Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

The Year's Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in post-medieval times. The journal is published under the auspices of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. Contributions, usually between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length, will be accepted on a year-round basis. (Essay lengths are the same size as the average Signum semester research paper... maybe one of yours would fit here.)…/theyearsworkinmedievalism/contact

Kris Swank

The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of the Robin Hood tradition. The editors particularly welcome essays in the following areas: formal literary explication, manuscript and early printed book investigations, historical inquiries, new media examinations, and theory or cultural studies approaches.

Brenton Dickieson

New Member
The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society brings together scholars, students, and others who share a passionate interest in C.S. Lewis and his writings. In the past, the society’s journal has maintained a strong scholarly tone while appealing to the interests of those outside the academy who are interested and inspired by the ction and nonfiction of C.S. Lewis. After a brief hiatus, the society’s esteemed journal The Lamp-Post is returning to publication. We are specifically seeking essays on C.S. Lewis, but essays on Lewis’s circle, e.g.. the Inklings and other influences will also be considered.

See full CFP here:
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Kris Swank

Speaking of The Heroic Age, they also seek relevant submissions:

The Heroic Age is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on Northwestern Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

The Heroic Age publishes issues within the broad context of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Each issue has a "general" section and a "themed" section. Please consult the Call for Papers for information about upcoming themed sections. For any questions about the suitability of topics, please contact Larry Swain, Editor-in-Chief <haediting[at]>

Kris Swank

ONGOING: Mythprint: Quarterly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society with Book Reviews, Short Articles, Event Information, and More!

Reviews of mythopoeic media, discussion group reports, news items, letters, art work, notes or short articles, and other submissions for Mythprint are always welcome.

"We are always looking for reviews, but we also publish letters to the editor or society, short articles and notes on Inklings topics, art, meeting discussion reports, and more!"

Email: [email protected]

Kris Swank

Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society is looking for submissions of articles and notes about the works and life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The journal, published regularly since 1970, has a readership numbering in the thousands and routinely publishes artwork from Tolkien artists, articles from Tolkien scholars, and reviews of the latest scholarly books.
The journal seeks to publish a wide range of topics and perspectives from scholars. Submissions could cover (but are not limited to):

• Applications of critical theory to Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• New or under-reported biographical information about Tolkien
• Interdisciplinary studies of Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• Studies of source material or influences on the writer

Mallorn accepts submissions at any time.
Guidelines for submissions can be found on our website:
Additional questions can be sent to the editor.
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Kris Swank

CFP: Digital Heroisms Special Issue

Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Digital Heroisms”

Following the success of the “Digital Heroisms” online conference, we’re excited to announce a call for papers for the Press Start special issue which explores fantasy, the digital, and the concept of heroism. Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal that publishes the best undergraduate and (post)graduate research from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies. The CFP is open to both under and postgraduates who contributed to the conference, as well as other students inspired by the topic. To submit, you must be a registered student or within one year of graduating. Please see and adhere to the Press Start submission guidelines (

The issue will be seeking submissions on themes such as, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Defining/constructing digital heroism
  • The converging interests of fantasy and digital heroism
  • Digital and fantastic video game environments and their effect on heroism
  • Fantasy video games and avatar creation
  • Fantastic VR experiences, the self, and digital heroism
  • The social/theoretical implications of digital iterations of fantasy
  • Considerations of digital spaces as fantastic ones
  • Heroic fantasy video game character(istics)
  • Considerations of what heroism means in the digital age
  • Problems with digital heroism
  • Digital heroism examined through:
    • Convergence culture
    • Participatory culture
    • Feminism
    • Postcolonialism
    • Queer Studies
    • Disability Studies
Please email a 250-300 word abstract to [email protected] by October 1, 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within a couple weeks and full papers will be due by January 1, 2021.

Articles in Press Start are normally expected to be 3000-5000 words in length, but for this special issue, longer papers of up to 8000 words (including references and abstracts) will be considered. Informal enquiries may be directed to Gabe Elvery Cohen ([email protected]) and Francis Butterworth-Parr ([email protected]), or feel free to join our friendly Facebook Group at, as well as the Digital Heroisms Discord server ( where we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Kat Sas

Critical Approaches to Horror in Doctor Who - Chapters Sought

deadline for submissions:
January 4, 2021
full name / name of organization:
Robert F. Kilker / Kutztown University
contact email:
[email protected]

Although Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman wanted his show to be educational and avoid so-called “bug-eyed monsters,” the popularity of the Daleks in the second serial ensured that it would be better known for scaring kids into hiding behind the sofa. Adaptable as the science-fiction program is to fit a variety of other genres (e.g. the Western, screwball comedy, romance, period drama), horror dominates its cultural memory and ongoing practice. While there have been some critical essays over the years examining this aspect of the show, no book has been devoted to a more sustained examination of the generic work of horror in Doctor Who. This edited collection will remedy that absence.

More specifically, this book will serve as a thoughtful examination of the ways Doctor Who operates in the horror genre, in its complication of generic definitions, its ideological work, and its relation to fandom. Emerging and advanced scholars are invited to submit chapters exploring broadly an aspect of horror in classic and/or modern Doctor Who,as well as in-depth examinations of particular episodes. I am especially interested in having the following subtopics and/or episodes represented within the collection but welcome submissions on other matters as well:

Body horror
Fear of technology
Fan experience (hiding behind the sofa, etc.)
Folk horror
Possession stories
Gothic horror
The monstrous feminine
Vampires, werewolves, mummies
Recurring monsters (Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, etc.)
Pastiches of classic horror films
Influence on the horror film tradition
Alien invasion narratives
The Terrible Child
“Terror of the Autons”
“The Daemons”
“The Green Death”
“The Ark in Space”
“Pyramids of Mars”
“The Seeds of Doom”
“The Robots of Death”
“The Talons of Weng-Chiang”
“Horror of Fang Rock”
“Ghost Light”
“Night Terrors”
“The God Complex”
“Mummy on the Orient Express”
“Heaven Sent”
“The Haunting of Villa Diodati”

Please submit abstracts of approximately 500 words along with a brief bio to Robert F. Kilker at [email protected] by January 4, 2021. Articles will be limited to 6,000 words (this includes notes and bibliography).

Abstracts due: January 4, 2021
Articles due: May 28, 2021
Edited articles due: October 15, 2021
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me ([email protected]).

Kris Swank

Call for Articles: Dante Studies

The online peer-reviewed journal #BibliothecaDantesca is seeking articles for its fourth volume, to be published in December 2021. The journal welcomes contributions that investigate the work of Dante and its reception from a wide interdisciplinary perspective. To celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death, Bibliotheca Dantesca invites essays related to the reception of Dante through the centuries, from the late Middle Ages to modern times, and from a variety of perspectives, including Mediterranean studies, gender studies, history of emotion, African-American studies, material text, influence on nationalism, “Italianity,” digital humanities, environmental studies, to mention a few.
Submissions in English are strongly encouraged. The submission deadline for consideration in our fourth volume (2021) is 30 June 2021.

See our website for the guidelines
For information and inquiries contact [email protected]

Kris Swank

Call for Papers and Posters

April 15-17, 2021
We are now accepting submissions for the 10th annual HÍ Student Conference on the Medieval North which will be held at the University of Iceland April 15-17, 2021. The aim is to create an environment where postgraduate students (MA and PhD level) can present their research projects to an international academic audience and to engage with fellow Early Career Researchers. The conference was established as an interdisciplinary forum for students of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavia including but not limited to Archaeology, History, (Comparative) Literature, Old Nordic Religion, Linguistics, Editing and Digitization, Manuscript Studies, Gender Studies and Modern Reception Studies.
Abstracts (250-300 words) should be sent to [email protected] by December 5. Papers are limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions. The languages of the conference are Icelandic and English.

Submission guidelines can be found at


Kris Swank

Call for papers!: We invite 400-word abstract contributions for our online conference "Medievalisms on the Screen: The Representation of the Middle Ages in Audiovisual Media in the 21st Century", which will take place between April 20th-May1st 2021. The conference will discuss what are the characteristics and implications of a "medieval" cultural production from a multidisciplinary perspective. We ask for contributions from a broad range of topics and perspectives including, but not limited to accuracy vs. authenticity, national identity and political implications, gender relations in medieval productions, gameplay and procedural rhetoric, global middle ages, among others. Please check the call for papers attached to this message for more information. All submissions should be sent to [email protected] no later than February 1st, 2021.
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Kris Swank

GIFCon 2021
Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations

Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic

28th-30th April 2021, online

GIFCon 2021 is a three-day symposium that seeks to examine and honour the heterogeneity of Fantasy and the fantastic beyond Anglonormativity and Anglocentrism. Our committee, composed of members from different nationalities, ethnicities, first languages, and the LGBTQ+ community, welcomes proposals for papers relating to this theme from researchers and practitioners working in the field of Fantasy and the fantastic across all media, whether within the academy or beyond it. We are particularly interested in submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers. We will also offer creative workshops for those interested in exploring creative processes.

We ask for 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as creative presentations that go beyond the traditional academic paper. Despite our desire to centre the non-Anglophonic in our symposium, we are only able to accept papers presented in English, this is in order to facilitate communication and discussion amongst our international attendees. See our Suggested Topics list for further inspiration.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 100-word bionote to [email protected] by 04 January 2021 at midnight GMT (please see our detailed Submission Guidelines).

For further advice for those submitting a paper to a conference for the first time see our Submission Advice (under Submission Guidelines). Please also read through our Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions regarding our event or our CfP, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to your submissions!