Saturday, February 07, 2015

CFPs: Romance after 9/11, A zine for lovers of romance fiction, Pop Culture in Asia/Australia/Oceania,

Call for Papers--Special Session Proposal for the MLA Convention in Austin, Texas 

Warrior and Lover: The New Face of Romance After 9/11
Nearly fourteen years after 9/11, there is little doubt that the significance of this event goes well beyond its impact on global politics and has influenced cultural production across genres and in a range of contexts. The romance novel is no exception. From the rise of the paranormal, to the new proliferation of sheik novels, to the resurgence of the warrior hero and heroine, the ever-changing landscape of the romance novel reveals a mostly feminine space in which the challenges of the post-9/11 era manifest themselves in both predictable and surprising ways.  

This panel seeks papers that explore the production of romance novels after 9/11 and the resulting variations in the genre brought about by this event. 

To be considered, please send an abstract of 250-300 words (a detailed summary of all papers selected must be included in the final proposal), as well as your name, title, and institutional affiliation to Jessica Matthews at and Maria Ramos-Garcia at NO LATER THAN February 15th for full consideration.

Call for submissions: A zine for lovers of romance fiction 

We’re calling for submissions for the first issue of an annual romance fanzine with an as yet undetermined title. [...] People who love romance fiction are invited to submit stuff for inclusion in the zine. We’ll consider any creative work, including: essays (min 250 words); academic findings (written in plain speak); illustrations; personal reflections; photographs; poetry; scanned artwork; original short stories; excerpts of books in progress; and fun, provocative or satirical remixes. [...]

Our aim is to have the zine ready in time for the Australian Romance Readers Conference in March. This is a super tight deadline, so we need your submissions by Saturday, February 7.

More details here.

Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Pop Culture in Asia and Australia/Oceania

Entry essays can vary in length, approximately 1000-2000 words and should include a short list of recommended further reading. Entries should be clear, concise, objective, informative, and not heavily footnoted.

The editors welcome and invite contributors to suggest topics that they would like to write on, for consideration and possible inclusion in this volume. We are not limiting our reach and are interested in generating country-specific ideas. [...] We cordially invite interested contributors to help us build the best possible topic list by making suggestions. A list of chosen topics in need of contributors is available on request. All contributors automatically get contributing author credit and free digital access to this encyclopedia. Editors can provide individual invitation letters to contributors upon request. If you are interested in contributing, please email the following information: full name, title, institutional affiliation, best mailing address, email, CV, and suggested entry or entries to both: and

More details here.

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