Friday, March 27, 2020

Conference Updates

Some updates on conferences for 2020.

The Popular Culture Association has announced procedure for refunds for the cancelled conference in Philadelphia, and they are also seeking donations to offset the cost of that decision.

Details can be found at and at

The 2021 conference is scheduled for Boston, 3/31-4/4/2021. Submissions for 2020 may be resubmitted for 2021.

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has also posted information on refunds and details for the 2021 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

Details at and at, from their blog.

Next year's conference will maintain the same theme of "Climate Change and the Anthropocene."  It will run 3/17-3/20/2021. Submissions for 2020 may be resubmitted for 2021.

Most recently, the Science Fiction Research Association has cancelled their summer 2020 conference.

Full details at

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Cancellations at now has a detailed list on conventions and conferences that have been cancelled.

Full details at

One last cfp for the day:

CFP: Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining the Darkness, June 25–28, 2020, Leesburg, VA, USA
February 1, 2020

Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining the Darkness
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
— attributed to Anne Frank
When: June 25–28, 2020
Where: The National Conference Center
Leesburg, VA
What is Mythmoot VII?

Mythmoot VII, with the theme of “Defying and Defining Darkness,” combines an academic conference, creative writing meet-up, and fan convention for a unique experience. Here at Mythmoot, we have room for serious scholarship in fields such as science fiction, high fantasy, horror, gothic, mythology, children’s literature, folklore.. .the list goes on. We also appreciate less academic, but no less enthusiastic, pursuits of all the above—such as demonstrations of how to knit the best fake candle ever, presentations theorizing the exact recipe for Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, or papers dissecting the cultural background of Baron Harkonnen!

Call for Proposals:

Where there is light there is darkness—the two play off of each other. This concept appears throughout literature all over the world in yin and yang, good and evil, two sides of the same coin, and even in the literal sun rising and setting. How does one define the darkness? Can darkness only be defied once it is known? Should darkness even be defined or defied? We want to hear how you believe defining and defying the darkness interacts with the stories you love and how you would approach the topic.

We are accepting proposals for Papers, Panels, Workshops, and Creative Presentations about defying or defining the darkness (or tangential topics) in the following areas of study:

● Imaginative Literature (ex: Harry Potter, Dune, The Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files, etc.)
● Tolkien and Inklings Studies
● Classic Literature from ancient times to the present
● Philology

If you are unsure whether your topic fits, send your proposal or a description of your idea to the listed submissions email, and we will let you know.

Individual presentations, whether creative or critical, will have 30 minutes—20 minutes for presentation and 10 for Q&A. (N.B. The “creative” category is not limited to original works but could include presenting or performing art, music, drama, or dance. If you have any questions about what you can present, please contact the submissions email.)

Panels must contain at least 3 papers and/or presenters and will be allocated 90 minutes total for presentations and Q&A.

Workshops must identify their own length (either 30 min, 60 min, or 90 min) and include justification for the requested time. Workshops may be run individually, but it is recommended that a workshop have at least two leaders. (Workshop examples: the knitting of Smaug hats, an interactive discussion on dragon species, etc.)

Papers will be presented in 90-minute sessions of 1 – 3 presenters. Each presenter will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions) to present their paper.

Proposal Submittal:
Your submission to must contain the following in the email: the type of submission, a title, a 300-word abstract or description, the name(s) of the presenter(s), and a two-sentence biography for each presenter. Title your email “Mythmoot VII Proposal”. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on March 13th, 2020.

No presentations will be given in absentia, and your submission to Mythmoot VII is considered an agreement to attend and present should your proposal be accepted. Each room will have a projector for presenter use.

CFP Children’s Literature and Climate Change (Spec Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn 6/15/20)

CFP: Children’s Literature and Climate Change, Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn
November 11, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS Children’s Literature and Climate Change
Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn
Guest Editors: Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Lara Saguisag, College of Staten Island-City University of New York 

We seek essays on how children’s literature empowers young people to productively engage with the challenges of climate change. After decades of climate change denial and toothless mainstream response, young people are angry. In response to climate change illiteracy and the impotence and negligence of adult-led institutions, teenage activists such as Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Greta Thunberg are calling for radical and immediate action. How does children’s literature and media stoke this transformative anger and inspire young people to address the climate crisis and fight for their fundamental rights to life, health, and sustenance? How can educators and scholars of children’s literature support this fight? What new concepts, approaches, and narratives are needed to accelerate the sociopolitical revolution that will dismantle the status quo, or what Amitav Ghosh calls “the Great Derangement”? In this issue, we intend to bring together innovative research on children’s literature that attends to multiple facets of climate change and advances a conversation about the planetary future we can and want to create. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• The role of children’s literature on climate change in raising young people’s awareness about their responsibility to the biosphere;
• Depictions of climate change across various genres and forms, including picturebooks, chapter books, comics, short stories, and novels;
• Films, apps, music, and games that engage with climate change and seek to mobilize youth action;
• Constructions of childhood in climate change narratives and discourses;
• Climate change and youth participation in community protests, political campaigns, nonviolent civil disobedience, ecotage (ecosabotage), and ecorism (ecoterrorism);
• Climate change narratives about and by Indigenous youth and youth of color, who are often at the forefront of climate justice initiatives and whose communities are disproportionately threatened by climate change;
• Children’s and YA books that link responsibility to climate change with, in the words of Kim Q. Hall, “commitments to futures that are queer, crip, and feminist”;
• Depictions of environmental racism and classism as facets of climate change;
• Climate change and human migrations, including stories about climate refugees; 
• Comparative studies of children’s and YA literature on climate change published in the global north and the global south;
• Visions of climate futures, including discourses of hope or despair;
• Reimagining and restructuring institutions of children’s literature that depend on, profit from, and support polluting, extractive industries;
• Intersections of critical discourse on climate change and children’s literature scholarship, including new taxonomies and emerging genres apposite to the challenges of conceptualizing climate change, from environmental literature and cli-fi to eco-fiction and beyond;
• Reevaluations of existing literary traditions through new theoretical concepts or approaches such as energy humanities, environmental humanities, indigenous futurisms, the Anthropocene, ecocritical posthumanism, and other lenses. 

Essays should be sent to guest editors Marek Oziewicz and Lara Saguisag at by July 15, 2020. Submissions should be in the range of 4000 to 8000 words (although we will also consider shorter, forum-length essays). Accepted articles will appear in The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 45, no. 2 (2021).

CFP SFRA Conference (3/31/20; Bloomington 7/8-11/20)

CFP: SFRA 2020
February 19, 2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/31/20 (details at

SFRA 2020
Wednesday, July 8th – Saturday July 11th
Indiana University, Bloomington IN
Conference Theme: Forms of Fabulation

Keynote Speakers:
Tavia Nyong’o
Kate Marshall
Special Guest: John Crowley (author of Little, Big)

The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2020 annual conference, to be held on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

The SFRA is the oldest scholarly association for the study of science fiction and related genres. It brings together important writers of speculative fiction with premiere scholars of speculative fiction to discuss and debate timely and relevant themes. The annual conference also recognizes important contributions to the field through the Pioneer and Pilgrim Awards for excellence in scholarship.

This year we take FABULATION as our key term. Fabulation is a potent political force as well as an emerging genre convention. Ranging from fantasy fiction and the New Weird to fictional sciences and prefigurative politics, fabulation centers the importance of imagining otherwise in the construction of reality as a scholarly as well as a fictional action.

Fabulation is a future-oriented practice that draws from the energies of the past and the perspectives of the oppressed. Keynote speaker Tavia Nyong’o writes that Afro-fabulation resurfaces from the historical archive those untimely ideas that were “never meant to appear” (3) in majoratian culture and so could only be articulated by way of minor genres and obscure gestures—in performance art, speculative fiction, gossip and legend. Building on the critique of imperial sciences by Indigenous scholars and imaginative writers that were the focus of the 2019 conference, this year’s conference asks what subjugated knowledges can be found in the speculative fiction archives and how they might be surfaced in the present toward multispecies thriving and antiracist worlding. At the same time, reality-production as a form of fictionality has become the principle characteristic of politics in the 21st-century. In addition to asking how we can make fabulations, the conference theme also asks participants to consider the ethics of fiction in the post-truth era.

Topics related to the conference theme include:

● prefigurative politics, visionary fiction, & speculative futurisms
● the weird and the New Weird
● fantasy fiction, fairy stories, magic
● Afro-futurism, indigenous futurisms, and related genres
● post-truth politics and fabulation
● fabulation and Afro-fabulation
● insurgent research, fictional sciences, and related methods
● decolonial speculative fiction
● fabulation and the occult
● aesthetic warfare, feminist witchcraft, meme magic
● aesthetics as a technology of resistance
● European mythology and the problem of white supremacism
● fabulation, environmental ethics, and eco-eroticism
● fabulation and the nonhuman
● fabulation in games, videos, and other non-print media
● fabulation, cosplay, cons, and fan cultures
● science fiction, fantasy and the Midwest
● African, Afro-caribbean, and Indigenous cosmologies
● technology and magic
● children’s literature and magic
● Posthumanism, speculative realism, and fabulation

We also welcome papers on topics relevant to science fiction research broadly conceived that are not specifically related to the conference theme, including proposals for preconstituted panels & roundtables.

300-500 word abstracts should be sent to by March 15 2020. Acceptance notices will be returned by April 1.

Questions concerning this call for papers, preconstituted panels, & roundtables can be directed to with the subject line “CFP QUESTION,” or to the conference’s local organizers, Rebekah Sheldon ( and De Witt Douglas Kilgore (

Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts & to attend, regardless of whether they plan to present.

Some conference travel grants will be made available. Applications will be posted soon and due on 15 April 2020.

You will also need to join SFRA (or renew your membership) in order to register for the conference. Conference Registration information will be posted soon.

CFP Transmediality and Interactivity in the Fantastic (Spec Issue of Brumal) (6/15/2020)

CFP: Transmediality and interactivity in the fantastic, monographic issue coordinated for Brumal by Miguel Carrera Garrido (CIESE-Comillas, University of Cantabria)
February 12, 2020

Transmediality and interactivity in the fantastic, monographic issue coordinated for Brumal by Miguel Carrera Garrido (CIESE-Comillas, University of Cantabria)
Deadline: June 15, 2020

One of the characteristics that define fictional production in the 21st century is its tendency to distribute itself among numerous media of expression: television, cinema, literature, comic-books, theater, video games, role-playing games, etc. Far from leading to dispersion or to the proliferation of watertight compartments, such inclination – also present in other communicative practices – has led to the convergence of all these areas. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult, even inappropriate, to limit the focus of attention to a single medium and ignore the rest: stories expand to two, three or more of these environments, aspiring to preserve the unity of sense in heterogeneity. Thus, to get to a thorough and complete understanding of the message, the recipient – and, there-fore, the critic – has to consider different creative domains and apply several reading codes. This agent is simultaneously endowed, in contemporary creation, with a much more active and decisive role than he/she used to possess. Expected to interact with fictional products, as a member of a participatory and empowered culture, his/her intervention – often essential – oscillates between the interpellation and analysis from various discussion forums – especially the Internet and social networks – and direct participation in the imaginary universes, either expanding them in media different from than the one where they originated, or immersing themselves effectively in those worlds and influencing – either as an avatar, or playing a character – the course of the action.

These two complementary trends point to the terms on which the proposed monograph is based: transmedia(lity) and interactivity. Its goal: to trace the importance of these realities in the fantastic genre or mode, both in theoretical formulations and practical realizations.

Widely addressed in akin modalities such as science fiction or medieval fantasy (think, for example, of successful franchises, and recurring objects of analysis, such as Star Wars, A Song of Ice and Fire or Lord of the Rings, which transcended their original medium long ago, and where the interference of fans has become the norm), the concept of transmedial, or transmedia, has not had, to date, much repercussion in studies on the fantastic, at least as Brumal conceives it (that is, as the irruption of the impossible into a world in appearance similar to ours, in tune with Caillois’s and Roas’s theories). As for interactivity, it also has not received the due attention yet, despite the interest raised in recent years by expressions rarely considered artistic in the past, like video games, haunted attractions, fan fiction, “choose your own adventure” novels, etc. That is why it is urgent to undertake a project like the current one, in which we analyze, among other things, how speeches and stories have migrated from one medium to another – if that was not designed like that from the beginning –, to what extent inter-dependence be-tween the different media has been promoted, and how, in this process, the community of readers, spectators, players or, in general, fans has played an increasingly active and crucial role. It is at this junction, or convergence, between the transmedia(l) and the interactive towards which we want the participants of the issue to look.

Some of the proposed thematic axes, with which we want to cover both extremes, are:

• Originally, or strategic, transmedia(l) narratives of the fantastic.
• Expanded universes of the fantastic (or tactical transmedia).
• Appropriation, reworking and expansion of figures, motives and other references of the fantastic at the hands of fans.
• Theoretical relations between the concepts of transmedia(lity), intermedia(lity) and multimedia(lity) in the fantastic.
• Reflections on the concept of authorship in the fantastic transmedia(lity).
• New interactive modes of the fantastic (video games, haunted attractions, role-playing games, escape rooms, etc.) and their relationship with other media.
• Interactions, in social networks and in other forums, between fictional productions and fans of the fantastic.

For more information on submissions, format, length and so on, please visit the journal’s webpage or contact the coordinator on

CFP PopMeC Conference (4/5/20; Madrid 5/27-28/20)

CFP: PopMeC, Instituto Franklin–UAH (Alcalá de Henares) on May 27–28, 2020
February 11, 2020

PopMeC Conference
Instituto Franklin–UAH (Alcalá de Henares) on May 27–28, 2020

Thanks to the pervasiveness of popular culture in everyday life, its products embody a fundamental driving force in forging the collective imaginary of both national and foreign publics. The timely construction, consolidation, and intrinsic political potential of popular representations—myths, symbols, images, and signs—has undeniably facilitated the shaping of identities, discourses, and communities. The diversity and peculiarities of the American society can therefore be traced through the analysis of popular culture and multimodal cultural expressions, conveyed by means such as film, comics and graphic novels, TV and web series, videogames, music, books, and whatnot.

PopMeC aims at providing a collaborative, engaging, and fair environment for any interested scholar, promoting the sharing of knowledge, experience, and ideas across disciplines and thematic fields. We’re also working to foster a stimulating space for early career researchers and postgraduate students in North American studies, thus we’ll warmly welcome their proposals.

The conference will approach popular media and culture products—as well as their publics and reception—from an intersectional, multidisciplinary standpoint and a diverse range of perspectives. We’re looking for engaging, fresh, interesting papers acknowledging and exploring a variety of images and narratives, their configurations and aims, as well as examining the intersectional connections between identities, politics, and history, traceable in and across cultural products.

We welcome proposals for 20 min individual papers or panels constituted of three papers, on topics including (but not limited to):

> the representation of specific ethnic / religious / gender / etc. groups in the US popular media and culture (including mainstream, alternative, and self-representations)
> the articulation of American national ethos, myths, symbols and heroes
> public history and the representation of US history for the non-specialized public
> the reception of popular culture products and their publics
> comparative studies of contrasting / similar representations
> the US society as represented through humor, caricature, and satire
> deconstruction of national storytelling and stereotyped narratives

Please, send your proposal by April 5, 2020 to attaching your abstract (200-250 words), inclusive of a short bio (100-120 words), name, affiliation, and email contact in a single file. All proposals (unless differently specified by the author) will be considered for both presentation in the conference and publication on the academic blog. Feel free to check our author guidelines page and to contact us for further information.

The languages of the conference will be English and Spanish. Nonetheless, we strongly recommend limiting the use of Spanish coherently with your chosen topic.

Registration fee:
> Full 45€ for waged scholars
> Reduced 15€ for unwaged scholars (e.g. postgraduate students, independent researchers)
[Coffee breaks and light lunch will be provided]

Key dates:
> April 5 deadline for proposals
> April 14 notification of acceptation and opening of registration
[We plan on doing a first round of evaluations by March 8 so that if your proposal needs a little retouching, we let you know and you can still resubmit it!]

Further details on keynote speakers, venue and registration will be provided shortly.
Organizing committee @ Instituto Franklin–UAH:
> Daniel Bustillo
> Carlos Herrero
> Anna Marta Marini
> Joaquín Saravia

Download the full CFP here: CFP_popmec

CFP Giger Conference (4/26/20; Lausanne 11/25-27/20)

CFP: Les mondes de H.R. Giger : entre littératures et arts, The Worlds of Giger : between literature and the arts
February 19, 2020

Les mondes de H.R. Giger : entre littératures et arts
The Worlds of Giger : between literature and the arts
Colloque international

Organisé par l’Université de Lausanne (UNIL) et la Maison d’Ailleurs (Yverdon-les-Bains)
25-27 novembre 2020, Université de Lausanne

Appel à contributions / Call for papers

Hans Ruedi Giger (1940-2014) est sans nul doute l’un des artistes suisses les plus célèbres au monde, depuis qu’il a conçu les décors et les créatures, notamment des films Alien et Dune. Mais il y a un Giger d’avant Alien également. Son œuvre comprend des peintures, des dessins, des sculptures, des objets de design ou encore des bandes dessinées, sans compter les multiples déclinaisons de son univers sur le plan mondial. C’est aussi un artiste pétri de littérature fantastique et de science-fiction, qui a souvent rendu hommage à l’un des maîtres du genre, H.P. Lovecraft. C’est la première fois que son œuvre est proposée comme enseignement à l’Université en Suisse et qu’un colloque international lui est consacré dans une université. En effet, parmi les nombreuses publications consacrées à l’artistes, les études scientifiques font figure d’exception. Ce colloque se propose de commencer à combler cette lacune.

Hans Ruedi Giger (1940-2014) is no doubt the most famous Swiss artist since he has designed te worlds and/or creatures of films such as Alien or Dune. But there is a Giger before Alien too. His work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, objects and furniture or comics, not to mention the multiple uses of his universe in other fields (tattoe, etc). He is also fascinated by fantastic literature, and especially by H. P. Lovecraft. This is the first scientific conference devoted to his work.

Some possible topics
  • Literary inspidations : Lovecraft etc
  • Dreams : from surrealism to psychedelism
  • Satire and caricature
  • Giger in films : Dune /Alien / Species …
  • Design
  • Technical inventions (aerograph…)
  • Erotism / Pornography
  • Biomecanics
  • Religion and esoterism
  • Passages and trains (ghosts)
  • Visionary architectures
  • Comics
  • Video games
  • The Museum as Gesamtkunstwerk
  • Derivatives : tattoe…
  • Etc.

Les propositions de communication sont à adresser à Marc Atallah ( et Philippe Kaenel (, en anglais ou en français, jusqu’au 26 avril 2020. Elles comprendront une courte biobibliographie et un abstract de la communication (1500-2000 signes).
The proposals are to be sent to Marc Atallah ( and Philippe Kaenel (, in english or in french until 26 april 2020.
Le colloque est soutenu par l’Université de Lausanne (Centre des Sciences historiques de la culture – SHC, et la Section de français).

Conference Cancellations as of 3/15/20

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the follow events have recently been cancelled.

Follow the links for more details.

2020 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts:

2020 Conference of the Popular Culture Association:

Monday, February 24, 2020

CFP Patriotism and Protest - NEASA 2020 Annual Conference (3/1/2020; Cambridge MA 6/6/2020)

One last post to catch up with. My thanks to NEPCA for the head's up.

Patriotism and Protest | NEASA 2020 Annual Conference | June 6, 2020

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2020


Call For Papers

“Patriotism and Protest”

New England American Studies Association Annual Conference

June 6, 2020

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

The New England American Studies Association (NEASA) invites proposals for its 2020 conference on the theme of “Patriotism and Protest.” How have protest, dissent, and unrest shaped movements in American history and culture? What have been the defining features of American patriotic beliefs and attitudes? How have artists, workers, and organizations sought to commend and critique major US institutions through the production of material objects and texts? Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to:

– Revolution

– Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Voting Rights

– Labor Unions and Strikes

– Public Marches and Occupations

– Climate Change Protests

– The Future of American Patriotism and Protest

– Hashtag Activism and Social Media Outrage

– Propaganda and State Media

– MAGA Patriotism

– Critical Optimism, Queer Optimism, and Postcritique

– Afro-pessimism

– Abolition

– Military Service and Militarism

– Great American Artists

– Hollywood and American Cinema

– Citizenship and Migration

– Global Populism and Nationalisms

– International Implications of American Nationalism

– Sound, Music, and Protest Anthems

– Visual Culture of Patriotism and Protest

NEASA welcomes proposals for individual papers, full panels, and for five-minute “lightning round” presentations. Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short bio to Lucas Dietrich at by March 1, 2020. Graduate students and non-tenure track scholars are eligible to submit conference presentations for NEASA’s Mary Kelley Prize.

The conference will be held at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, MA. Registration will be $60 for full-time faculty, $40 for contingent faculty and independent scholars, and free for graduate students. The registration fee will include coffee and lunch.

CFP NEPCA 2020 General Call for Papers (6/1/2020)

Re-posted from

The 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall on Friday, October 23-Saturday, October 24 at the Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. We are looking forward to another engaging and rewarding conference for new and seasoned members alike. We are seeking proposals for panels and presentations for this year’s conference.

NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

You can find general information about the 2020 conference and any updates here. We will be updating it with the hotel discount rate as well as other lodging options and the like.

We have over 35 different areas for you to submit your proposal to, so be sure to check out our Areas of Pop Culture to determine the best place for your proposal. If you have questions about a particular area, reach out and ask the appropriate Area Chair.

Please submit your proposal via the online form: Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2020.

The 2020 conference is about 1 hour from Boston, just under 2 hours from Providence, RI or around 2.5 hours from Burlington, VT, Hartford, Connecticut or Augusta, ME, about 3.5 hours from Albany, NY, 4.5 hours from New York City or Montreal, QC.

For more information or questions, contact

Lance Eaton
Executive Secretary, NEPCA

CFP MLA's Teaching Science Fiction in the Literature Classroom (4/15/20)

Science Fiction in the Literature Classroom

The presence of science fiction in university classrooms is by now no longer shocking; the genre has become a mainstay not only in literature and philosophy classrooms but also in STEM fields, as its predictions and extrapolations pose memorable and concrete case studies to explore the societal and ethical implications of technological innovation, as well as interesting practical engineering problems to try to solve with real-world science. As the world around us becomes more and more science fictional with each passing year—often in ways that have eerie resonance with the dystopian and apocalyptic predictions of years past—the speculations of science fiction will only have more purchase in our attempts to prepare our students for a future that seems very much in flux.
But in film and literature departments science fiction still often suffers from a reputation as being easy, silly, and fundamentally undemanding, an essentially degraded form of artistic production unworthy of serious attention by serious critics. This reputation persists despite the canonization of major writers of science fiction—Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard, among many others—who are treated as exceptional deviations from the genre rather than emblematic of it, and also denies the science fictional dimensions of work by acclaimed writers such as Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, and David Foster Wallace.

This volume, Teaching Science Fiction in the Literature Classroom, will be divided into three sections. The first, “Form and Genre,” will focus on teaching science fiction in its own terms, as a genre with rules, conventions, and principles quite specific to itself. The second, “Canonicity and Prestige,” will consider science fiction appearing in the classroom alongside more traditionally acclaimed literature and film, often on the same syllabus. The third, “Creation,” will consider pedagogy that invites students to create science fiction, with all the possibilities and pitfalls that can entail.

Scholars interested in contributing an essay of approximately 3,000–4,000 words are invited to submit a 250–500-word abstract outlining their chapter. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 15 April 2020; please e-mail submissions and any questions for clarification to Gerry Canavan ( Permission from students must be obtained for any relevant quotations from student work in the essay; previously published essays cannot be considered. Learn more about the MLA guidelines for publication.

CFP Mythcon 51 (5/15/2020; Albuquerque 7/31-8/3/2020)

Mythcon 51

The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 31 - August 3, 2020


Please join us at the Ramada Plaza Hotel by Wyndham in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for Mythcon 51. Albuquerque is a wonderful “destination city” where Mythcon has been held only once before in 2011 (Mythcon 42) and is well worth the return.

Call for Papers

Download PDF of Call for Papers here


This year’s Mythcon theme provides multiple opportunities to explore the Other in fantasy and mythopoeic literature. Tolkien spoke in “On Fairy-stories” of “the desire to visit, free as a fish, the deep sea; or the longing for the noiseless, gracious, economical flight of a bird.” We invite discussion about the types of fantasy that are more likely to put us into contact with the alien, such as time portal fantasy and space travel fantasy. In addition to Inklings, some writers who deal particularly well with the truly alien who might be explored include Lovecraft, Gaiman, Le Guin, Tepper, and others. Other topics that might be fruitfully explored are:

  — depictions of the alien Other in film and television (Contact, Arrival, HBO’s Watchmen, etc.);
  — developing constructed languages that are truly different from those of Earth-based humans;
  — fantastical Others in indigenous myths (such as Coyote and Spider Woman from Native American mythology);
  — and American folklore about the alien (flying saucers, alien abduction, Area 51, Roswell).

Papers on our conference theme and the works and interests of our guests of honor are especially welcome, although all subjects will be considered. 


Papers on the works and interests of our guests of honor are also especially welcome:
  • Author Guest of Honor Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Roots of Resistance, and other novels. Her young adult fantasy series, the Ari Ara Series, has been widely acclaimed by teachers, parents, and peace activists for its blending of fantasy and adventure with social justice issues. The Way Between, the first book in the Ari Ara Series, has been read by numerous groups of all ages, while the second book in the series, The Lost Heir, has been nominated for the 2020 Dayton Peace Literature Prize. 
  • Scholar Guest of Honor David Bratman is has been reading Tolkien for over fifty years, and has been writing Tolkien scholarship for nearly as long. His earliest contribution to the field was the first-ever published Tale of Years for the First Age, right after The Silmarillion was published. Since then he has published articles with titles like “Top Ten Rejected Plot Twists from The Lord of the Rings,” “Hobbit Names Aren’t from Kentucky,” and “Liquid Tolkien” (on Tolkien and music). He’s been co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review since 2013, and has written or edited its annual “Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies” since 2004. David edited The Masques of Amen House by Charles Williams and contributed the bio-bibliographical appendix on the Inklings to Diana Pavlac Glyer’s The Company They Keep. He has also written on C.S. Lewis, Ursula Le Guin, Mervyn Peake, Neil Gaiman, and others.


Email papers abstracts of 200-500 words to this year’s Paper Coordinator:
Cami Agan
by May 15, 2020.

Email panels abstracts of 50-150 words to Panels Coordinator:
Leslie Donovan
by May 15, 2020.

Include AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. We will make every effort to accommodate A/V requests, but such equipment is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Available time slots: Individual long papers are one hour, roughly 45 minutes for the paper with 15 minutes for discussion; Individual short papers or 1/2 hour, roughly 20 minutes for the paper with 10 minutes for discussion; Panels are 90 minutes, roughly 60 minutes for the panel with 30 minutes for discussion.
You will be notified after the deadline if your paper proposal has been accepted. See our Alexei Kondratiev Award for details on our student paper award!

All presenters must register for the full conference; please see the Mythcon 51 Registration page for information and rates.

Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society ( All papers should conform to the 8th edition of the MLA Style Manual. Presenters who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students are encouraged to submit their completed conference papers in advance for consideration for the Alexei Kondratiev Student Paper Award. Please see for more information.


The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about the Society s activities at:

PCA 2020 Update

The schedule for the 2020 Popular Culture Association National Conference is now available online.

The event runs from 15-18 April 2020 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

Full details at

There are many areas of interest.

NEPCA Fantastic 2020 (6/1/2020; Manchester NH 10/23-24/2020)

Call for Papers on the Fantastic (Fantasy & Science Fiction / Monsters & the Monstrous)

The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic and the allied Fantastic Areas (Fantasy & Science Fiction and Monsters & the Monstrous) invite paper proposals for the 2020 conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) to convene at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, from Friday, 23 October, to Saturday, October 24.

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2020.

The 2020 conference is about 1 hour from Boston, just under 2 hours from Providence, RI, or around 2.5 hours from Burlington, VT, Hartford, CT, or Augusta, ME, about 3.5 hours from Albany, NY, 4.5 hours from New York City or Montreal, QC.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Area:

Area Chair: Amie A. Doughty (State University of New York, College at Oneonta), (

Highlighting the more positive aspects of the fantastic genre, the Fantasy and Science Fiction area seeks to examine texts that bring about a sense of wonder in their receivers through their representation of the marvelous, and we welcome submissions from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic that might promote this work. Topics can include, but are not limited to, elements of fairy tale, fantasy, legend, mythology, and science fiction; proposals should investigate how creative artists have shaped and/or altered our preconceptions of these sub-traditions by producing innovative works in diverse countries, time periods, and media and for audiences at all levels.

Monsters & the Monstrous Area:

Area Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar) (

This area welcomes proposals that investigate any of the things, whether mundane or marvelous, that scare us. Through our sessions, we hope to pioneer fresh explorations into the darker sides of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not restricted to, aspects of fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, horror, legend, mythology, and science fiction) by illuminating how creative artists have both formed and transformed our notions of monsters within these sub-traditions in texts from various countries, time periods, and media and for audiences at all levels. Our primary goal is to foster a better understating of monsters in general and to examine their impact on those that receive their stories as well as on the world at large. However, as a component of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the Monsters and the Monstrous Area is also especially interested in celebrating both the New England Gothic tradition and the life, works, and legacy of H.P. Lovecraft, a leading proponent of Weird Fiction and an immense influence on contemporary popular culture. (Further information on the area at

Please submit your proposal for either area via the online form at

Membership in NEPCA is required to present; further details on the can be found at

Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic:

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Mythlore Fall/Winter 2019

Here are the details on the latest issue of Mythlore. The issue can be purchased from the Mythopoeic Society at The content is also accessible as part of the SWOSU Digital Commons at

Mythlore 135 Volume 38, Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2019

Table of Contents

— Janet Brennan Croft

The Arch and the Keystone
— Verlyn Flieger

An Unexpected Poet: The Creative Works of Dr. Robert E. Havard
— Sarah O’Dell

Notes and Letters

In Memoriam: Jared Lobdell, Richard C. West

Innocence in Lewis’s Perelandra and Twain’s King Arthur’s Court, S. Dorman

Extreme Minimalism in The Lord of the Rings, Pierre H. Berube

Mirkwood, John V. Orth


Doors In: The Fairy Tale World of George MacDonald, by Rolland Hein, Joe Young

The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society, Janet Brennan Croft

Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore: From Medieval Times to the Present Day, by Juliette Wood, Tiffany Brooke Martin

H.P. Lovecraft: Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence, edited by Leverett Butts, Perry Neil Harrison

The Echo of Odin: Norse Mythology and Human Consciousness, by Edward W.I. Smith, Emily E. Auger

The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist’s Reception in Britain and America, by Stephanie L. Derrick, Chad Chisholm

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology, by Adrienne Mayor, Emily E. Auger

Special Issue Contents:

Mythopoeic Children’s Literature
— Donna White

The Child’s Voyage and the Immram Tradition in Lewis, Tolkien, and Pullman
— Kris Swank

Doubles at Work: The Three Rovers in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Roverandom
— Jennifer Marchant

The Talking Beasts as Adam and Eve: Lewis and the Complexity of “Dominion”
— Jean E. Graham

Pyramids in America: Rewriting the “Egypt of the West” in Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles Series
— Heather L. Cyr

A Sense of Darker Perspective: How the Marauders Convey Tolkien’s “Impression of Depth” in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
— Katherine Sas

Dobby the Robot: The Science Fiction in Harry Potter
— Emily Strand

“What Man am I?” The Hero’s Journey, the Beginning of Individuation, and Taran Wanderer
— Liam Butchart

Blowing the Morte: The Rites of Manhood in William Rayner’s Stag Boy
— Christophe Van Eecke

Death, Hope, and Wholeness in Owen Barfield’s Fairy Tales
— Tiffany Brooke Martin

Mythology in Children’s Animation, David L. Emerson

War, Myths, and Fairy Tales, edited by Sara Buttsworth and Maartje Abbenhuis, Felicia Jean Steele

Shapers of American Childhood: Essays on Visionaries from L. Frank Baum to Dr. Spock to J.K. Rowling, edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West, David Lenander

Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction: A Cognitive Reading, by Marek Oziewicz, Zachary Dilbeck

Marvelous Geometry: Narrative and Metafiction in Modern Fairy Tale, by Jessica Tiffin, Felicia Jean Steele

The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of “The Little Mermaid”, by Lucy Fraser, Bianca Beronio

Girl Warriors: Feminist Revisions of the Hero’s Quest in Contemporary Popular Culture, by Svenja Hohenstein, Maria Alberto

The Fabulous Journeys of Alice and Pinocchio: Exploring Their Parallel Worlds, by Laura Tosi with Peter Hunt, Bianca Beronio

Sunday, October 13, 2019

CFP Good Omens (10/31/2019; SWPACA 2/19-22/2020)

Good Omens--Conference Presentation

deadline for submissions: October 31, 2019

full name / name of organization: Mandy Taylor/Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

contact email:

This is a one-time special area for the 2020 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference.

Conference is in Albquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2020.

The Area Chair for Good Omens welcomes and considers any and all proposals related to the book, the series, or both. Proposals are especially encouraged on the following topics:

  • Examining the adaptation from book to series. What’s inferred from the text but not explicit (eg, the use of Queen), what is highlighted, what is excluded.
  • Performance studies; eg, influence of previous roles or Michael Sheen’s (Aziraphale) contention that fanfic informed his interactions with Crowley (David Tennant); casting choices
  • Platform: Do streaming platforms offer greater opportunities? Would it have been released on broadcast or cable?
  • ”Ineffable Husbands”: Queer readings of Crowley/Aziraphale
  • Gender presentation: eg, Pollution, God, Crowley as Nanny, etc.
  • Names/naming: how and why names matter (book or series) (eg, Dog, Adam, Crawley to Crowley, Sister Loquacious)
  • The theology of Good Omens: interpretation, satirization, prophets/prophecy, angels/demons
  • Reception, including the ill-fated petition to Netflix
  • Collaboration (Gaiman/Pratchett; Crowley/Aziraphale, BBC/Amazon)
  • Portrayals of Britishness: Crowley/Aziraphale, the Them, etc as “quintessential” or stereotypical; Easter eggs (eg, Who references, Python-esque opening titles
  • The power of imagination as seen in the book/series
  • Power dynamics in the book/series: e.g. heaven vs. hell, adults vs. kids, humans vs. supernatural beings, etc.
  • Fandom: differences/intersections/contentions between book and series fans
  • Implications of shifting the time in the book from the early 90s to contemporary times
  • Series as tribute to Pratchett (per interviews with Gaiman)
  • Rise in apocalyptic texts: How does Good Omens speak to our current times/fascination with/need for apocalyptic texts? What does it offer?
  • Literary influences on Good Omens
  • Cinematic/filmic influences on the small-screen adaptation

For proposal submissions, visit and select the Conference drop-down menu. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Conference system. Submit any questions to Mandy Taylor at

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CFP Myth and Fairy Tales Area (10/31/2019; SWPACA 2/19-22/2020)

Call for Papers: Myth and Fairy Tales at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) 2020

deadline for submissions: October 31, 2019

full name / name of organization: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

contact email:

Call for Papers

Myth and Fairy Tales

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

All scholars working in the areas of myth and/or fairy tales are invited to submit paper or panel proposals for the upcoming SWPACA Conference. Panels are now forming on topics related to all aspects of myths and fairy tales and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales; one or the other is perfectly fine. Presentations considering both genres are of course welcome and can stimulate interesting discussions. Proposals for forming your own Myth or Fairy Tale-focused panel – especially panels focused on one particular myth/tale – are encouraged.

Paper topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Where Fairy Tales and Myth Overlap
  • Non-Western Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Revised Fairy Tales
  • Fairy Tales in/as “Children’s Literature”
  • Disney
  • Urban Fairy Tales
  • Ethnic Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Gendered Readings of Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Postcolonial Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Myths and Fairy Tales in Advertising Culture
  • Reading Myths and Fairy Tales in the Popular Culture of Past Centuries
  • Performing Myths and Fairy Tales: Drama and/or Ritual
  • Genres of Myths and/or Fairy Tales: Film, Television, Poetry, Novels, Music, Comic Books, Picture Books, Short Stories, or Graphic Novels

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019. 

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020.  For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

If you have any questions about the Myth and Fairy Tales area, please contact its Area Chair, Sheila Dooley, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV),

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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CFP 17th Annual Tolkien Conference at University of Vermont (1/12/2020)

17th Annual Tolkien Conference at University of Vermont

deadline for submissions: January 12, 2020

full name / name of organization: Annual Tolkien at UVM conference

contact email:

17thAnnual Tolkien at UVM Conference, April 4th 2020

Theme: Tolkien and Classical Antiquities

This year, the Tolkien conference explores every aspect of the earlier Classical cultures of Rome, Greece, Ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, Carthage, their languages, religions, philosophies, etc. Includes work in early Christianity in Rome (Augustine and Boethius) and linguistic investigations into Tolkien's appreciation of Greek and Latin and other early languages. Can include cinematic adaptations.


Very Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D. (Champlain and Dean emeritus, The Hill School)

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

CFP The Velveteen Rabbit, Forever Real (11/30/19)

This sounds intriguing:

The Velveteen Rabbit, Forever Real

deadline for submissions: November 30, 2019

full name / name of organization: Lisa Rowe Fraustino
contact email:

This will be an edited collection to be proposed for publication in the ChLA Centennial Studies series, which celebrates classic children’s texts, books that have stood the test of time and played a significant role in the development of the field.  The editor invites chapter proposals of 350-500 words from a range of theoretical perspectives about The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams.

First published in 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit has never been out of print. Besides multiple editions issued with different illustrators, it has been adapted for film, television, and theatre, in a range of mediums including animation, claymation, live action, musical, and dance. A poll of the National Education Association ranked it in the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” in 2007.

Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. If the essay is accepted for the collection, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by May 15th, 2020. The editor is happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Panel Call for ICFA 2020: Expanding the Archive (10/11/2019; Orlando 3/2020))

Panel Call for ICFA 2020: Expanding the Archive
July 2, 2019

Panel Call for ICFA 2020: Expanding the Archive

In 2019, the fanfiction site Archive of Our Own (AO3) was nominated for a Hugo award. This repository of nearly 5 million original works, representing over 30 thousand fandoms, stands out in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy awards not only because of the sheer number of authors it represents, but also because it is the first nomination for unpublished fanfiction and many of the authors are young women. This nomination draws attention to what is “archived” and, by extension, what is valued. AO3’s nomination is not the year’s only example of the expanding canon of Speculative Fiction. The documentary film Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, produced by Tananarive Due, directed by Xavier Burgin, and based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011), begins with the assertion that “black history is black horror” and tracks how the genre can engage with questions of race and power. Similarly, Dr. Ebony Thomas’s The Dark Fantastic considers Black female characters Bonnie Bennett (CW’s The Vampire Diaries), Rue (The Hunger Games), Gwen (Merlin), and Angelina Johnson (Harry Potter), and explores how these characters mirror racist violence in the real world. Each of these examples makes a case for expanding the idea of the canon (and what we value enough to archive) to include different types of characters and voices.

In terms of physical archives, a recent open letter on the Reading While White blog called out the lack of context and white-washing of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collection’s exhibit and corresponding book The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, demonstrating that even professional archives are not neutral—especially once their materials are extracted and exhibited for public consumption. In the wake of this controversy, curators of archives, whether in libraries, classrooms, or their own scholarly work, must address how the materials presented and their surrounding context represent choices that speak to the curator’s values and priorities.

When archives hold the power to exclude and include, to value and affirm both people and genre, then how do we as scholars decide what belongs and how do we think through the consequences of those choices for ourselves, our students, and our field? We encourage submissions that answer these questions and otherwise critically examine the speculative fiction archive, broadly defined.

Submissions may consider but are not limited to the following topics in relation to archives:

  • Accessibility
  • Materialism
  • The worth/value estimation of collecting
  • Teaching courses in the archives
  • Archival pedagogy- constructing the archives for our courses/ asking students to construct their own archives
  • Controversies and canon
  • Digital collections
  • Internet as archive
  • Fan spaces
  • Race and representation
  • Award winners as archive

Please submit a 300-500 word abstract and preliminary bibliography to Emily Midkiff ( or Sara Austin ( by Oct 11, 2019. Abstracts will also be considered for a special issue of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, for which we will be issuing a CFP in November.

Bookmark the Google Doc version of this call to keep on top of any updates:

CFP World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies (9/1/19; Kalamazoo 5/7-10/2020)

World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies

deadline for submissions:
September 1, 2019
full name / name of organization:
Fantasy Research Hub, School of Critical Studies, Univ. of Glasgow
contact email:
Call for Papers:"Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies”

sponsored by the Fantasy Research Hub, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow,

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10, 2020) Kalamazoo, Michigan

The recent volume Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and Legacies (2019), edited by D. Fimi and T. Honegger, examines the importance of invented story-worlds as spaces for primary-world social commentary, or as means for visualizing times and places not accessible to the reader. Tolkien was one of the foremost proponents of literary world-building, what he called “sub-creation,” and his Middle-earth has had unrivaled influence on subsequent world-building efforts. Yet, Tolkien’s own sub-creations were born from medieval story-worlds such as Beowulf, Kalevala, Volsungasaga, and others. This paper session examines the emergent, interdisciplinary research field of world-building through Tolkien’s Middle-earth, its medieval precursors, and/or its modern legacies.

Papers might be on such topics as mythopoeia, design, systems of magic, geology, geography, cartography, cosmology, ecology, sociology, demographics, cultural anthropology, materiality, religion, philosophy, language—literally anything that goes into world-building—in conjunction with the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, or his medieval/medievalist precursors, or his worldbuilding legacy in literature or other fields. Papers on interdisciplinary topics are welcome.

A paper proposal for the International Congress on Medieval Studies comprises a single-page abstract of the proposed paper and a completed Participant Information Form (PIF). (The new PIF will be available on the conference website in July 2019.)

Please send your proposals with “Tolkien World-Building” in the subject line to:

Dimitra Fimi ( AND Kris Swank (

The deadline is September 1, 2019.

Last updated August 1, 2019

CFP Deadscapes: Wastelands, Necropoli, and Other Tolkien-Inspired Places of Death, Decay, and Corruption (9/15/19; Kalamazoo 05/2020)

Deadscapes: Wastelands, Necropoli, and Other Tolkien-Inspired Places of Death, Decay, and Corruption

deadline for submissions:
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization:
Tales after Tolkien Society
contact email:

A paper session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University ( examining depictions of what comes in the wake of war and death in works in the Tolkienian tradition; Carrie Pagels will preside.

Many of the "standard" fantasy works, ranging from the epics through Arthuriana into Tolkien and beyond, make much of grand wars fought on massive scales. They also, at times, look at what is left behind when the war is done, the graveyards filled and memorials erected. The session looks at how such things are constructed in works in the Tolkienian fantasy tradition and what functions they serve for readers in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Short proposals are welcome; please send to on or before 15 September 2019. Proposals from graduate students, those outside traditional academe, and traditionally underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

Last updated July 29, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

CFP J.R.R. Tolkien and the Works of Joss Whedon (Spec Issue of Journal of Tolkien Research) (proposals by 8/4/19)

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Works of Joss Whedon
(pdf version:

deadline for submissions: August 4, 2019
full name / name of organization: Janet Brennan Croft
contact email:

Call for Papers:

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Works of Joss Whedon


Special Issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research

Co-edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Kristine Larsen;


Connections between any of the works of both creative geniuses are fair game for this interdisciplinary volume. Some possible topics include: world-building, horror and the monstrous, critiques of heroism, women’s roles, Buffy-speak and elf-speak, and villainous motivations.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to both of the co-editors by August 4, 2019. Conference papers that have been presented are especially encouraged, so long as they have not been published. You may submit the entire conference paper for consideration instead of an abstract. It is understood that conference papers will need to be expanded to journal length articles (approximately 4000-7000 words). We will be using the Mythlore citation style (available at

Abstracts/conference papers accepted to be expanded to journal length papers will be required to be returned in completed first draft stage by December 15, 2019.

Note: Final acceptance of your paper for inclusion in this special themed issue of the journal will be determined by the journal’s peer review process (after all edits are made by the issue co-editors).

Last updated July 11, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CFP Vampires, Zombies, Bodices, and Perps: Genre in Creative Writing (9/30/19; NeMLA 2020)

Vampires, Zombies, Bodices, and Perps: Genre in Creative Writing

deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email:

Genre fiction (such as fantasy, sci-fi, suspense and mystery, thrillers, historical romance) has often been discouraged in creative-writing courses, even outlawed. However, in recent years, the popularity of genre fiction in the marketplace has challenged the boundaries of literary writing. This panel will consider some of the following questions: How do challenges to the traditional boundaries of genre impact the teaching of creative writing? How might fiction, drama, and even poetry address these challenges? How can the conventions and tropes of genre fiction be used fruitfully in literary writing? Both writers who work in or with particular genres and writers who have resisted the lure of genre are encouraged to share their work and ideas.

Last updated June 5, 2019

CFP Series Books and Science Fiction (11/1/19; PCA 2020)

Series Books and Science Fiction (National PCA Conference)

deadline for submissions:
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization:
National PCA Conference
contact email:

Call for Papers: Series Books and Science Fiction (National PCA Conference)

This call for papers for the national PCA Conference looks to interrogate the intersection of two distinct genres: juvenile series books and science fiction.

Scholars of children’s literature note important generic, structural, and cultural definitions in regards to series books. Series books are dominated by static natures. The central character—usually a flat, unchanging trope more than a fully realized, fleshed out, dynamic figure—is likewise a static creation. Often, these characters do not even age, let alone change. Typified by series like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, “a Dixon or a Keene promised a reliably pat formula, a single general story in which only the details of the mystery differed from book to book” (Karell 37). These generic conventions have been simply described as, “Good mystery and lots of action, with some educational material” (Herz 8). While the “educational material” could be information about the places the characters visited or the objects encountered during the story—apt for any mystery set in an exotic clime—the “action” was always to be “tension without violence” (Herz 12). In the series, “tension is created through the possibility that something catastrophic may happen” (Herz 12, italics original). It was considered vital that

the books contained nothing prurient or off-color, and even the sanitized ‘violence’ involved no blood. It is true that the boys and the villains repeatedly got tied up, hit on the head, or nearly drowned, and that they tumbled down cliffs or fell through trapdoors, but they never died brutal deaths…by the standards of the late twentieth century, the series books were remarkably tame and included no tobacco and not the slightest hint of sex, even on the part of the villains. (Greenwald 36)

Reflecting strict dictates regarding violence, sexuality, patriarchy, and social hierarchy, these books were ultimately intended to reflect “good, wholesome adventure and suspense” that did not, in any way, disrupt the status quo (Herz 13).

Science fiction is another distinct genre. At its core, the nomenclature of “science fiction” itself is something of a paradox. “Fiction” denotes fantasy, fancy, that which is divorced from “reality.” Certainly fiction has always spoke to and explored what is considered to be real or reality, but in its very construction one sees the seeds for a departure from the tangible and into realms that exist beyond this real world. “Science,” however, suggests a specific discipline grounded in reality, based on predictable principles of action and inaction. Science is the study of the physical world in all its varied manifestations; it relies on observation, experimentation, and the judicious recording and interpretation of reality and fact. The two together, then, create that aforementioned oxymoron: “science fiction,” which, for all intents and purposes, could be translated into “real unreality.” Science fiction constructs its possibilities from what is real, from what is possible, or conceivably so. The fact that science fiction and its most common manifestations—space flight, technology, alien realms—are so connected to the future, and to our visions and re-visions of the future, suggests that the genre is concerned not with what is unreal, but rather with what may be real, or may soon be real. The flights of fancy that govern science fiction are grounded in the tangible, in the realm of what is possible, real, hoped for, and feared.

These two divergent genres do interact. Certain volumes in series like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys contain distinctly science fiction elements; other series like Tom Swift and Rick Brant have elements of science fiction throughout the series. Modern children’s sci fi series like Masterminds, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising books and Scott Westerfield’s Horizon series also bring the two genres together. The papers in this panel will explore that interactivity, to examine how two very divergent genres both work together and clash in the creation of story.

Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, 250-word proposals for individual papers should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. Please submit to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area (the panels will be coordinated between the Science Fiction and Fantasy area and the Children’s/Young Adult Series Books and DimeNovels area). Instructions for submission can be found at and submissions made at

Submissions can be made on the site after 1 August 2019.

The abstract 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—for undergraduate students only

Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)

Title of paper

Indicate that it is for the “Series Books and Science Fiction” panels

 Followed by the 250-word proposal(s)

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 November 2019. Please be aware that acknowledgment 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 proposals 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).

Send content questions to Michael Cornelius at

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2019

Last updated June 7, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mythlore for Spring/Summer 2019 Now Available

The latest number of Mythlore has arrived. Full contents follow. The issue may be purchased direct at:

Mythlore 134 Volume 37, Issue 2
Spring/Summer 2019

Table of Contents

— Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore at Fifty
— Janet Brennan Croft

On the Shoulders of Gi(E)nts: The Joys of Bibliographic Scholarship and Fanzines in Tolkien Studies
— Robin Anne Reid

On the Shoulders of Humphrey Carpenter: Reconsidering Biographical Representation and Scholarly Perception of Edith Tolkien
— Nicole M. duPlessis

The Last Serialist: C.S. Lewis and J.W. Dunne
— Guy Inchbald

Saruman as ‘Sophist’ or Sophist Foil? Tolkien’s Wizards and the Ethics of Persuasion
— Chad Chisholm

Gunslinger Roland from Yeat’s Towers Came(?): A Little-Studied Influence on Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series
— Abigail L. Montgomery

“Auntie, What Ails Thee?”: The Parzival Question in Orphan Black
— Janet Brennan Croft

Notes and Letters

An Unsourced Poem in Lewis’s Great Divorce, Pierre H. Berube

Narnian Stars, Ruth Berman

In Memoriam: Nancy-Lou Patterson, Janet Brennan Croft

Review Essays

Navigating the Carte du Tendre in Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner, Barbara Prescott

Inklings, a King, and an Unsurprising Prize: The Inklings and King Arthur, edited by Sørina Higgins, Jared Lobdell


Tolkien, Self and Other: “This Queer Creature” by Jane Chance and Tolkien and Alterity, edited by Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor, Jason Fisher

The Lion in the Waste Land: Fearsome Redemption in the Works of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and T.S. Eliot by Janice Brown, Jim Stockton

Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine by Joseph Cambell, Carl Badgley

“The Sweet and the Bitter”: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Amy Ament-Raduege, Laura Lee Smith

Fire and Snow: Climate Fiction from the Inklings to Game of Thrones, by Marc DiPaolo, Kristine Larsen

The Great Tower of Elfland: The Mythopoeic Worldview of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K.
Chesterton, and George MacDonald, by Zachary A. Rhone, Felicia Jane Steele

C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction, by James Como, Zachary A. Rhone

Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story, by Stuart R. Kaplan et al., Emily E. Auger

Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, and Other Airborne Females, by Serinity Young, Felicity Gilbert

Briefly Noted: The Place of the Lion and War in Heaven by Charles Williams, Janet Brennan Croft

CFP NEPCA Fantasy and Science Fiction Area (6/1/2019; Portsmouth, NH 11/15-16/2019)


Fantasy and Science Fiction Area

Northeast Popular/American Culture Association

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of Fantasy and Science Fiction for its fall conference to be held at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH, on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2019.

This conference marks the introduction to the Fantasy and Science Fiction area, which is one of two new areas that have split from the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) area. Highlighting the more positive aspects of the fantastic genre, the Fantasy and Science Fiction area seeks to examine texts that bring about a sense of wonder in their receivers through their representation of the marvelous, and we welcome submissions from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic that might promote this work. Topics can include, but are not limited to, elements of fairy tale, fantasy, legend, mythology, and science fiction; proposals should investigate how creative artists have shaped and/or altered our preconceptions of these sub-traditions by producing innovative works in diverse countries, time periods, and media and for audiences at all levels.

Please submit your proposals through the NEPCA conference website:

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment involving graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.

Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2019. Response to submissions will come in mid-June or July, 2019.

Questions should be directed to the area chair, Amie Doughty, at

Monday, April 15, 2019

MAPACA 2019 CFP (6/31/2019; Pittsburgh 11/7-9/2019)

Call for Papers for #mapaca19

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) 2019 Annual Conference November 7-9, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA — Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit General questions can be directed to The deadline for submission is Sunday, June 30, 2019.

MAPACA’s membership is comprised of college and university faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate and undergraduate students. MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multi-disciplinary manifestations. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a “multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.”

For more info, visit

Information about #mapaca19

This year, our conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA on November 7-9 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel.

Pittsburgh Information

For information about events and food in Pittsburgh, please see Visit Pittsburgh’s website. Pittsburgh has a lot of great museums and restaurants, offers inexpensive public transport options throughout the region, and is also serviced by Lyft and Uber.

Pittsburgh: Zombie Capital of the World

Since George Romero released Night of the Living Dead in 1968, Pittsburgh has been associated with zombies and zombie fandom. From 1985’s Day of the Dead(shot near Pittsburgh) to 2004’s Shaun of the Dead (shot in the UK) to 2019’s Kingdom (shot in S. Korea), zombies have become a worldwide popular culture phenomenon, but Pittsburghers still claim ownership over the shambling undead. This year, we want you to propose papers and panels with a zombie theme!

If zombies aren’t your favorite, we still want you to bring us your non-zombie themed papers as well! We will never restrict our conference to just one theme.

Survey for MLA Approaches Volume on the Epic of Gilgamesh

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on the Epic of Gilgamesh

Posted 11 March 2019

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Epic of Gilgamesh, edited by David Damrosch and Sophus Helle, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of the survey.

At the end of the survey are details to propose articles for the volume:

15. If you would like to propose an original essay for this volume, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its usefulness for both students and instructors. The focus of your essay should be pedagogical, and the abstract should be as specific as possible. Please attach a short CV.

If you plan to quote from student writing in your essay, you must obtain written permission from the student. Proposed essays should not be previously published.

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to the volume editors by 1 May 2019. Please send electronic submissions, comments, or queries to David Damrosch ( and Sophus Helle ( Send any supplemental materials (e.g., course descriptions, course plans, syllabi, assignments, bibliographies, or other relevant documents) as separate attachments. Surface mail submissions can be sent to David Damrosch, Dana-Palmer House 201, Harvard Univ., 16 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Special Issue of Mythlore: Mythopoeic Children's Literature (deadline extended to 4/15/2019)

Special Issue of Mythlore: Mythopoeic Children's Literature

Special Issue of Mythlore, Fall 2019
Guest Edited by Donna R. White
** Deadline Extended: April 15, 2019 ** Final paper deadline: June 30, 2019 **

Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the genres of myth and fantasy (particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), invites article submissions for a special issue focused on children’s literature. Children’s fantasy has always been a part of mythopoeic literature, and Mythlore
has occasionally published articles about myth-building children’s writers such as J.K. Rowling and Nancy Farmer; however, this special issue will focus specifically on mythopoeic literature for children.

As always, we welcome essays on The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit, but we also encourage articles that discuss the works of other mythopoeic writers for young readers.Classic works like
Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows have clear mythopoeic elements,as do modern fantasies by Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne Jones, Lloyd Alexander, and many others. Studies of lesser-known writers like Carol Kendall are also welcome. 

To get an idea of the range of topics covered in Mythlore, visit the online archive at and consult the electronic index, which can be downloaded free at Submission guidelines can be found at

Send queries and questions to Donna R. White, Drafts and final papers should be submitted via