Following the neoliberal impulse to quantify everything in order to make a metric of productivity out of my life, and also following in the footsteps of Mark Bould, Dan Hassler-Forest, Drew Morton, and other friends who quantify their reading/viewing habits, and further following those academic-twitter and writer-twitter folks who post year's-end lists of publications—for these … Continue reading Things I Read, Wrote, Did in 2018
Call for Chapters STAR WARS TV Transmedia Worlds, Franchise Politics, and Televisual Culture Co-edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac and Derek R. Sweet Star Wars. The name evokes billion-dollar blockbusters, a film franchise that has last more than forty years. For most people, Star Wars is the Star Wars films—that one with the teddy bears, the ones with … Continue reading CFP: Star Wars TV
This panel also goes beyond ruminations on King’s literary legacy to explore the literariness (or not) of mainstream horror fiction and the merits to literary studies of turning our eyes to the most popular fictions in the literary marketplace.
In 2017, I read 125 books. This list was inspired by Mark Bould, who wrote his own about his reading practices in 2016 (published in January 2017). I combed through all that I read to create three lists of “bests”: recent fiction (past two years), older fiction, and comics. “Best” is subjective and my reasoning … Continue reading Annual Reading List 2017
Online science fiction studies journal Deletion calls for 2,000-word “think pieces” on the concept of “punk” as it has been used (and abused) in speculative fiction subgenres.
The following proposal was accepted to the 2018 ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Panelists were selected by invitation and from an open CFP. I’m posting it here as an example of a successful ASA proposal. – – – SCIENCE FICTION AS DISSENT Panel Proposal | ASA Annual Meeting | … Continue reading 2017 ASA Panel Proposal
The following proposal was accepted to the 2018 MLA Annual Convention in New York City, NY. Panelists were selected by invitation and from an open CFP. I'm posting it here as an example of a successful MLA proposal. - - - CREATIVE ECONOMIES OF SCIENCE FICTION Session … Continue reading 2018 MLA Session Proposal
The following proposal was accepted to the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Panelists were selected by invitation and from an open CFP. The session was also chosen as one of the year's Presidential Theme: Boundary Condition sessions by Kwame Anthony Appiah. I'm posting it here as an example of a successful MLA proposal. - … Continue reading 2017 MLA Session Proposal
Call for Chapters WHITENESS AND THE AMERICAN SUPERHERO Co-edited by Sean Guynes and Martin Lund American superhero comics have a problem with race, and especially with their own overwhelming—albeit often unspoken—whiteness. Recent decades have seen increasing interest in diversity of all kinds from comics publishers, and in the past few years comics scholars have sought to … Continue reading CFP: Whiteness and the American Superhero
MLA 2018 CFP 4-7 January 2018 New York City, NY Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction This panel builds on recent interest in literary institutions, as evidenced for example in Mark McGurl’s The Program Era (Harvard UP, 2009), and dovetails with older investments in the literary marketplace with which literary institutions are necessarily … Continue reading CFP for MLA 2018: Creative Economies of Science Fiction