Calls for Papers/Proposals
The editors of Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies invite submissions of papers for a special double issue to be published in 2021, celebrating the journal’s twentieth year. The focus will be the School of Whedon. Articles may consider comparisons and influences of Whedon and company’s work in other creations, e.g. elements of Supernatural, Eureka, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or others; articles may also separately consider the work of what might be called the diaspora of artists who have collaborated with Whedon, such as series creators, e.g. Marti Noxon (Sharp Objects), David Greenwalt (Grimm), Tim Minear (American Horror Story), Jane Espenson (Husbands); actors, e.g. Nathan Fillion (Castle), Amy Acker (Person of Interest); composers, e.g. Christophe Beck (Frozen); production designers, e.g. Carey Meyer (C.S.I. Miami); editors, e.g. Lisa Lassek (The Circle); and more. The goal of the issue's “School of Whedon” theme is to encourage analyses that push past a singular focus on Whedon's work to consider texts influenced by Whedon, or produced by Whedon's present and/or former collaborators. These considerations may be comparative, but should feature significant engagement with other creators associated with Whedon.
The submission deadline is 31 January 2021. Submissions should be approximately 4500 to 10,000 words; accepted essays may be lengthened in revision. All submissions should exhibit strong familiarity with already-published Whedon scholarship (see the Whedonology bibliography and the Oxford University Press online bibliographies on Whedon and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Since the journal is MLA-indexed, MLA documentation is preferred; however, the editors will accept a different documentation style should it be justified by the academic discipline framing the paper. The submission should be sent electronically as an email attachment in Word (.doc / .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) with the author’s surname in the file label. (Authors’ names will be removed for blind peer review.) Accepted essayists will be provided with a House Style Sheet; authors may also request to be sent the sheet before submission. Send the submission to editor Rhonda V. Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CFP: 9th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses
Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, the Whedon Studies Association, and conveners Lorna Jowett, Cynthia Burkhead, and Kristopher Woofter solicit proposals for the ninth biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW9). This conference dedicated to the imaginative universe(s) of Joss Whedon and his primary collaborators (e.g., Marti Noxon, Tim Minear, David Greenwalt, Jane Espenson, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, etc.) will be held on the downtown campus of Dawson College, Montréal, Québec, Canada, from 9-12 July 2020. Kristopher Woofter of Dawson College will serve as local arrangements chair.
We welcome proposals of 200-300 words (or an abstract of a completed paper) on any aspect of the following topics.
The Post-Whedon TV Landscape: With the idea that ‘Whedon studies’ might include a range of creative work by Whedon collaborators and others influenced by his work, exclusive of Whedon’s involvement, proposals may address
Presentations may come from any disciplinary perspective: literature, history, communications, film and television studies, women’s and gender studies, queer and trans studies, religion, linguistics, music, cultural studies, genre studies, and others. In other words, multidisciplinary discussions of the text, the social context, the audience, the producers, the production, and more are all appropriate. A proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with already-published scholarship in the field, which includes dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and nearly twenty years of the blind peer-reviewed journal, Slayage.
An individual paper is strictly limited to a reading time of 18-20 minutes, and we encourage, though do not require, self-organized panels of three presenters. Proposals for workshops, roundtables, or other types of sessions are also welcome. Submissions by both graduate and undergraduate students are invited; undergraduates should provide the name, email, and phone number of a faculty member willing to consult with them (the faculty member does not need to attend). Proposals should be submitted online through this SCW9 webpage (see below) and will be reviewed by program chairs Rhonda V. Wilcox and Cynthia Burkhead, and local arrangements chair, Kristopher Woofter.
Proposal Format: Proposals of 250-300 words for individual papers should include a title, projected thesis, identification of the corpus, and sense of the theoretical approach. Proposals for workshops, roundtables, or other types of sessions should include a title, a description of the session's organizing theme, and a list of the names, affiliations, and contact info of potential presenters; proposals for the papers that comprise the session would be sent individually by potential presenters, indicating their presentation as part of a proposed session.
Submissions must be received by Monday, 13 January 2020. Decisions will be made by Monday, 2 March 2020.
Slayage General Call for Papers
The Slayage editorial team invites submissions of proposals and complete essays for upcoming issues of the journal.
In addition to Whedon staples such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Avengers films, and the upcoming series The Nevers, Slayage hopes to generate increased discussion around the wider oeuvre of Joss Whedon and those who have collaborated with him. That is, we encourage investigation into the ways the Whedon influence, themes, and aesthetic have formed and informed the TV, film, and pop-cultural landscape. Such topics might include work on current or past projects developed by Whedon collaborators such as Jane Espenson (Husbands), Tim Minear (American Horror Story, Feud), David Greenwalt (Grimm), Marti Noxon (Sharp Objects), and others. These explorations need not in every case be structured upon explicit connections to Whedon; in short, these essays need not be comparisons, though essays drawing such comparisons are of course welcome. Essays arguing for Whedon’s influence on projects such as Supernatural, Veronica Mars, Teen Wolf, and Jessica Jones, to name a few, are also welcome.
We welcome a variety of approaches and critical frameworks, including but not limited to: historical, cultural, commercial, production-related, aesthetic, generic, and thematic. We invite explorations from various theoretical perspectives.
Proposals should be conversant with previously published work in Whedon Studies in Slayage and elsewhere.
Proposals should not exceed 250 words, and should include the following:
Rolling submissions accepted.
Send submissions of proposals and completed essays to email@example.com.
Please see the journal’s Submission Guidelines for more information: http://www.whedonstudies.tv/submission-guidelines1.htm