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CFP: Americana

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture invites submissions in American Studies and American popular culture for our journal.

DEADLINE: 1 June 2018 for the Spring 2018 edition of Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

We welcome a variety of critical appraoches on subject matter such as film, television, streaming shows, YouTube shows/channels, sports, bestsellers, venues, fashion, emerging popular culture trends, pop culture and technology, music, politics, style, and other related pop culture topics.

All work is peer reviewed by our Advisory Board readers:

[[If you would like to be considered for our Advisory Board, email a CV to The duties include reading one or two essays per year in your field of expertise.]]

Please keep your name off the submission itself as we use the double blind peer review process.

We encourage you to read past issues as well as the current issue if you would like to get a sense of the kind of work we have published:

Guidelines for submission are here:

Email submissions to

Thank you. We look forward to reading your research and writing.

CFP: Trans Identities

A growing awareness of transgender issues has intensified in recent years, especially after the high-profile media example of Caitlyn Jenner, the career ascension of Laverne Cox, and the cross-media achievements of Jazz Jennings. This rising awareness has caused activism both for and against the transgender community and compels us to question many of the binaries that permeate popular culture. Few issues question borders and transcend boundaries in such an important manner as current transgender concerns, and although there has been scholarly attention on trans communities, there has been little attention given to the intersection of trans identities and broader contemporary culture.

We are seeking 200-400 word abstracts for book chapters (18-20 pages with end notes) exploring the theme of what exists within and beyond the binaries that were, upon a time, never questioned or examined, especially as expressed through a transgender lens and in popular culture.

Any solid methodological approach will be considered. We are particularly interested in projects that question or redefine gender and transgender identities beyond the expectations of binary codes, be it language, media portrayals, and historical considerations, such as but not limited to:

  • Transgender presence in cinema
  • Transgender identities in music
  • Transgender culture and fashion
  • International perspectives on transgender visibility and perspectives
  • Social media representations of trans identities
  • Transgender presences in video games

This collected work will explore numerous aspects of transgender identity from a scholarly perspective while at the same time using transgender as a lens to investigate cultural practices and constructions. It will be multidisciplinary and well researched, but also accessible to a non-scholarly audience. The book would be organized in three major sections roughly corresponding to the past, present, and future of the transgender presence and movement.

By May 15, please submit for consideration a chapter abstract or a completed book chapter and brief bio to Dr. John Lamothe, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, at

Our current timeframe is:

May 15, 2018—Deadline for chapter proposals

May 2018 – Put out 2nd CFP to round out any chapters we’re missing.

September 2018 – Deadline for completed chapters.

November 2018 – Deadline for final chapter revisions.

December 2018 – Submit final manuscript to publisher.

Spring/Sum 2019 – Final book goes to press.

Contact Email:

Poetics and Politics of Video Games CFP

For its thirtieth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the poetics and politics of video games.

20 years ago Janet H. Murray’s Hamlet on the Holodeck and Espen Aarseth’s Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature began a conversation to theorize the aesthetics of video games. Since these foundational texts, game studies has sustained an interrogation of political questions concerning games, such as issues of representation and the configuration of online game spaces. Video games intersect with industrial practices, embodied experiences, as well as visual and ludic designs, all of which have specific political implications. For this issue we encourage contributors to consider two or more of these factors together, exploring “how games make complex meanings across history, bodies, hardware, and code.” (1)

This issue of InVisible Culture takes a cultural studies approach toward video games in that the formal aesthetics always register aspects of the culture that they emerge from. We think of games as an open category that includes a broad range of media, from mainstream AAA games to art installations; complex “hardcore” games as well as casual mobile apps; visually rich to text-based interactions—cutting across a range of experiences, from the banality of playing an app to the singularity of wearing a VR headset. We take gaming aesthetics to mean not only the system of visual, aural, ludic, and narrative configurations of (a) given game(s) but also the manipulation of these systems: modding, updating, streaming, etc. We are also interested in what surrounds games, such as to what degree games afford community building and collaboration between players.

Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

– Games and Representation, Games and Subjectivity
– Games and Affect, Multisensory Encounters with Games
– Ordinariness/Everydayness of Games, Gamification of Everyday Life
– Materiality/Tactility of Gaming Devices, Embodied Engagements with Games
– Queer/Feminist Approaches to Video Games
– Games and the Politics of Race, Gender, and (Dis)Ability
– DIY Approaches to Games and Game Making
– Games and Activism
– Genre studies
– Platform Studies
– Games and Sound
– Remediation of Video Game Aesthetics
– Games and/as Contemporary Art, Games in Museums/Galleries
– Games in the Archive, Games as Archive, Preservation
– Game Communities and Fandom
– Fan-made “How To” and “Let’s Play” Videos, Live Streams
– Character Creation Systems and their Politics (Liberatory vs. Constraining)
– The Economy of Games, Microtransactions, Loot crates

Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to by June 30th, 2018. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works

In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along with an artist statement of no more than two pages to For questions or more details concerning acceptable formats, go to contact the same address.


InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). For this issue we particularly encourage authors to submit reviews of games or other forms of interactive media. To submit a review proposal, go to or contact


The journal also invites submissions to its Dialogues page, which will accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For further details, please contact us at with the subject heading “Dialogues submission.”

* InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

You can find this annoucement and more information about InVisible Culture here.

(1) Aubrey Anable, Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018), xi

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InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

CFP: Sports and Sexual Violation

CFP: “The Psychology and History of Sexual Violation in Sport and Its Condemnation”

by Bob Lentz

Journal: Clio’s Psyche, Fall 2018 Special Feature Issue

Due Date: April 30, 2018

Why has sexual violation by powerful men in sport (recently gymnastics, previously hockey)—covered up, denied, suppressed, and repressed for so long—become a powerful theme in the American media since the fall of 2017?  Why are coaches, trainers, and doctors, whose predecessors usually got away with sexual assault, now being exposed, shamed, forced to resign, and convicted for unwanted touching and worse?  In the Fall 2018 Special Feature Issue of Clio’s Psyche we are searching for psychodynamic answers and are looking now for articles commenting on one or more of the following:

  • The athlete-victims’ feelings and trauma
  • The varied responses to charges of sexual abuse – especially denial and inaction by parents and officials
  • The Dr. Larry Nassar case
  • Ethical, competency, and certification issues from a psychological perspective
  • Why in America and why now have the barriers to making these issues public broken down?
  • Is the openness about these abuses related to Donald Trump and the Trump presidency?
  • The #MeToo movement
  • Cases of a rush to judgment without due process, ruining a person’s career
  • Fantasies of sexual intrusion
  • Sexual abuse and sexual fantasy in the Freudian tradition
  • Sexual privilege and violation in the history of sport

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100-word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by April 30, 2018.  An abstract or outline by April 1, 2018 or soon thereafter would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to

It our style to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight; developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience; and without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon and without foot/endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.

Clio’s Psyche is in its 24th year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum.  Please visit our website at

Contact co-editors Paul Elovitz, PhD, at or Eva Fogelman, PhD, at regarding this CFP.

CFP: Corporeal Media

CFP: Corporeal Media

Edited by Anne Pasek & Radha S. Hegde
Commentary & Criticism
Feminist Media Studies

It is time for feminist media studies to refocus its attention on the body. Bodies matter in the ways in which they are differentiated, valued, shared, disrupted, erased and spectacularized. In the current geopolitical and technologized context, the body is not only an object of cultural representation but also a medium through which economic and environmental forces circulate. The body is therefore often a surface on which particular knowledges and harms are inscribed.

This issue of Commentary and Criticism invites brief position papers/think pieces that engage with bodies in their geopolitical particularities as extensions of media systems and their material infrastructures. Inspired by both old and new materialisms, we welcome essays that address embodied experiences, physical symptoms, labor practices and corporeal regimes that speak to ways of knowing massively-distributed media networks and/or sketch new directions for feminist media studies.

Corporeal analytics invite feminist, anti-colonial, anti-racist, transnational, crip, and queer perspectives. Accordingly, possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Toxics, slow violence, and neo-colonialism
  • Time, technology, networks, and their physicality
  • Risk, health and the laboring body in media(ted) industries
  • Surveillance and corporeal borders
  • Interfaces, sensors and bodily norms

We are particularly interested in submissions from beyond North America and the UK.

Submission Instructions

The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief (~1000 words), timely responses to current issues in feminist media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. We will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism.

Please submit full contributions by 15 September 2018, via email to Anne Pasek. Questions and expressions of interest can also be addressed to Anne Pasek in advance of the deadline. Submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main Feminist Media Studies site.

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CFP for Book on Soccer

As the most popular mass spectator sport across the world, soccer generates key moments of significance on and off the field, encapsulated in events that create metaphors and memories, with wider social, cultural, psychological, political, commercial and aesthetic implications. Since its inception as a modern game, the history of soccer is replete with events that have changed not only the organization of the sport but also its meanings and impact. The passage from the local to the global, or from the club to the national often opens up transnational spaces which provide a context for studying the events that have ‘defined’ the sport since its codification in the late nineteenth century. Such defining events can include performances on the field of play, decisions taken by various stakeholders associated with the game, accidents and violence among players and fans, invention of supporter cultures, and so on. A study of these events provides an excellent opportunity to understand the evolution of the game from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective that enriches the potential of writing connected histories in the domain of soccer. It helps us rethink peoples’ perception of soccer as a specific form of popular culture and public memory with deep psycho-social roots, connecting the past, the present and the future of the game’s evolution as part of everyday life. At the same time, explorations into the defining events in soccer can contribute to the debate on the interdependence of events and narratives. An investigation into why some moments were more important than others to certain people could complicate our understanding of the historicity and interpretation of events.

The proposed special issue intends to document, identify and analyze some of the defining events in the history of soccer by revisiting the discourses of signification and memorialization of such events that influence society, culture, politics, religion, and commerce. While the history of soccer is too vast a canvas to focus on such key moments in a single volume, this collection would attempt to bring together scholars from various backgrounds to reflect upon some of the key moments in the local, regional, national and global histories of soccer from different perspectives.

How to submit your abstract

We invite 300-word abstracts for articles for the special issue. Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Soccer & Society, and later as a book in Routledge’s Sport in the Global Society-Contemporary Perspectives series. Since the special issue is being planned to commemorate the FIFA World Cup 2018, contributions on the defining events in the history of the FIFA World Cup are particularly encouraged.


Submission of abstract with title: 15 March 2018

Intimation to authors of selected papers: 31 March 2018

Submission of the first draft: 31 August 2018

Communication to authors of comments/queries after review: 31 October 2018

Submission of the final paper: 15 December 2018

All submissions are to be sent to: and

Editorial information

Sports and Resistance CFP

Callaloo invites complete submissions for a special issue devoted to the interdisciplinary examination of sports guest edited by Eric Henderson (Stratagem Entertainment), Miya Knights (Middleton-On-Sea, UK), John McCluskey, Jr. (Indiana University), and Pellom McDaniels III (Emory University).

Project Description

It should come as no surprise that someone like Colin Kaepernick has emerged from the age of President Barack Obama, inspired, empowered, and ready to use his influence to challenge the status quo.  Choosing to stand up (or rather take a knee) in protest of the killing of African Americans by law enforcement, the twenty-eight-year-old former starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has become the firebrand for a new generation of activist-athlete.  A student of history, Kaepernick has taken it upon himself to become a change agent, using what he has at his disposal as a public figure to influence the thinking and actions of the masses.  He has set himself apart as a model of selflessness and heroism.

While sports have occupied the global imagination as a source of entertainment, enlightenment, and, above all, opportunity, historically we have seen the importance of black athletes using their celebrity to bring attention to the ills which haunt black life around the world.  In fact, from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, there have been numerous individuals who have challenged both directly and indirectly the “isms” responsible for shaping North American, European, and South American cultures.  While most of these moments involve people of African descent competing against whites in an attempt to claim victory in the arena, and the financial rewards and social mobility that coincided, the greater goal of these black athletes was to claim their humanity and citizenship, and a place for their race in society through their performances on, for example, the playing field or the court.

The guest editors are seeking unpublished and complete critical articles, creative essays, poems, interviews, creative personal narratives, and visual art on “Sports as Art, as Resistance” from a variety of critical, creative, and interpretive perspectives. Specific topics, themes, subject matter may include, but are not limited to:

— black aesthetics in sports performances; the blues, jazz, and hip-hop impulse

— the body and labor; anti-colonialism

— gender studies; black masculinity and black femininity

— framing identity; nation-hood and citizenship

— the homoerotic; the black male body as fetish

— second sight; artistic representations through art, poetry, performances

— liminal spaces; the built environment, meanings associated with sports performances

— narratives of resistance; historical/archival evidence

Callaloo Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted online through the Callaloo manuscript submission system by August 31, 2018. Please see the submission guidelines here:

In order to submit a manuscript, you must register with the online system. The registration process will take only a few minutes.  All manuscripts will follow the usual review process for submissions, and the Callaloo editor makes all final editorial decisions. Please note that all academic or critical manuscripts must follow the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition) and include in-text citations, a works cited, and endnotes for any commentary.