Bodily Transgressions in Fantastika Media
A Digital Symposium: 12 November 2022
“Fantastika” – a term appropriated from a range of Slavonic languages by John Clute – embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk, Young Adult Dystopic Fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space. Our goal is to bring together academics, independent researchers, creators, and audiences who share an interest in this diverse range of fields with the aim of opening up new dialogues, productive controversies, and critical collaborations.
The body remains at the forefront of cultural and social politics, particularly in terms of autonomy, authority, and ownership. This symposium seeks to investigate Fantastika media as a platform through which to represent, engage, and challenge such perspectives, focusing on moments of transgressions against or enacted by the body. Bodily Transgressions in Fantastika Media can take into consideration such themes and topics such as:
consumption narratives (cannibalism, vampirism, etc)
violent acts of violations (abuse, assault)
bodily expressions which contravene societal norms and taboos (fashions and body art, weight or age-related shaming and phobias, etc)
explorations of masculinity, feminism, or LGBTQIA+ focusing on body politics
critiques of empire and colonisation
systems of oppression and means of enforcement
considerations of the sacred and the liminal
intersections with medical humanities (transplants, abortions, ablism, etc)
fantastical forms of embodiments (ghosts, virtual, fantastika, etc)
Papers will be released in podcast form in advance of the symposium with the symposium itself taking the form of a series of round-panel discussions. Recorded podcasts of approximately 15 minutes will be due 24 October 2022.
We welcome abstracts of 300 words along with 50 word bionotes to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August 2022. Please include content-warnings as a precursor to your abstract. Note that content-warning labels are not included in the word count and should be in keyword form. As this is an international digital symposium, please identify your expected location/time zone for 12 Nov. If you are proposing a panel (3-4 people), please include separate abstracts and bionotes for each presenter, along with a short (100-word max) summary of your panel topic. We invite all proposals to include preferred pronouns.
We will also be looking for panel chairs who can promote and maintain a safe and inclusive environment. Chairs will help direct discussion. If you are interested in taking part (either in addition to a presentation, or in lieu of one) please indicate your interest via email.
Following the symposium, we will be releasing a special edition of Fantastika Journal.
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Call for Papers: Queering Camelot: LGBTQIA+ Readings, Representations, and Retellings of Arthuriana
Guest Editors: Rebecca Jones and Sebastian F. K. Svegaard
Deadline for submissions: August 26, 2022
A sequel to the Queering Fantastika issue, this is an open call for papers for a special issue of Fantastika Journal which will explore the queer side of Arthurian tales, adaptations, and fan-works including any and all media, whether directly adapting or only alluding to Camelot and Grail narratives. This issue will present a multivalent approach and is seeking both critical and critical practice-based research on this subject.
Submissions can range from historic analyses of Medieval manuscripts up to and beyond analysis of fan-works published yesterday. This exploration seeks to acknowledge the ways in which Arthuriana has a legacy steeped in ideas of gender roles and relations; sexual encounters, taboos, and restraints; and the limitations that society and individuals place on themselves which break relationships and create toxic spaces. By exploring how adaptations, readings, games, and fan-works reframe these narratives and choose to explore more queer pairings (shipping in fanfiction) or the relationships already there (the polyamorous potential of Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere and the swinger Lord and Lady of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) this special issue will open up new investigations of adaptation practice, fan responses and reframing, and present new readings of these old tales by allowing scholars and authors alike to take the chivalric and question how we engage with it today.
We welcome work on any kind of Arthurian narrative with a queer background in theory and/or praxis. These could be, but are not limited to, Dark is Rising (1965-1977), Mists of Avalon (1982), Fables (2002-2015), BBC's Merlin (2008-2012), Once and Future (2019), Cursed (2020), The Green Knight (2021), or the tabletop role playing systems like Romance of the Perilous Lands (2019) and “The Lesbians in Avalon” setting for Advanced Lovers and Lesbians (2022). We are interested in all forms of media adaptation, allusion, and engagement. Subjects and ways of analysis may include, but are not limited to:
Critical and queer readings of Arthurian adaptations (ex. lesbian Morgana in Cursed, the homoerotic tension in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
Music and affect as queer and/or feminist influence in Arthurian adaptations
The queerness of chivalry and the Arthurian body (ex. the Fisher King's body being bound to the land)
Queering Camelot through casting
Creative adaptations/retellings of Arthuriana
Game worlds and player interactions in Arthuriana-inspired role playing, video games, and board games
We are seeking articles and creative-critical works which should be between 5000-7000 words. All submissions must include a 100-word author biography and a 500 word abstract along with any required content warnings at the end if applicable (warnings are not included in word count).
Creative-critical works should have a critical framework that informs its creative practice. This can either be critical discussion presented in a creative form following the tradition going back to Plato’s dialogues; or a creative piece that is accompanied by a critical reflective commentary (2000-4000 words). Submitted creative pieces must have a clear critical portion which contextualizes and highlights how the creative piece extends and responds to existing discourse on Queering Arthurian Legends. They should explore aspects of society, media and culture. For creative-critical abstracts, please explain the academic scope of the piece and how it relates to the theme of the journal. Feel free to email us if you have questions.
The deadline for submission is 26 August 2022, but early submissions or expressions of interest are encouraged. Email us if you have any questions about critical-creative submissions. And please check https://www.fantastikajournal.com/submission-guidelines for further submissions guidelines, including information about copyright. Fantastika is an open access journal supported by a team of volunteers.
The editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are not in keeping with the professional tones of Fantastika Journal or any which perpetuates a toxic environment. As well, we will not accept submissions arguing for the importance of studying Fantastika, and in the same vein we will not be accepting anything that argues for the importance of LGBTQIA+ representation and criticism. We take these arguments as a given and not open to debate. These ideas may of course be part of a larger and more nuanced analysis, but we do not accept submissions which have as its central aim arguing for its value.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. As part of this process, we may request contributors also join in the anonymous peer review process by reviewing 1-2 submissions.
Email all submissions to Rebecca Jones (she/they) and Sebastian Svegaard (he/him) at Queering.Camelot@gmail.com using the subject line ‘Queering Camelot Submission’. We invite you to include your preferred pronouns in your submission email and bionote.
The journal welcomes submissions throughout the year regardless of theme or topic as long as the content is relevant to Fantastika in some manner or form. Please refer to our submissions guidelines Accepted submissions will be published in our next upcoming general issue.
CFPs for Other Events, Journals, and Book Collections
Note that these CFPs are not sponsored by or associated with Fantastika Journal
Fantasy Literature: A Companion
Abstracts due 1 October 2022 - extended deadline
Early Expressions of Interest Encouraged
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)
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 email@example.com by 1 October 2022 (extended deadline). 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 2024.
Abstracts due 1 October 2022
Early Expressions of Interest Encouraged
Who are the unsung heroes of fantastical literature? Who deserves to be recognised for their significant contribution to contemporary Anglophone Fantastika literature but are pushed out of the limelight? This edited companion to fantastical literature hopes to address gaps in research by bringing together considerations of important but underexamined authors and artists. Depending on the number of abstracts received, the collection may be further divided into separate sections – or even individual volumes – taking into consideration different media:
Textual (novels, short stories, essays, poems, magazines/fanzines, etc)
Artistic (paintings/illustrations, animation, sculptures, etc)
Performance (game-playing, plays, opera, ballet, etc)
as well as under-represented voices:
POC and/or non-Anglo fantasists
Fantasists with disabilities
The editor Dr. C. Palmer-Patel invites abstracts of 500 words with 100-word bionotes to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 October 2022. Early expressions of interest encouraged. Please include in your bionote details of your primary research interests along with recent and relevant contributions to the field.
The collection has been pitched to Bloomsbury Academic.
Abstracts should make a clear defense for the importance of the author’s work. Final chapters will be due in 2025 and must take into consideration any previous or relevant critical works on the author.
Note that this CFP is related-to but distinct from the CFP for Fantasy-Literature: A Companion. After receiving a number of submissions for one of the suggested topics – challenges to or considerations of influential writers – it was apparent that there is enough interest in the area to warrant a separate collection. Any submissions made for the Fantasy Literature Companion which fall under the remit of the Forgotten Fantasists CFP will be advised to submit their piece to the latter.