CFPs: Vampires, Philip Pullman, climate change, horror film, Good Omens

1. CFP for PCA/ACA Vampire Studies on the legacy of Bram Stoker: Annual National Popular Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, 15-18 April 2020. Deadline: 1 November 2019.

The co-chairs of the PCA/ACA Vampire Studies area are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions which cover any aspect of the Vampire for the Annual National Popular Culture Association Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA from April 15-18, 2020.
This year’s central theme is the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

2. Call for Abstracts – a collection of philosophical essays on His Dark Materials and Philosophy. Deadline: 1 September 2019.

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the Philip Pullman trilogy and soon-to-be HBO series His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass/Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass). This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series.

3. CFP: ICFA 41, Climate Change and the Anthropocene, 41st International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), Orlando, Florida, 18-22 March 2020. Deadline: 31 October 2019.

Amitov Ghosh suggests in The Great Derangement (2017) that among the difficulties of confronting climate change is the fact that it is “unthinkable” via the conventions of realist fiction. Taking our cue from Ursula K. Le Guin’s phrase “realists of a larger reality” in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters, ICFA 41 will explore the power of fantastic genres to make climate change and other crises of the Anthropocene visible and intelligible. How have fantastic genres helped us represent and respond to this reality? How might these genres offer us new ways for thinking about humanity, our planet, and the complex entanglements between them? How might we reimagine ourselves and the future in the face of climate change? We welcome papers, creative works, and panel discussions addressing these and related questions across any genre, every language, and across all media of the fantastic.

4. CFP: Family Blood: Roots and Ritual in Contemporary Horror Films, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Denver, 1-5 April 2020. Deadline: 26 August 2019.

How and why do contemporary horror films depict families as sites and sources of horror? We are especially interested in discussions of inheritance, possession, trauma, and/or gatherings of families as a community or in a place for ritual-like practices.

5. Call for abstracts: Good Omens: Nice and Accurate Analyses by Intelligent Writers. Deadline: 30 September 2019.

Written as a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens (1990) had an active and long-term fanbase before the debut of the Amazon Prime miniseries. Its adaptation, brought to fruition by Gaiman as a promise to Pratchett before Pratchett’s 2015 death, however, has not only brought new fans into the fold, but increased the visibility of the original text.

This collection seeks to examine the book and the series, separately and together, in the numerous contexts in which both exist (text, television, fandom, etc.) The collection is under contract with McFarland & Company. The collection will be peer-reviewed.

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