Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

Religious Futurisms collection of essays CFP

Religious Futurisms encompass not only attempts within theology to reframe and examine faith-based futures, but also the lengthy tradition of revelatory knowledge forms as theme and mode within speculative fiction. Faith-related themes and narratives have proliferated in speculative fiction since its earliest manifestations, and feature heavily in some of SF’s most popular and influential texts, such as Dune, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. However, Marxist and materialist modes of academic critical analysis have tended to shy away from addressing Religious Futurisms. This volume of essays seeks to address that gap in scholarship.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a 100 word bio and affiliation by December 1st 2021. We aim to inform successful contributors by January 31st 2022, and completed drafts of 5,000 – 7,500 words will be required by May 31st 2022.

Kris Swank

CFP: Edited volume on Star Trek and Star Wars
Edited by Emily Strand, MA and Amy H. Sturgis, PhD
Vernon Press

*Call for Abstracts* Proposals Due August 2, 2021 *

The generations-spanning, multimedia franchises *Star Trek* and *Star Wars* will
form the focus for this edited collection of scholarly essays. As venerable
and evolving repositories of science fiction and fantasy storytelling, and
as towering pillars of popular culture, both *Star Trek *and *Star Wars* inspire,
transform, and even at times inflame their often overlapping fan bases.
Together with the publisher, the editors seek proposals for essays
exploring these franchises’ themes, narratives, characters, treatment of
moral and philosophical dilemmas, religious or spiritual notions, and other
aspects. (Abstracts for essays which compare or contrast the two franchises
are also welcome.) Collected essays will offer insight — from a variety of
disciplines and perspectives — on how these franchises contribute to
popular culture and the tradition of speculative storytelling.

Abstracts and subsequent essays should be academically rigorous yet
accessible to the informed (even non-academic) reader.

Abstracts of 300-500 words in length should be submitted, along with a
brief biographical statement, by August 2, 2021.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by September 1, 2021, and paper
drafts should be submitted by January 10, 2022.

Please submit proposals via email (with or without attachment) to
[email protected] and [email protected].

Kris Swank

CFP: Edited volume: Strange New Worlds? Star Trek Novels and Fiction
Collections in Popular Culture

Call for Abstracts: Proposals Due August 31, 2021

Since James Blish published his novelizations of Star Trek episodes
(Bantam, 1967sq), over 840 tie-in novels, anthologies, novelizations, and
omnibus editions have made their way to fans eager to follow the continuing
adventures of their favourite Starfleet officers and aliens. Though none
are to be considered canon, Star Trek tie-in books have supplemented the
franchise, providing more stories starring favourite and original
characters, furthering plotlines and helping to tide fans over in the years
between series and movies. Their authors too have sought out new life and
new civilizations, expanding the franchise, detailing its multi-modal
universe and history of the future.

The significant influence of tie-in novels on Star Trek fandom, especially
on fanfiction, is undeniable. These books have shaped the way fans
understand Star Trek. From Diane Duane to Vonda N. McIntyre, from William
Rostler to Della van Hise, and dozens more, these authors stand as nearly
equal builders of the Star Trek franchise as Gene Roddenberry, his
producers, and the creators and producers of later incarnations. Notably,
they helped cement the foundational fanfictional slash pairing of Kirk and
Spock, one that had previously mostly existed in the underground of fandom.

We invite researchers to send 300-700 word essay proposals, due before 31
August 2021. We anticipate final essays of about 8000 words relating to
Star Trek tie-in fiction,
including but not limited to the following:

  • Della van Hise’s Killing Time (Simon & Shuster, 1985, 1986);
  • The New Voyages (Bantam, 1976, 1978), Strange New Worlds (Simon & Shuster, 1998-2016);
  • Studies of any author, including but not limited to Diane Duane, David Gerrold, Vonda N.
  • McIntyre, A. C. Crispin, John M. Ford, Peter David, etc.;
  • Studies of novels about any specific series or specific novels;
  • The children’s/YA novels and novelizations;
  • Genres and genre boundaries in the Star Trek novels;
  • Representation of gender(s), gender metaphors;
  • Representations of race, Humans and non-Humans, race metaphors;
  • Translations into languages other than English; the original German
  • tie-in books;
  • Explorations of the multi-modality of the Star Trek franchise;
  • Other related topics.

Please send proposals and a short bio, including contact information, to
[email protected] by 31 August 2021.

Caroline-Isabelle Caron, History Department, Cultural Studies Programme,
Queen’s University, and Kristin Noone, English Department, Irvine Valley College