Calling all geeky academics and nerdy writers, we are following up on October’s Call for Papers with a new November edition! This time around, the biggest draw is a philosophical view of different parts of pop culture. Read about these different calls, and hopefully one of them will catch your eye!

Celebrity Studies – Keanu Reeves

Why is Keanu Reeves so popular? How is he making a comeback? Why are we attracted to his movies? How has he affected the pop culture scene? Keanu Reeves is a great actor who is also a good person. So why not? Let’s talk about Reeves in an academic context. He deserves, to an extent, to be studied or for his characters to be understood. He had an effect on our canon.

Personally, I think Keanu Reeves had an effect on my childhood and my adulthood. He was this hot Asian-American dude who was the protagonist in many of my favorite pop-culture narratives and movies. They can be based on actual stories, on existing narratives, and on creative fantasies, but his characters became a force for tropes, memes, and existing cultural expressions. So if you are interested, please do write about this awesome human and apply to this call for papers.

What are they looking for: 300 words and brief author bio
Deadline: December 1, 2019
For more info, click here.

Philosophy and Horror in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture: Aesthetics, Politics, and Histories

Call for papers 5

When I watch a horror movie, I tend to go into an existential crisis about why certain characters live or die and what does it have to do with the society we live in. How much is it a reflection of real fears versus things we hear of and about which we wonder? This call for paper wants to look at horror in every form across literature, cinema, digital cultures, and the arts from a philosophical point of view. Some of the sub-genres included are body horror, disaster horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher, home invasion, supernatural horror, Gothic horror, and others.

So go ahead, my horror-loving scholars, a philosophical understanding of horror gives us an insight into our collective consciousness. So, please, write what you have discovered and experienced in these horror narratives!

What are they looking for: 200-400 words with a brief biography
Deadline: December 16, 2019
For more info, click here.

Dragons: Edited collections on film, literature, gaming, and online culture

Call for papers 6

Dragons are awesome …There are no two ways about it: dragons are cool! We have Smaug, Night Fury, Viserion, etc. Those are just some examples of different depictions of dragons whether friend or foe, adorable or evil, or both, to be honest. The greatness of dragons needs to be discussed and experienced. They represent various expressions of loves, fears, and consciousness. They also express the historical beliefs and folkloric narratives.

There are multiple volumes for this call for papers:

  1. The Dragons in Film and Television
  2. Dragons in Children’s Literature and Graphic Novels
  3. The Dragons in Fiction and Mythology (literature aimed for adults and general myth)
  4. Dragon Games and Online Culture
  5. The Dragons and Posthumanism
  6. Dragons and Pastoral
  7. The Dragons and Ecocriticism

Each volume should be able to inspire ideas and experiences. I am one of the people who are dying to hear what academics can come up with in relation to these majestic creatures.

What are they looking for: Abstracts, a short biographical note, and the name of the volume
Deadline: December 1, 2019
For more info, click here.

Woke Cinderella: 21st-Century Adaptations

Call for papers 7

The types of narratives about women have changed since Cinderella first appeared. And Disney has brought many of its stories out of the woodworks, updating the story as needed. Now, we have writers creating newer and more relevant forms of these stories. One of the most iconic stories is Cinderella.

Fairy tales are an important experience for all ages and affect the development of each generation. Even as we grow older, these stories are important to critique and analyze academically. So, please write an abstract for this call for papers! It’ll be fun and it is crucial!

What are they looking for: 500-word proposals, a working title, and a brief author bio
Deadline: December 31, 2019
For more info, click here.

Can’t wait to read all your different papers!!!

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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