Zombie Scholarship

Not the we-give-you-money-because-you’re-the-most-deserving-zombie kind, but rather the scholarly-work-in-the-subject kind. There’s a call for essays on scholarly perspectives on the zombie for an anthology. I’m thinking I know a few people who might be interested. (Yeah, Ben, I thinking of you, even if you’re not a litcrit guy, as it’s interdisciplinary and all that. Though “paraconsistent logic +  zombies” might be a harder fit for a scholarly essay than for a short story, one of the editors is a philosophy prof!) More details in the extended post.

Zombie Fun

Via Perverse Egalitarianism:

Call for Papers: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays on the Zombie

We are seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary edited volume discussing the zombie from a wide variety of perspectives and within a wide range of contexts. We encourage submissions from any discipline, including but not limited to English literature, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, economics, and political science. We especially welcome new approaches to the study of zombies. In addition to theoretical essays on zombies, we also welcome critical discussions of specific zombie films, novels, and graphic novels, including those both pre- and post-Romero.

Proposals should be between 200 and 300 words. Authors are asked to include brief biographical details along with their submissions, including name and academic affiliation. Please submit proposals either electronically or by regular mail. Deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2008. Submit to either:

Dr. Cory James Rushton
Dept. of English
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2W5


Dr. Christopher M. Moreman
Dept. of Philosophy
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

I’m thinking of knocking together a proposal on… well, that’s for me to know, and you to wonder about. Probably forever, for I’ll have little to say if they’re not interested, but if it gets accepted, I’ll post a little about it here as I draft the thing… We’ll see, but Oct. 31st is the deadline, and that’s a long ways away. I should at least have time for a 300 word proposal!

5 thoughts on “Zombie Scholarship

  1. This is something I’d actually be interested in… but it’s not the 300-word proposal I’m concerned about, it’s the research and writing of yet another paper (especially one that is not directly related to my diss).

  2. Charles,

    Yeah, well, you’re writing a dissertation! The absence of zombies from the Korea mythic imaginaire kinda makes it hard to, er, work in, huh?


    Heh, the toxoplasmosa gondii example is disturbing, though when I got to #5, the far-fetchedness of it kind of relaxed me. Still, one wonders. I did get babysat by this crazy old lady with cats when I was a kid… and I am pretty moody!

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