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 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 and submissions made at .


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: 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 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:


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: Apocalyptic Television, 2017

Science fiction has always indicated that it is a matter of when—not if—some kind of Apocalypse will occur. When it does, what will happen to the organisms that inhabit Planet Earth? Will humans revert to some type of proto-human? Will they “rise” to the occasion and create something better? Will the strong survive, only to subjugate the weak? Will we come together as human beings to build new civilizations, or devolve as a species competing for scant resources in an environment inhospitable to our very existence? Science fiction has long explored the means and outcomes of apocalyptic cataclysms, and scholars have likewise expended considerable time and energy considering the artistic, cultural, and intellectual responses to the worst possible catastrophes the human mind can devise.

            Michael G. Cornelius and Sherry Ginn are proposing a new collection of essays specifically to examine various televisual treatments of the Apocalypse. We are particularly interested in the serialization of the end of the world. The Apocalypse, after all, is an event, a singular happening with a cause, an outcome, and a response. Yet the nature of television prolongs some or all of these aspects of the end. Television allows for an extended examination of this singular (and singularly defining) event. What has this extended observation indicated about humanity? How does the nature of the Apocalypse alter when we revisit it week after week? What does it mean when the end of the world might never actually end?

Below you can find a suggested listing of series that we would like to see discussed. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome essays on any series that meets the post-Apocalyptic theme in some capacity or another. We are hoping for works that reflect the storied variety of series that have depicted some version of the Apocalypse on television, not simply those that are currently on the air. The editors plan on accepting only one essay per series (though we will also look at essays that tackle the subject matter more broadly as well). Please send a 500-word abstract and CV by the deadline indicated below.

The deadline for formal proposals is 1 August 2017, with notification of acceptance by 10 September. A first draft is expected by 1 January 2018 with final drafts due 1 June 2018. The collection is to be published by Lexington Books (a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield).

Please email with your proposals and any questions you may have concerning the project.

Sherry Ginn, PhD

Rowan Cabarrus Community College

1531 Trinity Church Rd

Concord, NC 28027



Casshan (1973-1974)

Planet of the Apes (1974, TV series)

The Changes (1975)

Survivors (1975-1977)

Ark II (1976)

Battlestar Galatica (1978-1979)

Thundarr the Barbarian (1980-1981)

The Tripods (1984-1985)

V (1984-1985)

War of the Worlds (1988-1990, TV series)

Not with a Bang (1990)

Woops! (1992)

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993-1994)

Earth 2 (1994-1995)

Dragon Flyz (1996-1997)

Deepwater Black / Mission Genesis (1997)

Crusade (Babylon 5 spinoff, 1999)

The Last Train (1999)

Blue Gender (1999-2000)

Thunderstone (1999-2000)

The Tribe (1999-2003)

Chris Colorado (2000)

Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001)

Dark Angel (2000-2002)

2030 CE (2002-2003)

Jeremiah (2002-2004)

Desert Punk (2004-2005)

Battlestar Galatica (2004-2009)

Jericho (2006-2008)

Grand Star (2007-2008)

Casshern Sins (2008-2009)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009)

Survivors (2008-2010)

Power Rangers R.P.M. (2009)

Life After People (2009-2011)

V (2009-2011)

The Walking Dead (2010-)

Terra Nova (2011)

El Barco (2011-2013)

Falling Skies (2011-2015)

Day Zero (2011-)

Revolution (2012-2014)

Under the Dome (2013-2015)

Attack on Titan (2013-)

Dominion (2014-2015)

Guardians Evolution (2014-2015)

Knights of Sidonia (2014-2015)

The 100 (2014-)

The Last Ship (2014-)

The Leftovers (2014-)

The Strain (2014-)

Z Nation (2014-)

The Refugees (2015)

You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015-2016)

12 Monkeys (TV series, 2015-)

Between (2015-)

Fear The Walking Dead (2015-)

Into the Badlands (2015-)

The Last Man on Earth (2015-)

Zoo (2015-)

Aftermath (2016)

Containment (2016)

3% (2016-)

Colony (2016-)

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2016-)

Travelers (2016-)

Van Helsing (2016-)

Extinct (2017-)


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Call for Papers – Star Trek Voyager, 2017

[CFP] Star Trek: Voyager

deadline for submissions: 

Oct. 28 2017

full name / name of organization: 

Robert L. Lively/Truckee Meadows Community College

contact email:

In 1995, Star Trek: Voyager launched in a way very different from its predecessor series.  Voyager took place thousands of light years from the Federation, and it contained a multi-ethnic crew with a female captain.  Voyager, in a sense, encapsulated the American zeitgeist of the 1990s when major demographic changes were transforming the population of America, and the post-Cold War era left us wondering what strategic alliances would mean moving forward. The series challenged the nature of the American mindset at the time.

This edited collection attempts to ask the questions, what can we learn from Voyager looking back on the series, and in what ways does Voyager show us a path forward as the world is still changing demographically and politically? It is in this spirit that we invite proposals of 250-300 words dealing with literary, political, historical, and/or other critical interpretations of the series or characters.

McFarland Publishers has expressed strong interest in the collection.

Abstracts (300 words max) are due for submission on 28 Oct. 2017. Please send your abstracts, together with a short bio (100 words max), to the editor of the collection, Robert L. Lively/ Authors whose abstracts are accepted for inclusion will be notified by 30 Nov. 2017. Full chapters of 6,000-7,000 words in MLA format will be due on 1 May 2018.


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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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