The Star Trek Franchise Effect: Cultural Reception and Interpretation
Call for Papers: The Star Trek franchise and associated cultural phenomena, a volume to be edited by Lincoln Geraghty.
Having received preliminary interest from an international publisher I would like to invite chapter proposals for an edited volume on the Star Trek television and movie franchise and related cultural phenomena, including fan groups, fan affection, novels, games, toys and merchandise, conventions, the Las Vegas Experience, world Exhibition tours, political resonances, mythic and religious inspirations, cultural impact, global fandom, the Internet, science fiction tradition, the television industry, the animated series, cult stardom, music, Paramount franchise branding and advertising.
Intended as a broadly interdisciplinary volume on the series and films of the Star Trek franchise, this book aims at a wide audience including students, academics and interested fans in the areas of film studies, television studies, sociology, communications, anthropology, American studies, philosophy, media and cultural studies, race and gender studies, English, politics, history, and other related disciplines. This collection will provide a multidisciplinary perspective addressing the full range of Star Trek cultural production and will not resemble any volumes analysing Star Trek currently in the marketplace. Because the five television series and ten feature films are the principal avenue of dissemination, it is expected that contributions will reflect familiarity with the entire franchise. Contributions that examine the overall impact of an entire series or compare two or more are particularly welcome, as are those contributions that examine the film franchise in its industrial and cultural context. Having recently survived cancellation contributions dealing with Star Trek: Enterprise and its place within the franchise, including fans, merchandise, new media practices, are also welcome. Previous volumes on Star Trek have tended to look exclusively at either the series or fans, and often ignore the differential nature of the films and relevant merchandising of Paramountís senior franchise. This volume will attempt to gather those strands of Star Trek together and analyse them within the context of a media product that has lasted 40 years in a global television market. Publication of this volume would coincide with the 40th anniversary of the series.
Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short CV as email attachment (word format) to Lincoln Geraghty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 1st November 2004.
Institute of Film Studies
School of American and Canadian Studies
University of Nottingham
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