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Raiders of the Lost Archives: Anime and Manga Fandom before 2000 - Call for abstracts

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Event Date: 2021-01-06 Abstract Due: 2020-05-15
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Anime and manga fandom before the year 2000

Call For Papers

We invite chapter proposals for a book devoted to archival research in anime and manga fandom before the year 2000.

The book will be co-edited by Helen McCarthy, independent scholar and author of a dozen books on anime and manga published in eight languages, and Dr. Darren-Jon Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, Yamanashi Gakuin University. It aims to record and share research into the origins and history of worldwide anime and manga fandom in the pre-broadband era. Much of this history was originally recorded in ephemera with tiny circulations, such as fanzines and newsletters, on now-defunct bulletin boards or chat sites. As the fans who created these archives move on, rescuing and evaluating their material becomes more urgent.

Abstracts and chapters will be subject to a peer review process. Peer reviewers include:

·      Dr. Pamela Gossin, Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas-Dallas

·      Dr. Marc R. Hairston, Research Scientist, William B. Hanson Centre for Space Sciences, University of Texas-Dallas

·      Dr. Thomas McAuley, Senior Lecturer in Japanese and Japanese Literature at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield

·      Dr. Helen Parker, Lecturer in Japanese, Asian Studies Centre, University of Edinburgh

Initial submission

A 500-word abstract is required for each chapter by 30th April 2020. This should set out the aim of the chapter, the area of research and the materials to be accessed. Abstracts must be accompanied by a 50 to 80-word biography of the author.


Abstracts must be submitted not later than 15th May 2020.

Successful authors will be contacted by 31st August 2020.

Chapters will be required not later than 6th January 2021

The book will be pitched to academic publishers with the aim of publication in 2021 or 2022.


·      Any professional academic or independent scholar may submit a chapter abstract.

·      Chapter length must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.

·      Any aspect of anime and manga fandom, anywhere in the world, is acceptable provided the chapter is based on archival materials dated before the year 2000.

·      Original research on fanzines and fan clubs, histories of conventions or costuming, fan demographics, means and scope of source material circulation, sales outlets for materials and merchandise, and press reactions to local screenings and fandoms, will be welcome.

·      Source materials may be in any language, but where content is germane to the argument a translation of relevant material (eg quotations) into English must be provided.

·      The language for all submissions is US English.

·      Citations in Chicago B format.

·      Any illustrations to be provided and funded by the author. An appropriate rights release will be required for both chapter and illustrations prior to publication.

·      Agreement not to publish the material elsewhere (including sharing on personal blogs and websites) pre-publication, and for a fixed period post-publication, will be required for successful submissions.


Helen McCarthy