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, Spring 2022 Special Issue on Jordan Peele

Guest editor Dr. Chesya Burke (Stetson University) seeks contributors for a special issue on the works of Jordan Peele for Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture to be published in the spring of 2022.

Submissions may consider Peele’s work as a writer, director, and/or producer as it falls within the scope of the journal’s purview; representations of the supernatural, the speculative, the uncanny, and the weird. Writers may focus on any of Peele’s works, with preference given to Get Out, Us, Candyman, Lovecraft Country, or any speculative or genre works that come out between now and the publication of this issue. Papers may center any topics, but special attention will be paid to Black masculinity, Black femininity, the way that comedy informs horror (and vice versa) within his work, Black bodies in abject horror, historical context and legacy, obscure nuances, and hidden easter eggs. Likewise, articles can put Peele’s work in conversation with other genre works, film makers, literature, and histories of Black horror.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to cburke2@stetson.edu and supernaturalstudies@gmail.com by 30 April 2021. The Subject line should read: “Jordan Peele Issue: [abbreviated title].” Completed manuscripts will be due by 15 September 2021, with revisions to be completed no later than 31 January 2022.

Proposals for [500-1000 word] reviews of scholarly work or media pertaining to Peele or to speculative fiction (literature) and black horror more broadly are also welcomed. Prospective reviewers should email a brief description (no more than 75 words) of their proposed topic and qualifications to cburke2@stetson.edu and supernaturalstudiesreviews@gmail.com. The Subject line should read: “Jordan Peele Review: [abbreviated title].” Reviews will be due by 31 October 2021.

Call for Papers, Spring 2021 Special Issue on Disease

Supernatural Studies invites submissions for a special issue, inspired by the current crisis, on supernatural engagements with disease, broadly conceived. We welcome essays that explore this theme through explicitly monstrous tropes, e.g. zombies, vampires, parasitism, haunting, and other uncanny embodiments of sickness and contagion. We also invite investigations of narratives that deploy the supernatural to engage existing cultural “maladies” that infectious diseases routinely expose and exacerbate: e.g., economic precarity, healthcare inequities, media mis/disinformation, science skepticism and denial, environmental challenges, and experiences of alienation. We encourage submissions that explore oral, written, and/or visual texts across time, place, and genre. To be as relevant as possible, this special issue will be published in Spring 2021; for guaranteed consideration, submissions should be sent by 31 October 2020 (since Halloween is canceled anyway).

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.

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.


Organized in partnership with Lynchland (https://www.facebook.com/Lynchland), Cork University (Ireland), Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France) & Université de Liège (Belgium), the Supernatural Studies Association, and the film magazine La Septième Obsession (France).

This international online conference will focus on the third season of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s acclaimed television series Twin Peaks, an eighteen-part event that premiered on Showtime in May 2017. While the original two seasons of Twin Peaks (1990-91) and Lynch’s feature-length film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) have been the subject of numerous academic and critical studies, season 3 returned to television over 25 years later. The season has yet to benefit from an international conference that is interdisciplinary in scope. We are excited about the conference’s accessible online format and its potential to engage with international colleagues in diverse fields of research.

Suggested topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

• the role of time in season 3

• expanded space and geography in season 3

• aesthetics of season 3

• the use of special effects in season 3

• the relationship between season 3 and earlier seasons of Twin Peaks (1990-91), as well as the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

• the relationship between the 3rd season and Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks (2016) and Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier (2017)

• Homer’s Odyssey

• electromagnetism

• the American West and/or Western films

• the 2008 economic crisis

• parallel universes

• doppelgangers and avatars

• the atomic bomb

• the supernatural

• mythology & spirituality

• representations of gender and race in season 3

We welcome papers from the fields of television and film studies, art history, literature, sociology, psychology, gender studies, religious studies and fields in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Panels in both English and French will be organized during the conference weekend, June 19-20, 2021.

While it is expected that papers will reference earlier seasons of Twin Peaks and/or David Lynch’s filmography, please keep in mind that the focus of this conference is the third season of Twin Peaks. Therefore, papers dedicated exclusively to the first two seasons of the series or the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me will not be accepted.

Abstracts (in English or French) of 300-500 words, accompanied by a C.V. will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at: TwinPeaksConference@gmail.com

Notification of the conference program will be sent by January 15, 2021.

Conferences will be limited to 20-minute presentations.

Conference organizers: Franck Boulègue (Associated Scholar – University of Liège & author of Twin Peaks: Unwrapping the Plastic), Marisa C. Hayes (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Université Paris 3, film & co-editor, Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks), and Roland Kermarec (founder & curator of Lynchland (https://www.facebook.com/Lynchland), with additional assistance from Matt Zoller Seitz.

General Call for Papers

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.

Submissions are accepted on a continuous basis, and those accepted for publication will be placed in the earliest possible issue according to publication schedule and needs.