Calling to all geeky academics and nerdy writers, we are following up June’s Call for Papers with a new July edition. This time around, most of the papers are themed rather than focused on a single franchise! Read about these different calls, and hopefully one of them will catch your eye!

Quickly Approaching Deadlines:

Materiality: Drawing (on) Technologies

Materiality - geek edition

The material of how we consume literature and in this case, comics is just as important as the content itself. We tend to comment on the style and artistry or the literary aspects of the comics. However, we forget that the process of drawing on paper vs. on technology is different. 

Want to explore that further? Check out this call for comics

What are they looking for: submission title, cover letter, and high-resolution image(s) of a comic exploring materiality 

Deadline:  July 15, 2019

For more info, click here.

Pop Culture and Issues in our Contemporary World

pop culture mirrors contemporary issues

Pop culture tends to be a way to normalize social issues slowly. Although the speed at which pop culture presents ideas does not meet current expectations, it does clarify many contemporary socio-economic or socio-political concepts. But how does pop culture do it?

Check out this call for papers if you want to share your point of view on how pop culture connects people to the contemporary world. I would love to hear your opinions. 

What are they looking for: 

  • Articles/essays in the MLA or APA format at 5,000-7,000
  • Musings and Reviews in the MLA or APA format at 1,200-1,800

Deadline: August 1, 2019

For more info, click here.

Familial Influences on Superheroes

superhero families

Throughout the different formats and narratives, whether it is Comics, TV Shows, or Radio, Superheroes tend to have a tragic background related to their families. On one hand, whether it is the Orphan trope or the Women in Refrigerator trope, most or all superheroes have a tragic familial relationship. On the other hand, most superheroes created their own families and/or were influenced by their tragedy into becoming who they are. 

I am craving to read more papers exploring how families and familial relationships are displayed and how they affect the superhero and their development. I would love to see explorations that intersect that with other elements like racism, feminism, …etc. Furthermore, the academic world needs more essays on this subject, especially, since we are tired of reading about Uncle Ben and Batman’s parents! 

What are they looking for: Proposal of 500 words. If accepted, essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due by November 1, 2019. 

Deadline: August 2, 2019

For more info, click here.

So, I can’t wait to read all the new and exciting papers you all have to offer, whether you are academics or not. Your Point of View is important for the advancement of the study of pop culture…

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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