Sunday, April 21, 2013

CFP: Adapting Frankenstein / essay collection (June 30, 2013)

As posted on IAFA-L...
Adapting Frankenstein
The Monster’s Eternal Lives
in Popular Culture
We propose to edit a  book of new essays on the general subject of the many ways Frankenstein has been adapted in popular culture, including films, television, radio, graphic novels, comic books, newspaper cartoons, music, the stage, novels, short stories, children’s and adolescent literatures, new media, and so forth.

We are interested in what has made Frankenstein’s monster so indestructibly fascinating to the public mind through the many generations since his inception in 1818—almost 200 years ago! We are interested in essays that explore the creature’s versatile ability to appear as threatening monster or sympathetic high school loser, as Milton the Monster or Frankenweenie, as eternal outsider refined in a Tibetan monastery or as a cloned sheep. We are also interested in indirect adaptations: Edward Scissorhands, The Stepford Wives, The Golem, The Colossus of New York, Godzilla and other spawn of the atomic age, as well as zombies and the various replicants, androids, robots, and re-animations.

Paper proposals should be around 300-450 words and should reflect current inter-textual approaches in adaptation theory. They might ask such questions as how an adaptation engages its source(s), our culture, and, perhaps, other adaptations; the relevance of a particular adaptation in the context of its time and culture; the significance of the monster’s role as cultural icon or matrix figure; how an adaptation changes our view of the source text, etc. Studies on adaption such as Hutcheon, The Theory of Adaptation, Leitch, Film Adaptation and its Discontents, Perry and Sederholm, Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, and Albrecht-Crane and Cutchins, Adaptation Studies: New Approaches provide model adaptation studies and theory along the lines we suggest. We expect that successful articles will be rigorous and scholarly, but accessible to a more general audience.

Send proposals to Professors Dennis R. Perry (  or Dennis Cutchins ( before June 30, 2013.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

CFP: The Ages of Iron Man / Essay Collection (July 15, 2013)

CFP - Collection:
The Ages of Iron Man:
Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times
Edited by Joseph J. Darowski
Publisher: McFarland & Company

The editor of The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Iron Man comic books and the period of American history when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Iron Man comic books (and the creators who produced the comics) embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to The Ages of Superman, The Ages of Wonder Woman, The Ages of the X-Men, and The Ages of the Avengers.

Essays should focus on stories from Iron Man’s comic book adventures, not media adaptations of the character. Furthermore, essays should look at a single period of comic book history, rather than drawing comparisons between different publication eras. For example, an essay that analyzed Iron Man comics from the early 1960s and contextualized them with what was happening in American society would be more likely to be accepted than an essay that contrasted Iron Man comic books from the 1970s with Iron Man comic books from the 1990s. Any team title or mini-series that features Iron Man prominently can be considered as source material for potential chapters. The completed essays should be approximately15 double-spaced pages.

Some possible topics for essays include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • An Entitled, Womanizing, Weapons Designer is Our Hero?
  • A Viet Nam War Superhero: Tony Stark, Industrialists, and the Cold War
  • Communism and The American Superhero: Tony Stark’s Early Adventures
  • The Mandarin: Cold War Stereotypes, and Supervillains
  • "The Demon in a Bottle" and Social Relevancy in Superhero Comic Books
  • Race Under the Armor: When James Rhodes Was Iron Man
  • "Doomquest": The Changing Meaning of Heroism
  • Armor Wars: Weapon Proliferation and Deterrence
  • From Iron Man to War Machine: Rhodes’ Journey to Hero
  • Force Works and a New Vision of Defense 
  • Earth X Iron Man: Tony Stark as Millennial Doomsday Prepper
  • "The Best Defense": Superhero Politics and the Aggressive Defense of America
  • "Extremis" and the Biological/Technological Hybrid
  • Marvel’s Civil War: Iron Man’s Quest to Control Potential Threats Post 9/11
  • Iron Man – Director of Shield: A Weapons Engineer Leading the Military Industrial Complex
  • Gender and Iron Man: Pepper Potts as Rescue
Abstracts (100-500 words) and CVs should be submitted by July 15, 2013. Please submit via email to Joseph Darowski,

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CFP: Spyfi & Superspies: Cultural Responses to James Bond (June 1, 2013)

Call for Papers
Spyfi & Superspies:
A Collection of Essays Analyzing the Cultural Response 
to the James Bond Phenomenon
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Since introducing himself to the world at the exclusive gambling club in London over fifty years ago in Dr. No, Bond, James Bond has become one the longest running film series in the history of cinema. The franchise has been very successful with 24 Eon Production films spanning six decades and 12 Ian Fleming books published several times over since their original debut at the height of the Cold War. It is not surprising then that the Bond influence on society has been a long and fruitful one in all media forms.

While there has been much written about the Fleming books and Eon Productions films since Bond’s literary and filmic inception, it is the goal of this anthology to explore other aspects of the Bond phenomenon. Hence, the editor is seeking entertaining, intelligent essays that explore and analyze the global cultural response to James Bond. All media forms are of interest: starting from the 1960s through to the present times. Please do not submit essays focusing on the Fleming books or Eon Productions films.

Here is a list of example topics and titles, but is by no means meant as an exhaustive list:

Films (any non-Eon Production Bond films)
  • Amerospy films: Matt Helm, Jason Bourne, Spy Kids, xXx
  • Eurospy to contemporary: Lemmy Caution series, Kommissar X, Agent 077, OSS 117, Johnny English
  • Asiaspy: From Beijing with Love, James Bond 777, The Mahjong Incident, Agent Vinod, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
  • Parody: Carry on Spying, Spy Hard, Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed spy films, If Looks Could Kill, Austin Powers series, Our Man Flint
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, Get Smart, Chuck, MI5 (aka Spooks), Burn Notice
Literature (any non-Ian Fleming)
  • OSS 117  (Jean Bruce), Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton), The Moneypenny Diaries (Samantha Weinberg), Young Bond (Charlie Higson), Jason Bourne (Robert Ludlum), Alex Rider (Anthony Horowitz)
  • Non Fleming Bond: John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver
  • X-9 Corrigan (IDW), Super Spy (Matt Kindt), James Bond Jr. (John Vincent), The Secret Service (Mark Millar), Danger Girl (IDW), The Secret Service (Mark Millar)
  • Archer, James Bond Jr., Totally Spies!
  • Adaptations: GoldenEye, Quantum of Solace
  • Ret-con Bond: 007 Legends, GoldenEye
  • Original Bond Stories: 007:Blood Stone, 007: Everything or Nothing, 007: Agent Under Fire, James Bond 007:Nightfire
  • Inspired by Bond: Alpha Protocol, No One Lives Forever, Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, Perfect Dark
  • Najica Blitz Tactics, Gunslinger Girl, Master Keaton, Darker Than Black
  • The Quiller Memorandum, The Ipcress File, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • “When Nobody Loves You” (Kerli), “I’ll Take It All” (Joss Stone), “Miss Moneypenny” (Placebo)
  • June 1, 2013: Abstract of 300-500 words, 1 page CV, draft bibliography
  • June 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • November 1, 2013: Papers due of 5,000-8,000 words in length (earlier submissions welcomed and encouraged), contributor release, and short biography
Accepted essays received on or before November 1st will continue through to the editing process. The editor will correct grammatical and spelling errors, however edits impacting the essay’s content will be returned to the author for correction. 

The final manuscript will be delivered to the publisher late spring, 2014.  Contributors will receive a complimentary book copy when published.

Please direct all correspondence to:
Michele Brittany, Editor
Facebook group: Spy-fi & Superspies

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CFP: "Comic Theory" Book Collection (May 15)

As posted on the Comix Scholars list by Neil Cohn...
Call for Papers
"Comic Theory" Book Collection

While there have been a growing number of books on comics in recent years, very few have addressed aspects of structure, particularly from theoretical, cognitive, or experimental points of view and outside the realm of literary or sociocultural theory. I am working to organize a compilation of important papers on the understanding of sequential images. Most of the chapters will be either 1) summary papers that provide extensive bibliographies that can provide an overview to students and a resource to other researchers, or 2) reprints of significant research that remain under-recognized or hard-to-find.

This Call for Papers asks for proposals for papers of two types of chapters focused particularly on research outside of English, presented for an English speaking audience:

1. Chapters that summarize, in English, advances in comic theory from non-English speaking researchers. Such chapters should be large in scope with extensive reference sections.

2. Translations into English of significant non-English comic theory (structural, cognitive, experimental, etc.) from important papers or book chapters. (For example, from Gubern 1972, Fresnault-Dervelle 1972, Hünig 1974, Krafft 1978, Vidal 2004, etc)

Topics or chapters outside this scope may be considered, though best to contact me directly with inquiries: (Of interest may be: review papers of other types, historical development of comic “symbology”, grounded discussions of differences between comics cross-culturally, etc.)

Contributor Guidelines

1. Abstracts of 400-500 words accepted. Papers of 5000-9000 words, including notes and bibliography, accepted. Please also include a short biographical statement.

2. All documents should be submitted as Word or Word-compatible files. PDFs are also acceptable.

3. Submission deadline: May 15, 2013.

4. Materials should be sent to Neil Cohn via email:

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CFP: ImageTexT Special Issue: "Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy" (July 20, 2013)

ImageTexT Special Issue
"Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy"
Guest Editor: James Bucky Carter, Ph.D.
Co-Editor: Najwa Al-tabaa

The "Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy" special issue of ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions that address the teaching of comics with adult learners, defined as those in post-secondary settings such as colleges, universities, technical schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc., or in other settings in which adult education, enrichment, or training is a focus (prisons, the military, government, the workplace, extension programs, mutual aid movements, etc.).
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Teaching comics in university courses
  • Teaching the self-contained or special topics comics course
  • Comics in the ____________ course (History, Philosophy, Graphic Design, Literature, Media, etc.)
  • Introducing students to comics/specific comics in courses that do not feature much comics content otherwise
  • Advocating for the incorporation of comics in your discipline/field/class: What works and what hasn't?
  • Using comics to inform or educate at the university level in ways beyond the traditional college course (student life, retention, etc.)
  • Teaching comics with non-traditional students
  • Using comics to educate in the workplace
  • Teaching comics in prison settings
  • Comics as educational materials in professional development or training programs
  • Using comics to assist college student or adult learners in English acquisition
  • Adults' concepts and precepts regarding comics and teaching comics
  • Using comics in medical, law, and business schools.
  • Using comics to teach those who teach others
  • Teaching the works of a specific comics artist
  • Using/creating comics as a medium of expression/critical thought for students/Integration of comics-creating assignments
Please send completed papers in MLA citation format to James Bucky Carter at by July 20th, 2013. Copy all submissions to Najwa Al-tabaa at

Articles submitted should usually not exceed 10,000 words including notes and should be presented to generally accepted academic standards. Please submit all articles by sending an email with the submission attached (including images, video etc.). Articles should be submitted preferably in HTML, or as Microsoft Word, StarOffice, or OpenOffice documents. Webbed essays are encouraged.
See this CFP also at: 

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