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.)
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.
The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal. It is an open access journal, and content will be published immediately once peer reviewers and editors have deemed it ready for publication.
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.
The Blog of The Heroic Age, http://www.heroicage.org, an online journal dedicated to the study of European Northwest from 400-1100 AD, maintains a list of announcements about CFPs of interest to The Heroic Age readers. Maintained by Signum's own Prof. Larry Swain.
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]yahoo.com>
Lands and Environments: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Writers are invited to explore the concept of world-building in all its forms and presentations, from an angle of their choosing, and its developments in SFF literature, games, movies and TV.
We want to include all sorts of land and environment: entire worlds, natural landscapes, towns, cities, spaceships, houses, etc. Closing Date: 30th of October 2020.
Call for Submissions: Articles, creative writing, reviews and visual art relating to fairy tales, fantasy and speculative fiction
The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction seeks articles, book reviews and creative writing relating to literary and historical approaches to fairy tales, fantasy, Gothic, magic realism, science fiction and speculative fiction for Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester.
Word count guidelines:
Long (c.8,000 words) or short (c.3,000 words) articles. Word counts include referencing and citation.
Book reviews: c.1,000 words
Short fiction – max. 3000 words (one story or several).
Poetry – max. four poems to a total of no more than 4 pages/240 lines.
Long poems, traditional forms, flash fictions and experimental creative writing are all equally encouraged.
All written submissions must be sent as a single Word .doc or .rtf attachment to the editorial board via the Editorial Assistant Heather Robbins at [email protected].
We also invite submissions of original artwork (painting, illustration, photography, other digital media, etc), sent as colour image files, along with a brief (300 words max, artist’s statement). Images may be used as a feature section, or to complement critical and creative texts, as per the editors’ discretion.
The next deadline for submissions is 21 September 2020. If you would like to receive a complimentary e-book of the most recent issue to check content and style, please request one from assistant Heather Robbins ([email protected]).
Submissions should be accompanied by a separate file with the title, a 100-word abstract and a brief (100 words) biographical note. Relevant colour image files, along with copyright permission, may also be supplied at this stage. Only original submissions that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Unrevised student essays or theses cannot be considered. Submissions must include all quotations, endnotes, and the list of works cited. References should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
For contributions that include any copyrighted materials, the author must secure written permission (specifying “non-exclusive world rights and electronic rights”) to reproduce them. The author must submit these written permissions with their final manuscript. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.
CFP “Classical Reception in Tolkien”
The forthcoming publication of Tolkien and the Classical World (Walking Tree Press) opens the door to many opportunities for the study of the reception of the classical world (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. We hope to expand this body of research with a special edition of Thersites dedicated to ‘Classical Reception in Tolkien’ to be published in Fall 2022.
While there is no doubt that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as well as the mythology and worldbuilding behind it, is entrenched in Nordic mythology, linguistics, and Christianity, Tolkien himself stated that he “...was brought up in the Classics, and first discovered the sensation of literary pleasure in Homer” (Tolkien Letters #142). From the similarities between the Dioscuri and Elladan and Elrohir (Branchaw 2010), to amatory motifs in the portrayal of Eowyn (Moreno 2007), to the influences of the myth of Ajax on the sons of Denethor (Moreno 2005), it is not hard to find kernels of the ancient world scattered throughout Tolkien’s body of work, furthering the illusion that his worldbuilding simply extends the history, culture and literature of the Mediterranean. Intriguingly, Tolkien’s religious background may have prevented him from fully embracing the classical heritage, with tensions detectable in his handling of religious and mythical motifs traceable to pre-Christian antiquity.
Thersites is seeking 300 word abstracts (plus a bibliography) on the reception of the Classical World (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Papers should be original and unpublished elsewhere. Ideal length of the final paper is 10,000 words (plus bibliography), with some leeway either way. Abstracts are due by November 1, 2020 to Maciej Paprocki and Alicia Matz at [email protected]. Applicants will be notified by mid-December 2020 of acceptance. Feel free to reach out to the co-editors at the email above with any questions or concerns.
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
Some organizations require you to be a member to participate in their conferences. Those membership fees help to pay for communication, software, venues, etc. But there are many other CfPs that do not have any associated fees. It’s good you read the criteria closely so you can avoid the ones that are not a good fit for you.
Living in the End Times: Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pandemics in Fiction, Film and Culture
A (Virtual) Interdisciplinary Conference, Cappadocia University, Turkey January 14 – 15, 2021
“The abandoned towers in the distance are like the coral of an ancient reef- bleached and colourless, devoid of life. There still is life, however. Birds chirp; sparrows, they must be…Do they notice that quietness, the absence of motors? If so, are they happier?” (Atwood, 2009, pg. 3).
The outbreak of COVID-19 has wrought spatial, socioeconomic and political upheavals of a severity and scale often only imagined in eco-dystopian fiction works such as Margaret Atwood’s increasingly prescient MaddAddam trilogy (2003-2013). The pandemic has laid bare existing structural inequalities within global capitalist systems. While multitudes face the economic hardships of a looming global recession, the planet’s wealthy elite have found refuge in their exclusive ‘utopias’ of private medical and security staff, escape mansions and luxury doomsday bunkers. Moreover, the pandemic serves as an augur of further socio-ecological perturbations to come should global capitalism’s relentless exploitation of species and ecosystems continue unabated. Perhaps most importantly, pandemics bring to light the intricate and inextricable entanglements between humans and myriad Earth others, and the realization that we are far from the only actors with the agency to engender world-shattering transformations.
Such times of widespread upheaval render the perennial utopian (and dystopian) imaginary especially valuable. While utopias offer imaginative projections of better worlds and ways of being, dystopias extrapolate from the deficient ‘present’ and offer projections of potentially nightmarish futures. Yet the critique, imagination and desire for the ‘better’ inherent within both are essential for building beyond the current ‘eco-dystopian’ era of pandemics, extinctions and ecological collapse. Pandemics and the spectre of eco-apocalypse don’t signal the end of all worlds or times but merely of the world as presently constituted; there is always the vital question of what comes after. Thus, we are thrilled to present this interdisciplinary conference for exploring literary, film, cultural and ethico-political representations of ‘living in the end times’. For instance, how do pandemics impact upon hope and utopian imaginaries? How do we co-construct more ethical and liveable worlds after ‘the end’, and what might these worlds look like?
We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for paper presentations of 15 minutes sharp (+5 minutes Q&A) to be delivered live on the days of the conference. Panel submissions are also welcome. Please let us know in advance if you are willing to chair a session and if you need a certificate of participation. Paper/panel topics might include but need not be limited to:
• Plague, pandemic & epidemic representations in fiction & films
• Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/pandemic fiction
• Pandemic politics & praxis
• Capitalism and biopolitics
• Constructions of post-pandemic worlds/environments
• Post-humanism/post-anthropocentrism and multispecies interactions
• Theorizations of apocalypse or ‘end times’ (Ziźek 2011; Latour 2017)
• Anthropocene, capitalocene, chthulucene, plantationocene
• Boundaries- ‘Self/other’, national, geographic
• Utopia and hope during times of crisis
• Eco-utopias & dystopias
• Technology and the future
Please send your abstracts (300 words) and a short bio of up to 150 words to [email protected]
The deadline for submissions is November 6, 2020. Participants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by November 20, 2020.
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 (https://press-start.gla.ac.uk/index.php/press-start/about/submissions).
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:
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/PressStartJournal/, as well as the Digital Heroisms Discord server (https://discord.gg/bk3Nbqd) where we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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:
Fear of technology
Fan experience (hiding behind the sofa, etc.)
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 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”
“The God Complex”
“Mummy on the Orient Express”
“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]).
Impossible Pastimes: Playinf with, in, and through the Middle Ages
The 2020 ISSM Conference (International Society for the Study of Medievalism) seeks to interrogate the doubled potential of play as it is manifested not only in contemporary medieval-themed games, hobbies, and pastimes, but in any of the myriad ways that we play with the Middle Ages through art, scholarship, or other forms of critical inquiry and cultural production broadly defined.
Please send abstracts of c. 300 words for individual papers or entire sessions on medieval-themed games, hobbies, pastimes and all other kinds of medievalisms (which is to say, other forms of medievalesque play) by September 20, 2020 to Kevin Moberly ([email protected]). For the wide range of topics of interest to the study of medievalism, please visit the table of contents pages of Studies in Medievalism and The Year’s Work in Medievalism, and the reviews published in Medievally Speaking.
This year’s conference will be hosted by Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s ISSM Conference will be held entirely online and virtually. Old Dominion University has a robust, well- developed distance education infrastructure, which will allow us to hold sessions synchronously, asynchronously, or as a mixture of both formats.