JPRS Seeks Managing Editor

The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, an international peer-reviewed academic journal publishing scholarship on representations of love in popular culture, is seeking a new Managing Editor. Duties include:

  • managing the journal’s main email account
  • coordinating the submission, review and publication procedures of papers submitted to the journal
  • preparing and reporting on (Skype) meetings of the journal’s editorial team (bimonthly) and editorial board (annually)
  • working closely with the Executive Editor in the daily management and further development of the Journal.

The ideal candidate has a PhD (in any field; late stage doctoral students will also be considered), knows the field of popular romance studies (or is willing to become familiar with it) and/or has an interest in academic publishing. We are looking for someone who is flexible, enthusiastic, and discreet, since the Managing Editor will be in possession of confidential information about the status of manuscripts, the names of peer reviewers, etc. This is a volunteer position – there is no salary connected to it. However, it affords ample opportunity to develop transferable skills, gain experience in publishing, network with scholars around the world, and contribute to the further institutional and scholarly recognition of the field of popular romance studies.

If you are interested, please send a letter of motivation and a brief CV to Eric Selinger (Executive Editor) and An Goris (Managing Editor) at managing.editor@jprstudies.org no later than September 1 2014. Questions may also be sent to this address.

Schedule for the Greece Conference Now Available

We are excited to announce that IASPR has published its schedule for the upcoming conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 19-21, 2014.

Please see the schedule page for more details!

IASPR / JPRS in the News!

An August 12, 2013 piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently drew attention to IASPR and JPRS, and to the rich web of academic connections between us and other emerging venues for the study of love in global media.  The article primarily focused on the Popular Romance Project, a cross-platform adventure in public scholarship that has already received just over $900,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities; as the article explains, the project includes

four major components: a Web site developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University; a conference planned for Valentine’s Day 2015 at the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book; a nationwide series of library events sponsored by the American Library Association; and a documentary film, Love Between the Covers,  being shot by Laurie Kahn, whose previous work includes the well-received documentaries Tupperware! and A Midwife’s Tale.

Several members of IASPR / JPRS are scholarly advisors for the Popular Romance Project, including our founder, Sarah S. G. Frantz, our current president, Pamela Regis, and our journal editor, Eric Selinger, who also edits the “Talking About Romance” blog at the Popular Romance Project’s website.