LITERATURE: Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction | Neo-Griot

LITERATURE: Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction | Neo-Griot.

From the beginning, Delany, in his fiction, has pushed across the traditional boundaries of science fiction, embraced the other, and questioned received ideas about sex and intimacy.


Afro-futurism Scholar 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

IAW&A Salon in DC, “Cultural Bridges”: An Evening of Artistic, Cultural, & Personal Connections, 4/4/14 | Irish American Writers & Artists

” Friday, April 4, 2014, Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A) held its  first “road Salon” in  Washington, DC at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the evening turned out to be one of true artistic, cultural, and personal connection.   Because UDC is considered a “historically black college,” the event was billed, “Cultural Bridges: DC Salon.”  The Salon was organized by Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin of the English department at UDC and myself, the Salon Producer for the IAW&A.  Travel and hotel expenses for the New York artists were generously provided for the New York artists by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Ireland.”

Read more here–> IAW&A Salon in DC, “Cultural Bridges”: An Evening of Artistic, Cultural, & Personal Connections, 4/4/14 | Irish American Writers & Artists.

CFP for The Phoenix Papers (rolling submission deadline) | FANS Conference

CFP for The Phoenix Papers (rolling submission deadline) | FANS Conference.

CFP for The Phoenix Papers (rolling submission deadline)

We are pleased to announce the rolling CFP for articles and reviews for our online peer-reviewed, open access journal, The Phoenix Papers (ISSN 2325-2316).  We welcome articles on fandom and media topics as well as reviews of anime, manga, books, movies, video games, TV series, web series, musical albums, performances, and other pop culture media products.  We encourage scholars at all levels of achievement, whether affiliated with an institution or independent, to contribute to our journal.   Contributors have been academics, independent scholars, students, and industry professionals.  We accept submissions throughout the year with quarterly publication (January, April, July which also includes our conference proceedings, and October).  Articles may be on any topic relevant to US or global fandom and/or media studies.  In general, reviews should be of items from 2009 onward with precedence given to those from the current year.  Articles can focus on topics from any time period.  We also accept letters to the editor and responses to previously published articles.  If you wish to contribute, please go to the Contact Us page.  For articles, please include a 200-250 word abstract and institutional affiliation, if any, in your message.  For reviews, please indicate the item to be reviewed, why it is a significant or interesting work, and what approach you intend to take.  Those selected for inclusion will be notified shortly afterward.

All articles and reviews must follow our Style Guide.

Our journal is open access.  There will never be a fee for authors or readers.

Please feel free to send us any questions you may have via the Contact Us page.

ISSN: 2325-2316

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CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference, New Mexico, 19-22 February 2014

The Fan Studies Network

CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW PACA (11/1/13; 2/19-22/14)

The Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association ( invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom for their annual Conference, February 19 – 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great conference for fan studies scholars, grad students, and researchers from other disciplines doing related research to share their thoughts and inspire each other. All topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

The reciprocal relationship between stars and fans

Impact of celebrity and fame on identity construction, reconstruction and sense of self

The impact of social media on celebrity/fan interaction

Children and stardom (Little Rascals to Toddlers and Tiaras)

Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change

The intersection of stardom and fandom in virtual and physical spaces

Celebrity and the construction of persona

Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom

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For The Holidays! Buy My Book For Your Loved One!

Here’s an idea for Holiday shopping–give your loved one a copy of my book! Edwin Mellen Press, the publisher of my book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Love is now offering my book in soft-cover for half the price: $43.29 USD. It’s a heck of a bargain considering the fact that the hardcover is $119 USD. So how do you get it? Well, until Mellen Press starts offering it online at Amazon or on their site, you have to call and ask, though I’m betting if enough people ask, they’ll relent and get on board with market demand much faster. Meanwhile, here’s the contact name and phone number:
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin
Ms. Irene Miller
Order Fulfillment


Be sure to let her know you found out the good news about getting my book soft-cover from me, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin.

Meanwhile, here’s the publisher site (academics do get small discounts for the hardcover):

Check out “The Age of Magic” by Andrea E. Shaw

The Age of Magic.

During one of my morning surfing ventures through the web led me to Dr. Shaw’s blog post about “magic,” or more accurately, perceptions of the world and technological advances.  It has occurred to me that someone dumped into 2012 from 1812 or even 1912 via a time machine (and we’re working on that one-trust me!) would think we were all sorcerers who sold our souls to the Devil himself for having these contraptions with sound and sight.  Musical instruments with buttons instead of strings (iPods/iPads?).  Metal books without paper yet able to hold thousands and thousands of pages you find just by pressing more buttons.  Read more and tell me what you think you would do if you were plopped into the 24th or 28th century of our planet.  First of all, would anything be left?  We seem to enjoy burning out our planet’s ability to sustain itself, lately.