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Call for Papers

                    SERIALITY SERIALITY SERIALITY

               The Many Lives of the Field That Isn’t One


The Call for Papers has been closed and the conference programm is complete. We thank everyone who submitted proposals!


Information for Call-for-Paper Sections (3, 7, 11)

We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations in the workshops “Detection & Concealment” (Section 3), “Non/Humans: Institutions – Agencies – Networks” (Section 7), and “Seriality Porn” (Section 11).

Paper presentations should resonate with the format suggestions listed in the conference’s introductory statement and engage with the thematic framework sketched in the respective section description. Please send your title, 500-word abstract, and short biographical blurb (150 words) to the Research Unit’s administrator, Maria Sulimma (maria.sulimma@fu-berlin.de). If you receive no confirmation of receipt, please contact us again. All proposals must have reached us no later than October 31, 2015.

For further information about “Detection & Concealment” please contact Ilka Brasch (ilka.brasch@engsem.uni-hannover.de). In this workshop, we are particularly interested in papers that investigate how narrative modes of detection and/or concealment relate to strategies of popular seriality more generally. How do series and serials themselves engage in practices of detection and/or concealment? Do such practices change throughout the history of popular-serial storytelling? Additionally, we encourage papers that analyze how practices of detection and/or concealment shape the experience of listeners, viewers, or readers—or how they are shaped, in turn, by audience engagement.

For further information about “Non/Humans: Institutions – Agencies – Networks” please contact Frank Kelleter (frank.kelleter@fu-berlin.de). For this workshop, we welcome papers that analyze issues of dispersed intentionality, non-intentionality, or networked dis/authorization in serial storytelling; papers that put economic conditions of specific media in relation to their narrative affordances (and vice versa); papers that gauge the methodological potentials or theoretical pitfalls of ANT-like approaches to serial media; papers that reflect on the compatibility or competition of praxeological and systems-theoretical descriptions of popular seriality; papers that critically engage with the Research Unit’s perhaps too easy claim that seriality is not a narratological
formalism but a cultural practice; papers that do none of these things but surprise us.

For further information about “Seriality Porn” contact Frank Kelleter (frank.kelleter@fu-berlin.de). Topics can address serial pornography in all media and periods (not only digital) or reflect on family resemblances between pornography and more legitimate types of commercial continuation. No papers on Fifty Shades of Grey, please.

We will select three papers for each of the three sections. Presenters thus invited to sections 3, 7 & 11 will each receive a lump-sum of € 150 to subsidize their travel and accommodation costs (plus two conference dinners and one catered lunch). If you have questions concerning logistics, please contact the Research Unit’s administrator.


We look forward to your submissions!





Selected Book Publications by Research Unit Members, Fellows, and Associates

Denson, Shane and Andreas Jahn-Sudmann, eds. Digital Seriality. Special Issue Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture 8 (2014).

Denson, Shane, Christina Meyer, and Daniel Stein, eds. Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Hißnauer, Christian, Stefan Scherer, and Claudia Stockinger. Föderalismus in Serie. Die Einheit der ARD-Reihe Tatort im historischen Verlauf. Paderborn: Fink, 2014.

Hißnauer, Christian, Stefan Scherer, and Claudia Stockinger, eds. Zwischen Serie und Werk. Fernseh- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte im Tatort. Bielefeld: transcript, 2014.

Kelleter, Frank. Serial Agencies. The Wire and Its Readers. Winchester/Washington: Zero Books, 2014.

Kelleter, Frank, ed. Populäre Serialität: Narration-Evolution-Distinktion. Zum seriellen Erzählen seit dem 19. Jahrhundert. Bielefeld: transcript, 2012.

Kelleter, Frank, ed. Media of Serial Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016 (forthcoming).

Loock, Kathleen and Constantine Verevis, eds. Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions: Remake/Remodel. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Loock, Kathleen, ed. Serial Narratives. Special Issue of Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 47.1-2 (2014).

Mayer, Ruth. Serial Fu Manchu: The Chinese Supervillain and the Spread of Yellow Peril Ideology. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2013.

Mittell, Jason. Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling. New York: NYU Press, 2015.

Mittell, Jason, and Ethan Thompson, eds. How To Watch Television. New York: NYU Press, 2013.

Schaschek, Sarah. Pornography and Seriality: The Culture of Producing Pleasure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Scherer, Stefan and Andreas Hirsch-Weber, eds. Technikreflexionen in Fernsehserien. Karlsruhe: KIT, 2015.

Stein, Daniel and Jan-Noël Thon, ed. From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.