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Kent State Colleagues CFP, Critical and Transnational Approaches to American Popular Music

My colleagues Professor Babacar M’Baye and fellow PhD student Alex Hall have sent out the following cfp for a collection of essays on American popular music. If you study the cultural significance of American music, you should consider contributing. Read on for the full cfp:

CFP: Critical and Transnational Approaches to American Popular Music

Babacar M’Baye & Alexander C.O. Hall, eds.
Critical and Transnational Approaches to American Popular Music is an ambitious project that examines both the local and transnational significance of American popular music such as Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop. The first part of the book will situate these musical genres in the large and complex framework of American popular culture in which language, utopia, and traditions have played major roles in the construction of identity, activism, and social change. The second part of the book will put American Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop in conversation with similar or different musical genres from other parts of the world in which identity, resistance, and social transformation are also crucial parts. By inviting contributions about the local and transnational significance of American popular music, this edited volume wants to encourage original and theoretical analysis of American musical genres such as Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop while recognizing and studying the connections between such genres and their parental cousins or progenies from around the world.

Theoretically, Critical and Transnational Approaches to Popular Music is a collection of essays whose project is to study popular music using critical theory, equaling a collection of essays that is rooted in what has come to be known as “new” or “critical” musicology, but is also known simply as critical music studies. This book will employ a variety of critical perspectives in its treatment of the works it deals with, thereby widening the book’s audience via its interdisciplinary and transnational situation within the discourse of critical music studies. Looked at another way, the book fits comfortably under the umbrella of cultural studies—indeed, the book will be dealing with the cultural ramifications of the musical works. Nevertheless, each essay will employ a critical perspective relevant to the study of its musical subject. Some of the essays will, for instance, use literary theory to examine works at the level of narrative, while others will be interested in the political critique inherent in certain works. Still other essays in the collection will deal with the cultural collisions that result in, for instance, transnational forms of American popular music genres such as Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, and Rap.


All manuscripts must be original (hence, not under consideration for any other journal or book) and submitted in MS Word format. The entire essay (including endnotes and bibliography) should not exceed twenty five double-spaced pages and must include a concise title and a 200-word abstract. The essay must follow the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition). Articles in languages other than English will be considered; however, they must also be presented in English. All submissions must include the author’s current affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, etc.) as well as an up-to-date curriculum vitae. The deadline for receipts of contributions is May 31, 2011.

Please address queries and papers to:


Dr. Babacar M’Baye
Associate Professor
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242
Email: bmbaye@kent.edu

Alexander Charles Oliver Hall, M.A.
Teaching Fellow
Department of English
Kent State University
Satterfield Hall 209-F
Kent, OH 44242-0001

CFP: Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference, June 2011, University of Liverpool

Glyn Morgan forwarded me the following cfp for the Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference at the University of Liverpool on June 18, 2011. Adam Roberts and Andy Sawyer are the prestigious keynote lecturers. There are exciting things going on at the University of Liverpool regarding the study of science fiction and fantasy, and you should be a part of them. Liverpool is home to the huge science fiction special collection, the MA in Science Fiction Studies, and now a conference. Go here to read the cfp on Glyn’s blog, or read it below:

CRSF 2011 – Call For Papers

“A Vampire, a Troll, and a Martian Walk Into a Bar….”
- Call for Papers -
18th June 2011
University of Liverpool
Keynote Lectures from: Professor Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mr Andy Sawyer (Science Fiction Foundation Collection Librarian; Director of MA in Science Fiction Studies, University of Liverpool)
CRSF is a postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Our aim is to showcase some of the latest developments in this dynamic and evolving field, by providing a platform for the presentation of current research by postgraduates. The conference will also encourage the discussion of this research and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool is a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction, being home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, and is thus ideally suited to such a cause.
This year we would like to focus on encouraging postgraduates to network with others in their field, and related areas, whilst also demonstrating the depth and breadth of research currently being conducted into speculative fiction. As such we welcome 300 word abstracts on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:
•Alternate History •Apocalypse •Environmental Philosophy •Gaming •Genre Evolution •Genre Language and the Language of Genre •Gender and Sexuality •Graphic Novels •Representations of Psychology and Consciousness •Speculative Fiction across Media – Adaptation, Translation and Franchise •Speculative Spaces, Places and Races •The Supernatural and the Other •Technology and Magic •”Why Has No One Thought of This Before?” •Young Adult Fiction.
Abstracts of 300 words, for papers intended to run for twenty minutes,  should be submitted to CRSF2011@gmail.com by 01/04/11.
For further information, email the conference team at CRSF2011@gmail.com
Note: although we are looking for papers from postgraduates we welcome delegates from across the spectrum of academic and speculative fiction fields. This conference is the first of a planned annual series and cannot succeed without you support so please pass this along to everyone who might be interested.


SLSA 2011 in Ontario, PHARMAKON, Call for Papers

Carol Colatrella sent out the following call for papers to the Lit-Sci email list for the 2011 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference in Kitchener, Ontario:


25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts
PLACE: Kitchener, Ontario
VENUE: Delta Hotel Kitchener, THEMUSEUM, Critical Media Lab (all within three short city blocks)
DATES: September 22-25, 2011
SITE COORDINATOR: Marcel O’Gorman, University of Waterloo
PROGRAM CHAIRS: Melissa Littlefield and Robert Markley, U. of Illinois; Susan Squier, Penn State U.
SLSA MEMBERSHIP:  Participants in the 2011 conference must be 2011 members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more information about SLSA, please visit the organization website atwww.litsciarts.org.

The theme for 2011 is “PHARMAKON,” that which can both kill and cure. From Socrates’ hemlock to nuclear radiation, the pharmakon offers an opportunity to explore the concept of indeterminacy as it applies to a number of research topics, including the following:
•       bioarts
•       critical media theory
•       bioethics
•       medical humanities
•       new frontiers in digital media
•       animal studies
•       environmentalism and ecological studies
•       new directions in rhetoric and writing studies
•       the history and philosophy of science
•       gender and/in science studies
PLEASE NOTE: This is an open conference where a wide range of work will be welcome. Proposed topics can represent ANY work in literature and science, history of science, philosophy of science, science and art, or science studies.

Plenary speakers for 2011 are BERNARD STIEGLER (Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, Author of Technics and Time, etc.) and ISABELLE STENGERS (Université de Bruxelles, author of Cosmopolitics, etc.).

For panel contributions, submit a 250-word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with proposed session title.  Submit proposals and register athttp://www.litsciarts.org/slsa11/.

NEW FOR 2011: Poster Presentations. Poster presentations are traditionally under the purview of scientific conferences. This year, SLSA would like to challenge the boundaries of the poster presentation as well as provide space for more scientists to get involved with the society. If you would like to present your research in the form of a poster, we will have dedicated space to do so. Presenters will have an opportunity to discuss their work informally, and they MUST attend the conference for their work to be shown.

This year’s conference will include, among other interventions, bicycle tours of contemporary public art. For 2011, we are teaming up with THEMUSEUM of Kitchener and the Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener + Area (CAFKA). THEMUSEUM will be exhibiting a retrospective of computational art entitled Rethinking Art & Machine (RAM), and CAFKA will be holding its biennial festival of public art, which will provide a larger context for the conference. The theme for CAFKA 2011 is “survive.resist”. This collaboration is designed to place more emphasis on the “A” in SLSA. To this end, we welcome panel proposals from artists and scholars interested in public art and the theme of “survive.resist,” in addition to arts-oriented papers and panels on the theme of “PHARMAKON.”

We invite proposals from artists for an SLSA exhibition to be held in the Critical Media Lab. Proposals will be considered in the context of the conference theme of “PHARMAKON.” Please visit the Critical Media Lab web site to better understand the context for this exhibition (http://criticalmedia.uwaterloo.ca). Artistic proposals must include a 1-2-page description that clearly outlines the project and its relationship to  “Pharmakon,” as well as technical and space requirements. Artists must also provide up to 5 pages of images and/or a URL to a web site that clearly illustrates the proposed work and/or previous work that is relevant to the proposal. All submissions and questions should be addressed to Marcel O’Gorman (marcel@uwaterloo.ca). Participating artists will have full access to all conference activities, and will not have to pay registration fees or SLSA dues. They will also be eligible for SLSA Travel Awards (see below).

BOOK + ART PANELS: The SLSA Publications Committee is soliciting proposals from published authors, artists, and curators who wish to discuss their RECENT work in a longer format than a regular panel presentation. The panel will consist of the author/artist/curator and two respondents/commentators. Please send a brief proposal or nomination, and a list of possible respondents/commentators to Ron Broglio (Ronald.Broglio@asu.edu), who will share it with the rest of the Publications Committee (Elizabeth Wilson and Rob Mitchell).

CFP, Special Issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly on The Literary

This call for papers for a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly on ‘The Literary’ may be of interest of some folks here:


Call for Essays for a Special Issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly : “The Literary”


This special issue of DHQ http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/ invites essays that consider the study of literature and the category of the literary to be an essential part of the digital humanities. We welcome essays that consider how digital technologies affect our understanding of the literary— its aesthetics, its history, its production and dissemination processes, and also the traditional practices we use to critically analyze it. We also seek critical reflections on the relationships between traditional literary hermeneutics and larger-scale humanities computing projects. What is the relationship between literary study and the digital humanities, and what should it be? We welcome essays that approach this topic from a wide range of critical perspectives and that focus on diverse objects of study from antiquity to the present as well as born-digital forms.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words and a short CV to Jessica Pressman and Lisa Swanstrom at <DHQliterary@gmail.com> by Feb. 1, 2011.  We will reply by March 1, 2011 and request that full-length papers of no more than 9,000 words be submitted by *June 15, 2011*.


CFP: Emanations: A New Anthology Series Devoted to Fiction, Poetry, and Essays

Carter Kaplan sent out a cfp for a new anthology (official blog here):


The editors of Emanations seek fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.

The editors believe that recognizable genres are fit points of departure—science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism—but the idea behind the idea is the thing, just as the magician behind the magician is . . . the magician. In other words, Emanations seeks to say something new, but the illusion of something new can be just as important. Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”

Send files with brief cover note to Carter Kaplan:


Board of Editorial Advisors

Ruud Antonius

Horace Jeffery Hodges

Norman Spinrad, blog

Vitasta Raina

Michael Beard

Andrew Howdle

Elkie Riches

Mike Chivers

Carter Kaplan

Kai Robb, 2

Tessa Dick

Michael Moorcock

Joel K. Soiseth

Mack Hassler

Darren R. Partridge

Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world.

Published By International Authors

CFP: CCCC 2011 Session: “Contesting This Space, Contesting This Knowledge: A Session on Conferences”

Andrew Pilsch and I went to Georgia Tech together before he went off to Penn State, and I went across the pond to the University of Liverpool and then back again to Kent State. During that time, Andrew has been, I think, methodically forming a humanities vanguard to critique, challenge, and shake up the academy to the aid of graduate students such as ourselves. Maybe he’s doing all of those things, or none of those things. I don’t mean to write a manifesto for his work, but he has posted a brilliant session cfp for CCCC 2011 on “Contesting This Space, Contesting This Knowledge: A Session on Conferences.” I’ve included his cfp below. Please email Andrew if you’re interested in taking part in what I believe will be a fantastic discussion. I have a feeling that Andrew’s work here will lead to constructive rethinking of the conference perhaps through his own plans or by getting others to reflect on what it is we do by conferencing in big and small ways. Just check out his calculations on the collective distance of all CCCC 2010 participants on his Twitter feed here to get a hint of what he’s working on.

CCCC 2011 Session: “Contesting This Space, Contesting This Knowledge: A Session on Conferences” (4/30)

full name / name of organization:
Andrew Pilsch / Pennsylvania State University
contact email:
cfp categories:

A session on the rhetoric of the academic conference.

Once again, several hundred of us will be descending on a major metropolis to give a paper, meet up with old friends, and find out what’s new in the many fields that operate under the banner of CCCC. All the while, though, many of us may do so without thinking about the nature of professional conferences and their roles in our personal and professional lives.

This proposed session seeks to question the nature of the academic conference and the kinds of knowledges that get produced within such spaces. Additionally, papers should in some way analyze the rhetoric surrounding conferences (the way we talk about them, the way we write for them, the way they talk about themselves, etc.). That said, any aspect of conference-going would be welcome as a topic, including but not limited to:

  • The conference paper as knowledge artifact
  • Literacy and writing practices embodied within the conference presentation
  • Performance in the conference paper
  • Technology of/in presentations (Powerpoint, websites, etc.)
  • The oral/written divide in conference presentation
  • The role of the conference in the professional lives of scholars
  • The economic implications of conference-going
  • Rethinking the nature of the conference in light of the various, current “crises” in academic life
  • The logistics of conference organization
  • The physical spaces of conferences (social and professional)
  • Conferences and the social life of the mind

Please email proposals of at most 250 words by April 30th if you would be interested in participating in this session.

Original cfp available here.

CFP, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Volumes I and II

I saw this call for contributors on H-Net yesterday. It is for a two volume series on Counterterrorism ranging from the Cold War to the present. If you’re interested in contributing, send an email to Dr. Shanty below.

We are looking for contributors (subject experts, professors, graduate students) for the 2-volume, illustrated, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Volumes I and II to be published by ABC-CLIO in 2011. Comprehensive in scope and written by top scholars in the field, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror will address counterterrorism from the days of the Cold War to the current global campaign.

Volume I consists of six chapters (sections). Section 1 is devoted largely to definitional issues and serves as a foundation for further discussion in subsequent sections on the 21st century terrorist threat. Section 2 addresses the evolution and effectiveness of select nation-state counterterrorism policy. Sections 3 and 4 address key issues which impact counterterrorism strategy and the post-9/11 global counterterrorism campaign respectively. Regional counterterrorism efforts and an agenda for future research are discussed in sections 5 and 6. Volume 2 provides a section containing articles on some of the world’s elite counterterrorism forces and a chronology of major global counterterrorism operations. Volume 2 also includes a compilation of national and international treaties, laws, conventions, agreements, and protocols which have been implemented in an attempt to counter this ongoing threat to public safety and international security. Volume 2 concludes with a glossary containing organizational and individual profiles and a comprehensive bibliography.

Articles will run between 3 and 10 manuscript pages (500-2000 words) in length, depending on the subject. A small honorarium will be paid and/or hard copies of the full encyclopedia set (depending on word count) will be offered. Additionally, each contributor will receive access to the e-book. Contributors may write more than one entry. Full authorial credit including name and affiliation will be cited on the contributor’s page. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2010 for articles containing 500-1500 words. Articles containing 2000 words have a deadline of August 15, 2010. These deadlines refer to total word counts. If an author wishes to contribute more than one entry the due dates will be determined by the above guidelines. Given the scope and present relevance of this project it is our desire to attract as many knowledgeable scholars as possible. With this in mind certain exceptions to the above will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested in contributing to this exciting and important project, we would be happy to email you a prospectus with a full description of the project, including a list of available entries. Contact us at: cobra141 [at] prodigy.net If you cannot contribute, perhaps you can forward names and email addresses of qualified individuals who might be interested to the above cited address, or forward this announcement to them. All writers selected for this project will need to provide a short CV and a writing sample

Frank Shanty, Ph.D.
General Editor
Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror
EMAIL: cobra141 [at] prodigy.net

CFP, Changing the Climate, Utopia, Dystopia, and Catastrophe 2010 Conference

Leslie Kay Swigart send the following conference cfp to the SFRA email list. It’s for a conference that takes place just before WorldCon and both are in Australia. It sounds like the perfect excuse for an extended stay in the land down under. Read on for the details and the outstanding guest lineup–John Clute, Kim Stanley Robinson, Tom Moylan, and others:


The Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction

30th August =96 1st September 2010

Monash University Conference Centre
30 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

A conference organised by the Centre for Comparative Literature and
Cultural Studies at Monash University

WEBSITE: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/cclcs/conferences/utopias/4/index.ph=

In December 2001 the University of Tasmania hosted a successful
conference around the theme of Antipodean Utopias. In December 2005,
Monash University hosted a second conference, around that of Imagining
the Future, to mark the long-awaited publication of Fredric Jameson=92s
book Archaeologies of the Future. A third conference, Demanding the
Impossible, followed in December 2007, again at Monash. Despite the
apparent optimism of all three conference themes, dystopia remained a
recurrent preoccupation in their discussions. This fourth conference
will directly address the questions of dystopia and catastrophe with
special reference to a problem that increasingly haunts our imaginings
of the future, that of actual or possible environmental catastrophe. As
Jameson himself wrote in The Seeds of Time: It seems easier for us
today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of
nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to
some weakness in our imaginations=92.Hopefully, this conference will play
some small part in changing that particular climate of opinion.

The conference invites papers from scholars, writers and others
interested in the interplay between ecology and ecocriticism, utopia,
dystopia and science fiction.


The opening address will be given by Kate Rigby, Founding President of
the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment,
Australia-New Zealand, and author of Topographies of the Sacred: The
Poetics of Place in European Romanticism (2004).


John Clute
Science fiction writer, Director of the Department of Story Future in
the Centre for the Future at Slavonice and co-author of The Encyclopedia
of Science Fiction (1993) and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997).

Tom Moylan
Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the Ralahine Center for
Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, author of Demand the Impossible
(1986) and Scraps of the Untainted Sky (2000) and co-editor of Dark
Horizons (2003).

Kim Stanley Robinson
Distinguished science fiction writer, winner of two Hugo Awards and
author of the Orange Country Trilogy, the Mars Trilogy, Antarctica, The
Years of Rice and Salt and the Science in the Capital Trilogy.

Deborah Bird Rose
Professor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, author of Dingo
Makes Us Human (2000), Reports from a Wild Country (2004) and Wild Dog
Dreaming: Love and Extinction (in press).

Linda Williams
Associate Professor in Art History at RMIT University, curator of The
Idea of the Animal exhibition (2004) and the HEAT: Art and Climate
Change exhibition (2008).

The conference invites papers from scholars, writers and others
interested in the interplay between ecology and ecocriticism, utopia,
dystopia and science fiction.


Abstracts (approx. 100-150 words) should be sent by 30 June 2010 by
e-mail to:


or by post to:

Utopias4 Conference
Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
School of English, Communications and Performasnce Studies
Clayton campus
Monash University
Victoria 3800


The conference will take place over three days.

Full registration for the three days costs $A280, with a concessional
price for students and the non-employed of $A140.

Registration for one day only costs $A110, with a concessional price of
$A55. All prices are GST inclusive.

Registration is due by 31 July 2010.

CFP, Worldcon 2010 in Australia Academic Programming

Alice Pullin sent the following cfp for the next Worldcon’s academic programming to the SFRA email list. It would be great to meet KSR, since I didn’t get to meet him at Georgia Tech when he was there awhile back–though Lisa did get me his autograph, but I don’t know how I could afford a trip to Australia. I guess I should follow some of these money making schemes here. Read below for the details:

Call for papers: World Science Fiction Convention Academic Programming
Aussiecon 4: 68th World Science Fiction Convention
September 2nd – 6th, 2010
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

The many uses of science fiction

Why do we study science fiction (SF)? Why do we read it, write about it?
What uses do we put these readings and writings to?  As the critical fields
intersecting with science fiction grow ever broader, SF is called on to
perform all kinds of cultural and theoretical work.  It is claimed as an
ideal source for reading cultural histories of western technoscience, of
thinking through the sociological and philosophical challenges of science
studies, and as revealing of the destabilising of humanism emerging in
animal studies and the Śposthumanitiesą more generally. What does all this
work mean for critical theory in the twenty first century, and our
understanding of the place of science fiction studies within more canonical
fields of cultural enquiry?  And what, if any are the implications for SF as
a genre, marketing category, and as a community of readers?

The theme of Aussiecon 4’s Academic Program is the study of SF, broadly
framed: why and how we read it as critics, academics and fans and what use/s
we put these readings to.  We invite papers reflecting on science fiction
studies and its relation to other critical fields, including (but not
limited to) cultural studies, media studies, fan studies, science and
literature studies, ecocriticism, science communication and animal studies.
We welcome analyses of the political implications of race, gender,
sexuality, and class on such criticism and its intersection with questions
of social democracy, ethics, and environmental politics.   Also of interest
is the impact of such work on popular and mainstream conceptions of science
fiction, and on its potential (and future) audience.

Please send Abstracts by May 31st 2010

Submissions and enquires should be directed to the Academic co-conveners, Dr
Helen Merrick & Professor Andrew Milner at academic@aussiecon4.org.au

Submissions should include:
* title of paper;
* name & affiliation;
* email address;
* 150 word abstract;
* short biographical statement;
* AV requirements

More information about Aussiecon 4, including membership rates can be found
at: http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/

CFP, Science Fiction Film and Television Special Issues on Remakes and Biopolitics

Sherryl Vint sent out the following CFP for the journal Science Fiction Film and Television. I have a BSG essay that I’m definitely going to send to SFFTV. You should send them something, too!

Science Fiction Film and Television is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press. Edited by Mark Bould (UWE) and Sherryl Vint (Brock University), with an international board of advisory editors, it encourages dialogue among the scholarly and intellectual communities of film studies, sf studies and television studies.

We invite submissions on all areas of sf film and television. We publish articles, book and DVD reviews and review essays, as well as archive entries on theorists (which introduce the work of key and emergent figures in sf studies, television or film studies) and texts (which describe and analyse little-known or unduly neglected films or television series).

We invite submissions in particular for two special issues:

REMAKES, REVISIONS, REBOOTS: Why is the 21st century fascinated by returning to previous sf franchises? Is this nostalgia? Archive fever? Retrofuturism? What economic and cultural forces inform this recent fascination with return and renewal?

BIOPOLITICS: How do biopolitial theories of theorists such as Foucault, Hardt and Negri, Esposito and Agamben inform readings of sf? What can sf contribute to ongoing discussions of biopolitial governance? What can sf visions of posthumanism tell us about life under biopolitical capitalism?

Submissions should be made via our website at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lup-sfftv. If you have an idea for a contribution to the archives section, please contact the editors to discuss your proposal.

Advisory Editorial Board: Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading), Catherine Constable (University of Warwick), Susan A. George (University of California, Berkeley), Elyce Rae Helford (Middle Tennessee State University), Matt Hills (Cardiff University), Brooks Landon (University of Iowa), Rob Latham (UC-Riverside), Susan Napier (Tufts University), Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia), Wendy Pearson (University of Western Ontario), David Seed (University of Liverpool), Steve Shaviro (Wayne State University), Vivian Sobchack (University of California, Los Angeles) and JP Telotte (Georgia Institute of Technology)