CALL FOR PAPERS 2022/3
CALL FOR PAPERS
for the subsequent volume of. Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture
published by The Polish Ethnological Society
vol. 66 (2022/3)
Editors: Petr Janeček and Katarzyna Marak
Scary Reality: Fear in Narrative Cultures
The upcoming issue of Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture is devoted to critical presentation, interpretation, and case studies of narratives (digital or otherwise) which reflect, tame or fuel societal fears. We are particularly interested in analyzing the diversity, plurality, and abundance of genres and types of narratives concerning fear. The fear – or fears – in question can be related to threatening events of past or present – such as wartime, political and economic crises, epidemics, natural catastrophes, the climate crisis, global migration – as well as abstract fears – e. g. those concerning death and dying, end times, supernatural and extraterrestrial entities, and paranormal phenomena.
Of particular interest to this issue are the differences related to historical period and culture, and the way how those differences affect the structure of fear narratives as well as the cultural functions they serve. We aim to examine vernacular narratives which can instill fears and anxieties, but also dispel or mitigate them. Additionally, equally important to the theme of the issue are decidedly professional, constructed, and polished narratives meant to deliberately and skillfully manipulate the audience through fear-based frame of reference with the objective of attaining specific goals (commercial, political, ideological, aesthetic etc.).
We invite submissions encompassing, but not limited to, the following topics:
Oral narratives focused on dealing with fear: Texts devoted to the way fears and anxieties are included and presented in myths, folktales and ballads; rumour, gossip, and contemporary legends; personal memories, daily conversations.
Fearmongering in professional narratives: Texts analyzing or comparing narratives revolving around scare-tactics messages that can be found in film, literature, magazines, digital games; on news platforms, or in political statements, strategies, and actions.
The online discourse of fear and viral scaremongering: Texts examining the manner in which fear and scary events are verbalized, portrayed, and discussed online in podcasts, blogs and vlogs, on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media, as well as texts analyzing digital narratives intended to instill or spread fear and anxieties, such as conspiracy theories, fake news, memes, creepypasta.
We invite you to contribute academic articles to this issue. The preferred language is English, but we also accept Czech and Polish. Manuscripts are to be submitted by June 20, 2022 as an email attachment to Petr Janeček: email@example.com or to Editor-in-Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org
All manuscripts submitted to Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture must meet the requirements specified in our Author Guidelines: https://apcz.umk.pl/LL/about/submissions