Stargate, a sci-fi military adventure franchise, emerged in the mid-1990s and has spawned several television series, films, and a variety of books, video games, and comic book. As the third major series, Stargate Universe, has recently begun to air its final episodes it is an opportune time to pursue critical dialogue and analyses of this franchise.
This collection seeks to explore the breadth of the Stargate media franchise, with a central lens upon the television series and films. We welcome articles that will appeal to both fans of the show and to scholars in the fields of film and television, gender and sexuality representations, popular culture, colonialism, and other critical aspects of social inquiry. We especially welcome pieces that contrast and compare the various television series (Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate Universe), films (Stargate, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, and Stargate: Continuum), and the cartoon series (Stargate: Infinity). We also welcome pieces that explore the ancillary materials (books, video games, and comic book). While pieces contrasting different aspects of this media franchise are particularly appreciated, papers that center upon a singular theme within a single media are also welcomed. Pieces that address a singular text or single film/television episode will be considered, but may garner less interest for the project.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* the visual imagery/visual effects of the series
* the extra-terrestrial/cross-cultural personifications
* allusions to colonialism
* military portrayal and conflict
* religious symbolism (for example, the Goa’uld “gods,” the Ori)
* human history, mythology and “reality” (for example, Merlin)
* queering of embodiment (shared body: human & Goa’uld/Tok’ra)
* space, distance, and time
* gender and sexuality; relationships and intimacy
* genre transformation (how Stargate transformed sci-fi)
* production value/cinematography
* nature/significance of death (for example, ascention of the Ancients)
Please submit a 300-400 word proposal, including a short (100 word max) biography, via email in a Word document. Proposals should clearly outline the line of argument and brief idea of supporting examples, as well as the significance or relevance of scholarship/originality. Any necessary copyrights for articles/images must be secured in advance by author. The ability to publish images will be negotiated once a press is acquired.
Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011. Please send submissions and questions to Daniel Farr at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
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