#CFP Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy Books and Essays


A call for contributions via RelCFP:

Hello everyone. I am editing a series with Rowman & Littlefield / Lexington on a series of academic books critically analyzing elements of Jewish science fiction and fantasy (this is the title of the series). https://rowman.com/action/series/les/lexjsf As such, I would like authors with concepts to write about. So far we have one coming out on Goliath, one on the fantastic Yiddish prologues of movies and sitcoms, and a short series on the history of all Jewish SFFs. The call for books is ongoing – large and small topics are welcome.

At this point, a one paragraph proposal emailed to [email protected] with a subject from JEWISH SPEC-FIC would be great. Here are some examples:

The Secret Jewish Roots of Star Wars (or Another Top Franchise)

Batwoman in Felicity: Jewish Characters in the Arrowverse

Rewrite the Story: Jewish Fairy Tale Novels

Alternative Jewish history

Kabbalah in pop culture

Israeli dystopian cinema

Jewish Flavor Filk

Halacha in space

Pop Culture Haggadah

Reviewing major franchises through Jewish fanfic

The works of _______.

I’m looking for topics that weren’t done to death, so Jews and Comics seem a little too obvious, but most of the other topics are open-ended. In addition to all subgenres, writing in all mediums (novels, short story cartoons, comics, fanfic, movies) and works from all countries / cultures is acceptable. As the examples show, you can choose large or small, including a single franchise, author, issue, or genre. The treatment of Jews in science fiction (including by non-Jewish writers) would be acceptable, as would anything on fandom, current or historical. Interdisciplinary / Film Critics / Literary Reviews / Fan Studies / Minority Studies are all welcome. Anthologies are also possible.

I’m also looking for essays for several anthologies that will go into the series. The deadline is January 31, 2022 for COMPLETED TRIALS, I have some gaps in the collections and could use a few more, so I take more submissions on an ongoing basis (I’ll be back soon) and collect tests as they are ready. 6000 words, chicago note-bibilography which I am putting together for three anthologies and sorting them out as appropriate, but here are the sub-themes:

ANTHOLOGY: LARGE FRANCHISES

Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Twilight Zone, Superheroes, Popular Movies & TV – Let’s explore Judaism in the biggest and most popular franchises.

ANTHOLOGY: BALANCING JEWISH PRACTICE AND FANDOM

What does Jewish fanfic look like? Or orthodox cosplay? Is it difficult to attend the Saturday conventions? Talk about Judaism and Harry Potter classes, summer camps, themed bar mitzvahs, crafts, reindeer fair characters or whatever you have. (Certainly, these can be personal stories, although this is a scholarly anthology and studies further away from these are also suitable). Essays can be first or third person for this one.

ANTHOLOGY: JEWISH FANTASY AROUND THE WORLD

(I need to work on the title, but basically, can we break out of the top ten Ashkenazi Americans and analyze other stories). Update: I received some nice proposals, but I would always appreciate analyzing works from Eastern Europe (like Stanislaw Lem and the Strugatsky brothers), Western Europe and South America. I could also use more Israel. Sephardic American series like Mangoverse and The Blue Thread would also be welcome.

Contact information:

proposals (a paragraph on your subject is fine, additional documents welcome but not required) emailed to [email protected] with a subject of JEWISH SPEC-FIC. Book submissions are ongoing and welcome at any time.

Questions to [email protected] are also welcome.


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