Call for Papers ~ “Dune for the 21st Century”
Note the Proposal Deadline: Due March 31, 2019
Dominick Nardi, who is a political scientist currently based at George Washington University, got in touch. He wanted to let me know about a call for proposals on “Dune for the 21st Century.” Please check out their Call for Papers webpage.
Quite a list there, of intriguing suggestions for the types of topics that would be welcomed by scholars and fans. I’m already thinking about maybe submitting something on how strategic foresight and organic systems intersect with sustainability theory and planetology practices. There’s a lot to consider in various Dune materials: the banquet scene, Liet in the desert, quotes from Pardot, Appendix I on The Ecology of Dune …
We’ll see. But meanwhile, check it out and consider what sort of scholarly topics you’d enjoy developing a paper on!
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From the Call for Papers:
This call is to solicit chapter proposals for an edited volume of scholarship about Frank Herbert’s Dune saga.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most renowned and best-selling science fiction novels in history, widely regarded as a masterpiece. However, there has been surprisingly little academic scholarship about Dune given its importance to the genre. This collection seeks to ignite a renewed interest in academic approaches to the novel. We are looking for works that will enhance our understanding of the original novel, as well as its sequels. We especially welcome proposals from outside the traditional literary disciplines or that utilize innovative new research methods. Submissions may be critical, but should be constructively so given that readers will most likely also be fans.
With a new two-part film adaptation of Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) coming out in 2020, we believe this volume will be well positioned to serve as a primary point of reference for readers interested in scholarship on Frank Herbert’s masterpiece. We hope to publish this volume in between the first and second installments of the film (approximately mid-2020).