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

April 8, 2014 by

Call for papers:

THE FAN STUDIES NETWORK 2014 CONFERENCE
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 mccullochr@regents.ac.uk.

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

You can find out more information on http://fanstudies.wordpress.com/ 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 SeaMe.tv in attendance, filming panels and talking to attendees. SeaMe.tv has produced an excellent video summarising the day. You can view it embedded below.

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:
http://www.participations.org/Volume%2010/Issue%201/contents.htm
You can also find us on Twitter at @FanStudies, on the discussion list at http://jiscmail.ac.uk/fanstudies and on the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/507241072647146/
To contact the FSN, please email Lucy Bennett (bennettlucyk@gmail.com) and/or Tom Phillips (T.Phillips@uea.ac.uk)

Call for Participants: MetaFandom Unconference, University of Waterloo, Canada, 18 & 19 September 2014

July 29, 2014 by

The University of Waterloo’s, (Canada), Games Institute as well as the IMMERSe Research Network is proud to host a MetaFandom Unconference on Thursday 18th and Friday the 19th September, 2014.

Unconferences are gatherings of interested scholars and experts, where they have informed conversations on a particular topic ­­ fandom and fan studies, in this case! Attendees shouldn’t prepare papers or presentations; rather, they should come to the unconference prepared to speak briefly about a specific topic as a panelist, ask informed questions of other panelists, and, most importantly, get to know other scholars, experts, and interested fans. We invite fans of all kinds to apply ­­ whether you are a fan scholar or a fan yourself, we look forward to discussing all kinds of topics with you.
If you’d like to attend, please send us a fandom biography of at least 200 and no more than 300 words to uwmetafans@gmail.com by August 14th. Let us know what fandoms you consider yourself invested in (however you define that!) and what topics you are interested in talking about, particularly those you would be comfortable speaking on a panel about. Additionally, interested parties should provide evidence of immersion in fandom, academic or otherwise , so let us know about a publication, conference presentation, fan­blog, cosplay, or other fan practice by including a link or citation. Take a look at the organizers’ bios below to get an idea of how to introduce yourself to us!
We also have a limited number of travel subsidies available, and will be happy to offer what we can to those who are making the trip to Waterloo. Please include tentative travel details in your bio if you would like to be considered.

Because we want to encourage a meaningful conversation, we can only offer invitations to 25 people, and we will notify you by August 18th. We will make our decisions in order to ensure there is a varied and balanced representation of fandoms and fan (aca­ or otherwise) practices.

Finally, the MetaFandom Unconference is a safe space. We will not tolerate bigotry of any form, and we expect everyone to respect other people’s fannish engagements. The MetaFandom Unconference is fandom­, ship­, and practice­agnostic, so there will be no favouritism or belittling of certain groups of fans. The general rule of Wheaton’s Law applies: Feel free to disagree, but don’t be a jerk about it.

Please see the attached PDF for the tentative schedule for the unconference, and information on the organisers, Kasandra Arthur, Elise Vist and Emma Vossen.

MetafandomUnconferenceCFP (1)

Call For Chapters: The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis

July 16, 2014 by

Call for Chapter Proposals on the X-Men Films

We would like to invite submissions of chapter proposals for an edited
book on the X-Men film franchise. The volume, to be published by
Rowman & Littlefield, is titled “The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis”
and seeks to present scholarly research on the movies, their
audiences, and their place within the entertainment industry. The
overarching framework is cultural studies and media studies, yet the
approach is interdisciplinary, so we welcome submissions that involve
related disciplines.

The book focuses specifically on the X-Men movies (not the comics) as
popular culture products of international relevance. While the films
are rooted in the original Marvel series, they depart from it in
various ways, constituting their own conceptual universe. Therefore,
chapter proposals may consider the X-Men’s transformation from comics
to movies, but should not deal primarily with the comic books.

Proposals may focus on any of the X-Men’s movie characters, on themes
that run across several films, or on particular installments of the
series—including the original trilogy that started in the year 2000,
the recent prequels, and the ‘Wolverine’ offshoots. Since the
franchise continues to expand (two more movies are already slated for
release in upcoming years) we are looking for research that is
relevant and timely. In particular, proposals may address textual
aspects of the X-Men films, consider them in relationship to social
and political issues, compare them to other superhero movie series, or
provide an understanding of their audiences. Proposals that deal with
topics of importance for international/intercultural communication are
encouraged.

The following is a preliminary list of topics of interest:
– Social issues reflected in the X-Men films
– Political subtexts found in the X-Men films
– Individual characters’ analysis (Wolverine, Prof X, Magneto, Mystique…)
– Representations of gender, race, class, age, and sexual orientation
– Issues of diversity, disability, inclusiveness, and marginalization
– Issues of otherness, identity, trauma, and belonging
– Portrayals of violence and war in the X-Men films
– Historical references (e.g. the Holocaust, the Vietnam War)
– Representations of power, politics, and the government
– Moral dilemmas, personal choices, and issues of social responsibility
– Portrayals of science, technology and change
– The X-Men’s transformation from comics to movies
– Industry aspects of the film franchise
– The X-Men in relationship to other Marvel superhero films (e.g. Avengers)
– Marvel’s X-Men versus DC-based series (e.g. Batman, Justice League)
– Original research on audiences and fans
– International/intercultural perspectives on the X-Men
– Beyond the X-Men: related themes in popular culture

Please send a 600-word abstract of your proposed chapter to
bucciferro@gonzaga.edu, along with a short bio and contact
information. The deadline for proposals is September 27, 2014.

The chapter selection will seek to represent a variety of analytical
perspectives, disciplinary frameworks, and thematic clusters. The full
chapters will be 5,500 – 6,000 words long and the manuscripts will be
due in January 2015, with further revisions due in May 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Claudia Bucciferro, assistant
professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University, at
bucciferro@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-3635.

CFP: Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen: Adaptation/Reception/Transformation

July 13, 2014 by

Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen: Adaptation/Reception/Transformation

The eight film versions of the seven Harry Potter novels represent an unprecedented cultural event in the history of cinematic adaptation. The movie version of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, premiered in 2001, in between publication of the fourth and fifth books of this global literary phenomenon. As a result, the production and reception of both novel and movie series became intertwined with one another, creating multiple combination of fans who accessed the series first through the books, first through the movies, and in various other combinations. The decision to cast three young age appropriate actors who would mature along with their fictional counterparts further represents a cross-pollination of the interpretive process, as readers began experiencing the newly emerging novels in terms of the visual imagination of their screen experiences.

Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen: Adaptation/Reception/Transformation is an essay collection that proposes to explore the cultural, political, aesthetic, and pedagogical implications of the adaptation of this generation-defining young adult narrative in order to expand our scholarly understanding of this far-reaching international literary and cinematic event, consider what we can learn about the process of cinematic adaptation of literary sources, and facilitate the classroom exploration of the Harry Potter series.

Some questions that might be considered:

· How does the overlapping adaptation history of the Harry Potter series affect theoretical questions of fidelity, interpretation, and transformation in film adaptation studies?

· In what ways do the novel and movie series represent the same or different narrative universes?

· How does the dual experience of the novel and movies affect the reception process of Harry Potter fans?

· How do the different media versions of the Harry Potter series impact representations of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality?

· How was the dual development of the novel and film series affected by the concurrent development of Web 2.0 and interactive fan culture?

· How has the larger political and social context, particularly 9/11 and the wars of the 21st century, shaped the adaption and reception experience of Harry Potter?

· How have fan communities responded to issues of fidelity and interpretation within the film series? How have fan communities influenced the production process of the movie adaptations?

· How do specific examples of individual novel/movie adaptations represent different issues and developments related to the development of the dual media Harry Potter series?

Interested contributors may email inquiries or one page abstracts by 15 August 2014 to:

John Alberti
Department of English
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights KY 41099
alberti@nku.edu

Andy Miller
Department of English
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights KY 41099
millera@nku.edu

CFP: The Scandinavian Invasion: Perspectives on the Nordic Noir Phenomenon

July 9, 2014 by

The Scandinavian Invasion: Perspectives on the Nordic Noir Phenomenon
Edited by William Proctor

The crime genre has a long-established history in the Scandinavian countries: from the ten-part series of novels by Sjöwall and Wahlöö featuring Inspector Martin Beck to Henning Mankell’s critique of Swedish society through the lens of the Kurt Wallander novels. Since the publication of Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy in 2005 featuring anti-heroine, Lisbeth Salander, we have seen the birth of a global phenomenon that has spread across multiple media windows including literature, film and, most notably perhaps, television. Authors such as Jo Nesbo (The Snowman), Lars Kepler (The Hypnotist), Lotte and Søren Hammer (The Hanging) and more besides, regularly feature in book store charts and on internet shopping sites. In the UK, BBC Four continue to champion the genre by airing The Killing, Borgen, and more recently, The Bridge alongside other series, such as Mammon and Arne Dahl. How can we begin to account for the popularity of the so-called Nordic Noir genre in the UK and beyond? How has this impacted other texts outside of the Scandinavian Peninsula? What can audiences and fan cultures teach us about this phenomenon? More simply, why Nordic Noir and why now?The term itself, Nordic Noir, has also grown beyond its initial ambit to encompass multiple genres rather than restricted to crime or the police procedural. Arrow Films releases Scandinavian drama on the Nordic Noir label which includes crime, but also, other genres, such as history (Anno 1790), for instance. In this way, the genre has expanded in significant ways as a ‘cultural category’ that is discursively constructed rather than confined to a limited and finite designation. Following Jason Mittell, the Nordic Noir genre ‘operates in an ongoing historical process of category formation genres are constantly in flux, and thus their analyses must be historically situated’ (2004: xiv). This collection aims to offer a varied range of perspectives on the Nordic Noir phenomenon and invites scholars to submit abstracts of 300 – 500 words. I am particularly interested in audiences and fan cultures, but other avenues of exploration may include (but not limited to):

· Genre analysis.
· History
· Society and Culture.
· Literature, Cinema, Television.
· Non-Crime texts (such as Akta Manniskor or Anno 1790 and so forth).
· Reception and Audiences.
· Gender.
· Sexuality.
· Representation.
· Influence and impact in other cultures.
· The new wave of literature.
· Industry.
· Branding.

All proposals will be considered within the remit of Nordic Noir and its impact. Deadlines for abstracts: October 1st 2014. This will form part of the proposal to Edinburgh University Press who have expressed an interest in the project. Abstracts to be forwarded to: billyproctor@hotmail.co.uk. Please send any queries, ideas etc to the same.

Call for Submissions: Edited collection on the CW television series Arrow

July 2, 2014 by

Call for Submissions: Edited collection on the CW television series Arrow

Editors: Jim Iaccino, Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatrowski

In just two years on the air, the CW’s Arrow has garnered both fan and critical acclaim for its ambitious storytelling, well-produced action sequences, and solid performances. Arrow’s stories and characters offer opportunities for discussions of justice and vigilantism, masculinity, dual identities, and aesthetics. Furthermore, the series has thrived in adapting DC Comics stories and characters to television, but also in translating the spirit and stylistic flourishes of comics to the televisual medium. Arrow therefore also raises important questions about media franchising, adaptation, medium specificity, and industry trends. As a young series, very little has been written about Arrow in academic circles. This collection of essays seeks to provide the opening large-scale investigation into the CW series and examine Arrow from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

Representations of masculinity, femininity, race, sexuality, class, and family within Arrow
Explorations of justice, violence, the greater good, and morality within Arrow
Examinations of secret (and dual) identities, teamwork, and secret keeping within Arrow
Deceptions of a “realistic” superhero story and the slow introduction of more fantastical elements within Arrow
Arrow’s narrative techniques, including the preponderance of flashbacks and serialization
Arrow’s fight choreography and action set pieces
Chapters discussing individual episodes or story arcs within Arrow
Chapters discussing particular character arcs or relationships (Oliver-Felicity, Oliver-Slade, Thea-Roy, etc.) within Arrow
Arrow as an adaptation of the pre-existing Green Arrow stories and its employment of characters and arcs from the larger DC Comics universe
Evolution of the Arrow figure from the Smallville series to the current show
Arrow as part of the recent push for superhero series on television (including comparisons between Arrow and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and The Flash)
Critical reception to Arrow
Arrow themes in popular culture
Fan readings, productions, and activities related to and about Arrow
This collection is under contract with McFarland, so all that remains is securing the contributions in a timely fashion for a planned text publication in late 2015-early 2016.

The deadline for proposals of 500 words is August 31, 2014. Please email your abstract and a brief bio to jiaccino@thechicagoschool.edu. Please put “Arrow Abstract” in the subject line. If an abstract is selected for the collection, full essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due by December 1, 2014.

Call for Chapters: A Netflix Reader: Critical Essays on Streaming Media, Digital Delivery, and Instant Access

July 2, 2014 by

Call for Chapters: A Netflix Reader: Critical Essays on Streaming Media, Digital Delivery, and Instant Access, an edited collection on the cultural impact of Netflix, currently under contract with McFarland.

Areas of analysis: American Studies, Business Studies, Communication, Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Fan Studies, Film and Television Studies, Folklore, Gender Studies, Internet Studies, Media Studies, New Media, Political Policy Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Technology Studies, Telecommunication.

Editors: Cory Barker and Myc Wiatrowski, Indiana University
The editors of Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters (2014, McFarland).

When Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph launched Netflix in 1997, they could not have predicted that their company would eventually be the catalyst for a number of shifts in media production, distribution, and consumption. What began as a way to subvert egregious late fees charged by video store chains like Blockbuster has grown into a digital distribution behemoth. Netflix and its approximately 31 million subscribers are now responsible for more than a third of all downstream Internet traffic in North America. Netflix’s practices have directly affected distribution models for film and television, changing not only what we watch, but also how and when we watch it. The popularity and ubiquity of its service has had a dramatic impact on technological developments, necessitating new, Netflix-ready devices and platforms. Recently, Netflix has been at the center of public policy debates, particularly those regarding net neutrality. Yet, despite these very real and noticeable impressions on American culture, very little has been written about Netflix in critical and academic circles. This collection of essays seeks to rectify this academic blind spot and examine Netflix from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

• Netflix’s impact on the broadcast television paradigm
• The role of Netflix in debates on net neutrality
• How Netflix has altered or highlights patterns of media consumption in individuals and groups (including binge watching)
• Netflix’s influence on technological developments
• How Netflix’s success has created market competition (Amazon Prime, Hulu+, etc.)
• Explorations of Netflix’s business failures (e.g. Qwickster)
• Explorations of Netflix’s expansion into international markets
• Analyses of Netflix original programming
• Fan responses to Netflix programming and/or campaigns to relaunch failed network programs

The deadline for proposals of 500 words is August 29, 2014. Please email your abstract and a short biography or CV as Word docs to Netflix.Book@gmail.com. The subject line should contain the writ-er’s surname followed by “Netflix Abstract” (e.g. Wiatrowski Netflix Abstract).

For selected abstracts, full essays of 6,000-9,000 words (inclusive of citations and endnotes) will be due December 19, 2014.

Transformative Works and Cultures journal- new issue published – special issue on materiality and object-oriented Fandom

June 16, 2014 by

Dear all,

Transformative Works and Cultures has published a new issue, edited by Bob Rehak and focusing on materiality and object-oriented fandom. Please see below for the issue link and table of contents.

Vol 16 (2014)
Table of Contents

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/view/17

Editorial
——–
Materiality and object-oriented fandom
Bob Rehak

Theory
——–
From Dalek half balls to Daft Punk helmets: Mimetic fandom and the crafting
of replicas
Matt Hills

Exhibiting fandom: A museological perspective
Dorus Hoebink, Stijn Reijnders, Abby Waysdorf

It’s not all about the music: Online fan communities and collecting Hard
Rock Café pins
Lincoln Geraghty

Peril-sensitive sunglasses, superheroes in miniature, and pink polka-dot
boxers: Artifact and collectible video game feelies, play, and the
paratextual gaming experience
Ian M. Peters

Praxis
——–
A pragmatics of things: Materiality and constraint in fan practices
Benjamin Woo

The invisible teenager: Comic book materiality and the amateur films of Don
Glut
Matt Yockey

The heterogeneity of maid cafés: Exploring object-oriented fandom in
Japan
Luke Sharp

Cosplaying the media mix: Examining Japan’s media environment, its static
forms, and its influence on cosplay
Matthew Ogonoski

Symposium
——–
The butcher, the baker, the lightsaber maker
Forrest Phillips

Written on the body: Experiencing affect and identity in my fannish tattoos
Bethan Jones

Fitting Glee in your mailbox
. wordplay

Interview
——–
Interview with Mark Racop
Matt Yockey

Beyond souvenirs: Making fannish items by hand
Dana Sterling Bode

Interview with Kandy Fong
Francesca Coppa

Review
——–
Cult collectors: Nostalgia, fandom and collecting popular culture, by
Lincoln Geraghty
Michael S. Duffy

Anime’s media mix: Franchising toys and characters in Japan, by Marc
Steinberg
Brandeise Monk-Payton

Send in the clones: A cultural study of the tribute band, by Georgina
Gregory
Sun-ha Hong

CFP: TRANSITIONS 5 – New Directions in Comics Studies, October 25th 2014, Birkbeck, University of London

May 27, 2014 by

Call for Papers:
TRANSITIONS 5 – New Directions in Comics Studies

Saturday October 25th 2014 at Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote: Dr Jason Dittmer (UCL, Captain America & the Nationalist Superhero)
Respondent: Dr Roger Sabin, Central Saint Martins, Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels)

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming 5th Transitions symposium, promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bandes dessinée and other forms of sequential art. By deliberately not appointing a set theme, we hope to put together a programme reflecting the diversity of comics studies. We welcome abstracts for twenty minute papers as well as proposals for panels.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

text-oriented approaches – studies of key creators – historical and contemporary studies of production and circulation of comics – readerships and fan cultures – critical reception – formats, platforms and contexts – the (im)materiality of comics – archival concerns – formalist/narratological approaches – comics and aesthetics – adaptation, convergence and remediation – international iterations and transnational comics – children’s comics – political comics – comics and cultural theory – ideological/discursive critiques – web comics – graphic medicine – non-fiction comics – comics as historiography – comics practice and theory– cultural histories/geographies…

Abstracts for twenty minute papers should be no more than 250 – 300 words. Proposals for papers and panels should be sent as Word documents, with a short biography appended, and submitted by the 30th of July 2014 to Hallvard, Tony and Nina at transitions.symposium@gmail.com.

Transitions is supported by Comica, The Centre for Contemporary Literature (Birkbeck), and the Contemporary Fiction Seminar.

http://www.ccl.bbk.ac.uk/transitions-5-call-for-papers/

CFP: Manga Futures: Institutional and Fannish Approaches in Japan and Beyond, University of Wollongong, 31 October – 2 November 2014

May 27, 2014 by

Call for Papers

“Manga Futures: Institutional and Fannish Approaches in Japan and Beyond”

Manga Studies is now emerging as an important field of scholarship and
criticism within Japanese Studies and Cultural Studies, but its
methodologies and theoretical foundations are still being developed in
relation to both existing academic disciplines and everyday practices.
This conference approaches “manga culture” in the broadest
sense.Speakers address the interrelations between aspects of
production, distribution and consumption inside and outside of Japan.
Perspectives adopted include institutionally established
industry-insiders,fandom-based creators and critics, and academics
with social-science and humanities-oriented backgrounds. Manga has
given rise to a new participatory culture which reaches far beyond
graphic narratives. Today’s students are not simply consumers of
manga. They live in a convergent media environment where they occupy
multiple roles as fans, students and “produsers” (producers + users)
of Japanese cultural content. Many students are engaged in
“scanlation” and “fansubbing” sites as well as the production and
dissemination of dōjin (fan-produced) work. These practices contribute
to manga’s global appeal, influence and ease of access, but also raise
ethical and legal issues, not least infringement of copyright. In
addition to invited speakers who include manga researchers and
creators from Japan, Japanese Studies experts, language teachers and
other stakeholders, the organizers welcome critical contributions
which reflect on how the study of manga should develop as a scholarly
field to support young people’s enthusiasm and ensure the prosperity
of manga culture now and into the future.

Paper proposals are invited on the following themes:

• Fan appropriations of and contributions to manga culture in Japan and beyond
• Commonalities and differences in fandom-based creation and criticism
between Japan and other countries
• Ethical and legal challenges in the production and consumption of
manga (copyright, representations of violent and sexual content,
potential fictional “child abuse” images etc.)
• Institutional support for or criticism of manga culture
• The use of manga in Japan studies and Japan language pedagogy
• The future of “manga studies” – theory and methods

Please note that the above issues may be also addressed via
discussions of manga-related media such as anime and video games.

Due date for proposals: 13 July 2014
Notification of acceptance: August 2014
Deadline for registration: 3 October 2014

You may submit your abstracts by using our submission form.

Stay tuned for updates by subscribing to our mailing list or following
us in social media.

http://mangafutures.com/symposium/call-for-papers/

Reminder: CFP The Fan Studies Network 2014 Conference

May 26, 2014 by

Dear all,
we just wanted to offer a little reminder that abstracts for the Fan Studies Network conference 2014 are due in at the end of this week (by Sunday 1st June)!

You can read the CFP here:

http://fanstudies.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/call-for-papers-fan-studies-network-2014-conference-regents-university-london-uk-27-28th-september-2014/

The video of last year’s event is here:

We hope to see you there!


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