Okay, so I knew that I would have a bit of difficulty finding a related CFP for my paper idea. My idea is to analyze and explain how the prophetic calling in St. Leon plays a major part of why our class (and others, I’m sure) experienced frustration with Reginald. What makes my idea a bit unconventional is that I will be using an anime called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as a lens to help articulate and explain how and why the prophetic calling creates this frustration for a modern audience. I have a legit reason for wanting to use this anime: it’s plot is centered around the existence of and obtaining the philosopher’s stone just like St. Leon. However, due to the lack of prophetic calling (and actual opposition of it, actually), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood tells a similar story involving the philosopher’s stone, but one that a modern audience can get behind. (There’s a lot more to this, obviously, but that is for another day.)

Anyway, so with my idea, I knew that searching for a CFP was going to difficult. I tried searching for CFPs related to Godwin or St. Leon, but there wasn’t any that I could find. Then I searched for CFPs regarding British Romanticism, but I could not find any that were actually related to what I wanted to talk about. Some were a bit related, but were not enough to satisfy me. I then searched CFPs for anime related topics and found absolutely nothing that was related to my topic. What a shocker.

Thankfully, I found a suitable CFP in one of the links that Dr. Gates gave us in her email. It’s outdated, of course, but suits me fine for this assignment. It’s for NASSR’s 2019 conference: https://nassrchicago2019.wordpress.com/cfp/. They were looking for proposals about Romanticism “elements,” how to articulate them, what we are supposed to do with them, and how to address them. Though there was no mention of anime or pop culture, what they were asking for is related to my topic. I want to tie down a Romanticism element of St. Leon and what we’re supposed to do with it as a modern audience. Yeah, I want to use an anime to help with that, but this is the closest I’ve gotten to finding a CFP that mostly works.

So, thank you, Dr. Gates!

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5 thoughts on “Finding the Right CFP: Why Do I Do This to Myself?

  1. I, too, had troubles finding calls for papers related to my topic: mental health. I knew this would be fairly difficult to work with when I first considered this as a potential topic. I surprisingly found a call for papers that was not only related to mental health, but that tied the development of the field of psychology to the reception of dance. This was a really neat discovery for me, because I have been a dancer my whole life. I’m glad that you found something that would work with your paper! It seems like it just takes some digging and patience to find the right fit.

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  2. It is weird how quickly searching for CFPs goes from, “Wow! There are so many,” to, “Wait, none of these work for me.” You might consider searching specifically for interdisciplinary conferences! What you are doing with your paper is super cool and cutting edge. I like that this essay bridges different forms of media. It might get people interested in literature who would not be otherwise.

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  3. Tera, I’m super psyched to see you tying in FMA with your paper! I didn’t even think about the Elric brothers, but they fit right in with St. Leon. Kind of refreshing to see some other piece of pop culture besides Harry Potter being connected with the Philosopher’s Stone. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about this pairing. Really interesting idea!

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    1. I’m so glad that you know what I’m talking about!!! I was a bit concerned that maybe I was seeing parallels between the two stories, but you have comforted me with your familiarity with FMA Brotherhood. Thanks!

      (Wait. You said FMA. Are you referring to the manga, the anime, or FMA Brotherhood? There’s not a difference between the manga and FMAB, but there is with the original FMA anime. I’m just curious as to which you’re thinking about because the ending and latter half of FMA anime is WAY different from the other two.)


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