Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.
We are interested in abstracts dealing with Final Fantasy in any media including manga. Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: Vivi Ornitier's Musings on the Meaning of Life; Squall, Moral Relativism, and Moral Responsibility; As Ethereal as a Cloud: Problems of Personal Identity; Is Evil Self-defeating?: What Happens after Kefka Destroys the Universe?; The Chi of Chocobos; The Not-so Eternal Return: The Multiple Incarnations of Cid; Final Fantasy or Final Reality?: Game Play as a Mirror of Modern Life; The Problems of Technology and Religion: Yevonites v. Machina; Shinra Inc., v. Avalanche (Corporatism v.
Freedom);The Ethics of Harnessing Lifeforce; Flawed Heroes in the Series; The Ethics of Summoning/Summoners; The Failure of Feminism in X2; Bahamut, Shiva, and Ifrit/Efreeti: Monsters as Heroes?; Searching for Identity: Does Titus Really Discover Who He Is?; Marx and Moogles: Wage-Slavery in Final Fantasy?; The Dialectic of Deities: Demonology as Plot in Final Fantasy; Spiritus-"Anima": Jungian Archetypes in Final Fantasy; Dark Knights, "Dark Crystals", and... Light Warriors: "Color" Stereotypes as Signifiers; Al Bhed
or Guado?: Repression as Plot Driver; Class Differences in the Classic Final Fantasy Games (the Fighter, the Black Belt, the Thief, the Red Mage… who's on top?); Final Freud: Kadaj's Oedipal Transformation into Sephiroth through union with Mother (Final Fantasy: Advent Children); The Spirit Within: Gaia, Phantom Spirits, and Living with Nature (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)
1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and cv's: June 6, 2008
2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: September 1, 2008
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Jason P. Blahuta firstname.lastname@example.org
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