About the Association


The Supernatural Studies Association is an organization dedicated to the academic study of representations of the supernatural, the speculative, the uncanny, and the weird across periods and disciplines.  Its peer-reviewed journal, Supernatural Studies (print ISSN 2470-203X; online ISSN 2325-4866), welcomes submissions on such representations in literature, film, television, video games, and other cultural texts and artifacts.   

See below for our latest Calls for Papers!  (The deadline for the Fall/Winter Special Issue on Black Mirror is 15 July 2017. The deadline for guaranteed inclusion in the Spring 2018 issue is February 1, 2018. Other submissions will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.) 


Editorial Board of Supernatural Studies 

Executive Editors
Leah Richards, LaGuardia Community College,
City University of New York
John R. Ziegler, Bronx Community College,
City University of New York

Assistant Executive Editor
Catherine Siemann, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Reviews Editor
Jennifer Gilchrist, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Scholarly Communications Liaisons
Edward Lehner, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

U.K. Business Manager
Ellen Rawson

Editorial Board
Anastassiya Andrianova, North Dakota State University
Maija Birenbaum, University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
Christina Carlson, Iona College
Deborah Christie, Colorado Technical University
Curt Herr, Kutztown University
Sharmila Mukherjee, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Shannon Proctor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
David J. Puglia, Bronx Community College, City University of New York




News and Events

Expanded Indexing and Archiving: Coming Soon

Our Scholarly Communications Liaisons have been working with library staff so that Supernatural Studies will soon have increased presence and accessibility.  We will post details and an updated policy statement as these exciting improvements go live.  


Fall/Winter 2016 issue out now 
(click here for full table of contents).  

Individuals can purchase a copy or 
join here; For institutional subscriptions, please email supernaturalstudies@gmail.com.



Call for Papers, Fall/Winter 2017 Special Issue: Black Mirror: Supernatural as Near-future Technology


Guest editor: Bethany Holmstrom, Assistant Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

The anthology series Black Mirror offers up various worlds, visions, and fantasies for the future of technology. Donna Haraway’s recent reflections on the speculative might provide a “way in” to thinking about the series; she engages with the many meanings of SF, “string figures…speculative fabulation, science fiction, science fact, speculative feminism, so far.” For her, “SF is storytelling and fact telling; it is the patterning of possible worlds and possible times, material-semiotic worlds, gone, here, and yet to come” (35-6). The many “strings” and strands of speculation presented in episodes of Black Mirror are often haunting, in both their (near-) immediacy and potential. This special issue of Supernatural Studies seeks essays exploring the multitude of issues and themes presented in the show; papers might include threads within/between several episodes, or might focus on a single episode.

Papers might touch upon any of the following:

  • Trans- and post-humanism, the nonhuman, Artificial Intelligence, the cyborg, human vs. machine
  • Virtual reality, hyperreality
  • The anthropocene and/or capitalocene
  • Ecocriticism, climate change
  • Capitalism, Marxist readings, the culture industry, labor
  • Identity
  • Othering
  • Feminism, the gaze, gender trouble(s)
  • Memory, uploading, consciousness, memory blunting, trauma
  • Spectacle, spectacles of violence and war
  • Criminal justice, punishment, determinism
  • Vigilantism, policing
  • Performance, celebrity
  • Privacy, private vs public, surveillance, social media
  • Post-apocalyptic & dystopian themes
  • SFF and supernatural genre studies, media studies

Submissions should be 5,000 to 8,000 words, including notes but excluding Works Cited, and follow the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. (2016); notes should be indicated by superscript Arabic numerals in text and pasted at the end of the article. International submissions should adhere to the conventions of U.S. English spelling, usage, and punctuation. Manuscripts should contain no identifying information, and each submission will undergo blind peer review by at least two readers. Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright. Submissions should be emailed to supernaturalstudies@gmail.com as an attached Microsoft Word file. The deadline for guaranteed consideration for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue is 15 July 2017. 

Haraway, Donna. “Staying With the Trouble: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chuthulucene.” Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism, edited by Jason W. Moore, PM Press, 2016, pp. 34-76.


Call for Papers, Spring 2018 Issue

Supernatural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that promotes rigorous yet accessible scholarship in the growing field of representations of the supernatural, the speculative, the uncanny, and the weird. The breadth of “the supernatural” as a category creates the potential for interplay among otherwise disparate individual studies that will ideally produce not only new work but also increased dialogue and new directions of scholarly inquiry. To that end, the editorial board welcomes submissions employing any theoretical perspective or methodological approach and engaging with any period and representations including but not limited to those in literature, film, television, video games, and other cultural texts and artifacts.  

Submissions should be 5,000 to 8,000 words, including notes but excluding Works Cited, and follow the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. (2016); notes should be indicated by superscript Arabic numerals in text and pasted at the end of the article. International submissions should adhere to the conventions of U.S. English spelling, usage, and punctuation. Manuscripts should contain no identifying information, and each submission will undergo blind peer review by at least two readers. Contributors are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions and ensuring observance of copyright. Submissions should be emailed to supernaturalstudies@gmail.com as an attached Microsoft Word file. The deadline for guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2018 issue is 1 February 2018.



Other News

We are working towards our first Supernatural Studies Association Conference, to be held in NYC in the spring of  2018.  


The online, open-access reviews section of Supernatural Studies is live and accepting submissions.

Read a review of Supernatural Studies 2.1 by Janet Brennan Croft, editor of the journal Mythlore.

Read issue 2.1's review by Matthew Crofts of Catherine Wynne's Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic for free here.



Next issue: Coming Spring/Summer 2017.