This is on a bit of late notice, but it’s only just been circulated around the WCC e-mail list and I’ve not seen it elsewhere. It’s another nice example of classical reception, and I know that it will be just the sort of thing that some of my colleagues will get their teeth into with gusto.
The editors of a forthcoming collection, “Star Wars and History,” invite proposals for an essay where historical examples of empires arising out of republics or democratic states are detailed to inform an exploration of the imperial rule depicted in Star Wars (e.g., the rise of Palpatine) and how these parallels provide historical models for the Star Wars universe.
This chapter can focus on a single individual or state where democratic institutions were subverted and imperial power was established, openly or tacitly, (e.g. Octavian) but should feel free to employ other examples as well as tackling how these are reflected in the Star Wars movies and universe. The book will be published in cooperation with Lucasfilm and the editors are collaborating with Mr. Lucas.
We are also inviting proposals for a second essay where historical examples of slavery are discussed as part of an exploration of how slavery was depicted in Star Wars (e.g., the persistence of slavery on Tatooine) and how these parallels provide historical models for the Star Wars universe. This essay should focus on one or two historical cultures where slavery was practiced but can range broadly across regions and eras. We ask authors to show how different implementations of slavery in social, cultural, legal, political and particularly economic contexts can be reflected in the Star Wars movies and universe.
This anthology is aimed at a somewhat broader audience than is the case with most scholarly anthologies, and we seek contributors who can create essays that are engaging and accessible for undergraduate as well as older readers. Essays should run between 5,000-7,000 words, and complete drafts would be due no later than Nov. 1st. Contributors would be paid honoraria of $400, and could use almost any photos, stills., etc. from the Star Wars corpus to illustrate their chapters that they chose.
Please submit a short c.v. and one-page proposal by July 15th to both volume editors; email submissions are preferred:
Prof. Nancy Reagin Prof. Janice Liedl
Pace University, New York Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada
Nreagin at pace.edu jliedl at laurentian.ca