Call for Book Chapters Announcement - Under the Mask: Race, Gender, and Identity In Superhero Media
Call for Papers Date:
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS
Proposed Title: Under The Mask: Race, Gender and Identity in Superhero Media
Authors are invited to submit abstracts and/or completed manuscripts for an edited anthology exploring issues pertaining to race, gender, and constructed or represented identity in superhero media (films, comics, video games, television, etc.). We are open to innovative approaches from all disciplines. All research methodologies are welcome, including critical/cultural, ethnography, quantitative, and mixed methods. Essays should in some manner contribute to understanding of how superhero media fit into mass communication and reflect diversity within society.
Essays can be written on a variety of topics, including the inclusion and representation of race and social issues, gender and sexual identity, historical and political issues and any other subjects pertaining to identity. Contributors may wish to examine the conceptual underpinnings of superhero characters and how they may be used as a reflection of society or a lens through which it may be viewed. Writing pertaining to "behind-the-scenes" subjects such as the editorial structure and makeup of superhero content producers or superhero fans may also be a useful avenue of inquiry.
While there are many different definitions of the term "superhero", for the purposes of this volume essays should focus on media involving characters who possess extraordinary powers or gifts that are used in a crime-fighting capacity. We are also interested in writing pertaining to supervillains, antiheroes, ancillary characters, and foils. Familiar examples of this genre may include Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, The Incredibles, and related characters.
Some potential research topics can include (but are not limited to):
•“The 99” and Islamic politics/representation
•White male privilege in superhero films/media
•Ethnic/gender changes among "legacy characters"
•Representation/quantification of race/gender in comics
•Replacement of iconic characters and ensuing fan reaction
•Sexual orientation and the superhero
•Critical and/or historical approaches to superhero myth/mythology
•Visual analyses of iconic superhero images
•Portrayals of disability in superhero characters
•Fan ethnography research
Abstracts should be no less than 500 words plus a bibliography. Abstracts should also contain an overview of the essay or study, brief review of related literature, and clearly express the relevance of the project to the topics covered in the anthology. Proposed ideas should go beyond a cursory observation of the media or a single artifact or instance of a character/story.
The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2011. However, earlier submissions will receive timely response. Submissions must be e-mailed to either Dr. Meta Carstarphen (email@example.com) or Bryan Carr, doctoral student (firstname.lastname@example.org) with "UNDER THE MASK" in the subject line. Additional inquiries may also be directed to these addresses. Details pertaining to further deadlines and timelines will be available upon acceptance.
For more information, including a copy of this call and FAQ, visit http://underthemaskbook.wordpress.com/.
Meta G. Carstarphen, Ph.D., APR
Graduate Director--Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Oklahoma
395 W. Lindsey Blvd-Room 3120B
Norman, OK 73019
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