CFP for Edited Collection -- Besties, Frenemies, and Mean Girls: Depictions of Female Friendship in Pop Culture (Abstract Deadline: 10/1)

Kristi Humphreys Announcement
Texas, United States
Subject Fields
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


CFP: 4,000-6,000 word essays for an edited collection on


Besties, Frenemies, and Mean Girls: Depictions of Female Friendship in Pop Culture


(Eds. Kristi Humphreys, Ph.D., Sarai Brinker, MA, and Kimberly Jones, MA) (Praeger 2017)


About the Editors:


Dr. Kristi Humphreys is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies and Artistic Practice and Coordinator of that area in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program at Texas Tech University. In addition to her monograph on housework and gender in forty years of television, recent publications include 3 chapters in edited collections on pop culture topics and 3 additional chapters under review.


Sarai Brinker is an instructor of Music History at Texas Tech University. She earned her Master of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University. Her publications are in the newspaper and magazine industry, where she worked as a freelance features writer for large-distribution newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Baltimore Sun.


Kimberly Jones is an instructor of Art History at Texas Tech University. She earned her Master of Art History degree at Florida State University. She recently curated, hosted, and co-coordinated a film series entitled, Voices of Israel Film Series with the School of Art at Texas Tech University, and she presents regularly on the topic of women in film.


About the Publisher: Praeger is a well-established, well-respected publisher known for serious books.  




Book Description:

This concept was inspired by a desire to investigate how things have changed from Lucy and Ethel in I Love Lucy to the modern-day Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (or Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, etc.) We are envisioning a single-volume collection of essays that explores various depictions of female friendship in any area of popular culture: film, television, music, literature, advertising, social media, etc. We are open to proposals addressing anything from the 1940s on, and at this stage, our concept is open. We want to give the contributors room to use their own creativity and research to form new ideas.


CALL FOR PAPERS (4,000-6,000 word essays)


Please forward a 200-500 word abstract and short bio (200-500 words) to the email address provided.


Due date for abstracts: October 1, 2015.  (Expect a response in 30-60 days, depending upon when our editor and the editor-in-chief approve each proposal.)


Due date for first draft: March 1, 2016.


Due date for final draft: 1 month after receipt of review or request for revisions of essay.


MAXIMUM/MINIMUM WORD COUNT: 4,000-6,000 WORDS (including endnotes)



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Kristi Humphreys, PhD

Texas Tech University

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