Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Lists, a Job, and Other Business in the New Year!


At the end of last year I created a new page on this blog to keep track of forthcoming conferences on romance fiction and related topics. The page is accessible via a link at the top of the sidebar. If anyone knows of other relevant conferences, please let me know.

I was wondering if there might also be interest in a forthcoming books/articles page, again on topics related to the academic study of popular romance fiction and related topics (such as desire, chick lit, love, marriage, paranormal creatures, rom-coms). If there's enough interest, I'll create a page so please let me know if you've got a book or article in the works which meets those criteria and will be published in 2013.

Job Opportunity

This isn't specifically asking for someone with knowledge of romance publishing, but Queensland University of Technology is looking for someone who can
contribute to teaching, research and administration related to the Bachelor of Entertainment Industries and must have a strong understanding of the process of getting entertainment products made and marketed – either from industry experience, or from study of industry processes. Applicants may be trained in Business, Law, Finance or Creative Industries. The degree focuses on cross-sector generic producing skills, and we encourage applicants with an interdisciplinary interest and expertise in any commercial entertainment sector, including but not limited to publishing, music, television, radio, computer games, theatre, dance, theme parks, sport or transmedia.
It's a fixed-term, 3-year position and the closing date is 20 January 2013. More details here.

Other Business

Given the number of billionaire tycoons in popular romance, I thought this could be relevant to romance scholars:
Call for contributors
Business in Popular Culture
Deadline: 1 February 2013

We are putting together a collection of papers that explore various representations of business in popular culture. The topics could range from fashion, design and branding to popular media, social media and entertainment. We seek abstracts from academics, scholars and practitioners who have an innovative approach to business and popular culture.

The selected papers may be considered for publication in an edited book or a special issue journal. Please send abstracts (no more than 200 words) and a short bio to the editors:

Dr Toni Johnson-Woods: t.johnsonwoods@uq.edu.au
Dr Gjoko Muratovski: gmuratovski@swin.edu.au
Deadline: 1 February 2013

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