Edited by Emily Strand, MA and Amy H. Sturgis, PhD
The generations-spanning, multimedia franchises Star Trek and Star Wars will form the focus for this edited collection of scholarly essays. As venerable and evolving repositories of science fiction and fantasy storytelling, and as towering pillars of popular culture, both Star Trek and Star Wars inspire, transform, and even at times inflame their often overlapping fan bases.
Together with the publisher, the editors seek proposals for essays exploring these franchises’ themes, narratives, characters, treatment of moral and philosophical dilemmas, religious or spiritual notions, and other aspects. (Abstracts for essays which compare or contrast the two franchises are also welcome.) Collected essays will offer insight — from a variety of disciplines and perspectives — on how these franchises contribute to popular culture and the tradition of speculative storytelling.
Abstracts and subsequent essays should be academically rigorous yet accessible to the informed (even non-academic) reader.
Abstracts of 300-500 words in length should be submitted, along with a brief biographical statement, by August 2, 2021.
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by September 1, 2021, and paper drafts should be submitted by January 10, 2022.