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Horizon Zero Dawn franchise Call for Interest - Chapters

Categories: Digital Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, Women's Studies, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2022-09-15 Abstract Due: 2022-06-01

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Call For Interest

Chapters on Guerrilla Games Horizon series

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This call is to assess interest in scholarly contributions for a possible edited volume on the Horizon franchise. Released in February 2022 Horizon Forbidden West became an immediate best-seller and with Zero Dawn is now part of one of PlayStation’s strongest new intellectual properties. This call is to assess whether there would be enough scholars interested to doing a chapter for an edited volume on the franchise. Attention to the games, comics, board game, marketing, and all other aspects would be considered of interest.

Topics are fully open to the specialty of the writers, though the editor has a special interest in seeing work on the invented cultures from an anthropological perspective. Other topics are not limited but work, broadly, on the following would be welcome:

Feminist readings


Cultural Appropriation

Ludic versus narrative analysis


Myth and religion

Apocalyptic studies

It would be the intent to place the volume in the Studies in Gaming series from McFarland Publishers and, depending on the level of interest, to submit a final manuscript near the end of 2022 or early 2023. T

he series emphasizes both depth of analysis and readability. Chapters are envisioned at the 5-7,000-word length.

At this time, I’m asking for people to submit a few sentences on what they’d like to cover, their name and current academic status via email to Matthew Kapell at kapellm@yahoo.com.

Questions are encouraged at the same address. Advanced grad students are encouraged to apply. Please feel free to forward this Call to any individuals who may be interested.


Matthew Kapell