I became aware not long ago of a very cool call for papers for an edited volume, Being A Girl: Representations of Female and Feminism in Doctor Who:
The casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor in 2017 caused a great uproar among Whovians. The casting of a woman in a traditionally male role brought forth supporters and critics. Questions fans asked included: Was the Doctor male? Would a woman change the series?
With Whittaker now entering her second season as the Doctor, we believe it is time for a critical examination of women in Doctor Who. We are seeking proposals for an edited/peer reviewed collection on the role of women in Doctor Who which discuss how women have been portrayed in the series – classic Who and new Who. Topics for papers include, but are not limited to: companions as romantic interests, female stereotypes (girly-girl, warrior women, girlfriend, screamer, etc.), male writers – female characters, the female voice in the production process, whether time lords have gender, female casting of the Doctor, the role of female companions, Master/Missy, and Madame Vastra and Jenny. The editors are open to any proposal which fits within the larger theme of gender and the feminine in Doctor Who.Proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28 February 2020, with articles ready by the 30 November 2020.
Gillian I Leitch, PhD Sherry Ginn, PhD
The call comes via the blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy section of the Popular Culture Association. It is one that it is worth subscribing to and/or keeping an eye on if you are an academic who works on any aspect of science fiction. The call seems especially timely given what was revealed in the episode “Fugitive of the Judoon”!