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[Commlist] CFP - The Scientist in Popular Culture
Mon Jun 24 13:39:17 GMT 2019
*Call For Papers: The Scientist in Popular Culture*
*Edited by Rebecca Janicker*
From news and documentaries to TV drama and major media franchises,
science has become a firm fixture in contemporary media culture. Across
these diverse formats, a fascination with the perceived capacity of
science – whether in the guise of medicine, criminology, space science
or engineering – to transform life in wonderful and fearful ways
endures. The figure of the scientist is science made manifest and,
though different variants have evolved over the centuries, the scientist
has remained a constant presence in Western culture. The last hundred
years or so has seen many developments in science and technology and
popular culture has kept abreast of these, portraying scientists that
respond to the shifting hopes and fears of eager audiences. Science
fiction may work variously to celebrate or denigrate scientific values
and activities and many horror fictions have explored the ramifications
of dabbling in science and technology. Moreover, the recent flourishing
of superhero narratives has meant a strong focus on such characters and
scenarios. The imaginary feats and failures, as well as the cultural
prominence, of scientists have attained ever-greater heights as a
result. Science and scientists have also flourished in other genres,
such as forensic drama, police procedurals and true crime narratives,
found their way into children’s fictions, and into comedy.
Acknowledging the long and enduring history of fictional scientists,
including adaptations and re-imaginings, this planned essay collection
seeks to offer critical interrogations of recent portrayals of the
scientist as well as fresh insights into long-established characters.
Scientists have featured on the big screen from the early days of cinema
and held their own on the small for decades, from network television
staples and lavish HBO offerings to recent fare on streaming services
like Netflix. With this tradition in mind, suggested case studies might
include, though are not limited to, the following texts:
*Films*: /Annihilation /(2018); /Back to the Future/ (1985);
/Contact/ (1997); /Deep Blue Sea /(1999); /Despicable Me/ (2010); /The
Fly/ (1958),/The Fly/ (1986); /Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/ (1931);
/Frankenstein/,//etc (Universal), /Curse of/ /Frankenstein/, etc
(Hammer), /I, Frankenstein/(2014); /Godzilla/ (1998), /Godzilla/ (2014);
/Hollow Man/ (2000); /Honey, I Shrunk the Kids /(1989); /I Am
Legend/ (2007); /The Invisible Man/ (1933); /Island of Lost Souls
/(1932), /The Island of Dr. Moreau/ (1977), /The Island of Dr.
Moreau/ (1996); /Jurassic Park /(1993), etc; /The Man with Two
Brains/ (1983); /The Martian/ (2015); MCU (/Black Panther/, /Deadpool/,
/The Hulk/, /Iron Man/, /Spider-Man/, /Venom/,//etc); /Mimic/ (1997);
/The Nutty Professor/ (1996); /The Omega Man/ (1971); /Outbreak /(1995);
/Piranha/ (1978); /Re-Animator /(1985); /Splice/ (2009); /World War Z
/(2013); /Young Frankenstein/ (1974); /28 Days Later/ (2002), plus any
prequels, sequels and other franchise entries.
*TV:*/The Alienist/; /American Horror Story/; /The Big Bang Theory/;
/Bones/; /Chernobyl/; /CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI:
NY/,/ CSI: Cyber/; /Dexter/; /Doctor Who/; /The Flash/; /Futurama/;
/Game of Thrones/; /Hannibal/; /The O.A./; /Penny Dreadful/; /Rick and
Morty/; /Ripper Street/; /Sherlock/; /Silent Witness/; /The Strain/;
/Stranger Things/; /Waking the Dead/; /The Walking Dead/; /Westworld/,
plus any spin-offs and other franchise entries.
Potential topics might include: issues of representation (e.g. age,
childhood, gender, race, sexuality); genre (e.g. detective fiction,
forensic drama, medical drama, police procedurals); Gothic and horror
tropes; the role of the scientist in environmental catastrophes and
outbreaks; national identity and history; science and ideology (inc.
philosophy, politics, religion, scientism); science in partnership (e.g.
business, Government, military, etc)
*Advice for Contributors*
Please send *250 word* *abstracts*, along with a *short bio*, to
(Rebecca.Janicker /at/ port.ac.uk) <http://(Rebecca.Janicker /at/ port.ac.uk)/> by
*September 15, 2019*. Abstracts should aim to clarify the intended scope
and focus of the essay and include a provisional title. Queries are
welcome at the same email address.
Publishers have been contacted about the project and abstracts will form
part of the written proposal. The final essays will be scholarly and
engaging and 7000–8000 words in total.
*About the Editor*
Rebecca Janicker is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the
University of Portsmouth, UK. She received her PhD from the University
of Nottingham in 2014 and had her thesis published as /The Literary
Haunted House: Lovecraft, Matheson, King and the Horror in Between/
(McFarland, 2015). She is the editor of /Reading ‘American Horror
Story’: Essays on the Television Franchise /(McFarland, 2017) and has
published journal articles and book chapters on Gothic and horror in
literature and comics, film and TV.
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