Future Visions: Key Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Texts. Edited by Lincoln Geraghty, University of Portsmouth.
Call for Papers Date:
I invite chapter proposals for an edited collection on science fiction and fantasy television to be published by Scarecrow Press. This collection will focus on the disparate visions of the past, present and future science fiction and fantasy has offered television audiences. It is the intention of this collection to not only shine new light on often overlooked and forgotten series but also examine the “look” of science fiction and fantasy television, determining how iconography (spaceships, machines, technology), location and landscape (space, Earth, the city, the countryside), mise en scéne, CGI and special effects, art and set design, props, costume, lighting and manipulation of visual and virtual space contribute to the creation of real, fully imagined, and often all too familiar, future and alternate worlds. Establishing how the medium of television can create a certain “look” for individual series will inevitably lead contributors to discuss the cultural, historical, and political impact these series had on both genre and society, however, it will also be necessary to locate their visual aesthetics within broader historical, industrial, and production contexts to fully understand their cultural value. Notions of history and historical periodization clearly influence how science fiction and fantasy television series were imagined by their writers and designers and looked at the time of broadcast, but consideration must also be given to how older series and their particular looks are perceived by contemporary audiences and compared to more modern series today. Therefore, analyses of modern remakes and reimaginings of older series are welcomed, along with chapters that consider how history impacts upon the visualisation of futuristic and fantastic texts.
Intended as a broadly interdisciplinary volume on the look of science fiction and fantasy television, this book aims at a wide audience including students, academics and interested fans in the areas of film studies, television studies, communications, anthropology, media and cultural studies, politics, history, and visual culture. Contributors are encouraged to approach their chosen texts from multiple angles in order to fully assess the impact of television on the realisation of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Possible texts to be considered include:
Doctor Who (Old and New Series), Quatermass, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Irwin Allen’s TV series (Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, Time Tunnel etc.), Superhero and comic book series (Spider-Man, Captain America, Batman, Heroes, Smallville etc.), British and American Cult TV (Blake’s Seven, Red Dwarf, Star Trek), Animated Series and Children’s science fiction and fantasy television (The Chronicles of Narnia, BBC adaptations, cartoon series as extended toy adverts such The Transformers, He-Man, etc.), Serials, mini-series and invasion narratives (V, Day of the Triffids, etc.), Space and Spaceships (Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Firefly, etc.), Earth bound series (The X-Files, Survivors, Lost, etc.), Contemporary horror and fantasy texts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, etc.).
Please send abstracts of 500 words and a short CV as email attachment (word format) to Lincoln Geraghty at: Lincoln.Geraghty@port.ac.uk Deadline for proposals is 14th December 2007.
Final chapters are to be no longer than 6,500 words including endnotes. Scarecrow Press requires endnotes (both for references and further explanation) highlighted in the text by superscript numbers and full citations to be gathered at the end of each chapter in numerical order. Submission of the completed manuscript to the publisher is scheduled for September 2008, therefore, once accepted, the deadline for draft chapters will be 31st May 2008 and all revisions to final drafts must be completed by 31st July 2008.
Dr Lincoln Geraghty
School of Creative Arts, Film and Media
University of Portsmouth
3.30 St George's Building, 141 High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HY, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 239 284 5754
Fax: +44 (0) 239 284 5372
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)