Call for Papers: Fan Studies Network 2014 Conference, Regent’s University, London, UK, 27-28th September 2014

April 8, 2014 by

Call for papers:

27-28th September 2014
Regent’s University, London, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Paul Booth (DePaul University)

Dr Rhiannon Bury (Athabasca University)

Mr Orlando Jones (star of Sleepy Hollow, appearing for a virtual Q&A)

For two years the Fan Studies Network has provided a fruitful and enthusiastic space for academics interested in fans and fandom to connect, share resources, and develop their research ideas. Following the success of our first symposium in November 2013, we are delighted to announce the FSN2014 Conference, taking place over two days at Regent’s University London from 27-28th September 2014.

FSN2014 will feature three fantastic keynote speakers. The first will be Dr Paul Booth, author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies (Peter Lang, 2010), Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television (Peter Lang, 2012) and editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who (Intellect, 2013). His newest book, Media Play: Pastiche, Parody, Fandom, is forthcoming from University of Iowa Press. The second keynote will be Dr Rhiannon Bury, author of Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online (Peter Lang, 2005) and currently writing her second book for publication with Peter Lang, entitled Television 2.0: New Perspectives on Digital Convergence, Audiences, and Fans. We are also incredibly delighted that Mr Orlando Jones, an American film and television writer, producer, and actor who currently plays Captain Frank Irving in Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013-) and vocal proponent of fan culture, will be joining us via Skype to participate in a virtual Q&A session.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for individual 20 minute papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels. We encourage new members, in all stages of study, to the network and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

- Activism and fandom
- Producer-audience interactions
- Non-Western fan cultures
- Ethics in fan studies
- Defining fandom
- Anti-Fandom and Non-Fandom
- Fan use of social media platforms
- Fandom (and) controversies
- The future of fan studies

We also invite expressions of interest (100- 200 words) from anyone wishing to host a short session of ‘speed geeking.’ This would involve each speaker chairing a short discussion on a relevant topic of their choosing, and then receiving extensive feedback, making it ideal for presenting in-progress or undeveloped ideas. If you have any questions about this format of presentation, please contact Richard McCulloch at

Please send any enquires/abstracts to: by SUNDAY 1st JUNE.
Notifications of decisions will be sent out w/c 16th June.

You can find out more information on or talk about the event on Twitter using #FSN2014.

Conference Organisers:

Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips (FSN chairs)

Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones, Richard McCulloch, Rebecca Williams (FSN board)

FSN Symposium 2013 Video

December 9, 2013 by

The very first Fan Studies Network Symposium, held at the UEA on 30th November 2013, was a great success. Thanks to all those who attended, presented papers, or gave us support over Twitter on the day!

We were delighted to have Emily from in attendance, filming panels and talking to attendees. has produced an excellent video summarising the day. You can view it embedded below, or visit the webpage directly here.

The Fan Studies Network: About Us

April 27, 2013 by
Formed in March 2012, the Fan Studies Network was created with the idea of cultivating an international friendly space in which scholars of fandom could easily forge connections with other academics in the field, and discuss the latest topics within fan studies. Having attracted close to 300 members across the world, the network is already fostering a sense of community and engendering fruitful debate.
In May 2013 a special section of Participations journal was dedicated to the FSN. You can read all the articles here:
You can also find us on Twitter at @FanStudies, on the discussion list at and on the Facebook group at!/groups/507241072647146/
To contact the FSN, please email Lucy Bennett ( and/or Tom Phillips (

New Fan Labor special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures journal now published

April 15, 2014 by

Dear all,

Transformative Works and Cultures journal has just published a new special issue guest edited by Mel Stanfill and Megan Condis, examining Fandom and/as Labor. 

Transformative Works and Cultures

Vol 15 (2014)
Table of Contents

Fandom and/as labor
Mel Stanfill,Megan Condis

Fifty shades of fan labor: Exploitation and  Fifty Shades of Grey 
Bethan Jones

The media festival volunteer: Connecting online and on-ground fan labor
Robert Moses Peaslee,Jessica El-Khoury,Ashley Liles

Chuck  versus the ratings: Savvy fans and “save our show” campaigns
Christina Savage

Modding a free and open source software video game: “Play testing is hard
Giacomo Poderi,David James Hakken

Sherlockology and Fan sites as gifts or exploited labor?
Bertha Chin

Promoting fan labor and “all things Web”: A case study of  Tosh.0 
Rose Helens-Hart

The cultural economics of performance space: Negotiating fan, labor, and
marketing practice in  Glee ’s transmedia geography
Matthias Stork

Fan work: Labor, worth, and participation in fandom’s gift economy
Tisha Turk

Better Badges: Image as virus
Joly MacFie

Veronica Mars  Kickstarter and crowd funding
Bertha Chin,Bethan Jones,Myles McNutt,Luke Pebler

Digital labor: The Internet as playground and factory,  edited by Trebor
Stephanie Anne Brown

Cognitive capitalism, education, and digital labor,  edited by Michael A.
Peters and Ergin Bulut
Simone D. Becque

Gaga feminism: Sex, gender, and the end of normal,  by J. Jack Halberstam
Anne Kustritz

New Textual Poachers special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies published

April 15, 2014 by

Dear all,

A new issue, Volume 2, Issue 1, of the Journal of Fandom Studies has now been published. This is a special issue focusing on the anniversary of Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins. The table of contents are as follows:

Moving forward looking back
Authors:  Katherine Larsen
Tracing Textual Poachers: Reflections on the development of fan studies and digital fandom
Authors:  Lucy Bennett
‘I’m a Lawyer, Not an Ethnographer, Jim’: Textual Poachers and fair use
Authors:  Rebecca Tushnet
Doctor Who’s textual commemorators: Fandom, collective memory and the self-commodification of fanfac
Authors:  Matt Hills
Fan studies: Grappling with an ‘Undisciplined’ discipline
Authors:  Sam Ford
Fuck yeah, Fandom is Beautiful
Authors:  Francesca Coppa
For more information, please visit the journal website:

CFP: Deletion, special themed episode on Dr Who

April 15, 2014 by

Deletion Special Episode CFP Doctor Who: “…definitely a madman with a box!”

Deletion, the open access online forum in science fiction studies, is calling fororiginal contributions for a special themed ‘episode’ on Doctor Who. Following the 50th anniversary celebrations the return of the Time Lord later this year. What new directions are possible for a series with such history, production demands and passionate fandom?

Deletion invites contributions from science, philosophy and all other approaches that consider the visual alongside the aural and the aesthetic, to critically engage with the series’ future, past and present and to forge new perspectives for the study of this iconic SF imaginarium. We aim to reflect a diversity of approaches and seek contributions that offer new critical dimensions and concepts to engage with the series, its themes and concepts, its cultural importance and its impact, directions and meaning. Deletion encourages the submission of non-standard submissions such as creative pieces.

Contributions should be between 1200 -1500 words, but can also take the form of 2-3 minute podcasts, video blogs, image galleries, and other media.

Submission are Due May 30, 2014.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Death and Life and Regeneration
Reimagining Time and Space: multi-dimensional perspectives and places
Conservation and environmentalism restarting the universe
Mental health and time travel
Companion; bodies, genders, races and people
Technology; and non-technology technology
Whovians and fan cultures, commodities, cosplay, crafts, economies, and relations
Genre policing: science fiction, fantasy or space opera?
Time Lords: politics, power, society, order and chaos,
New Who and Old Who: transmedia, paratextual industries and innovation

Please contact the editors for the episode Christopher Moore ( or Daniel Lewis ( for further information.

CFP: Stardom and Celebrity in Contemporary India, Indian Journal of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies, special issue

April 4, 2014 by

Call For Papers/V. 2, N. 3/ IJCLTS 2.3/ June, 2014


ISSN: 2321-8274




Issue Editor- Rakesh Ramamoorthy

Asst. Professor of English, St.John’s College.


Shahrukh Khan, Anna Hazare, M.S. Dhoni, Shiney Ahuja, A.R. Rahman, M.S. Subbalekshmi, Saina Nehwal, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Dutt, Vava Suresh…….

A random list of famous Indians such as the one given above is enough to remind one of the wide range of celebrities who are in the limelight in contemporary India. They range from film stars to politicians, from sport stars to activists, from darlings of the masses to widely hated ‘villains’, from pan-Indian and global celebrities to stars whose fame exists within specific regions.

The forthcoming issue of IJCLTS will seek to decode the politics of stardom in post-1990s India. The informing assumption is that there is no single culture of celebrity and the issue will endeavor to highlight the co-existence of multiple domains of celebrity culture in India. We invite scholars all over the world to submit critical essays that are analytic and that are informed by the extant work on celebrity studies. The areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Ø  Theorizing the Indian celebrity

Ø  The global circulation of Indian celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, A.R. Rahman etc.

Ø  The apparatuses of the Celebrity Industry in India: The media (magazines, websites, TV shows), the events (Film launches), product tie-ins etc.

Ø  The conventional domains of stardom: Authors, Filmstars, Sports Stars etc.

Ø  Crime and Celebrity: Criminals and victims, especially the fame (or notoriety) accrued in conjunction with rape cases.

Ø  The public intellectual/activist as celebrity.

Ø  Fandom: Study of Fan identities across various domains of celebrities, including the study of Fan Clubs (online as well as ‘real life’)

The pertinent master categories of India studies – class, caste, gender and region – could inform the prospective contributions. In keeping with the overall scope of the journal, we would especially welcome comparatist approaches to celebrity studies and would welcome works that focus on regional language representations and analysis of celebrities whose fame circulates within certain regions.

We invite original, unpublished and innovative work from across the disciplines and across the world. The extent of the essays should be between 3000-5000 words. We also welcome shorter but rigorously analytic pieces (500-1500 words) whose scope is less extensive than that of an essay but which raises a pertinent point regarding celebrity culture. Besides the articles on above said topics we inviteTRANSLATIONS, INTERVIEWS, and BOOK REVIEWS etc. on any area. All submissions should adhere to the MLA 7th edition style sheet, failing which they would be rejected without any notice the quality of the work notwithstanding. Paper can be sent to by 31st May 2014. No paper will be accepted after the dead line. For further enquiries please feel free to contact the issue editor ( or the editors. For more details you can visit our site mentioned below:

CFP: POPCAANZ 5th Annual Conference, 18-20 June 2014, Tasmania, Australia

April 4, 2014 by

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand(Popcaanz)

5th  Annual International  Conference

June 18 – June 20,2014

The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart,   Tasmania, Australia


Deadline for abstracts extended to May 15, 2014

The Popular Culture Associationof Australia and NewZealand(Popcaanz) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

We invite academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture, to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio to the area chairs listed below.


CFP: 2014 Fan Studies, Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, USA, October 3-5, 2014

March 7, 2014 by

Call for Papers:


2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014

Indianapolis, IN

JW Marriot Indianapolis

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Topics can include, but are not limited to fan fiction, multi-media fan production, fan communities, fandom of individual media texts, sports fandom, or the future of fandom.  Case studies are also welcome.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Fan Studies to the Fan Studies area,

More information about the conference can be found at

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector and/or Audio hookup.

Any questions? Please email Katie Wilson at

CFP: Edited Collection on Bruce Springsteen for Routledge Studies in Popular Music Series

March 5, 2014 by

I am soliciting abstracts by scholars from all disciplines, including scholar-fans and fan-scholars, to be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Bruce Springsteen, which will eventually be submitted to Routledge’s Studies in Popular Music series. The editor of this series has expressed an interest in seeing a Springsteen collection proposal.

In the middle of Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 Wrecking Ball tour promotional interview with the Paris media, one reporter observed, “so many people these past couple years look to you for your interpretation of events… . Look at us: when we were waiting for you earlier, so many people care about what you think, and what you feel about what is happening in the world.”

For many around the globe, Springsteen has become a voice of the everyday citizen in a political and social climate where such voices are marginalized. He has received a Kennedy Center Honor and with Peter Seeger sang before millions after Barack Obama was elected President for the first time. He has actively located his work within the lineage of Woody Guthrie and Seeger, reinforcing the necessity of contemporary folk music. In his SXSW Keynote he also asserted the importance of early rock and roll on his work, exclaiming, “Listen up, youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished!” In other places, he has discussed the significant influence of film and short stories, often describing his records as cinematic and looking for sounds that would evoke certain images. A new community of musicians, such as Tom Morello, Mumford and Sons, the Hold Steady, and Arcade Fire, has looked to him as a guide. In his most recent albums, Springsteen remixes work in the public domain and covers lesser known artists whose work speaks in a voice similar to his own. He has become quite adept at composing songs that respond to immediate contemporary events, such as “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “How Can a Good Man Stand Such Times and Live.” As performers, Springsteen and the E Street Band are incomparable, with shows lasting over 3 hours without a break.

Despite his contemporary appeal, Springsteen also seems to be rooted in the traditional relationship between label and artist. His recent move to release live versions of his shows soon after the events, while seemingly progressive, reinforces artist- and label-centric publishing with the possibility of refocusing fans on official bootlegs rather than those they compose themselves. Yet, Springsteen doesn’t seem to mind—and rather enjoys—fans recording his concerts with their phones and uploading them to YouTube. He is genuinely appreciative of the efforts fans go through to see his shows and has fun with their sign requests. The decades-long conversation he has been having with his fans (and fans with other fans) has, like all conversations, been made more complex as a result of convergent media.

Within this context has been a steady stream of writing on Springsteen, including several recent biographies, collections of interviews, international symposia, and the upcoming first issue of an academic journal dedicated to Springsteen.

The Routledge Studies in Popular Music series is described as a “home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections covering Popular Music. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, celebrity, fandom, tourism, fashion, and technology, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.”

Possible subjects might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Springsteen and the folk tradition
  • Springsteen and influence
  • Springsteen’s notebooks and his writing process
  • Springsteen and the rhetoric of conversation
  • Springsteen and the rhetoric of performance
  • Springsteen fans and fandom
  • Springsteen fan zines, writings, and videos
  • Springsteen anti-fans
  • Springsteen and philanthropy
  • Springsteen and gender
  • Springsteen and race
  • Springsteen and remix
  • Springsteen and transmedia storytelling
  • The @springsteen account
  • Springsteen archiving and collecting
  • Springsteen tour data collection and representation
  • Springsteen and online videos
  • Springsteen and the relevance of popular voices
  • Springsteen and the music industry
  • Springsteen and his global appeal
  • Springsteen and literature
  • Springsteen and film
  • Springsteen and community
  • Springsteen and religion
  • Springsteen and I
  • Springsteen’s SXSW Keynote Address

Please submit a 500 – 750 word abstract and 200-word biographical note that to Bill Wolff, Associate Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University, at by May 18, 2014. Indicate the anticipated word length of your chapter, between 3000 and 6000 words. Biographical note should in part describe your qualifications for writing your article. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2014. Once abstracts have been accepted, a proposal will be submitted to Routledge. If accepted, chapters will be due in late 2014. All chapters will receive blind review.

CFP: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future, Madison, WI, USA, October 29-November 2, 2014

March 5, 2014 by

CFP: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film & History Conference:
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
October 29-November 2, 2014
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

AREA: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future

Fan culture has been intimately linked with mass media since the beginning of the movies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As various technologies have pushed media evolution along – sound, color, television, and internet – fan culture has kept pace and fueled not only consumption but also developed communities. First in fan magazines, then at conventions, fan culture has spread and inspired fans to celebrate the media they loved. This love frequently leads to the development of derivative works such as fan fiction and fan editing—the expansion of existing media elements into whole new worlds.

Is this the Golden Age of Fan Culture, as brought about by the internet’s ability to transmit media and foster communities, or is this a Gilded Age, where fan culture has gone postmodern, sometimes eclipsing the objects and subjects of fan desire?  This area welcomes proposals on a diverse range of topics pertaining to fan culture, both present and historic, with a particular emphasis on visual media such as film and television.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

•       Fan Culture in the Silent Era
•       Fan Culture on Film
•       Fan gatherings – conventions and other meet-ups
•       Cross-media fandom, such as the Marvel media universe
•       Marketing – Mobilizing fans through viral marketing
•       Authenticity – Is the Source with you?
•       Shippers, fans, and stans – claiming identities within fan culture
•       Dissolving international boundaries – Doctor Who, Sherlock, Anime, Korean soap operas, telenovelas
•       Fan clubs and online communities
•       Performance and participatory fandom – Cosplay
•       Derivative works – Fan fiction and fan art.
•       The function of technology in fan culture – from BBS to Tumblr

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (
Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014, to the area chair:

Tiffany Knoell
Bowling Green State University


The Fan Studies Network -our second anniversary!

March 3, 2014 by

Dear all,

We’re delighted to announce that today is the second anniversary of the Fan Studies Network. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us thus far, and to everyone who has joined.

We have some great things in store for 2014 and hope that this year will be an even more exciting one for the network!


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