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[Commlist] CfP - Queering Camelot - Fantastika special issue
Mon Apr 25 07:04:09 GMT 2022
Call for Papers
Queering Camelot: LGBTQQA+ Readings, Representations, and Retellings of
Arthuriana Fantastika Special Issue
Guest Editors: Rebecca Jones and Sebastian F.K. Svegaard
A sequel to the Queering Fantastika issue, this is an open call for
papers for a special issue of Fantastika Journal which will explore the
queer side of Arthurian tales, adaptations, and fan-works including any
and all media, whether directly adapting or only alluding to Camelot and
Grail narratives. This issue will present a multivalent approach and is
seeking both critical and critical practice-based research on this subject.
Submissions can range from historic analyses of Medieval manuscripts up
to and beyond analysis of fan-works published yesterday. This
exploration seeks to acknowledge the ways in which Arthuriana has a
legacy steeped in ideas of gender roles and relations; sexual
encounters, taboos, and restraints; and the limitations that society and
individuals place on themselves which break relationships and create
toxic spaces. By exploring how adaptations, readings, games, and
fan-works reframe these narratives and choose to explore more queer
pairings (shipping in fanfiction) or the relationships already there
(the polyamorous potential of Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere and the
swinger Lord and Lady of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) this special
issue will open up new investigations of adaptation practice, fan
responses and reframing, and present new readings of these old tales by
allowing scholars and authors alike to take the chivalric and question
how we engage with it today.
We welcome work on any kind of Arthurian narrative with a queer
background in theory and/or praxis. These could be, but are not limited
to, Dark is Rising (1965-1977), Mists of Avalon (1982), Fables
(2002-2015), BBC's Merlin (2008-2012), Once and Future (2019), Cursed
(2020), The Green Knight (2021), or the tabletop role playing systems
like Romance of the Perilous Lands (2019) and “The Lesbians in Avalon”
setting for Advanced Lovers and Lesbians (2022). We are interested in
all forms of media adaptation, allusion, and engagement. Subjects and
ways of analysis may include, but are not limited to:
Critical and queer readings of Arthurian adaptations (ex. lesbian
Morgana in Cursed, the homoerotic tension in Sir Gawain and the Green
Music and affect as queer and/or feminist influence in Arthurian adaptations
The queerness of chivalry and the Arthurian body (ex. the Fisher King's
body being bound to the land)
Queering Camelot through casting
Creative adaptations/retellings of Arthuriana
Game worlds and player interactions in Arthuriana-inspired role playing,
video games, and board games
We are seeking articles and creative-critical works which should be
between 5000-7000 words. All submissions must include a 100-word author
biography and a 500 word abstract along with any required content
warnings at the end if applicable (warnings are not included in word count).
Creative-critical works should have a critical framework that informs
its creative practice. This can either be critical discussion presented
in a creative form following the tradition going back to Plato’s
dialogues; or a creative piece that is accompanied by a critical
reflective commentary (2000-4000 words). Submitted creative pieces must
have a clear critical portion which contextualizes and highlights how
the creative piece extends and responds to existing discourse on
Queering Arthurian Legends. They should explore aspects of society,
media and culture. For creative-critical abstracts, please explain the
academic scope of the piece and how it relates to the theme of the
journal. Feel free to email us if you have questions.
The deadline for submission is 26 August 2022, but early submissions or
expressions of interest are encouraged. Email us if you have any
questions about critical-creative submissions. And please check
https://www.fantastikajournal.com/submission-guidelines for further
submissions guidelines, including information about copyright.
Fantastika is an open access journal supported by a team of volunteers.
The editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are not in
keeping with the professional tones of Fantastika Journal or any which
perpetuates a toxic environment. As well, we will not accept submissions
arguing for the importance of studying Fantastika, and in the same vein
we will not be accepting anything that argues for the importance of
LGBTQIA+ representation and criticism. We take these arguments as a
given and not open to debate. These ideas may of course be part of a
larger and more nuanced analysis, but we do not accept submissions which
have as its central aim arguing for its value.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. As part of this process, we may
request contributors also join in the anonymous peer review process by
reviewing 1-2 submissions.
Email all submissions to Rebecca Jones (she/they) and Sebastian Svegaard
(he/him) at (Queering.Camelot /at/ gmail.com) using the subject line ‘Queering
Camelot Submission’. We invite you to include your preferred pronouns in
your submission email and bionote.
Fantastika is an open access, peer-reviewed journal and requires no
payment from authors.
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