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CFP: The Fantastic in a Transmedia Era: New Theories, Texts, Contexts, 24 & 25 November 2015, University of Southern Denmark

July 3, 2015

The Fantastic in a Transmedia Era: New Theories, Texts, Contexts

November Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25, 2015
International two-day conference at the University of Southern Denmark, SDU

Keynotes and speakers include Prof. Cristina Bacchilega, Prof. Martin Barker, Prof. Kathy Fowkes, Prof. Angela Ndalianis, Prof. Anne Gjelsvik, Senior Lecturer Stephanie Genz, Ass. Prof. Rikke Schubart

The fantastic is today’s most popular and significant genre in entertainment media. Among its developments are George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire and its HBO adapted series Game of Thrones; the Hunger Games film series based on Suzanne Collins’ books; The Walking Dead in comics and television; the new Disney princesses in Brave and Frozen; the rebooted superheroes emerging in games, comics, and film series; religious-themed stories in blockbuster cinema; among games are LOL and WOW. The fantastic has reached new audiences and achieved mainstream status.

Fantastic genres include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and the fairy tale, and today’s transmedia storytelling generates new versions, hybrid forms, and new audience engagements. Multiple media platforms and participatory audiences call for new theorizations of the fantastic as it expands, transforms, and migrates across media, be they grand cinemas or intimate cell phones. This raises questions about medium specificity: what does the fantastic look and feel like in different media and how do stories – affectively and aesthetically – behave when changing form? What significant developments demand our attention, from mash-up narratives to TV genre hybrids? How do audiences engage with the fantastic across media? How does the increase of female authors and female characters influence the fantastic? And, finally, the relation between imagination and the fantastic calls for re-conceptualization: Is the fantastic conservative or subversive, or can its appeal be explained by other factors?

You can go to the conference site here and read more about keynotes and speakers:

http://sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/Ikv/Konferencer/Konferencer+2015/The+Fantastic

For questions contact: thefantastic@sdu.dk

CFP: Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige, edited collection

June 21, 2015

CFP (Edited Collection):
Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige

Adaptation studies has recently grown into a vibrant, wide-ranging field of study. Scholars in literary, media, and cultural studies have used the concepts of adaptation and intertextuality to explore how content negotiates the transition from text to image, image to text, and across media platforms and/or cultures of production and reception.

One of the key factors at stake in these intermedial transitions is the question of cultural prestige. As the written word loses ground to the moving image, it retains or even gains prestige as a locus of cultural, aesthetic, and ethical value. In screen studies, the rise of television studies in conjunction with and in contrast to film studies raises similar issues of cultural esteem. Greater critical attention to comics and graphic novels has also presented a challenge to received notions of literary and visual aesthetics. Adaptation across these and other forms is frequently, if not always explicitly, shaped by these perceptions of cultural value, and the rise of cultural prizes, or what James F. English has called the “economy of prestige,” marks one of the clearest (if not always uncontested) declarations of value in the culture industries. Yet this intersection between adaptation and the institutional prestige of awards–whether honoring accomplishment on the page, on the stage, or on various screens–remains largely unexplored.

Focusing on this intersection of adaptation, awards culture, and notions of value, this collection will address the relationship between literary, cinematic, and other cultural prizes and the process of adapting contemporary texts in and across a variety of media. We invite essays that approach this topic from cultural, social, and textual perspectives, and will consider essays that examine a broad base of prizes and assessments of cultural value, including awards made to authors, directors, artists, creators, performers, etc. involved on either side of the adaptive process.

Key questions we wish to consider include:

How is cultural value encoded into the adaptation process?
How is value embodied in cinematic, literary, televisual, theatrical, and other cultural texts?
How do adaptations shape or transform the careers of writers, directors, and performers?
How does adaptation interact with processes of canonization, both in literature and in other media?
How are specific textual features on both sides of the adaptation process affected by questions of cultural prestige?
How have recipients of particular prizes (Nobel, Booker, Pulitzer, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy, Tony, etc.) been adapted in different media?
To what extent is prestige transferable across media?

Topics to consider include:

Adapted Screenplay and similar awards
Television adaptations
Remakes and reboots
Auteurism and adaptation
Performance in adapted works
Adaptations of serial works
Genre fiction and adaptation
Textual and paratextual signifiers of cultural value
Reception of adapted texts
Festival awards and adaptation

A major academic publisher has expressed preliminary interest in this project. The editors are committed to publishing the volume within a reasonable time frame, and to keeping all contributors fully informed of its progress.

Please submit 200-300 word abstracts to Eric.Sandberg [at] oulu.fi AND kenkar [at] bilkent.edu.tr by August 15, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be sent to contributors no later than September 15, and the deadline for full essays (no longer than 6000 words) will be January 25, 2016.

About the editors

Colleen Kennedy-Karpat is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University, Turkey, where she teaches film and media studies. She is the author of Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s (2013) and has published essays on Bill Murray and Wes Anderson as well as the self-adapted films of Marjane Satrapi.

Eric Sandberg is University Lecturer in Literature at the University of Oulu, Finland. He teaches British and American literature, and works on the twentieth and twenty-first century novel, genre fiction, and modernism. He is the author of Virginia Woolf: Experiments in Character (2014) and has also published on topics ranging from hardboiled detective fiction to the novels of Hilary Mantel.

Call for Papers: European Fan Cultures 2015 Conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands 12-13 November, 2015

June 15, 2015

European Fan Cultures 2015

Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
12-13 November, 2015

Academic studies are increasingly paying attention to active audiences and participatory cultures. The figure of the fan – the enthusiastic, adoring, productive, but critical audience member perhaps best captures these cultures. Both online and offline, fans have their own subcultures, habits and local practices based around their relationship with a range of media texts and objects, both domestic and global.

Fandom represents what it means to engage with popular culture today. Fans are active, inspired and passionate followers of media content. Yet, the meaning-making processes of fans can vary greatly, especially when taking a geographical perspective. The diversity of Europe offers an interesting setting to explore the broad variety of fan practices, raising questions such as: How do fans understand objects of global or transnational pop-culture in their national or local context? How is one’s national identity of influence in (global) fan activism? What challenges unfold when fan production happens in the local language (e.g. fan fiction or fan forums)?

The conference will feature Professor dr. Cornell Sandvoss (University of Huddersfield) as a keynote speaker. He is the author of Fans: The Mirror of Consumption (2005), and co-editor of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (2007). His keynote will focus on “The Value of Belonging: Fans, Place and Postnationalism in Europe”.

European Fan Cultures 2015 invites inspiring talks about European fan studies and related topics. The topic of fans and fan cultures connects a wide range of disciplines, which is why we welcome scholars who investigate (but not limited to) audiences, media, leisure, tourism, games and celebrities. Early career scholars and PhD students are especially invited to contribute. We welcome proposals on, but not limited to, the following topics:

European Fan Cultures
Local fandom and audience cultures
National identity in media tourism, music and sports
Transcultural fandom
Politics and fandom

Media and European fandoms
Fan activism
Fan works and practices
Anti-fandom
Reception of video games, music, television
Construction of celebrity images

Methods and Approaches
Challenges of local fan studies, such as language issues
(Internet) ethnography
Ethics of researching fans, users and consumers

Please submit an abstract of max. 250 words (plus 3 key words to help classify your submission) and a short biography (including your name, email address, institutional affiliation and position) by the 22nd of July to Simone Driessen at: efc@eshcc.eur.nl

Notifications of acceptance will be send out before the 5th of August. There is a fee of 80€ which covers participations costs (including lunch and refreshments on both days).

CFP: Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga

May 19, 2015

The UK publisher Intellect is now seeking chapters for Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga, the next edition in its Fan Phenomena book series.

Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga will be an edited collection of essays about the forces that contributed to the global popularity and commercial success of the books, films and graphic novels of The Twilight Saga. Chapters will explore Twilight’s unique appeal to fans as well as its impact on people, literature, film, music, television and social issues. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following areas:

Creative Legacy:
– The Twilight series reignited the popularity of vampire and werewolf lore worldwide, prompting numerous books, television shows and movies. Explore Twilight’s creative and commercial impact on these industries.
– Explore the role of music in both Twilight’s appeal and success, considering the groups and songs that inspired the author or were commissioned for the movies. What lasting impact did Twilight have on its musicians and the world of music?
– Was there something unique about Twilight or its fandom that enabled the massive success of its fan fiction (i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey) plus the follow-on Storytellers project? What is Twilight’s artistic legacy?

Social Impact:
– Why did Twilight’s appeal cross generations, unexpectedly embracing “Twilight Moms” as well as teens? What was the impact of this disparate fandom on Twilight’s commercial success and social acceptance? Was Twilight’s demographic diversity unique among fandoms?
– Several conservative family values, such as the soul, redemption, abstinence, marriage, family and preserving life, laced the Twilight series. How did the books’ messages influence the development of young readers’ moral principles and the popularity of the story?
– Explore Stephenie Meyer’s presentation of the strong female and its contribution to Twilight’s uniqueness, popularity, success and social impact.

Media and Marketing Explosion:
– Explore the factors that sparked Twilight’s explosive fame and pervasive media presence around the world.
– Explore Twilight fans’ stratification of Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. What was its impact on the fandom, the franchise’s success and commercial merchandising?
– Was the Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson off-screen romance a genuinely serendipitous coincidence or a carefully crafted pairing? What was its impact on the fandom, including the fans’ romantic dedication to the story during the movies’ releases and post-production dissolution of fan conventions?

The Fan Phenomena series explores the greatest popular culture stories of our time. The collection already includes 16 iconic titles, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, James Bond, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Supernatural. The Twilight Saga is a perfect addition to this collection. Since the release of the first Twilight novel in 2005, The Twilight Saga has generated billions of dollars in book and franchise sales1. Ten years later, the fandom’s loyal devotion to the story led to the launch of the Twilight Storytellers project, a contest in which spin-off films based on Twilight fan fiction will ultimately be judged by Twilight fans. The Twilight Saga’s enduring popularity is truly a unique and global phenomenon that demands attention, examination and celebration within the Fan Phenomena series.

This targeted anthology is intended to be an enlightening and fun addition to Twilight fans’ collections, as well as a resource for universities. As such, papers should be written for a broad audience of academics and fans. Final chapters will be 3000 – 3500 words. Questions, abstracts (maximum 400 words) and author biographies should be directed to Laurena Aker at LSAker@att.net by June 15, 2015. Final paper submissions will be due Oct. 1, 2015. Scheduled publication date is 4th quarter 2016.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FanPhenomenaTwilight
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/fanphenomenathetwilightsaga/home

Fanfiction and Student Learning, MediaCommons Front Page Collection

March 18, 2015

Fanfiction and Student Learning

MediaCommons Front Page
mediacommons.odu@gmail.com

The MediaCommons Front Page Collective welcomes responses to the survey question: How can fanfiction studies enrich student learning in the classroom and within their own reading and writing practices?

This survey question seeks to explore the pedagogical and research values within intersections of fanfiction studies. Some questions that may arise: How might fanfiction be used as a teaching tool and to what end? In what ways can fanfiction and online fanfiction communities assist second language learners? How can fanfiction studies be used to deepen students’ understandings of media and their effects on audience members? How do other forms of fanfiction (such as fanvideos and fanart) change and/or challenge our perspectives on fanfiction studies?

Responses may include, but are not limited to:
-Pedagogical value for writing students and reluctant readers
-Fanfiction and transmedia adaptation
-Pedagogical value for K-12 classrooms
-Issues of copyright, intellectual property, and plagiarism
-Fanfiction and second language learning
-Fanfiction as a site for exploring identity (gender, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity)
-Stereotypes regarding who writes fanfiction (Is it a female-dominated community? Perceptions of male writers who write from female perspectives?)

The project will run from April 6th to April 24th. Responses are 400-600 words and typically focus on introducing concepts for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read and respond daily to engage authors in digital conversation. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses with others. Submit proposals to mediacommons.odu@gmail.com by April 1st to be considered for inclusion in this project.

MediaCommons is an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.

Please visit MediaCommons at: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/

CFP: 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, October 1-4, 2015, Cincinnati

March 18, 2015

FAN STUDIES

2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

October 1-4, 2015

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Cincinnati, OH

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Submissions.mpcaaca.org

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.

2015 Special Panels dealing with fan harassment, fan shaming, and diversity in fandom.

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of fandom to the Fan Studies area section of the MPCA submission site: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org

Any questions? Please email Katie Wilson at KateMarieWilson@gmail.com

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.mpcaaca.org/

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: http://mpcaaca.org/conference/travel-grants/

Transformative Works and Cultures – new special issue on Performance and Performativity in Fandom

March 15, 2015

The new issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 18, is now out!

Vol 18 (2015)

Performance and performativity in fandom, guest edited by Lucy Bennett (Cardiff University) and Paul J. Booth (DePaul University)

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/view/19

Table of Contents

Editorial
Performance and performativity in fandom
Lucy Bennett, Paul J. Booth

Theory
Self-representation in literary fandom: Women’s leisure reader selfies as postfeminist performance
Dawn S. Opel

Fannish tattooing and sacred identity
Bethan Jones

Bound princes and monogamy warnings: Harry Potter, slash, and queer performance in LiveJournal communities
Darlene Rose Hampton

Toward new horizons: Cosplay (re)imagined through the superhero genre, authenticity, and transformation
Ellen Kirkpatrick

Praxis
The digital fandom of Na’vi speakers
Christine Schreyer

Doctor Who–themed weddings and the performance of fandom
Jessica Elizabeth Johnston

Audience reaction movie trailers and the Paranormal Activity franchise
Alexander Swanson

Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous: Performance, community norms, and shaming among fans of The Sims
Ruth A. Deller

The remediation of the fan convention: Understanding the emerging genre of cosplay music videos
Nicolle Lamerichs

Symposium
Exploring nonhuman perspectives in live-action role-play
Rafael Bienia

Finding truth in playing pretend: A reflection on cosplay
Shelby Fawn Mongan

My football fandoms, performance, and place
Abby Waysdorf

Zombie walks and the public sphere
Brendan Riley

What is global theater? or, What does new media studies have to do with performance studies?
Abigail De Kosnik

Interview
Exploring fandom and the performance paradigm: An interview with Kurt Lancaster, author of Interacting with “Babylon 5″
Paul J. Booth, Lucy Bennett

Interview with Hello Earth Productions
Cameron Salisbury

Review
Fandom unbound: Otaku culture in a connected world, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji
Nele Noppe

Work/text: Investigating “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” by Cynthia W. Walker
Francesca Coppa

Registration for Spirited Discussions: Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli conference (Cardiff University, 18 April 2015) now open

March 9, 2015

Registration for the Spirited Discussions: Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli conference is now live

JOMEC, Cardiff University, UK, 18 April 2015
(in collaboration with the University of East Anglia)

For 30 years, Studio Ghibli has produced some of Japan’s most popular and profitable films, and yet, beyond the work of famous film director Hayao Miyazaki, many of Studio Ghibli’s achievements remain unknown outside of Japan. This one-day conference is the first of its kind, and aims to investigate the meanings of Studio Ghibli, and its significance to Japanese and global culture.

Our speakers are international, coming from Japan, Europe and the UK, and our Keynote speaker, Professor Susan Napier, is one of the world’s leading experts on anime, whose work is widely available in Japanese as well as in English. In bringing these speakers together, we aim to offer new understandings of Studio Ghibli’s complex Japanese industrial and cultural history to those outside Japan who rarely see these sides of Japan’s most famous film studio.
Surprisingly little is known about Studio Ghibli, despite the high profile international success of its director Hayao Miyazaki. Not all of the Studio’s films have been released in the UK, nor are its regular contributors – from director Isao Takahata to producer Toshio Suzuki – well-known in the West. Our main aim is to improve academic and public knowledge about Studio Ghibli, and by doing so, to improve understanding of how Japanese animation operates and how it has come to be popular at home and abroad.

The conference offers a key moment for rethinking the debates around Studio Ghibli, marking not only 30 years since the Studio began, but also the year of its impending closure. We intend to ask what this might mean for the future of animation in Japan, and reflect on the the Studio’s incredible global success.

Our contributor’s papers will explore cultural, economic, historical and industrial concepts that seek to interrogate Studio Ghibli’s meanings in relation to broader aspects of Japanese culture and society. In this way, we hope to improve understandings of both, and to begin a deeper discussion about how anime works within Japanese culture.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirited-discussion-exploring-30-years-of-studio-ghibli-tickets-16033263924

#FSN2015 Conference

February 12, 2015

The 3rd annual FSN Conference took place at the University of East Anglia on 27-28th June 2015. Keynoted by Lincoln Geraghty (University of Portsmouth, UK) and Suzanne Scott (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), the event featured scholars from around the world presenting on many different aspects of fan studies. You can view the conference programme here.

The event was widely talked about on Twitter using the #FSN2015 hashtag. You can view an interactive, searchable archive of all the tweets sent during the event here.

We look forward to seeing you at FSN2016!

 

CFP: JAWS 40th Anniversary Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 17 June 2015

February 10, 2015

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited for a One-Day Symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS.

The Symposium takes place on Wednesday 17 June 2015 from 10.00 – 6.00 in HA 0.08 at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

The Symposium is part of the Faculty of Technology Research Seminar Series and is hosted at the Leicester Media School by The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and The Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Keynote speakers include Nigel Morris, author of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light and editor of The Blackwell Companion to Steven Spielberg.

Brief proposals, biographies and a note of institutional affiliation should be sent to Professor Ian Hunter: iqhunter@dmu.ac.uk. The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2015.

Papers could be on *any* related topic such as but not restricted to:

Jaws – influences, production, interpretation, publicity, reception, reissues, video and DVD releases and extras.
Jaws 2, Jaws 3D and Jaws the Revenge
Peter Benchley
John Williams, Verna Fields, cast and crew
USS Indianapolis
Jawsploitation rip off films from Piranha and Grizzly to Great White, This Ain’t Jaws XXX and Bait / novels / comic strips / TV shows
Novelisations and adaptations
Video games and toys, memorabilia, collectables and collecting
Jaws and Spielberg / the New Hollywood / the modern blockbuster
Jaws fandom, memes and memories
Jaws and cult
Theme part rides
Jaws and sharks in myth, the media and wildlife documentaries
Jaws, sharks and ecology and shark conservation

The attendance fee will be £20 / £10.


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