Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

Online Midwinter Seminar 2023 - Fantasy Goes to Hell: Depictions of Hell in Modern Fantasy Texts

January 27-28, 2023
Friday evening, Saturday all day
Via Zoom and Discord

The CFP deadline is November 15, 2022.
The Mythopoeic Society invites paper submissions for an online conference that focuses on the various depictions of the concept of hell in modern fantasy works.

Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. We are interested in ANY form of media — text, graphic novels, television, movies, music and music videos, games — as long as it can be described as fantasy and includes a hell or its denizens.
Some texts to consider:

Each paper will receive a 50-minute slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two or three presenters who wish to present short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to the special issue of Mythlore devoted to this theme. All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual current edition.

Proposals should be approximately 200 words in length and should be sent to both co-chairs: [email protected] and [email protected].

More information can be found on the OMS event page

Kris Swank

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tolkien Studies Area at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference

The PCA will be meeting in San Antonio,TX, April 2023

Deadline for Paper Proposals, December 20, 2022.

Academics, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students who would like to join the throng are invited to submit proposals to the TSA for individual papers, paper sessions, or roundtables.

Welcome proposals in any area of Tolkien studies including, but not limited to, the topics listed below. All PCA sessions are scheduled in 1.5-hour slots. Paper sessions consist of four presenters, each speaking for fifteen minutes, followed by a group Q&A.

Roundtables are informal interactive discussions between five to seven participants and the audience. A roundtable focuses on a timely topic and are designed to raise questions and brainstorm for future scholarship. For the 2023 conference, the most timely topic is the Amazon Rings of Power adaptation and its reception. If you are interested in participating in a roundtable on the series in 2023, please email [email protected].

For individual paper proposals, please submit contact information (name, institutional affiliation if any, e-mail address, and telephone number), your presentation’s title, and a 300-word proposal describing your topic, chosen theory and method, and proposed argument and its relevance to current scholarship.

For a paper session proposal, please submit your contact information, all the presenters’ contact information, and a 100-300 word proposal for the session. All participants for your proposed paper session or roundtable must register for the conference and submit their individual proposals through the PCA database so they can be added to the paper session.

If you wish to organize a roundtable, please contact me directly at [email protected]. Only Area Chairs or PCA Admins can enter roundtables into the PCA database. Please note that the TSA can schedule only two roundtables; however, there are no limits on the number of paper sessions we can present!

Welcome scholars in all period specializations, from all disciplines, using any critical theory. We encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary as well as collaborative work. Tolkien studies includes, but is not limited to, the Legendarium; all adaptations and transformative works; reader reception and fan studies; source studies; literary studies; cultural studies; critical race studies; feminist, gender and queer studies; medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies, and tourism studies.

For more information:

Kris Swank

CFP: The Sandman: The TV Series

Edited book collection seeking essays on the new Netflix TV series adapting Neil Gaiman's comic book series, The Sandman.

500 word proposals (with short bio) are due by October 15, 2022.
Completed essays (4,000-6,500 words) are due by December 31, 2022.

To learn more, contact Dr. Tara Prescott-Johnson, [email protected] and/or see the flyer attached.



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Total newbie question, but is there a calendar or listing of the major Tolkien journals/conferences posted somewhere? I know a few names (Mythlore, JoTR, etc) but I'd like to get a clearer view of all the main forums for Tolkien/Middle-earth scholarship. Any advice or info would be helpful, thanks!

And thanks so much for posting these calls for papers; very helpful!