Second Arc

The Mechademia series continues twice a year from the University of Minnesota Press, edited by Frenchy Lunning and Sandra Annett.

All submissions should be sent to the Mechademia submissions editor. Please indicate the title of the volume you are submitting to as follows: “Submission–[volume name]” in the subject line.

Submissions should be approximately 5,000-6,000 words and follow the Mechademia style guide, which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style.

Vol. 1.1: Childhood

The call for the first volume of Second Arc has closed. It will be published in spring 2018.

Vol. 2.1: Transnational Fandom (due 1 June 2018; published spring 2019)

Mechademia 2019 will focus on the theme of transnational fandoms.

Vol. 2.2: Asian Materialities (due 1 June 2018; published autumn 2019)

Asian Materialities encompasses a wide range of material objects and physical practices related to East Asian media, including:

  • cosplay
  • anime figures, model kits, ball-jointed dolls
  • keitai charms, “fancy goods,” and other merchandise
  • anime dances and performance arts
  • practices of collection and display
  • fan pilgrimages and media geographies
  • fanzines
  • historical magazines and archives
  • advertising and ephemera

Vol. 3.1: Queer(ing) (due 1 June 2019; published spring 2020)

This volume addresses queer identities and queering practices within East Asian media and fandoms. The editors welcome topics including:

  • fujoshi and fudanshi fan cultures
  • yaoi, Boy’s Love, and slash media
  • yuri, Girls’ Love, and femslash media
  • representations of queer identities in East Asian media (transgender, intersex, bisexual, pansexual, gender-fluid/genderqueer/nonbinary, asexual)
  • queer(ing) pornographies (hentai, tentacles/“consentacles,” BDSM/fetish media)
  • queer(ing) fan practices (cross-play, maid cafes, butler cafes)
  • East Asian media and intersectional queer studies (sexuality and gender understood in combination with race, ethnicity, age, ability, nationality, religion, etc.)

Vol. 3.2: Episteme: Future/Past (due 1 June 2019; published autumn 2020)

This issue explores issues of temporality and historical shifts in knowledge seen within East Asian media. Topics include:

  • Depictions of futurity, “modernism,” and advancement in East Asian media (science fiction, futurism, cyberpunk, discourses of technology)
  • Utopian/dystopian media
  • Engagements with historical events in East Asia or globally
  • Alternate chronologies, steampunk, historical revisionism
  • Time travel narratives
  • Epistemic histories: knowledge, periodization, “eras,” “generations,” or “waves” in media or fan culture

Vol. 4.1: Science Fictions 1, guest ed. Takayuki Tatsumi (due 1 June 2020; published spring 2021)

Vol. 4.2: Science Fictions 2, guest ed. Takayuki Tatsumi (due 1 June 2020; published autumn 2021)