Hello, everyone. I’m in talks with Rowman & Littlefield to be series editor on a line of academic books critically analyzing elements of Jewish science fiction and fantasy. As such, I’d love some authors with concepts to write about.
At this stage, a paragraph-long proposal emailed to email@example.com with a subject of JEWISH SPEC-FIC would be great. Here are some examples:
The Secret Jewish Roots of Star Wars (or some other top franchise)
Batwoman to Felicity: Jewish Characters in the Arrowverse
Rewriting the Narrative: Jewish Fairytale Novels
Kabbalah in Pop Culture
Israeli Dystopian Cinema
The Jewish Outsider as Vampire
Halacha in Space
Pop Culture Haggadahs
Revising the Big Franchises through Jewish Fanfic
The Works of _______.
I’m looking for topics that haven’t been done to death, so Jews and Comics seems a little too obvious, but most other topics are open. Along with all the subgenres, writing about any mediums (novels, short stories cartoons, webcomics, fanfic, films) and works from any countries/cultures are acceptable. As the examples show, you might go big or small, including a single franchise, author, issue, or genre. Treatment of Jews in science fiction (including by non-Jewish authors) would be acceptable as would something on fandom, current or historical. Interdisciplinary/film criticism/literary criticism/fan studies/minority studies are all welcome. Anthologies are also possible.
I’m also seeking essays for several anthologies that will go in the series. At this point, I don’t have firm topics planned (I might do Jewish representation in SF and F and A Jewish Author’s Perspective, for instance), but you’re welcome to send abstracts and specify that they’re for essay length projects.
Due date: Both proposals and final project deadlines are quite flexible at this point. Nothing will be due before January 2021.
Questions at firstname.lastname@example.org are also welcome.
There is also a call for papers on interdisciplinary approaches to the supernatural. See too: