Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines April-June 2018

Science fiction today
ELOPE 15 (1), 2018
Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2018

ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries ( is a double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original research of English language, literature, teaching and translation.

The spring 2018 issue of ELOPE is dedicated to the position and role of speculative fiction and especially science fiction in a world that is increasingly becoming speculative and science fictional. The globalized, digitally mediated nature of contemporary realities and, indeed, individuals, increasingly corresponds to those imagined by the literary cyberpunk of the 1980s – by the movement which with its formal and thematic properties arguably blurred the dividing line between the “mainstream” literary fiction and the science fiction genre. In the first decade of the third millennium, the extrapolations of current technologies and science typically associated with the genre seem to be moving from the temporal to the spatial axis, that is, from the futures far far away to the multiplicity of presents and realities that are parallel to ours. Jaak Tomberg attributes this collapse of futurity to the “cognitively dissonant pace of change in contemporary technocultural society” which renders imagining of ontologically different futures impossible. Approaching the issue from the perspective of postmodern theory, we can similarly ascertain that in a world in which the digital code precedes reality, the present is a priory infused with futurity, and any (literary) speculation cannot NOT be realistic. On the other hand, recent developments in the field increasingly reveal an alternative, radically different approach to futurity. In the 2014 collection of essays on contemporary science fiction SF Now, for instance, contributors acknowledge the prevalence of texts in which the future is a furtherance of the technocultural, late capitalist present; however, with regard to the social, cultural and historical relevance of the genre in the coming years, their focus is directed at the narratives in which the future transcends imaginable possibilities and inspects the potentialities of a different ontological order.

What, then, is science fiction today? What is its role? Has the collapse of futurity onto the present caused an irretrievable convergence of the speculative and the mimetic? How does that reflect on the language used? The stylistic properties? On the ways such fiction is translated? How much sense does it make to treat science fiction – or anything else for that matter – as a genre significantly different from other instances of writing in the context of the postmodern paradigm which fundamentally revels in hybridity? To what an extent do traditional definitions of the genre still apply? What can be considered cognitively dissonant and what can be considered a novum in a world that seems to have no outside? Can there be an outside, and if so what is it (would it be) like? What role can science fiction play in our imaginings of the future? And of our present? What does it have to offer? What can it teach us? These are some of the issues we would like to address in the up-coming issue of ELOPE. The editors warmly invite contributors to submit original research on these and related topics, and to provide insights from as wide a range of perspectives, approaches and disciplines as possible – not only from the seemingly primary domain of literary studies, but also from the perspective of language and translation studies, as well as ELT.

The language of contributions is English. Papers should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length, with an abstract of 150–180 words. They should be submitted electronically, and should conform to the author guidelines ( Any inquiries can be sent to Andrej Stopar ( Submission deadline: April 1st, 2018.

(postd 23 November 2017)

Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in April 2019

The Essay: Present Histories, Present Futures
University of Malta, 11-13 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018

This international conference organised by the Department of English at the University of Malta responds to a recent and pronounced resurgence of interest in the essayistic and the essay form. It aims to bring together academics, researchers, and scholars with varied backgrounds and interests to discuss the essay both by returning to its rich and varied history and by discussing its futures. The essay has always been averse to simple definition, taking elements from other discourses and reinventing itself continuously, while at the same time retaining something which makes it recognisable as ‘essay’. It is this tension that this conference focuses on by considering, among other things, the histories and futures of the essay; its key milestones and protagonists; its relation to literature, philosophy, theory, and non-fiction of various kinds; its relation to modality and publication contexts; and the possibility or otherwise of developing a poetics or a theory of the essay.

We invite papers that engage with the following suggested topics, but other proposed topics will also be considered.

  • Developing a poetics of the essay
  • Developing a theory of the essay
  • The contemporary essay
  • The essay’s relation to literature and literariness
  • The essay and the poetic
  • The essay and philosophy
  • The essay and literary theory
  • The essayistic
  • The essay, mode, and modality (print, film, digital, etc)
  • The histories and traditions of the essay
  • The relation between the essay and specific national literatures
  • The essay in the Mediterranean region
  • The futures of the essay
  • Individual essayists and their contribution to the poetics/theory/history/tradition of the essay
  • Recurring motifs in the essay tradition
  • Intertextuality in the essay
  • The essay and creative nonfiction
  • The institutionalization (or lack of it) of the essay
  • The essay and its publication contexts

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof. Neil Badmington (University of Cardiff)
Prof. Ivan Callus (University of Malta)
Dr. Uttara Natarjan (Goldsmith’s College, London)
Others to be announced in due course

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of proposals: 30th April 2018
Confirmation of acceptance of proposal after peer reviewing process: by 31st May 2018
Registration opens in July 2018

Proposals for 20 minutes papers in the form of a brief abstract (200-250words) and a short biographic note should be emailed as pdf/word files to by 30th April 2018. Any queries about the conference should be sent to the same email address.

(posted 19 October 2017)

Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines January-March 2018

Environment, Ecology, Climate and ‘Nature’ in 21st Century Scottish Literature
Special Issue of Humanities  (ISSN 2076-0787)
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2018

We invite submissions of abstracts of 300 words by 15th January 2018. Please note that contributors to this special issue will not be required to pay any article processing charge. The deadline for manuscript submission is 15 September 2018.

The detailed CFP and further Special Issue information:


Please send proposals to both guest editors:

Carla Sassi

Graeme Macdonald

(posted 27 October 2017)

Marx, Semiotics and Political Praxis
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter Open
Deadline for porposals: 15 January 2018

Ed. Prof. Paulina Aroch Fugellie, UAM-C, Mexico City

As the first Frankfurt School theorists observed, the possibility of meaning-making has been in crisis at least since the interwar period. Yet the oversaturation of information that characterizes the “digital age” makes discernment today even more difficult than before. It is not only a question of large numbers of competing discourses blurring meaning itself out, but also of a fundamental disassociation between words and their use, between the constative and the performative dimensions of language as described by Jean Baudrillard, Peter Sloterdijk, Slavoj Žižek, Frederic Jameson, and Giorgio Agamben. In sum, the contemporary commodification of the semiotic field and the emptying out of signs as spectacles has severed the political, ethical, ideological, intellectual and even existential scope of (academic) writing as a political project. In this context, it is pertinent to return to the work of Karl Marx to reflect on and engage with his coherent articulation of words and their use, of words and actions, and of the intellectual and the political. The coherence of his discourse and praxis offers tools to think through, if not seek to transform, the alienated semiotic landscape of our times. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, in this special issue we want to honour his 11th Thesis on Feuerbach: “philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it”. Thinking in this way of theory as an intervention in the world, we welcome papers that seek to impact the following areas of investigation:

  • the commodification of the semiotic field; the potential and limits of theory today as a transformative praxis;
  • the relation between words and actions in Marx’s oeuvre and praxis;
  • within and beyond the “young/old Marx” division: the co-constitution of the subject and political economy
  • work as a place of realization of human potential, a place for producing meaning and producing ourselves as meaningful, a place of construction of subjectivity and the implications of this understanding of work under current conditions of precarious labour and disembodied labour
  • the work of networks, the work of language, collective intelligence and Marx’s “Fragment on Machines” in the Grundrisse
  • Marx on and as homo faber; the intellectual as homo faber; homo faber in the age of structural mass unemployment; homo faber in the age of social networks
  • Foreclosure of the social totality, of the work as unity; fragmentation of experience, of the self and of language; alienation from the products of labor and alienation from subjectivity as a product
  • The work that late-capitalist schizophrenia does; ideological homes of the present, the desire that binds us in ideology, the pain of letting our ideologies go.

We are particularly interested in texts that, in analyzing semiotic and technological configurations of the present, explore the relationship of the erotic, corporeal, emotional, affective, psychological and existential binds of ideology with its more general political, economic, sociological and philosophical functions.

Please send a short outline (approximately 500 words) and the title of your proposed contribution to by Jan. 15, 2018, The deadline for full papers is April 2, 2018. For more information see

There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.

(posted 2 November 2017)

Geomedia and the City
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2018

Eds.: Prof. Mekonnen Tesfahuney (Karlstads Universitet) & Dr. Tim Simpson (University of Macau)

Geomedia is an emerging concept that has been deployed to capture a particular technological condition, associated with recent rapid developments in digital technology. As such, it signals to the dialectics of locative media and the mediations of localities. However, the concept of geomedia carries deeper/wider ontological and epistemological registers that transcend the simple twining of geography and media. In this wider sense, geomedia gestures to the expanding interdisciplinary terrain at the crossroads of media studies and geography, where various ontologies and epistemologies of space/time, flows/mobilities and mediation/ mediatization come together. The urban is a key terrain where these ontologies and epistemologies are articulated. At the same time ontologies and epistemologies of the urban are being reworked in and through geomedia processes, ranging from questions of urbanism/urbanity as a way of life, inclusion, exclusion and precarious urbanities, to questions of (new) spatio-temporalities of the urban, various flows and mobile appropriations of the city.

We seek submissions of articles on any topic related to the broad theme of “geomedia and the city.” However, we are particularly interested in papers which engage with one of the following sub-themes:

  • Geomedia and the right to the city. How do we interpret Lefebvre’s interrogation of “the right to the city” in an age of locative media and smart cities? How do forms of geomedia function to entice, enable, regulate, constrain, or prohibit access to public spaces in the city, or to urban mobilities? How do geomedia reinforce or problematize gendered, racial, and class-based mobilities?
  • Geomedia exclusion, precarity, and/or exception. How do geomedia technologies function in enclaves, zones, slums, camps, gated communities, and other spaces of exception? How do geomedia create, regulate, circumscribe, or transcend borders, boundaries, perimeters, or peripheries?
  • Geomedia and surveillance. What is the role of geomedia in contemporary regimes of surveillance? How do geomedia function to regulate a disciplinary society (Foucault), modulate a “society of control” (Deleuze, 1992), or actuate forms of military urbanism (Graham, 2011)?

Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) to by January 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 5000 to 8000 words will be due by May 1, 2018. For more information see:

There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.

(posted 2 November 2017)

G. Ballard and Making
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2018

Ed. Dr Thomas Knowles (Birmingham City University)

G. Ballard’s fictional worlds are alive with making, remaking, repurposing and reinvigorating: ‘survival kits’ composed of unlike objects; the rekindling of creativity amongst the beach-fatigued denizens of Vermilion Sands; the surrealist constructs of ‘The Unlimited City’; the wound mappings and death scenarios of Crash; the consumerist totems and shrines of The Unlimited Dream Company, and more.

Amongst those that seek to mark difference between human beings and other animals, our ability to use tools and to reshape and reflect the world is often paramount. Why then does making, as much as denaturing and unsettling, seem so essential to Ballard’s project in works that radically destabilize binaries such as human/non-human, organic/inorganic, natural/cultural? Are the combinations of unlike objects and technologies in Ballard mere pataphysical play? Are they manifestations of derangement and/or faulty aesthetic judgement? Might the manipulation of objects and media point towards a means of resistance to seemingly reified social and political orders, or are such détournements inevitably recuperated?

This special issue seeks to explore these questions in the context of Ballard criticism and study, but also in the context of creative responses to Ballard’s work. As such we welcome proposals from creative practitioners, educators and researchers. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The repurposing of objects
  • Old or defunct technology
  • Junk and waste
  • Assemblage
  • Collage
  • Graffiti
  • Ballard and the plastic arts
  • Posthuman creativity
  • Film/painting/sculpture/jewellery/music etc. that responds to any aspect of Ballard’s work
  • Pedagogical essays and/or case studies that draw upon Ballard’s work and making

Please send proposals or abstracts of up to 500 words along with a short biography to Thomas Knowles before January 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 5000 to 8000 words will be due by May 1, 2018. For more information see:

There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.

(posted 2 November 2017)

The 20th- and 21st- Century Irish Literatures: Between Realism and Experimentation
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies)
Deadline for proposals: 15 February 2017

HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) seeks essay submissions for a thematic section of a 2019 issue on “The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation.” HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (

The tension between realism and experimentation has marked the development of modern Irish literature, being intrinsic to the work of a number of major Irish writers. Often regarded as a father-figure of all experimental writing, James Joyce was attacked by as different commentators as Lukács and Pound for the scope and radicalness of experiment, particularly in Finnegans Wake. Joyce himself considered his work to be firmly set in the realist tradition. At a time when he was yet to publish his first collection of lyrics, W. B. Yeats was encouraged by his father to write realist prose, which may eventually have contributed to his abhorrence of realism in favour of ever more daring experimentation in verse writing. Nonetheless, Yeats’s poetry is packed full of amazingly realist portrayals of the world about him. J. M. Synge may have worked in a realist mode but his implementation of vernacular Aran speech paved the way for the linguistic experimentation of the following generations of Irish (also English-language) playwrights.

Modern Irish literature may seem to be a field of vacillators (whether conscious or not remains to be investigated) who employ traditional genres and modes of writing, while at the same time, almost instinctively, seeking to supersede conventions. Sometimes this happens tacitly, by pushing the boundaries of expressiveness a little further, like with Synge. Occasionally the revolt engulfs conventions in flames in which new means of expression are forged, as is the case in Joyce.

Papers may include but are in no way limited to:

  • Realist and experimental modes in high modernism and onwards
  • Experimental literature today and a century ago: continuity and change
  • Revisions of the realist mode in contemporary Irish literatures
  • Ethics and aesthetics of realist and/or experimental literature
  • The great masters’ (stifling/enabling) influences
  • Contemporary realisms (including magical realism)
  • Voices from the margin (social, cultural, racial, etc.) and the conventions and aesthetics they have embraced or created
  • Cosmopolitanism vs. parochialism – openness and resistance to foreign trends
  • Irish literature and globalization (e.g., realism and experimentation in literary responses to global traumas, literature and the new media, literature and migration, etc.)
  • The aesthetics of nostalgia and futurity

Completed manuscripts of 5,000-10,000 words must follow the MLA parenthetical citation with Works Cited. Please follow the HJEAS Style Sheet available at

Proposals of 500 words with a 100-150 bio are due by February 15, 2018. Final papers are due by July 15, 2018. Please send the submissions and all inquiries to the guest editors, Wit Pietrzak ( and Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (

(posted 14 August 2017)

Black Womanhood in Popular Culture
Open Cultural Studies, Peer-Reviewed Journal by De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proopsals: 15 January 2017

Editors: Dr Katharina Gerund (Erlangen/Nürnberg) and Dr Stefanie Schäfer (Jena).

In contemporary popular culture, black womanhood frequently takes centre stage. It occupies an increasingly central place and articulates new and renewed dimensions, prompting questions about the status of black women in the cultural imaginary of the US and beyond. Most prominently, Michelle Obama’s First Ladyship has sparked scholarly and media discussions around the significance of stereotypes associated with black women, the possibilities and limitations of public figures to create new images and anchor them in the cultural imaginary, and about the subject positions and images that express and shape constructions of black womanhood. Further examples include the pop singer Beyoncé, who has proclaimed her commitment to feminism and designed an already iconic celebration of black motherhood (concerning Afro-futurist tropes), wildly popular TV shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder which feature black female protagonists, or literary works and feminist manifestos such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013) or We Should All Be Feminists (2014) and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017). Our special issue aims to examine the multifaceted ideological implications of this proliferation of black womanhood in popular culture. We would like the contributions to this special issue to discuss representations and performances of black womanhood in the transatlantic sphere. Contributions may address a broad range of topics, pertaining to e.g. visual culture (comics, films, TV shows, etc.), material culture and bodily practices, literature, performances, or the arts. We welcome academic essays as well as images to our volume. Issues to be explored include but are not limited to:

  • Black women as cultural agents
  • Feminist agendas and their representation in cultural discourses
  • Epistemologies of black womanhood and systems of knowledge production
  • Afropessimisms and ontologies of black subjecthood
  • · Histories and genealogies of representing black womanhood

Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) and biographical information to and by January 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 5000 to 7000 words will be due by May 1, 2018.

Full call for papers is available here:

(posted 5 September 2018)

S.T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria
The New Series of  The Anachronist, 2017 issue (to be pubished in 2018)
Deadlne for proposals: 20 February 2018

The New Series of The Anachronist invites academic papers for its 2017 issue (to be published in 2018), celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria.

We welcome studies that deal with the afterlives, the influence of, and engagements with Biographia Literaria in various national, critical, historical and intellectual contexts. Papers focusing on particular details, aspects or features of the work are also considered. We seek to compile a collection of essays that offers perspectives on the impact of Biographia Literaria in various contexts in the past 200 years.

In keeping with the journal’s traditions, the thematic issue will also have a general section, where papers on any subject in the field of English and American literature are considered for publication

Deadline for submissions: 20 February 2018

Submission guidelines:

  • please submit your text electronically, in Word of RTF document format, sent to the following email addresses: and
  • please attach an abstract of 150-200 words
  • papers must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including footnotes

Evaluation process:

Selection of articles to be published is based on readers’ reports from members of the Editorial Board and the Advisory Board, and double-blind peer-reviewing by experts of the given subject.

The New Series of The AnaChronisT  is an international academic journal in the field of English and American literature and culture, published by the Department of English Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. It is the relaunch of the journal of the same name that has a history of 20 years of publication.

The journal is indexed by a number of traditional bibliographies and is included in various online databases.

For further information, visit (to be updated).

(posted 17 November 2017)

Contemporary African and Black Diasporic Spaces in Europe
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2018

Eds.: Dr. Anna Rastas & Dr. Kaarina Nikunen (University of Tampere)

This special issue of Open Cultural Studies ( explores the social and cultural spaces in which identifications with African and black diaspora(s) become articulated, (re)negotiated and established as a field of collective agency with transformative power in European societies. African diaspora communities and cultures in Europe are constructed not only by individuals’ engagements with Africa and its global diaspora, or mediatized and commercialized notions of Africanness/blackness, but also through collective agency aiming at promoting change in European societies shadowed by the normative whiteness, nationalist discourses and policies, human rights violations and overt racism. The fields of African/black diasporic agency and cultural expressions include, for example, arts (e.g. literature, music and dance, visual arts, theater), various media spaces (especially social media and diasporic on-line communities), museums and other cultural heritage institutions, youth cultures, and national and transnational political movements.

We welcome contributions that go beyond descriptions of local diaspora communities by acknowledging the global circulation of the signifiers of African and black diaspora cultures, and the meanings of the transnational connections for local diaspora communities. We are also interested in analyses of how the tensions and power relations between and within different African and black diaspora communities and cultures (e.g. the old and the new, or those based on generational differences) are articulated and reflected in the African/black diaspora subjects’ agency.

Please submit a short bio note (max. 200 words) and an abstract (max. 300 words, in one paragraph) to both Guest Editors ( and by 28 February 2018. The deadline for submitting full articles is 1 August 2018. For more information see:

There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.

(posted 2 November 2017)

Industrial Heritage in the UK : Mutations, Conversions and Representations
Contributions are invited to an issue of LISA e-journal
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018

Since the mid-1950s, the UK has witnessed a growing interest in the study, protection and conservation of industrial heritage, and is often considered as a leader in the exploration of the significance and potentialities of such historical remains. This rise in public awareness was accompanied by the development of industrial archaeology as a discipline in its own right, which later led to industrial heritage being seen as a resource for regeneration and for a global reflexion on the protection of memories of the collective past. The discovery of the economic and social potential of derelict buildings has gone hand in hand with the development of (living) museums, with a surge in urban renewal policies in the context of deindustrialization and with preoccupations with sustainable development or green tourism.

This LISA e-journal issue will thus focus on industrial infrastructures such as former textile mills, factories or warehouses – whether listed or not – along with their surroundings when they constitute a landscape and/or are integrated into a conservation area. The palimpsestic quality of this industrial past is integral to popular and collective memories that are kept alive through museum initiatives whether in the private, public or charitable sectors but also through fictional or documentary films, web sites or the social media. Nostalgia for a glorious past era of British history contributes to the desire to preserve and celebrate the unique skills, the impressive know-how and more generally the salient traits of a bygone civilization.

We welcome contributions aiming to explore changes in the field of industrial heritage and industrial conservation and their instrumental role in the provision of spaces for tourism, culture, and urban regeneration, while bearing in mind the potential conflicts arising from the relationship between these various processes. Examining representations of industrial society and the tangible traces of industry in order to foreground mutations in how industrial heritage has been depicted and perceived since the beginning of the industrial revolution thus offers a more comprehensive picture of the contrasting visions of a once neglected heritage.

The perspective chosen for this Revue LISA / LISA e-journal issue is inter- and pluri-disciplinary, articulated around a variety of approaches including cultural geography, cultural history, art history, media studies, urban studies, heritage studies, architecture, etc.. Studies offering comparisons between the UK and other geographical area(s) or country/ies, are also welcome.

Possible themes thus include (but are not limited to):

  • Care of industrial and technical collections, the conservation of industrial artefacts.
  • Representations of a vanishing industrial society and its heritage: depicting the industrial past, its people and its physical reminders in urban and rural landscapes.
  • Memorizing the industrial past: educational projects, social media, TV or cinematic fictions or documentaries, festivals, attractions, museum developments, memorabilia…
  • Industrial ruins and post-industrial landscapes: creative acts inspired by engagements with physical testimonies to the past, their otherness and unstable state.
  • Recycling industrial buildings and their immediate environment through culture and heritage.
  • New functions for vacant industrial buildings: the discourse of sustainable urban development or of imaginative regeneration of derelict or unused sites.
  • Reinterpreting industrial sites for creative uses: questioning the inventiveness, viability and durability of adaptive re-use by such projects.
  • Conservation and conversions: conflicts arising between architectural, cultural, historical, economic and promotional priorities.
  • The contribution of industrial heritage to tourism and employment in post-industrial areas.
  • Industrial heritage/past as an inspiration for fashion, design, decoration or life style …

Proposals (abstract and bio, not exceeding 500 words) should be sent to Aurore Caignet, Renée Dickason and Tim Edensor by 1st March 2018. The deadline for completed articles is 1st October 2018.
Contributions should not exceed 6,000 words in length and should be sent together with a short biography of the author (max. 200 words) and an abstract (max. 300 words). For submissions, you are invited to read and follow the norms for presentation indicated on the peer-reviewed Revue LISA / LISA e-journal website
ISSN: 1762-6153, Presses Universitaires de Rennes,

(posted 8 July 2017)