Call for Papers: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy

Call for Papers
Life, the Universe, & Everything 46: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy is looking for 40-minute papers for the 2018 conference.

We are especially interested in papers in the following areas:
• Literary criticism/ analysis of works by our guest of honor, Todd McCaffrey, or of the Pern series in general.
• Science and technology ( especially new or unusual)
• Serious analysis of sf&f in cinema, television, radio, and other media
• Analysis of sf &f relating to poetry or theatre
• Critical analysis of the narrative, aesthetic, and thematic elements of sf&f video games
• Mormon culture, literature, and society in relation to sf&f

Submit full papers for consideration to LTUE-Academics, c/o Marny Parkin, 1063 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602 or email electronic submissions as RTF files to Include name, phone number, street address, and email address on cover sheet. Papers submitted without contact information will not be considered. Student papers welcome. Please see for more information.

Papers must be submitted no later than October 1, 2017.

Accepted papers may be published in the Proceedings volume at a later date.

The Rookies 2017 Competition

The Rookies has officially launched and we are taking submissions. This is a great opportunity for your students to win paid internships, prizes and scholarships. It’s free to enter and we don’t use students work for commercial gains.

This year’s categories are: Animation, Film Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Motion Graphics, Next-Gen Gaming, Photography, Visual Effects, Virtual Reality and Web & Mobile.

Team projects
Film of the Year:
Visual Effects, Animation, Film Production

Game of the Year:
Next-Gen Gaming, Virtual Reality. Web & Mobile

School of the Year
People’s Choice

Key dates:
Open for Submissions – NOW!
29 May 2017 – Submissions Close
7 July 2017 – Winners Announced

To enter:

Call for Actors for ATHE


Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
August 2-6, 2017


For the NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP/SHOWCASE (short plays, development workshop/showcase performances)

– 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, recently returned prisoner of war, ethnicity –Black .

– 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity Black.

– 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity Mid-Eastern.

– 2  FEMALES – AGE RANGE, 20’S-early 30’s, ethnicity any.

– 2  FEMALES – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity any.

For the ATHE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRTING SHOWCASE (full-length winner of the AEP award workshop and all-conference showcase performance)

– 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, trans-male artist, any ethnicity. Trans-gender actor preferred.

Please help spread the word to colleagues and students as well?

Anyone interested should contact New Play’s Program Coordinator, Judith Royer, as soon as possible. Need brief acting resume and photo. Include mailing address and telephone/e-mail numbers for now and for the summer, should that be different from your current information. E-mail submission encouraged. If you send by overnight mail, be sure to waive the need for a delivery signature.

Contact Judith Royer, 7847 Flight Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone, (310) 670-0362,
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Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters: Call for Papers


The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters invites all Utah scholars to submit papers for the 2017 Annual Conference April 7, 2017, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Abstract Deadline **EXTENDED**: March 1st, 2017

All faculty and student members of the academy are eligible to participate. The Academy encourages participants to submit a manuscript on their presentation for publication in the refereed Journal of the Utah Academy. One outstanding manuscript from each Division will be selected and its author(s) will receive a cash award. Please submit your manuscript to your division chair.

Submissions accepted in the following academic fields:

Biological Sciences
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Humanities/Philosophy/Foreign Language
Physical Sciences
Letters/American and British Literature
Social Sciences

Publication guidelines are available under the Call for Papers page on the Utah Academy website.

Pre-registration ends March 15, 2017.
Register online at

Download full announcement HERE.



Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society: Call for Papers


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, held 1–2 March 2018 at St John’s University, Manhattan Campus in New York, USA.

Founded in 2005, the conference is brought together by a shared interest in the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge, and society.

For more information regarding the conference, click here.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual lightning talks, or virtual posters. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

Please submit your proposal by 1 March 2017.




Somatic Training for the Performer Workshop with Wendell Beavers and Erika Berland

ATME members:

The 5th Annual Somatic Training for the Performer Workshop with Wendell Beavers and Erika Berland is taking place at Naropa University May 21-26, 2017.

    2017 Special Focus: The Endocrine System.
    The relationship of the glands to sensation, expression & the developmental patterns.

Wendell Beavers is the founder of Naropa University’s MFA Theater Performance Program. Erika Berland is founding faculty of Naropa’s MFA, Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering (r), somatic educator, and meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

For details and registration, please visit:

Call for Proposals for the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature

The Utah Symposium in Science and Literature seeks proposals to present
short (15-minute) papers to the upcoming Symposium “The Provisional
City:  Observing, Imagining, and reMaking Home.”  The Symposium will
address, in the context of the built environment, how new knowledge and
perspectives can help us to reconceive what nature is, and to manage the
impact we now have on every piece of land on earth as well as the impact
it has on us.

The symposium will be held April 12-14, 2017 in Salt Lake City, with panel presentations
scheduled for the morning of Thursday, April 13th.

Please submit formal proposals by February 15, 2017. Learn more.

Department News (10-31-16)

One of the most delightful things about The Importance of Being Earnest, which opened on Friday, are the charming English accents.  In fact, one patron was heard to say while exiting Saturday night’s production, “It sounded just like Downton Abbey!”  Combined with Oscar Wilde’s wonderful wit, Travis Coyne’s open set, and Bradlee Hagar and Michael Krazek’s stunning lighting designs, this is a production you won’t want to miss. Of special note are the student designers, Sarah Stewart (costumes), Sarah Bult (hair and makeup) and Christopher Bowles (sound). One of TMA’s newest faculty members, Adam Houghton, served as the Dialects and Acting Coach Assistant Director, and is responsible for those charming English accents!  Kudos to all “Earnest’s” cast and crew for a witty and engaging production.



Last week theatre and media arts combined forces for the weekly forum to talk about networking. Michael Krackzek and Jeff Parkin co-hosted the event, which was well attended by close to 70 students. Michael provided a handout on networking basics and encouraged students to get out and interview professionals in their field for information that can help them make good career choices and make connections in the profession. Then,  thanks to Kyle Stapley, we were able to connect live through Skype with media arts alum, Bryce RandleBryce graduated from the media arts program in 2009 and by networking, he has been able to work consistently in his field both here in Utah and in LA.  He encouraged students to build their relationships while they are here; reach out to class mates in spite of any feelings of competition.  His cohort of editors worked together to further connections with professionals in the industry while they were at school here, and then they’ve watched out for each other, recommended each other and let each other know when jobs are available that would fit with their expertise.  He’s still in touch with them, usually at least once a week or more.  He also had some great advice for doing lunch with people who might be in a position to provide a job. You don’t need to ask for a job, just ask for advice!  It’s easy to do and everyone likes to feel they have something valuable to offer.



Former Media Arts students Jared and Jerusha Hess were with us for an afternoon last week, talking to and answering questions from a roomful of writers. Budding screenwriters from four writing classes gathered to listen to Jared and Jerusha, who have written or co-written Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, and Gentlemen Broncos, and who are currently working on new projects for Disney and Nickelodeon.



TMA has several faculty who will be involved with the Orem Hale Center Theatre in the next few months. David Morgan will be playing Scrooge in their annual production of A Christmas Carol, opening Nov. 26.  Barta Heiner will be directing Cash on Delivery, which opens New Year’s Eve.  And Rodger Sorensen will be directing Peter and the Starcatcher, which opens on Feb. 16, 2017.  Congrats to our talented faculty who are often in demand beyond the university.  For more information or to get tickets, go to the Hale Center Theatre home page,

CfP: 10th Global Studies Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore 8-9 June 2017

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth Global Studies Conference, held 8–9 June 2017 at the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

Founded in 2008, the conference is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for its particular place in the dynamics of globalization. Intellectually, the conference takes three steps: the first is a “this-worldly” step, mapping the details and extrapolating to big picture analyses in order to interpret what is at times challenging, dangerous, and excitingly positive about the “New Globalization.” The second step is to set this New Globalization in the context of earlier globalizations—what are the continuities, and what is genuinely new? The third step is to re-examine and redefine the very concept of globalization—in theoretical, anthropological, and philosophical terms. The conference works between the most fastidiously empirical and profoundly generalizing modes of engagement with one of the central phenomena of our contemporary existence.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus: “Global Mobilities.”

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.

Call for Papers Themes
Plenary Speakers  Presentation Types
Conference Hotel Scope & Concerns
Submit a Proposal


Submit your proposal by 8 November 2016.

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a Virtual Poster session or a Virtual Lightning Talk. Virtual Sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar.

As virtual participants, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy Annual Membership to the community and subscriber access to The Global Studies Journal.

ATHE – 2017 Call for Proposals Now Open

2017 Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Call for Proposals now OPEN!

We look forward to hosting ATHE’s 31st Annual Conference at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on August 3-6, 2017. Many exciting plans are already in process for “Spectacle: balancing education, theory, and praxis #ATHE2017OfBreadAndCircuses.” We recommend you read through the Proposal Application Guidelines prior to submitting a proposal. The Guidelines can be found here.

The deadline to propose all sessions, meetings, and preconference events for the 2017 ATHE Conference in Las Vegas isNovember 1, 2016. Please click here to Apply to Propose a Session, Meeting or a Preconference Event.

The deadline to apply for grants for 2017 sessions or preconference events (including any applications for conference passes or day passes) is November 1, 2016. Please click here to submit an ATHE grant proposal.

Please contact your Focus Group Conference Planner(s) prior to submitting your proposal. A listing of Focus Group Conference Planners can be found here. It is important that they know what proposals are coming their way, so we encourage you to contact them prior to submitting your proposal.

As a reminder, you can find the all-conference theme statement here: visit our Theme page.