Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Deadline September 1 | Call for Essays for Edited Collection - Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity: Examinations of Reality and Fantasy in Joss Wh

Post date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Deadline: 1 September 2012

Co-editors Alyson Buckman, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M. Porter invite proposals or completed essays for an edited collection of scholarly works that explore Joss Whedon's science fiction television series Dollhouse (2009-2010). We are interested in a variety of topics as well as diverse disciplinary approaches. Proposals should demonstrate not only a clear methodology and strong thesis but also a familiarity with current conversations and publications about the series. We would be especially pleased to see innovative perspectives on unusual topics such as the show's paratexts or production elements. Though not prescriptive, the following list of topics may be productive to consider:
  • The construction of sexuality and/or sex work within the Dollhouse
  • Queer identity and Theory
  • Gender
  • Technology
  • Neurology and Neurophysiology
  • Dystopia
  • Corporate Identity
  • Law Enforcement
  • Race Relations
  • The Posthuman Body
  • The Dollhouse Comic
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Psychopathology
  • Violence against Women
QUERIES AND SUBMISSIONS: Queries are welcomed; please email us at and indicate that it is a Dollhouse Query/Proposal/Paper in the subject line. Send 350-500 word proposals or 5,000-7,000 word essays in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) to the same email address; please label your attachment with ¡§Dollhouse,¡¨ your last name, and the date (day.month.year) e.g., Dollhouse, Ginn, 8.01.12. We suggest but do not require that proposals include a working bibliography. Please provide in a separate document or in the body of the email a brief biography and selected vita.

PRODUCTION TIMELINE: We are currently discussing the book proposal with a publisher, who is very interested in such a collection. We are working on the following timeline which would tentatively allow the book a 2013 publication date.
  • Proposals Due: 1 September 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 October 2012
  • First Drafts Due: 1 January 2013
  • Second Drafts Due: 1 May 2013
  • Completed Manuscript: 1 July 2013

For queries/ submissions: