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Friday, June 19, 2015

CFP Inaugural Issue of The Rising Dragon (open-topic) (12/1/2015)

Of potential interest:

Inaugural CFP: The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies
Monday, June 8, 2015

The Rising Dragon

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the first CFP for a new publication, The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies. We also accept video submissions. The theme for our first edition is “Pacific Rim as Frontier and Heartland.” During his presidential nomination acceptance speech in 1960, President John F. Kennedy first posited the idea of the Pacific Rim as a definite community that was both frontier and heartland, combining the two central ideas of the American mythos. For him, it was a contiguous, ever more integrated community of interest, experience, and humanness. It revolves as a single unit in that sense, transcending the merely Trans-Pacific by being Circum-Pacific, including all the cultures on the edges and within it. This is what informs our idea of the Pacific Rim and thus provides the impetus for our first theme, “Pacific Rim as Frontier and Heartland.”

Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Anthropology and Sociology
Art and Music, Traditional to Today
Cultural Fusion, Adaptation, and Experimentation
Fandom Groups and Popular Culture
Human Interaction with the Natural World
Immigration, Emigration, Acculturation, and Returning Home
Imperialism, Colonialism, Independence, and Indigeneity
Interactive and New Media
Literature (Including Graphic Literature) and Language
Politics, Economics, and International Relations
Race Relations
Religious Practices, Festivals, and Rites
Sexual and Gender Normativities
Television, Cinema, and Video Games
Theatre and Performance
Youth Culture and Expression
All fields are to be broadly construed and we will consider submissions outside these areas on their individual merits
We also accept book, film, and game review proposals
Please contact us if you have a proposal for a future themed edition

The Rising Dragon is principally an English-language journal and all initial submissions, including abstracts, are to be in that language. Authors may use American or British English as the author prefers, provided they are consistent. Author-provided translations of all materials in other Pacific Rim languages (e.g. Cebuano, Chinese, French, Hawai’ian, Japanese, Javanese, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Maori, Pama-Nyungan, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese) will be published alongside the official English versions. Submissions may also be multimedia, including standard print formats and accompanying video or audio recordings. Please see our CFV for details on how to submit a recording.

Questions, inquiries, and abstracts of 250-500 words and CV/résumé should be submitted to RisingDragonJournal@gmail.com in Word format by 1 December 2015 for inclusion in the first edition, projected for a 15 March 2016 publication date. We also accept applications to be outside readers for blind peer review purposes. Academics at all stages of their careers, industry professionals, government and religious officials, and other interested parties are all eligible to submit abstracts to The Rising Dragon for consideration. Papers submitted to The Rising Dragon must not have been published or posted elsewhere before submission to the journal. Please see our Style Sheet before submitting an abstract or completed manuscript.

Our journal is an open access publication, as are our video presentations, and will never charge fees to authors or readers. The Rising Dragon is a publication of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University.

Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Darren Jon Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology and Head of Japan Studies, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Assistant Editor: J. Holder Bennett, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, McKinney, Texas, USA

Associate Editors:

Dr. Eunju Bährisch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham, Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of English, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Dr. Darryl E. Brock, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Dr. Rick Hudson, Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK

Dr. Frank Jacob, Assistant Professor of World History, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, Bayside, New York, USA

Dr. Bruno Starrs, Senior Lecturer in Cinematology, Institut Teknologi Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Christopher B. Patterson, Assistant Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China

Daniel Fandino, Member, H-Net Executive Council, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Peter Schuelke, Visiting Fellow, Polinsky Language Science Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Video Curator: William R. Clark, Jr.

ISSN: 2379-2930

CFP Mad Magazine collection (9/15/2015)

CFP: Book on Mad Magazine
Monday, June 8, 2015

Call for papers for a book on Mad magazine. We are looking for scholarly examinations of the magazine, its humor, its artists, its cultural and political impact, and its influence. The book is under consideration by a major university press, and will expand what was covered in a recent special issue of Studies in American Humor. Here is the link to the contents of that issue: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/studamerhumor.issue-30

Possible topics include the following:  feminist approaches; racial issues; humor types/genres/media; movie and TV parodies; recurring features, such as “Spy vs. Spy”; examinations of specific artists/writers; precursors; legacy/influence; and others.

Please send queries or proposals by September 15, 2015 to Judith Yaross Lee, the editor of Studies in American Humor:  leej@ohio.edu

Judith Yaross Lee
Ohio University
Email: leej@ohio.edu

CFP Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (collection) (8/15/2015)

Wow! It has been a very long time since my last post. I hope to be more responsive this summer.

CFP: The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (an edited collection) Aug. 15-- proposals due
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Call for Papers

The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (an edited collection)

This proposed volume for the University Press of Mississippi's book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, will examine the works of two influential cartoonists: Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell. These artists have helped shape the world of contemporary comics, particularly through their experiments in autobiography, travelogue, fantasy, and diary.

We are interested in assembling a tightly woven collection of compelling essays from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to suggest starting off points for sustained future critical analysis. Each essay may examine the works of one or the other cartoonist, or it may put historical and aesthetic discussions of their works in conversation with one another. Some of the critical approaches we hope to encounter include: comics and visual studies, art history, print and material culture studies, women's and gender studies, and auto/biography studies.

General topics potential contributors may choose to address in discussing the works of one, the other, or both cartoonists include:

  • diaries, travelogues, and dream journals
  • representations of gender and sexuality
  • adaptations (film, etc.) and/or translations
  • auto/biography and/or gender and genre
  • urban landscapes and interiors
  • comics genealogies and networks
  • technology and comics
  • place and origin: Quebec/England/San Francisco/New York
  • graphic medicine (epilepsy, depression)
  • self-publishing, zines, and mini-comics
  • career trajectories
  • anthologies/anthologizing; comics publishers/publishing (L'Association, Drawn & Quarterly, website, self, etc.)
  • art books and/or non-narrative works
  • non-comics works and methods (collage, poetry, animation, silkscreening, etc.)

In the form of a Word file or PDF, please send a 500-1000 word abstract, CV, and contact information to Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley at bellanddoucet@gmail.com by August 15.