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FSN Symposium 2013 Video

December 9, 2013

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.

CFP: Supernatural – Fan Phenomena

June 25, 2012

Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title will look at particular examples of Supernatural fan culture and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Supernatural and fan culture. The editors are particularly interested in exploring the rich dynamic that has developed between producers (actors, writers, directors, show runners) and consumers.

We invite papers that address the multiple ways in which the show speaks to its viewers. Topics could include (but are not limited to):

Supernatural as “cult” television
Fan culture dynamics/shipping the show
Aca-Fandom
Supernatural conventions
Gender/Sexuality in Supernatural
Gender/Sexuality in Supernatural fandom
Representations of fan culture in canon/fourth wall breaking
Fashion/cosplay/crafts
Fan Media/ (vidding, fanfic, fan art)
Cinematography, symbolism and visual dynamics of the show
Economics/Fan collecting
Virtual fan communities/online RPG’s
Influence/ Learning/Teaching through Supernatural
Philosophy/Religion in Supernatural
Characters/Characterization
Construction and representation of family in Supernatural
This book is aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Supernatural. The book is intended to be entertaining, informative, and generally jargon-free (or at least jargon-lite).

Please send an abstract (300 words) and CV or resume by 30 Aug 2012. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 01 Dec 2012. The final book will include ten chapters. Please direct all questions and submissions to Katherine Larsen klarsen@gwu.edu or Lynn Zubernis LZubernis@wcupa.edu.

CFP: Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Intellect)

May 22, 2012

Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Doctor Who (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the second series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness.

 

The Doctor Who (Fan Phenomena) title will look at particular examples of Doctor Who fan culture and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Doctor Who and fan culture. The editor is particularly interested in exploring the changing characteristics of Doctor Who fandom, from scholars and fans alike, over the fifty-year history of the programme.

 

As such, we invite papers that address the nature of fandom, the unique attributes of Doctor Who fandom specifically, or the relationship between Doctor Who as a multi-generational text and its fans. Other topics could include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Fandom of specific Doctors
  • Changing norms of fandom
  • How one knows he/she is a fan
  • Aca-Fandom
  • The influence of other factors on Doctor Who fandom
  • Fandom of Doctor Who ancillary products, like the Big Finish audio or Virgin book titles
  • Specific fan practices (vidding, fanfic, cosplay, et al.)
  • Multi-generational fandom
  • Doctor Who conventions
  • Gender/Sexuality in Doctor Who fandom
  • New Who vs. Classic Who fandom
  • Fandom of Doctor Who DVD
  • Fan collecting
  • Learning through Doctor Who

 

This book is aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Doctor Who. The book is intended to be entertaining, informative, and generally jargon-free (or at least jargon-lite).

 

Abstracts should be 300 words long. Please also send a CV or resume with your abstract. Abstracts due 15 Aug 2012. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 01 Nov 2012. The final book will include ten chapters. Please direct all questions and submissions to Paul Booth, pbooth@depaul.edu.

CFP: Comics, Religion & Politics

May 15, 2012

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ppr/event/3960/

Date: 4th & 5th September 2012 Time: 9.00-18:00 pm

Venue: The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH,

Alongside the continued popularity of political themes in comics recent years have also seen the rise of religious themes entering into the medium. The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between comics, religion and politics in greater depth, to show how through the unique properties of the medium comics have the ability to be as thought-provoking as they are entertaining. The conference will examine the history and impact of religious and political themes, their relationship to audiences, and consider the future of such themes in all forms of sequential art narrative.

We invite papers that address religious and/or political themes in comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, or manga. Papers working at the interface of these two areas are particularly encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Comics as social, religious, political text
  • Use of religious imagery and themes
  • Fan culture
  • Political cartoons and cartoonists
  • Gothic comics
  • Comics and magic
  • Representation of politics, religion, spirituality
  • Religious or political rhetoric of comics and their authors
  • Myths, legends, fables
  • Depiction of religious figures or politicians as comic characters
  • Comics and science fiction
  • Comics and propaganda
  • Comics and conspiracy theories
  • Representation of apocalypse, utopia, dystopia
  • Representation of war
  • Superheroes and religious, political identity
  • Theoretical approaches to the study of religion, politics in comics

Contributions are sought from researchers at any stage of their careers. Abstracts (300 words) for papers 20 minutes in length should be sent with a short biography to Emily Laycock (Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion) at e.laycock@lancaster.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 31st May 2012

Venue: The conference will be held at The Storey Institute.

Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane,Lancaster, LA1 1TH,

UK

http://www.thestorey.co.uk/

Details of registration: TBA

Keynote speakers:

Dr Will Brooker, Reader and Director of Research, Film and TV, Kingston University

Mike Carey, English writer (comics, novels, film scripts, and TV shows)

Dr Lincoln Geraghty, Reader in Popular Media Cultures, University of Portsmouth

Contact: e.laycock@lancaster.ac.uk

Who can attend: Anyone

CFP: The Fan Studies Network: New Connections, New Research

May 4, 2012

Formed in March 2012, the Fan Studies Network was created with the idea of cultivating a 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 200 members, the network is already fostering a sense of community and engendering fruitful debate. We intend to capture this dynamic intersection of scholars working in the field, and present it in a special issue of Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies.

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May 3, 2012

FanCulture: The Evolution of Influence

May 1, 2012

The full version of Bexy Cameron’s short film FanCulture: The Evolution of Influence is now available to view online for free on the Amplify website. Follow this link to view the film.

Synopsis:

A short film exploring the role fans could, and should, play in brands and marketing. Featuring expert opinion and insight from academics, marketeers and the fans themselves, this documentary looks at how a brand can identify their fans and, more importantly, harness their passion.

Report: La Culture du Fan Symposium, Paris-Sorbonne University

April 30, 2012

NB: As the morning session was conducted in French – and my own grasp of the language is poor, at best – this report will cover just the English afternoon session. However, those of you more cultured than I may find the Storify live tweet report of the event useful, as the #CultFan hashtag was used throughout the day. A special mention must also go to Sebastien Francois, who provided English commentary on the French content.

Organised in association with the Maison des Sciences and held at Paris-Sorbonne University on 27th April 2012, the Culture du Fan Symposium brought together European scholars of fandom in a bilingual event that featured papers both focused on specific case studies, and asking larger questions about the state of the field. (more…)

Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-first Century Batman

April 24, 2012

(Information from the I.B. Tauris website)

Publishing alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, Will Brooker’s new book explores Batman’s twenty-first century incarnations. Brooker’s close analysis of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offers a rigorous, accessible account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence. By exploring themes of authorship, adaptation and intertextuality, he addresses a myriad of questions raised by these films: did Batman Begins end when The Dark Knight began? Does its story include the Gotham Knight DVD, or the ‘Why So Serious’ viral marketing campaign? Is it separate from the parallel narratives of the Arkham Asylum videogame, the monthly comic books, the animated series and the graphic novels? Can the brightly campy incarnations of the Batman ever be fully repressed by The Dark Knight, or are they an intrinsic part of the character? Do all of these various manifestations feed into a single Batman metanarrative? This will be a vital text for film students and academics, as well as legions of Batman fans.

2012 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

April 4, 2012

2012 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
Los Angeles, CA: June 29 – July 2, 2012

Anime and manga are visual culture and media, popular entertainment,
commercial products, objects of interest and sometimes obsession – and
for many people, their first and sometimes only contact with Japan.
Scholars in Japan and around the world have increasingly become
interested in the themes, topics, and issues of anime and manga – and
of all Japanese popular culture.

The goal of the AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to highlight
cutting-edge research and critical thinking about Japanese animation
and comics by examining emerging trends in anime and manga studies
around the world. Anime Expo is the largest gathering of fans of
Japanese popular culture in the U.S., and, as an integral component of
the AX program, the Symposium will also serve to introduce anime and
manga studies to a general, non-academic audience. Another goal of
this event will be to to establish crucial connections and facilitate
briding the gaps between scholars and fans.

Speakers are invited to present papers on any topic related to
Japanese comics and animation, global anime and manga fandom, and the
anime/manga industry in Japan and elsewhere. Individual presentations
can focus on themes and topics such as:

- Close readings of particular individual anime and manga texts.
– Uses of anime and manga to present viewpoints on Japanese and world history.
– Japanese animation and comics in historical perspective: anime and
manga before Tezuka.
– Anime and manga as a corpus: Sequels, remakes, reinterpretations,
reimaginings.
– Global conversations with Japanese popular culture – Non-Japanese
uses of anime and manga, e.g., Animatrix, Batman, First Squad, Iron
Man, Supernatural, etc.
– The role of the creator and director (and individual
creators/directors) in the development of anime and manga.
– Cultural production approaches to Japanese visual culture: Examining
production, promotion, marketing, international licensing and
distribution, translation and sales to understand anime’s global
impact.
– The activities of anime/manga fans – for example, fanfiction,
cosplay, anime music videos, and website development. Other ideas are
also welcome.
– Anime and manga adaptations and adaptations of anime and manga:
Failures and successes.
– Beyond mainstream anime and manga: Experimental and non-mainstream
Japanese animation and comics.
– Anime and manga in the classroom: Theories and experiences of
teaching Japanese visual culture.
– Popular culture responds to reality: The Great Eastern Japan
Earthquake and future directions in Japanese visual culture.

The symposium particularly welcomes studies of recent and new anime
and manga (such as Durarara, Eden of the East, Madoka, Red Line) and
papers that engage with recent Japanese and Western scholarship on
these and other related topics.

This list is not exhaustive, and other topics and approaches will be
welcome as well.

To respond, please forward the title of your paper, an abstract of
300-500 words, and your CV to the attention of Mikhail Koulikov, at
mkoulikov@gmail.com.

All submissions will undergo peer review.

The Symposium program will also feature several roundtable panel
discussions bringing together scholars from different institutions to
share different perspectives on anime and manga.

Roundtable panel 1: Anime and manga studies at 30: Issues and directions.
Roundtable panel 2: Fan cultures and practices in Japan, America, and beyond.
Roundtable panel 3: The future of Japanese visual culture.

If you are interested in participating in any of these discussions,
please contact Mikhail Koulikov, at mkoulikov@gmail.com, with a
summary of your experience and background plus a 300-500 word
statement of your interest and specific approaches to your topic

The deadline for all paper and panel proposals is May 15, 2012.

All speakers will receive complimentary admission to Anime Expo 2012.
Some reimbursement of travel expenses may be available.


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