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30 May

CfP: Space and time in Tolkien’s work

Das Tolkien Seminar, 2022: Space and time in Tolkien’s work

As can be seen from many of the texts recently published in the volume The Nature of Middle-earth (2021; edited by Carl Hostetter), Tolkien extensively studied the different aspects of the space- and time-continuum. He did so often in order to give his subcreated world a cohesive and coherent temporal and spatial framework. Therefore, aspects belonging primarily to the field of worldbuilding’ will be one aspect to be explored. However, we also want to encourage participants to investigate the narrative effects of space and time.

The seminar aims at bringing together researchers from various disciplines in order to explore the theoretical foundations and the literary mise-en-scène of the time-space continuum in Tolkien’s work.

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    … As can be seen from many of the texts recently published in the volume The Nature of Middle-earth (2021; edited by Carl Hostetter), Tolkien extensively studied the different aspects of the space- and time-continuum. He did so often in order to give his subcreated world a cohesive and coherent temporal and spatial framework. Therefore, aspects belonging primarily to the field of worldbuilding’ will be one aspect to be explored. However, we also want to encourage participants to investigate the narrative effects of space and time.

    The seminar aims at bringing together researchers from various disciplines in order to explore the theoretical foundations and the literary mise-en-scène of the time-space continuum in Tolkien’s work.

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      1 June

      Call for papers

      deadline for submissions: 

      June 1, 2022

      full name / name of organization: 

      Editor Dr. Charul (“Chuckie”) Palmer-Patel

      contact email: 

      c.​[email protected]​gmail.​com

      While fantasy fiction has become incredibly popular and prolific in these last few decades, the appeal of fantastical literature dates back to antiquity, as mythologies, legends, and encounters with the supernatural have formed a large part of narrative traditions in every culture and language. This companion seeks to update and address underexamined areas of fantasy fiction, with the chief aim to provide a global introduction to English-language and English-translation fantasy fiction. This collection will focus on the contemporary written word (narrative prose) produced in late 20th and early 21st century. However, given the range and scope of fantasy (poetry, paintings, sculptures, plays, ballets, operas, films, television shows, graphic novels, animation, video games, tabletop games, etc), the editor will consider proposals which incorporate other mediums as comparisons, adaptations, or lineages, so long as the focus on the written word is apparent.

      The companion will be divided into 3 sections:

      Historical Influences and Lineage, including (but not limited to) considerations of:

      • Mythological or oral roots (evolution, transmission, and/​or dissemination,)
      • Legends and representations of heroic ideals
      • Considerations of influential writers, past and present (note that this topic previously read challenges to and considerations of influential writers,” but based on the responses to the section, I have taken the first steps in creating a companion that focuses on this topic. Please see the CFP for Forgotten Fantasists for details

      Poetics and Aesthetics of Genre, including (but not limited to) considerations of:

      • Discussions of significant tropes or common images (either across the fantasy genre, specific to a subgenre)
      • Adaptations and movement between mediums
      • Development of the genre/​genre boundaries

      Current Social Concerns, including (but not limited to):

      • Challenges to or affirmations of gender binaries and heteronormative relationships
      • Issues of decolonization, including unpacking the villain as Other or dissolving the binary of good and evil
      • Global anxieties such as climate change or late-stage capitalism

      The editor Dr. C. Palmer-Patel invites abstracts of 500 words with 100-word bionotes to be submitted to c.​[email protected]​gmail.​com by 1 June 2022. Early expressions of interest encouraged. Abstracts will be considered with emphasis on the primary objective of the collection as a whole (as an updated first-stop introduction to fantasy criticism to be used by teachers, students, and scholars), alongside the fit of the proposed chapter for each section. Bionotes should include details of primary research interests along with recent and relevant contributions to the field.

      The collection has been pitched to Peter Lang’s Genre Fiction and Film Companions series. Final chapters will be 4000 words (including bibliography) and will be due 2023/2024.

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        30 June

        CfP: 2022 Annual Conference

        … Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Princeton, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

        Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit mapaca​.net/​areas. General questions can be directed to [email protected]​mapaca.​net. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2022.

        MAPACA’s participants are comprised of college and university faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate and undergraduate students. MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multidisciplinary manifestations. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.”

        For more information, visit mapaca​.net.…

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