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Star Trek Collection of Academic Essays
« on: February 06, 2016, 06:18:13 AM »
Dear All,

This is more a call to arms. I am going to publish a collection of academic essays on Star Trek. I already have the publisher and I was wondering if you, the fans, would like to add some fun opinion pieces. The length could vary between 1500 and 6000 words. Everything concerning Star Trek (all versions and manifestations) in connection to gender, sexuality and identity will be considered. See the CFP below for more details. And do not worry about the academic aspect. I am looking for some fun insights from the fan community itself. Please get in touch with me ASAP.

Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions.
Since its premiere on September 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek has become one of the icons of science fiction. With the 50th anniversary coming up this collection will focus on gender representations within the Star Trek universe throughout these five decades. From the very beginnings of Nichelle Nichols (as the first African American actress in a science fiction series) as Uhura to such powerful female such as Jadzia Dax (who lives in symbiosis with a wise and long-lived creature), The Borg Queen (the focal point within the Borg collective consciousness and a unique drone within the collective), Seven of Nine (a rehumanized ex Borg), T’Pau (the only person ever to turn down a seat on the Federation Council), Captain Janeway (the only female captain with her own series) or B'Elanna Torres (the half human half Klingon ex-Maquie) to name but a few of the iridescent female characters the Star Trek universe has to offer. In addition, the male characters are equally as tantalizing. From the enigmatic James T. Kirk (who not only survived but helped others to survive at a young age at Tarsus IV) and his loyal 1st Officer Mr. Spock (the only human Vulcan hybrid in existence), Worf (the first Klingon to serve in the Federation), Q (an almighty being able to bend time and space to his wishes) to Miles O'Brien (a formerly no name character who later become a fan favorite) or Odo (a character who can shapeshift but does not shift into a human form). The sheer multitude of individuals, races, and universes this franchise has to offer calls for a deep and focused scrutiny of the gender relations in it.
Invited are papers concerning all Star Trek TV shows, movies, graphic novels, novels, audio plays, web series, fan productions (such as Star Trek Renegade), fanfiction (remember that Kirk and Spock are the original slash pairing), electronic games, board games, fan gatherings, spinoffs, parodies, revivals, paratexts, fan cultures, etc. So basically everything that can be connected to Star Trek.
I am looking for fun and entertaining chapters that are written in a way to attract and engage laymen as well as long term fans and academics. The collection should be a celebration of this wonderful franchise … have some fun with it!