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CFP: For an edited collection on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

Deadline: January 19th, 2021

Contact name: Dr. Francis M. Agnoli

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-08) and its sequel The Legend of Korra (2012-14) are among the most acclaimed and influential animated television series of the twenty-first century. Yet, there has been little scholarly writing about them. To remedy this gap, I am looking for contributors for an edited volume of essays on this franchise.

The book will be designed for a general undergraduate readership, covering a range of topics in relation to the Avatar franchise. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Depictions of race and ethnicity (esp. of Asian and Indigenous peoples), gender, and sexuality

  • Use of character design, storyboarding, voice acting, music, etc.

  • Issues regarding nationality, transnationality, and cultural appropriation

  • Depictions of violence, imperialism, and trauma

  • Genre (e.g. kung fu films, fantasy, and anime)

  • Fandom and fanworks (e.g., shipping, cosplay, etc.)

  • Adaptation and franchise

For consideration, please submit the following documents to by 19 January 2021: (1) an abstract, maximum 300 words; (2) your name, affiliation, and brief biographical note; and (3) a title and speculative subheadings for your proposed chapter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the above email.

Participants will be notified by 25 January 2021.

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