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Contemporary Storytelling & Seriality: Extended CfP.

We invite proposals for our December special issue: Contemporary Storytelling and Seriality: Production, Consumption, Reception. The deadline for abstracts is now extended to 23 October and we particularly welcome proposals on comics, games, film, television and podcasts

We’re keen to include voices from a range of academic disciplines and from creative practitioners.

Topics might include but are definitely not limited to:

  • Serial storytelling in and across different media: TV, comics, games, digital social media platforms, podcasts, literary forms including autofiction and the novel, criticism 
  • Narrative affordances of serial stories: possibilities, innovations, challenges to narratology
  • The temporalities of serial narratives: including delays, pauses, repetitions, re-writings, the temporality of lived reading experience
  • Consuming contemporary serials: the markets and marketing of serial narratives, streaming services, patterns of consumption across different media
  • Reception of serial narratives: including communities, fandom, affects and investment 
  • Generational seriality, reboots and returns 
  • Experiences of creating and producing contemporary serial work/s
  • Serial narratives and the affordances of media technologies.

In line with BACLS’s rolling definition of ‘the contemporary’, Alluvium assumes a fluid and hybrid understanding of the contemporary moment, rather than a specific periodisation. 

If you’re interested in contributing, please email an abstract (max 250 words) outlining your proposed article/s to, with a short bio-note including your name, email, and institutional affiliation, by 23 October 2019

The deadline for submission of articles will be 29 November (issue release 19 December 2019).

If you have questions or suggestions please contact Alluvium editors Chloe Ashbridge, Zoe Bulaitis, or Caroline Wintersgill, or this issue’s guest editors Ricarda Menn ( and Kate Wilkinson (

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