CFP: MAPACA 2012; SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY AREA (deadline: june 5, 2012)

Call for Papers MAPACA 2012
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY AREA
PITTSBURGH, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) invites academics, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars, and artists to submit papers for the annual conference, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA., November 1-3, 2012. Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit a proposal or panel by June 15, 2012. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long. Include a brief bio with your proposal. Single papers, as well as 3- or 4-person panels and roundtables, are encouraged. For further information, updates on areas and area chairs, please visit MAPACA’s web site at www.mapaca.net.

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Science Fiction and Fantasy welcomes papers/presentations in any critical, theoretical, or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:

§ Vampire Romance
§ Gender and Sexuality
§ Race and Otherness
§ Class and Hierarchies
§ Utopia/Dystopia
§ Mythology and Quest Narratives
§ Creatures and Aliens
§ Science and Magic
§ Language and Rhetoric
§ Genre—Space Opera, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, etc.
§ Fans and Fandom/Community Building
§ Textual Analysis
§ Sociological or Psychological Readings
§ Archival Research/History
§ Technology—Textual and Literal
§ Online Identity Construction
§ Reading Other “Worlds”
Ø SPECIAL PANEL: GAME OF THRONES/SONG OF ICE & FIRE
Ø SPECIAL PANEL: THE HUNGER GAMES
Ø SPECIAL PANEL: THE FAIRY TALE PHENOMENON

Please e-mail a copy of your abstract and bio to the area chairs:
Marilyn Stern sternm@wit.edu
Leigha McReynolds lhm@gwmail.gwu.edu