Call for Papers, Apr 30 2017

Journal of Science and Popular Culture
The integral place of science in global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology on television, in films, and across the internet, makes it more important than ever to examine the dynamic and complex connections between popular culture and science. 
Working with a distinguished international board, the Journal of Science and Popular Culture – a new, peer-reviewed academic publication – aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. Contributions from academics, scientists, communicators, industry professionals, practitioners, and others with an interest in the interface of science and culture are now invited. The first issue will be published October 2017 with ongoing publication starting 2018.  Submissions for the first issue must be received by April 30.
Further information about the journal and its board can be found at:
Full articles of 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references and other material), shorter proposals, and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil:
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Schedule for SFF Area – PCA 2017

Wherefore the Apocalypse?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Shots Fired: Sexuality, Race, and The 100’s Ship Wars Michelle Maloney-Mangold Paper
Doomed To Repeat It: The 1OO vs. Wynonna Earp and Why Hollywood is Stuck in a Loop of Killing Lesbians Kate Dessart Paper
Mall’ed to Death: How Monuments, Malls, and Online Shopping Shape Post-Apocalyptic Narratives Alana Renee Milliord Paper

Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human: Redefining Identity in the New Millennium #1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Beyond the Turing Test: Gender and Identity in Ex MachinaMachine and Uncanny AJ DeLong Paper
“Iron Man Can’t Be A Woman” or T. S. Eliot’s Great Tradition Collides with Millennial Transtructuralism Jamie Dessart Paper
The Zombie Acceptance Movement in the Era of Anthropo-Exhaustion Eva R Hudecova Paper

TV and Film #1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Agents and Inhumans from Hydra to Hive: Examining Groups and Group Dynamics in Marvel’s Agents of Shield Heather M. Porter Paper
Doctor Who: Time Lord of Whiteness Julie Martin Paper
I Have to Face Him: Jessica Jones and the Shadow-Self Robert L. Lively Paper

TV and Film #2

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Memory as Narrative: Eliza Hamilton and Rey Construct History Heather Urbanski Paper
The Ending of Ender’s Game: Towards a Theory of (Mis)Reading Brent Gibson Paper
The Flash, the Shutter, and the Traumatic Sublime: Working Through Photographs of Animal Trauma in the Fantasies of Clive Barker (and the “Real World”) Tony Vinci Paper
“Everybody’s programmed, Boyd” Brainwashing and Conditioning in the Whedon and Marvelverses Sherry Ginn Paper

Terry Pratchett

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Something That Gods Are: Acts of Creation in Terry Pratchett’s Early Science Fiction Kristin Noone Paper
The Civilizing Process in Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals: Sport, Colonization, and State Violence. Julia Rogers Paper
Tropes and Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!: Carrot Ironfoundersson and the Intersection of Popular Fantasy and Medieval Romance Emily Lavin Leverett Paper

Science Fiction Explorations of African Myths and Cultures

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Voicing Silence as a “Place of Struggle” and Empowerment in the Work of Octavia Butler Kim Kirkpatrick Paper
Imagined and Real: Dystopic Dreams and Nightmarish Realities of African American Culture Jay Axline Gentry Paper
Super Black: The Transformative Power of Fantasy and Black Speculative Fiction Marcus Haynes Paper
What the Signs Say: African Symbology in L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legend N. A. Pierce Paper

Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Where No Woman Has Gone Before. Captain Kathryn Janeway, Breaking Barriers or Reinforcing Stereotypes. Michelle Tabit Paper
We Make It So: Queer Futures and Utopic World Building in Star Trek: The Next Generation Solana Willis Paper
“I’ll Chase Him Round Perdition’s Flames Before I Give Him Up!”: Moby-Dick, Star Trek, and the Meaning of a Text H Peter Steeves Paper
Can The [Pre-Warp Communities] Speak?: An Away Mission Exploring Star Trek’s Colonialist Foundations (And Hopefully Rescuing It From Them). Daniel Pierce Paul Paper
Captain’s Log, Stardate 9.11.2016: Inside Star Trek’s 50 Year Mission Elizabeth Anne Thomas Paper

Great Authors of Science Fiction

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Orwellian Rhetoric in The Fixed Period Dominick Grace Paper
Tolkien’s Unforeseen War Experiences in The Lord of the Rings Nora Alfaiz Paper
Prime Dick: Streaming The Man in the High Castle Jake Jakaitis Paper

Techology and Culture #1

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)

Presenters Presentation type


Presenters Presentation type
Alien ex Machina: An Examination of the Alien Artifact in Corey’s Expanse Series Stan Hunter Kranc Paper
Sailor Moon: Surveillance, Technology and Culture in 20 Years. Stéfy McKnight Paper
The Furious Road to Ozploitation: Examining the Culture Stereotypes within Mad Max: Fury Road Brandon Shepherd Paper
Alienation of Labor: Visions of Utopia in Mad Max: Fury Road MaryKate Messimer Paper

Open Mic: Creative Reading

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Creative Writing Reading: The Werewolf and His Boy Warren Rochelle Creative work


Heroes, Superheroes, Heroines, Superheroines?

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 8:00am to 9:30am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary: Celebrating the Amazing Amazon Thomas Parham Paper
“You have that power too”: The Force Awakens and the Heroine’s Journey Valerie Estelle Frankel Paper
The Continuing Evolution of the Superhero Genre Ryan Lagerstrom

Tyler D. Welch

“It’s Just Me”: Grimm’s Monroe and the Liminal Hero Tradition of Spock and Spike Rhonda V. Wilcox Paper

Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human: Redefining Identity in the New Millennium #2

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
“[S]omeone else sometimes”: Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking-Glass in Orphan Black Buket Akgün Paper
cDNA in Orphan Black: Surplus Life, Sterility, and the Castor Virus Jessica Lee Mathiason Paper
That’s Pretty Ugly: How Uglies Confronts Plastic Surgery As a Necessity In Youth Robyn Amada Tilley Paper

Publishing your SF/F Nonfiction with McFarland

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Publish Your SF/F Book with McFarland Donald E. Palumbo Paper

Contemporary Authors

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Climate and Fantasy: Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy as Geoengineering Elizabeth Callaway Paper
Carry on my wayward Fangirl: fanfics of fanfics of fanfics in Rainbow Rowell Jodie Alexander Paper
Kubo and the Two Strings: Reimagining the Stop-Motion Monstrous Progeny Michelle Smith Paper
Mythic Resonances and Techno-Cultural Representations in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon Edward Ardeneaux IV Paper

Technology and Culture #2

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Reconstructing Posthuman Masculinity in Almost Human Patrick B. Sharp Paper
Networked Subjectivity: Mr. Robot, Corporate Personhood, and Resistance Movements Sherryl Vint Paper
“When Animals Bite Back:” The Representation and Work of Nonhuman Animals in Recent Science Fiction Television” Sharon Sharp Paper

Using Science Fiction Texts to Address Contemporary Issues

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Artful Stealing and Convergent Dodging : Analyzing Divergent and Convergent thinking in creative control, temp music, and Stealing Like an Artist Abraham Eli Mullican Paper
The Monstrous within & without: Using Vampires To Explore First Year Goals U Melissa Anyiwo Creative work
Monsters and millenials: navigating writing, rhetoric, and mental health Lisa Nevarez Creative work

Science Fiction Fantasy Movie Night

Area Meeting and Film screening

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 6:30pm to 10:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)Session chair:Gillian Leitch

Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Followed by our annual SFF Raffle with proceeds going to the area and our paper awards.


Magical Girls, Magical Boys

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
So…This Is Love? The Evolution Of Disney’s Princes Lauri Evans Deason Paper
Passive Magic and Naming in the Harry Potter Universe Hannah Megna Paper

Stranger Things

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Stranger Things, Dungeons & Dragons, and the Limits of Cold War Cultural Narratives Timothy L Glenn Paper
Stranger Things: Examining the Show’s Terror and Horror as Shown through the Characters and Setting Joshua Akens Paper
Dungeons and Dragons, Winona Ryder, and Wood Paneling: Pervasive Nostalgia in Stranger Things: A Proposal Heather Roberts Paper
Moms and Monsters: Maternal Abjection in Stranger Things Stephanie Alexander Paper

Explorations of Trauma in SF Television and Film

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
“Not Looking to Hug and Cry and Learn and Grow”: Faith and Trauma in Buffy and Angel Alyson Buckman Paper
Say My Name, Say My Name, Why Did You Say That Name? PTSD and Trauma in Batman v Superman Nicole Drew Paper
“Life Is Full Of Possibilities”: Reformulating Jaime Lannister’s Violent Hegemonic Masculinity Through Fantasy Conventions In A Song Of Ice And Fire And ‘Game of Thrones’ Tania Evans Paper
Feeling their sorrow: Fan reactions to characters’ death in HBO’s Game of Thrones Elisabeth Beaunoyer Paper

Canadian Influences on/in Science Fiction

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)

Presenters Presentation type


Presenters Presentation type
Hidden in Plain Sight: the Canadian Influence on SFF Gillian Leitch Paper
African Deities at Canadian Borders in Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister Mine: Afrofuturist Visions of Cultural Infusion Cherie Ann Turpin Paper
From Surréal to Montréel: A Historical Look at Québec’s Imagined Futures and Fears Caroline-Isabelle Caron Paper

Origin Stories, Death Struggles

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Some People Call him a Space Cowboy: Kanan Jarrus, Outer Rim Justice, and the Legitimization of The Obama Doctrine Derek Sweet Paper
Stories of Letters and Graphemes: Diversity and Extinction in Languages and Species Rhona Trauvitch Paper
Where the Little Robots Come From: Origin Stories of the Technicised Other Lisa Meinecke Paper


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Wm M Jones Award for Best Graduate Paper

Announcing:  The William M. Jones Award for 
the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at 
the 2017 Annual Meeting of 
the American Culture Association
The editor of The Journal of American Culture invites submissions for the award for the William M. Jones Best Graduate Student Paper in American Culture Studies presented at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  Papers must be submitted by January 20, 2017.
Papers should be submitted in a form suitable for publication even if they will be presented in an abbreviated version.  Papers should address American culture and be accepted for a PCA/ACA panel.
Please submit your paper, along with a copy of your panel acceptance and student identification card to Those concerned for their privacy may obscure the Social Security number should it appear on the card.  Paper copies are also accepted at the address below.
The winning paper must be presented at the 2017 PCA/ACA Meeting in San Diego, CA., where the award and a $500 travel stipend will be presented.  Should the winning paper not be presented in person, the award will be forfeited. We also invite the winning author to submit the essay to The Journal of American Culture and work with the editor toward its publication.
The Journal of Popular Culture is offering a similar award.  For more information on this, please contact its editor, Dr. Ann E. Larabee (  In any event, please do not submit the same essay to both publications.
Please submit your entry to Amy Dudley, Editorial Assistant, William M. Jones Graduate Student Paper Award Selection Committee, The Journal of American Culture, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502. ( )
Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson
Editor, The Journal of American Culture
Questions: Contact us!
Popular Culture Association
American Culture Association
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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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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Romance of Science Fiction / Fantasy Deadline: January 1, 2017

Extended Deadline!  

Deadline: January 1, 2017


Whether we consider romance novels incorporating elements of the fantastic, the future, or the alien, or works of Science Fiction/Fantasy exploring love, desire, and other aspects of romantic culture, the relationship between these genres has been enduring and productive. Following up on a series of joint panels at the 2016 national conference of the Popular Culture Association, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies calls for papers for a special issue on the intersections between romance and science fiction/fantasy in fiction (including fan fic), film, TV, and other media, now and in the past, from anywhere in the world.  This special issue will be guest edited by Gillian I. Leitch, PCA co-chair for SF/Fantasy, and Erin Young.


Contributions might consider questions like the following, either in terms of particular texts (novels, films, TV shows, etc.) or in terms of genre, audience, and media history:


  • How has the intersection of these two popular genres opened up new possibilities in conceptualizing gender, desire, sexuality, love, courtship, or relationship structure, not just recently, but since the earliest years of SF/Fantasy?
  • How has their intersection allowed us to see existing concepts of gender, desire, sexuality, love, courtship, and relationship structure in fresh or critical ways?
  • How have authors, filmmakers, producers, and fans played these genres against one another, for example by using romance to critique traditions in SF/F, or SF/F to critique the tropes of romance? How has this counterpoint been explored by authors, filmmakers, producers, and fans of color, or by LBGTQIA creators and audiences?
  • How might reading classics of SF/F as romance change our perception of them: works like Dune and the Witch World novels, The Left Hand of Darkness, or even E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series, which are threaded on a tale of eugenic love?
  • What happens to works of paranormal, futuristic, or time-travel romance when we read them through the lenses provided by SF/Fantasy Studies?
  • What happens when teaching works of SF/Fantasy and popular romance? How do these genres co-exist or compete in pedagogical experience or classroom practice?
  • How do works of SF/Fantasy and popular romance coexist and interact in library ecosystems? What issues arise in terms of collection development, readers advisory, or community engagement?


Papers of between 5,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography, should be sent to Erin Young ( To facilitate blind peer review, please remove your name and other identifying information from the manuscript.  Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format.


The Journal of Popular Romance Studies is a double-blind peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal exploring popular romance fiction and the logics, institutions, and social practices of romantic love in global popular culture. JPRS is available without subscription at

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PCA Deadline Reminder – October 1

PCA Deadline Reminder – October 1

1903 world series poster

On October 1, 1903, the Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern world series.

October 1, 1931, Spain adopts women’s suffrage.
In 1962, Johnny Carson broadcasts his first episode of The Tonight Show. 1971 – Walt Disney World opens. 1989, Denmark introduces the first legal same-sex civil union. In 2013, Tom Clancy passes away.
October 1 has another momentous meaning: It’s the deadline for your proposals to PCA/ACA 2017. Head over to our site right now to submit your abstract proposal for the PCA/ACA 2017 National Conference in San Diego, CA from April 12-15th.
Submit your abstract by October 1!

In this update:
1. Our new submission system
2. Travel Grants
3. Additional information about the conference

1. Our new submission site

We’re using a different, more reliable submission site this year. Please head over and check it out at:

If you have any trouble, drop a line to and we’ll help you out.

2. Travel Grants

Every year, the PCA/ACA Endowment is proud to offer financial aid for people traveling to present at our conference. These competitive grants provide both a financial boost to travelers from around the globe, but they also make a nice award entry on your CV.

We have travel grants for graduate students, early-career faculty, international faculty, and new this year, grants for faculty from 2-year colleges.
The Endowment also offers grants to individuals for work at remote collections and for collection building at institutions.
Applications are Due December 1st. Visit our grants page to learn more:
3. More information about the conference

As conference season starts up, be sure to keep an eye on our conference page, over at:


4. Your Leadership Team

Over the course of the year, this newsletter will introduce members of your leadership team at the PCA. Here are some of the officers who lead the organization.

Diane Calhoun-French

Lynn Bartholome

Gary Edgerton
Board Chair

If you have questions about the conference, Contact us!

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Call for Papers – The Alien and the Aliens: Difference, Otherness and “Little Green Men”

Wilson College Humanities Conference


The Alien and The Aliens: Difference, Otherness, and “Little Green Men”


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA


sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities Program


The theme of this year’s Wilson College Orr Forum is concerned with inequality, from social justice to wealth and status to the veritable “Eye of the Needle,” referencing the New Testament story about a rich man asking Jesus what is needed for salvation. Wilson’s annual Humanities Conference seeks to broaden this theme by focusing on concepts of alienation and alien-ing—on that which causes us to create or notice difference, and that which causes us to react to those differences as well.


The Other suggests that which is of society but still different from it—meaning that the Other is recognizable as an element of society, even if originating elsewhere. The Alien, though, suggests some things—beings, concepts, people, ideas, beliefs, values, systems—that seemingly differ so much that they must originate from outside of society—from other worlds and outer spaces, metaphorically or (in some cases) literally. Aliens, after all, in their most basic definition, are beings not of this Earth, and as such, they are strange to us indeed.


This conference looks to how the various fields represented by the Humanities explore our own relationship to these concepts of The Alien and The Aliens. How can we use the Humanities to make sense of that which seems so different? How can we use what we study to understand more about our own fears and fascinations for what is seen as dissimilar, and strange, and unusual? Or, conversely, how does the Humanities bridge the gap between The Alien and what is deemed socially normative, or socially desirable, or simply capable of being comprehended?


Please feel free to interpret the theme of this conference liberally. Our goal is to bring a group of Humanities scholars from around the region together to articulate and celebrate these always intriguing and confounding questions of difference, o/Otherness, inequality, alienation, and, yes, even little green men and women; we hope to use this conference to explore all relevant aspects of what is alien.


Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit.


Undergraduate students may also submit abstracts, but their submission must be sponsored by a current faculty member at their institution. (For more on this, please contact the conference director.)


To submit a presentation, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the email address below.


Send abstracts to:

Dr. Michael G. Cornelius

Program Director, MA in Humanities

Wilson College


Submit the abstract as either a .rtf, .doc, or .docx file, or simply place it into the text of the email itself.


Individual presentations will last no more than 15 minutes; panels of up to 3 individuals may be submitted as well. Special panels or creative approaches are happily considered; please contact the conference director for more information. Each conference participant may submit only one abstract. Abstracts are due by JANUARY 15, 2017.


The conference is sponsored by Wilson’s M.A. in Humanities program, in conjunction with the Orr Forum 20176-17 Lecture and Performance Series.


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