Calls for Papers

Supernatural Studies accepts submissions for general issues on a rolling basis. See submission guidelines for full information. Calls for special issues and deadlines for consideration for guaranteed inclusion in the next general issues may be found below.




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 25 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.


Call for Papers, Fall/Winter 2018 Special Issue: Twin Peaks

Guest Editor: Franck Boulègue, co-editor of the book Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks (2013) and author of the book Twin Peaks: Unwrapping the Plastic (2016).

Supernatural Studies is seeking contributions for its Fall 2018 issue that will be dedicated to the world of Twin Peaks.

The cult series returned to television in May 2017 for its long awaited third season, 25 years after the premature end of the show (a first in television history!). In addition, Mark Frost's latest book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, has revealed new elements of the mythology surrounding this small northwestern town. With these developments in mind, the time seems appropriate to publish a collection of essays that explore various aspects of the series linked to the supernatural.

However, Twin Peaks is more than just a television series, it is a microcosm of its own spanning a variety of media. This issue will not only focus on the works of David Lynch, but also on books written by Mark Frost, Jennifer Lynch, Scott Frost and others, all set within the Twin Peaks universe.

The following themes may provide a springboard for exploring the supernatural in relation to Twin Peaks (additional subjects are welcome):
- Hollow Earth theories
- Shangri-La
- Lemuria
- Ancient Aliens
- Astrology 
- Theosophy 
- Free Masonry 
- Native American mythologies 
- Transcendental Meditation and the vedic tradition
- Parallel realities and alternate timelines

This issue will also include book reviews of titles linked to Twin Peaks - and possibly reviews of other titles in Mark Frost's bibliography, as their mythology parallels the supernatural tropes and folklore found in Twin Peaks.

Interested contributors (texts and book reviews) should send an abstract and brief biography or C.V. to: franck@videodansebourgogne.com

Submission deadline (abstracts of 300-500 words): September 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2017
Deadline for first draft of essays and book reviews: February 1, 2018