The Journey Home: Complexities of Subjectivity in Nnedi’ Okorafor’s Binti Series N. A. Pierce Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
The Cleverness of Cleverman: Reflections on Ryan Griffen’s Modern Superheroic Dreamtime Michelle Smith Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
History, Mystery, or Gift? The verisimilitude of time travel with Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Part 1. Rabecca L Connors Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
History, Mystery, or Gift? The verisimilitude of time travel with Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Part 2. Luke Leonard Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Has Winter come to Star Trek? Margaret Mendenhall Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Who says the Doctor ever had a Penis? – Round table discussion on the casting of a female Doctor in Doctor Who Gillian Leitch, Caroline-Isabelle Caron Roundtable Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Girl from the Machine: Performing Femininity, Humanity, and Revenge in Ex Machina. Courtney Landis Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Why Rose Tico is the Best Character in the Star Wars Universe Jason Paul Olsen Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Selling Wonder: A Marketing Case Study Of Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman Lauri Evans Deason Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
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PCA Schedule – Wed 17th April 2019

Altered Carbon’s Poe – Precedents for “Sentient Places” in Sci-fi TV Yvonne Leach Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
Corruption is Only Skin Deep: Corrupted Capitalism and Technology in Altered Carbon Artis Akard Gunn Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
Spoiler Alert: SF as Prophecy and Reflection in Black Mirror Sharon Henry Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
The Dystopian Arc of Black Mirror’s ‘Arkangel’ Stacy Esch Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
We are all Dolls: Consciousness & Sleep in the Whedonverse Heather M. Porter Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Alice doesn’t live here anymore… and neither does Echo: The Female Hero and the Corporate Machine Sherry Ginn Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
The Political Economy of Joss Whedon’s Firefly Thomas Frank Strychacz Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Dr. Horrible, Incels, and the Manosphere: The Status Is Not Quo Molly Brayman Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Celebrating 25 Years:  Through the Wormhole with ST: DS9 Elizabeth Anne Thomas Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Visualizing Empire: Adventure Narratives and Imperialism in Star Trek: Voyager Leigh McKagen Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Star Trek’s “City on the Edge of Forever”–Why peace movements matter Michelle Tabit Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Trekking the Binary: How Attempts at Inclusivity Reinforce Gendered Expectations of Performance Matthew Nicosia Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Fantastic Narratives in the Games of Ryan Laukat Stan Hunter Kranc Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
If you can’t tell, does it matter? Using Fantasy as a Coping Mechanism in Pan’s Labyrinth and Westworld. Rachael Anne Crosbie Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Dinosaurs and Popular Culture Becca Justinus Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Man & Myth & Science Fiction: The Influence of Johnny Appleseed in Science Fiction Pamela Achenbach Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Refugees, Justice, and the American Way: Supergirl Resists the Alt-right Derek Sweet Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Warlocks and Warheads: Post-American Gothic in American Horror Story: Apocalypse Rikk Mulligan Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Babylon 5 and President Clark… I mean Trump… no, I mean Clark: Authoritarianism Realized and Confronted—when speculative fiction becomes reality. Toby Braden Johnson Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
And The Void Stared Back: Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Reason We Need Superheroes Abigail Moore Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“There is More Than One Kind of Freedom … Freedom to and Freedom from”: Cultural Tightness in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Walking Dead Ann Marie Burton Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
How Do You Argue with Fox Mulder?: Perpetuating and Debunking Conspiracy Theories and Pseudoscience on The X-Files Caitlin Kirby Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Thanos and The Empire did Nothing Wrong: The Rise of Nationalism in Subreddit Fandom Culture Abraham Mullican Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Perfect Love Alexandra Balasa Creative Writing Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Fantastical/Sci-Fi Creative Writing Sultana Raza Creative Writing Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
 “He Doesn’t Know You Like I do:” Barbara Kean’s Sex Appeal and Gotham’s Woman Problem​ Carey Millsap-Spears Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Making Monster Love: Monstrous Erotics in The Shape of Water, Border, and Beyond Zoe McDonald Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Monstrous Touch: An exploration of organic science fiction interfaces Justin Robert Matthews Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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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 jiaccino@thechicagoschool.edu.  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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