Author: Tobias Steiner

CfP: Slayage Special Issue “Let’s Go to Work: The Legacy of Angel”. Deadline: Jan 15, 2018.

On October 5th 1999, the first episode of Angel – the spin-off to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – aired on the WB.  The television show ran for five seasons and ended with a bang – or at least with a dragon – on May 19th 2004. The story continued in comic book form, including Angel: After the Fall (IDW Publishing), Angel & Faith Season 9 and Angel & Faith Season 10 (Dark Horse Comics).  While the show has received critical attention in the form of journal articles in Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Refractory,...

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Call for Papers: “High Fantasy, Political Dreams, and the Mainstream: Reflections on Game of Thrones”. Deadline: Dec 15, 2017.

The Canadian Review of American Studies (University of Toronto Press) is seeking papers for a special issue on the Game of Thrones fantasy series. With nearly 11 million viewers and a staggering one billion illegal downloads of the most recent season, HBO’s television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series has entered the pantheon of cultural phenomena. Yet, the success of GoT belies the fact that its generic underpinnings have historically been considered a niche category of fiction, one that seldom dominates mainstream discourses. The popularity of GoT may thus suggest a cultural shift, particularly in the...

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Call for Proposals: Two-Day Symposium Exploring Contemporary US Television and “the Literary” @Edinburgh Napier University, May 5-6, 2018. Deadline: Dec 1, 2017.

We are seeking proposals for a symposium to be hosted by the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University on May 5-6, 2018. Organisers: Dr Arin Keeble (Edinburgh Napier) and Dr Sam Thomas (Durham). Keynote: Professor Stephen Shapiro (Warwick University) Contemporary US television is frequently conceived of, promoted and analysed as “literary”. Following the game-changing impact of The Sopranos (1999-2007), The Wire (2002-2008) can potentially be identified as a paradigm case here: it was originally pitched to HBO as a “novel” for television; it has been famously compared to the serial works of Dickens; it has...

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Call for chapters: “Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror & the Politics of Fear”. Deadline: Sept 30, 2017.

Title: Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror & the Politics of Fear Collection Editor: Dr Victoria McCollum (Ulster University) Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2017 Contact: v.mccollum@ulster.ac.uk Publisher: Routledge Summary: Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear explores the intersection of film, politics, and American culture and society through a bold critical analysis of popular horror films/TV produced in the Trump era, such as Green Room (2015); The Witch (2015); Don’t Breathe (2016); The Purge: Election Year (2016); American Gods (2017); American Horror Story (2017); Get Out (2017); and The Handmaid’s Tale (2017). This collection of essays will explore how popular horror...

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CfP: Media Mutations 10 – The “-tainment” Effect. Cultures and Logics of Entertainment Across Audiovisual and Digital Media. Bologna, May 21-22, 2018. Deadline: Dec 15, 2017.

Media Mutations, the international conference of studies on audiovisual media hosted by Dipartimento delle Arti of Università di Bologna, comes to its tenth edition. This conference’s theme is the impact of entertainment logics across different media, at a professional, cultural and social level. The “-tainment” Effect. Cultures and Logics of Entertainment Across Audiovisual and Digital Media Bologna, Dipartimento delle Arti, May 21st-22nd, 2018 Organized by Luca Barra and Paola Brembilla (Università di Bologna), in collaboration with Liz Evans (University of Nottingham) Entertainment cultures seem to be spreading widely across contemporary media, from press to fashion, from music to television, from...

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