I am currently seeking proposals for an upcoming collection, Essays on Memory in Popular Culture, under contract with McFarland.
The key assumption of this collection is that, contrary to the conventional wisdom that memory is no longer important, this rhetorical canon has been transformed and complicated rather than subsumed, as recent scholarship into such areas as digital media, fandom studies, and memory objects demonstrates. This collection, therefore, seeks essays and participant reflections that document and examine this rhetorical principle in all its complexity.
Submissions are being solicited that examine cultural memory within the following categories:
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre texts
- Fandom activities (including fan fiction and cosplay)
- Online Gaming
- Digital collaboration and media
In addition to traditional academic essays (approximately 5,000 words each), there will also be a section for player and participant reflections (approximately 1,000 words) that briefly describe the experience of fan memory from a non-academic perspective.
I will be distributing these CFPs during Arisia this weekend (January 17-20, 2014) and you can also follow these links for more information:
Proposals should be submitted to memoryinsf_book @i cloud.com by May 1, 2014.