Calling to all geeky academics and nerdy writers, we are following up July’s Call for Papers with a new August edition. This time around, the biggest draw is the NeMLA Conference as well as some other cool ideas! Read about these different calls, and hopefully one of them will catch your eye!


Calling all public speakers and academics! The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA 2020) is looking for people to submit abstracts from a wide range of topics, including nerdy topics. Seriously, there are lots of topics from which you can choose. The conference is very well developed and seems interesting whether you apply or not. 

Attending as a spectator could be as beneficial as participating for those of us less academically inclined or do not have the time to submit an abstract. 

Deadline: September 30th. 

What are they looking for: Most will ask for an Abstract around 300 words, but some ask for bios too. 

For more info about the different calls for papers for the conference, click here.

Here are some of my favorites: 

Other Calls for Papers:

Good Omens: Nice and Accurate Analyses by Intelligent Writers

As many of us fawned over the TV show and had previously have fallen in love with the book, I highly recommend looking into this call for paper. Write about the predictions or the love affair between a devil and an angel. Explore the viability of prophecies. Rant about the non-ending ending, but with an objective point of view. Good Omens as a narrative invites so many different interpretations and explorations. I truly believe that this is part of the genius creativity of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. 

I wish there were more studies about fantasy and sci-fi narratives such as Good Omens. This call of papers gives me hope for the development of nerdy academics! So go forth and gives us a lovely prophecy! 

What are they looking for: 250-500 word abstracts/proposals and your CV

Deadline: September 30th 

For more info, click here.

Screening Loss: An Exploration of Grief in Contemporary Horror Cinema

Horror as a genre is underrated in the academics circle. Sure, academics explore the Gothic and the eerie with Dracula or Edgar Allan Poe. They also might have touched upon the subject through Steven King. However, the truly scary and horrific aren’t as explored or defined. With this call for papers, the editors are giving you horror fans a chance to write your take on horror, specifically pertaining to grief.

Displaying grief in horror is an interesting concept. Researching the psychological/literary themes behind different characters’ reactions is important. We tend to dismiss these stories as gory b-films/books for those who are fans and are interested in these narratives. Taking it seriously is important to understanding how human subconscious and fear develop throughout the ages.

What are they looking for: a 500-word abstract and a 250-word biography 

Deadline: September 30th 

For more info, click here.

Can’t wait to read whatever you contribute and possibly use it as a source for my next essay!

Hafsa Alkhudairi
Hafsa Alkhudairi doing her MA Contemporary Literature and Culture at Birkbeck College, University of London, living in London, UK. She is graduating hopefully in october and has her heart set on going into publishing until she decides whether there is a PHD in her future. Current Project; Figuring out who is the big bad female villain in Marvel and DC.

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