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9/12/2011 11:00:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

A new study of Doctor Who is looking for contributors. Edited by Dr. Lindy Orthia, lecturer at the Australian National University, Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology is likely to be published by Intellect sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. Any era of Doctor Who can be covered by contributors, though the TV series will be the book's primary focus. Work on non-TV Doctor Who may be considered "depending on space".

The book will be aimed at a mixed readership (academics and non-academics), and will include academic-style essays of 5000-7000 words as well as personal-style reflections of up to 1000 words.

Under the scope of the concept ‘race’, contributors may discuss (but are not limited to) any of:
  • the ethnic or racial backgrounds, identities and racially-signifying physical traits of characters, communities, and actors in Doctor Who
  • depictions of racism, racial stereotyping and race-related exploitation in the program
  • Doctor Who stories that reference colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, and other race-related phenomena significant in human history, such as slavery and civil rights movements
  • allegorical literary tools used in the program to reference race, such as the alien as ‘other’.
Contributions that address links between race and science are strongly encouraged.

The deadline for expressions of interest is December 15th 2011. Full details on how to submit these are available at the Doctor Who and Race blog.

Dr. Orthia completed her PhD on the subject of Doctor Who and science communication in 2010. Entitled "Enlightenment was the choice: Doctor Who and the Democratisation of Science", it is available online here.

(written by Matt Hills)