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Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the academic book we are currently editing, entitled Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches.

We will appreciate if you share this Call For Chapters information with those colleagues who may be interested in the project. Original manuscripts are accepted in Spanish or English.


Despite their apparent simplicity, zombies are complex monsters. The zombie as an archetype has suffered several transformations in order to adapt itself to the different contextual circumstances that have surrounded its figure. For instance, the classic concept of zombie has its origins in the voodoo magic practised in Haiti, which supposedly made possible to stop the vital constants of a person with the consequent presumption of death. After the burial, the assumed corpse would be exhumed and revived, diminishing the victim’s will under the submission of the sorcerer. This is the performed role that appears in the first film that introduced the word zombie in its title, White Zombie (Victor Halperin, 1933). This image of the zombie maintained its validity until the late 1960s, when the filmmaker George E. Romero popularized a new version of the zombie, as a living dead insatiable hungry of human flesh.

White Zombie (1932)
Directed by Victor Halperin

Relegated for decades to low-budget productions, such as gore films and pulp adult comics, 21st-century zombies began an assault that made them one of the most consumed cultural products in mainstream media. Within the universe of unreal characters, the flesh eaters have reached a commendable second place, above the vampires and below the superheroes, which keep the first place in presence and financial profitability. (Resident Evil saga, 28 Days After, 28 Weeks After, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation, iZombie…).

Some zombies have surpassed a barrier that seemed insurmountable, and have become an object of consumption and enjoyment for the whole family (Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Shaun of the Dead…). They even have become the good guy of the film (iZombie…) or have shared stardom with Hollywood celebrities (World War Z…).

Before making the definitive leap to large budget films and television series, the undead conquered the world of video games (from the video arcade title The House of the Dead to current video game consoles with the Resident Evil saga) as well as comics and graphic novels (The Walking Dead). Now, in the wakes of vampires, they fill the pages of more and more books (World War Z, Zombie Fallout saga, The Zombie Survival Guide. Theories of International Politics and Zombies…)

The main purpose of our book is to compose a complete study about the figure of the zombie and its significance from a cultural and ideological academic approach. We are interested in its presence in all existing media: cinema, television, literature, comics, and video games, as well as music and painting.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The Origins and History of Zombies
  • Historical Roots around the Archetype of Zombie
  • A Review of the Concept of ‘Zombie’
  • Zombie Reconstructions in Contemporary Society
  • The Representation of the Zombie in Cinema and Television
  • The Zombie and the Capitalist Society
  • The Zombie as a Criticism tool of the System
  • The Zombie as a Supporter of the System
  • The Zombie as a Capitalist Victim
  • Media and Digital Zombification
  • Zombies from Gender Studies
  • The Figure of the Zombie from Psychoanalysis
  • The Zombie and its Social Reintegration
  • Zombies and Religion
  • Zombies and Power
  • Zombies and Politics
  • Zombies and Violence
  • Zombies and Sex
  • Zombie Armies and Soldiers
  • Zombies and Ecology

Please, submit your proposal (a 500-word abstract) and a biographical summary (200 words) to the following e-mail addresses: Alfonso M. Rodríguez de Austria Giménez de Aragón (University of Seville) / Cristina Algaba (Universidad Loyola Andalucía)

Original manuscripts are accepted in Spanish or English.

Deadline to submit chapter proposals: December 15, 2017

Once accepted, the coordinators of the project would request a first draft of the chapter by June 15, 2018. The final text should be sent to the emails mentioned above before September 15, 2018.

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    • Pues actualmente el libro se encuentra en la última fase del proceso de publicación, esperamos que vea a luz en los próximos meses. (Perdona que haya tardado tanto en contestarte, entre tanto spam es difícil localizar los comentarios de verdad). ¡¡Saludos!!