CALL FOR PAPERS: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Michael Cornelius Announcement
Subject Fields
Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Military History


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


Sherry Ginn and Michael G. Cornelius, editors of the forthcoming Serializing the Apocalypse:  Essays on the Never-Ending End of the World, announce their intent to publish a new collection of essays about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Although this series ended twenty years ago this year, a stand-alone examination of the series has not been published to date. On air from 1993-1999, DS9 was a departure from The Next Generation’s depiction of the United Federation of Planets’ diplomatic and scientific study of the Alpha Quadrant. Situated on a space station at the entrance of a wormhole near the planet of Bajor, DS9’s stories revolved around the uneasy cease-fire between the Bajorans and the Cardassians as mediated by the Federation.  Different in style from the two previous incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine illustrated a future darker and more dystopian than the vision depicted in The Original Series and The Next Generation.

The following is a suggested list of topics, broadly stated, but the list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Patriotism vs Terrorism
  • Religion
  • Sex and Gender (including sexism and sexual harassment)
  • Identity
  • Family
  • Speciesism / Racism, including interspecies / interracial sex, romance, and procreation
  • Production (writing, editing, music, etc)
  • Fiction, published during the series’ run as well as that which continues the story of DS9, including fanfiction
  • DS9’s legacy


Deadline for formal proposals is 1 October 2019 with notification of acceptance by 1 December. A first draft is expected by 1 March 2020 with final drafts due 1 August 2020. This peer-reviewed collection is to be published by McFarland and Company, the leading publisher of popular culture texts in the United States.

Please email Sherry at with your proposals and any questions you may have concerning the project.


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