The Fan Studies Network Conference 2016

December 9, 2015 by


25-26th June 2016
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK


Keynote Speaker:
Professor Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California, USA).

The fourth annual Fan Studies Network Conference is returning to the University of East Anglia for a two-day programme in June 2016. The conference will continue FSN’s proud tradition of offering an enthusiastic space for interdisciplinary researchers at all levels to connect, share resources, and further develop their research ideas. In addition to panel presentations, the two days will feature social events, speed geeking, and workshop discussions.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Henry Jenkins as the keynote speaker for FSN2016. Jenkins’ work has proved extremely influential in the field: He is the author/editor of thirteen books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide; Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, and one of the key texts of the first wave of fan studies, Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture.

Registration is open here:

And the conference programme can be found here:

FSN 2016 draft Programme v2

Please send any enquires about the conference to:

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2016, or visit

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 (

CFP: Plaridel Special Issue on Fan Cultures and Cinephilia in Southeast Asian Transmedia Contexts

January 20, 2017 by

Responding to the shifting focus from audiences as consumers to their role as cultural producers aided by various technological developments, fan studies have gained significant attention as a sub-field in media and film studies in the early 1990s. Despite extensive works that have shed light on fan practices surrounding Western cultural products, limited accounts have paid attention to transcultural exchanges and fans within a specific regional context. Lori Morimoto and Bertha Chin’s work that put forward a theory of transcultural fandom (2013) points to the need to expand ways of exploring fandom by engaging with alternative models of fan practices across different geographical contexts. This special issue seeks to extend further the discussion on fandom within a small but vibrant region of Southeast Asia, as well as Southeast Asia in relation to other parts of the world.

Existing literature on cultural studies have begun to explore how fans in different Southeast Asian countries have embraced and appropriated popular cultures, particularly pop music and television series from Japan and South Korea. Meanwhile, festival films from Southeast Asia have been discussed as part of the renewed attention on global cinema and cinephilia studies. To address various practices within the increasingly transmedia cultures in the region, this special issue highlights the crossover between fans, cinephiles and other committed audience groups. Therefore, we welcome a wide range of papers that seek to explore fans of various cultural products within the Southeast Asian context (i.e. film, music, television drama, video-game, animation and other transmedia content) and fans of different personalities (i.e. film director, producer, star, idol, celebrity). Possible papers can focus on fan activities, as well as textual, aesthetics and performative aspects of fans/cinephiles.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Fan vids/mashups/tributes/video essays and transformative works in relation to Southeast Asian transmedia context
  • Fan re-enactments and performances in Southeast Asian context
  • Fan meet-ups, fan clubs, cons and festivals in Southeast Asia
  • Fan tourism/cinephile pilgrimage in Southeast Asia
  • Crowd and fan funding in Southeast Asia context
  • Fan subtitling and other activities as part of distribution networks in Southeast Asia
  • The relationship between fans and producers/filmmakers/stars/idols within Southeast Asia
  • Anti-fans and conflicts within Southeast Asian transmedia cultures
  • Fan activism in Southeast Asian context

Submissions are to be e-mailed to the Issue Editors and the Managing Editor in MS Word format without any identifying information such as author(s) name and institutional affiliations. Authors should also submit a separate title page with the manuscript title, author name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for the corresponding author.

Issue Editors are: Wikanda Promkhuntong ( and Bertha Chin (

Deadline: 05 May 2017

For submissions and further inquiries, email:

Patrick F. Campos, Managing Editor (

​CFP: The Future of Horror

January 14, 2017 by

​Call for Papers

Frames Issue 11, Spring 2017

The Future of Horror

The horror genre can be seen as a genre that is continually re-inventing itself whilst simultaneously cannibalising (and regurgitating) itself to produce both new and interesting takes as well as tired remakes of genre classics in equal measure. Throughout the 2000s the horror genre within the United States sped through multiple short-lived cycles. The most prominent examples of these were remakes of East Asian horror films, the wave of horror dismissively-titled ‘torture porn’ films, and the return of the found footage style en masse following the success of Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2007). Since the turn of the decade, there has been interesting movements in horror, with the emergence of new genre directors such as Adam Wingard and Ti West alongside horror efforts by directors more known for their festival films, such as The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016) and Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012), all of which have resulted in new critical attention and worldwide interest being directed towards the horror film.

In other countries, such as South Korea, the horror genre dwindled throughout the 2000s and in doing so lost its prominent place and audience support during the summer box-office period. In response, the South Korean film industry recently produced its first large budget zombie film, Train to Busan (Busanhaeng,Yeon Sang-Ho, 2016), which proved to be a hit not only with domestic Korean audiences, but also in international markets. This success hints at the presence of horror as a globally disseminated and understood genre. Much like the recent trend towards global science fiction cinema, there has been a similar upswing in the production of horror films by countries not normally known for producing works in the genre. Perhaps the most prominent recent example of this can be seen in Dearest Sister (Nong Hak, Mattie Do, 2016), the first horror film produced by Laos which was quickly brought to the horror-specific online streaming service Shudder following its screening at the BFI London Film Festival.

This issue of Frames seeks to take stock of the horror genre as it has developed since the turn of the decade by tracking its influences, shifting industrial hierarchies, emerging voices, evolutions and developments in order to better understand its presence today. We are interested in papers that examine the following topics:

Horror films produced since 2010 – Present
The influence of older horror films on contemporary works
Industrial responses to the horror genre
Contemporary horror film fandom and the resurgence of classic horror on home video/streaming services
Responses to technology in contemporary horror cinema
Regional influences and approaches to horror
The return of folklore in contemporary horror
Horror remakes from 2010 – Present
The potential influence of technology (e.g. VR) on horror media
We seek abstracts for our features section (5,000-7,000 words) and our POV section (1,000-3,000 words) as well as video contributions enquiring the proposed topics.

Proposal abstracts of no more than 250 words (plus brief bio and indicative bibliography) are to be received by 15th February 2017. Please submit your proposal to:

Connor McMoran and Sarah Smyth (editors-in-chief)


CFP: Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond

January 14, 2017 by

Call For Papers – Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond (University of Hull, 14-15 September 2017)

What is film genre? Does it still matter in today’s film production, distribution and consumption? How have some film genres become so closely associated with a nation or region, such as Chinese martial arts films, Japanese horror, and Korean melodrama? The fact that genre is widely discussed by the general public suggests that it is still important. However, the examination of genre theory and the scholarly discussion of genres have remained predominantly focussed on Hollywood and European cinemas, as exemplified by the work of scholars such as Thomas Schatz, Steve Neale, Barry Keith Grant, Rick Altman, Belén Vidal, and Antonio Lázaro-Reboll. Despite their rich screen culture and their influence within and beyond the Pacific region, East Asian cinemas remain under explored. In today’s context of increasingly international filmmaking, we would aim to explore the ways in which film genres underpin cultural translation between East Asia and beyond.

As the theme of ‘Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond’ suggests, the conference intends not only to celebrate cinematic creativity through the interrogation of the narrative and aesthetics of film genres developed in East Asian (including mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean) cinemas, but also seek to expand scholarly discussion of the rich heritage and fast changing landscape of filmmaking of East Asian cinemas by examining the international co-production and cross-cultural consumption of film genres.

We therefore invite papers based on either theoretical research or on case studies to address any of following themes:

  • Narrative, style and aesthetics of various genres of East Asian cinemas
  • Film genre and local, regional, national and global identities of East Asian cinemas
  • Cross-cultural consumption of East Asian film genres
  • Fandom and East Asian film genres
  • Creative professionals (e.g. stars, directors, producers, production designers) and film genres of East Asian cinemas
  • Cross-border mobility (e.g. talents, finance, ideas) and the development of film genres in East Asian cinemas
  • International filmmaking, coproduction and genre crossing between East Asian cinemas and other screen cultures
  • Remaking and adaptation of East Asian films
  • Sound, music and language (e.g. dubbing, subtitles, dialects) of East Asian film genres
  • International distribution and exhibition of East Asian film genres
  • Genre as a reflection of cultural flow, social economics, media policies, and political history

This is not an exhaustive list of thematic strands that we hope to explore at the conference. We particularly encourage submissions from those whose papers promote cross-disciplinary dialogue and critical debate in area studies, genre theory, film studies and cultural studies.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London

Professor Michael Berry, University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Shaoyi Sun, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Please submit your proposal (maximum 250 words), together with a short biography (maximum 50 words) and affiliation information to Dr. Lin Feng at by 15 April 2017.

CFP: For a Cosmopolitan Cinema

January 14, 2017 by

CFP: For a Cosmopolitan Cinema

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media

Issue 14 (Winter 2017)

The 14th issue
Alphaville aims to address the recent cosmopolitan turn in film studies in an attempt to investigate
the international orientation of contemporary cinema in this age of intense crosscultural contact, transnational dislocations, and consumption of ethnicity. In a globalised context marked by the normalisation, and mediation of foreignness in everyday life,
cinema has been established as a fundamental cosmopolitan agent due to its ability to promote transcultural access to places, spaces and subjectivities.

In this regard, by proposing the idea of cosmopolitan cinema, we wish to articulate the migratory and mobile aspect of world cinemas, by focusing on how cinematic
texts negotiate their cultural specificities and forge intercultural connections in order to encourage border crossing. Also, our conception of cosmopolitan cinema embraces a possible practice or perspective that engages with notions of cultural diversity,
otherness, and hybridity with a positive and open disposition, rather than succumb to the specificities of a national cinema, or restrict ourselves to binary oppositions that separate self and other.

A cosmopolitan perspective for film studies, thus, cherishes difference by mapping the trajectories of interactive becomings between cultures as a mode of critical
practice that moves beyond the singular goal of universalism, and towards a mediation of contemporary interactions. Paul Willemen (2006) suggests a mode of outsideness or in-betweenness, which would forge a safe space from which to critically engage with personal
and cultural dispositions. This, in turn, poses a number of interesting questions concerning modes of address. To whom is a cosmopolitan cinema being addressed? Can it manifest the internal struggle between self and other, through open cultural interactions?
Does it concern those of no address or fixed abode, occupying a space that lies between the laws that govern city and state?

The forthcoming issue of
Alphaville, to be published in Winter 2017, will be guided by such ideas, welcoming articles
interested in approaching cosmopolitan cinema, questioning how it relates to a globalised context marked by postnational states, neoliberalism, postcolonial relationships, bureaucratic, (il)legal, and virtual modes of migration, transnational encounters, the
weakening of national identities and modes of being, and more. Finally, we also aim to cover how the multiple projects, imaginations and understandings of cosmopolitanism shape representational, aesthetics and stylistic cinematic discourses, also considering
the recent return to virulent nationalism, the shutting down of borders, and the current rejection of supranational values in postindustrial countries.

The editors are seeking some articles to complement the current selection, and are keen to receive
proposals on topics and issues including, but not limited to:

  • Cinephilia and cosmopolitan audiences: promoting the cult of world cinemas, stars, and strangeness
  • World identities: authorship and star trajectories in contemporary cinema
  • Cosmopolitan institutions and the brand of national cinemas: exploring the role of film festivals, distributors, etc.
  • Films across borders: cosmopolitan cinema as a strategy of internationalisation and border crossing
  • Representing worldliness: virtual and real conceptions of world and communities
  • Aesthetic, stylistic and narrative notions of cosmopolitanism
  • Documenting the cosmopolis: nonfiction cinema and the transnational imagination
  • Aesthetic cosmopolitanism and the dialogue between production and consumption
  • Cosmopolitanism and national cinemas: multiple belongings and the relativisation of the local
  • Cosmopolitan spaces of circulation: digital and virtual migration
  • Hybridism, multiculturalism and postcolonialism: perspectives to approach cosmopolitan cinema
  • Narratives of the crossing: intercultural contact, migrations, and exiles

Potential contributors are invited to submit a 250/300-word abstract,
and a biographical note by January 30, 2017 to the Issue Editors, James Mulvey, Laura Rascaroli and Humberto Saldanha, at the following address:
Authors will be notified of editors’ decision by 17 February 2016. Following acceptance, authors will be required to submit their completed articles of 5,500–6,000 words that adhere to
Alphaville guidelines
, MLA and house style by
May 1, 2017.

CFP: Crossing the Boundaries of Reception Special Issue of “Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History”

January 14, 2017 by

Crossing the Boundaries of Reception

deadline for submissions:
April 15, 2017

contact email:

The journal Reception invites submissions for its special-topic issue for the 2018 volume year focusing on “Crossing the Boundaries of Reception.” Authors are encouraged to construe “boundaries” as broadly as possible within a reception-study context, including:

adaptation from one medium to another
textual and genre boundaries in relation to audiencing
serialization and readership
unauthorized fan fiction
responses to narratives about gender and racial crossings
boundary crossing at sites of reception, including globalized reworking of texts, cross-cultural flows, cross-cultural comparisons of reception of a particular text
fandom among culturally hybridized and/or diasporic audiences
reception among refugee populations
boundary synergies for texts across multiple media and platforms, including social media platforms for delivering audiences to texts or appropriating audience ideas to generate new narratives

The deadline for submissions for the issue is April 15, 2017. Please also include an abstract of no more than 150 words. The essays should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should not exceed 7,000 words. The issue will be guest edited by Janet L. Badia, Professor of Women’s Studies, and Steven A. Carr, Professor of Communication, both from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Send completed articles directly to and

​CFP Audiences2030: Imagining a future for audiences

January 14, 2017 by

Submission URL: 30th March 2017

This is an open conference, anybody can submit. It celebrates the end of project moment for the AHRC CEDAR network, in association with Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the Audience and Reception Studies section of ECREA and YECREA

Date: 28th and 29th September 2017

Venue: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

Some highlights of this conference include –

Keynote speakers: Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte, Klaus Bruhn Jensen

Highlight Plenary: End of Project launch panel for the CEDAR network’s findings

Audiences2030 Respondents’ Panel:, Peter Lunt, Kim Schroeder, Pille Prullmann-Vengerfeldt

Commentary on the Launch Event for the CEDAR Final Report: With a commentary from Denis McQuail

YECREA Workshop: Voice and identity in academia

Conference Dinner at Lisbon Castle: Our conference dinner will take place at the beautiful São Jorge Castle – a Moorish castle atop a hill, overlooking the historic Lisbon and Tagus River.

Conference Fee Bands: Option 1: 70 Euros (with lunch and refreshments); Option 2: 95 Euros (conference dinner, lunch and refreshments); Option 3: 35 Euros (non-presenting attendee fee).

At a time of political and socio-cultural flux in Europe, and as we begin to enter times of what is commonly being called the “Internet of Things”, Audiences 2030 brings together researchers taking diverse approaches to researching audiences, to ask what needs
(re)doing in the ways in which we research audiences, the ways in with we mobilise theory, and the extent to which we think of future challenges to a rapidly changing field. Audiences 2030 is the end-of-project conference for CEDAR – the Consortium on Emerging
Directions in Audience Research (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and will see a highlight plenary from CEDAR launch the outcomes of its unique foresight exercise about the future of audience research in 2030. The conference will see keynote
speeches from Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte and Klaus Bruhn Jensen. In our call for papers we are particularly keen to see a futuristic outlook – whatever project we speak from, we would like to see it contextualised in contemporary complexities
(intellectual, socio-cultural, political), and geared towards future challenges. Topics in our CFP include but are not restricted to –

EU politics, democracy and media audiences
The Internet of Things: implications for audiences and institutions
Audiences’ new literacies, capabilities and coping strategies with digital media
Contemporary political complexities and audience studies
Digital interfaces and their implications for ‘audience’ studies
Speaking to stakeholders in audience research
Race, class, gender and religion in audience studies
Youthful audiences
Invisible, marginalised and under researched audiences
Social action, movements and audiences
Co-option of audience labour
Audiences, media regulation and media policy
New forms of media engagement
The role of texts in contemporary audience research
Cross-media audiences
Methodological and theoretical innovations

For each of this (or indeed, other topics), we particularly welcome papers thinking about the future, including socio-political challenges, anticipated technological changes and implications for research. Our conference also includes a workshop or PhD students
co-hosted by YECREA.

Please submit 250 word abstracts on The last date for submissions is 30th March 2017. We plan to announce results by 15th May 2017.

Ranjana Das (Director, CEDAR), Brita Ytre-Arne (Co-Director, CEDAR), David Mathieu, Ana Jorge, Ines Amaral, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the Audience and Reception Studies section of ECREA and YECREA.

CFP: Game of Thrones – An International Conference

January 14, 2017 by

CFP: Game of Thrones – An International Conference

6-8 September 2017

University of Hertfordshire, School of Creative Arts, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire,
AL10 9AB

Deadline for proposals: 30 March 2017


Widely rumoured to be moving into its final season, HBO’s
Game of Thrones (2011- ) has enjoyed 6 years of global popularity, attracting international scholarly and critical attention and reaching record-breaking audiences.  Famously adapted from George R.R. Martin’s book series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, HBO’s
medieval fantasy world spans two continents, Westeros and Essos, and focuses on the power struggles between competing dynasties for possession of the Iron Throne and ultimate power over the Seven Kingdoms.  It is not only political intrigue that threatens
the inhabitants of this world, however, as dragons, witches, giants and whitewalkers also stalk its shores. 

Not just a simple fantasy series,
Game of Thrones has been likened to ‘The Sopranos in Middle-Earth’ by showrunner David Benioff and is notorious for its controversial storylines, particularly those centred
on its women.  Rape, incest and power brokering through marriage reveal a patriarchal society in which political intrigue is not always gendered but inevitably leads to uneasy alliances between families – both friend and foe – and violent ends for many.
Game of Thrones continues to enrage and enthral a global audience unsure if the series is misogynist, feminist or anti-feminist; or an uncomfortable blend of all three.

Populated by a large ensemble cast (reputedly the largest on television today),
Game of Thrones is filmed in many global locations: Belfast to Morrocco and Dubrovnik to Iceland, the series
has impacted upon the tourist economies as well as providing employment for a vast array of ‘behind-the scenes’ personnel from post production and special effects designers through to technicians, production designers, directors and producers to camera
operators, editors and carpenters (to name but a few).  The series has also spawned a vast merchandising enterprise from models to games and comics to spin-off books.  In short, the production of
Game of Thrones has played a large part in the creative industries since 2010 through the many employment opportunities it has offered transnationally.

This international conference invites proposals on a wide range of subjects.  While there have been several significant studies on the series and
its adaptation from literature to television as well as its multimedia engagements,
most notably: Gjelsvik, Anne & Schubart, Rikke (Eds.)
Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones, and Multiple Media Engagements, Bloomsbury, 2016; Battis, Jes and Johnston, Susan (Eds.),
Mastering the Game of Thrones:  Essays on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, McFarland, 2015 and
Lozano Delmar, Javier; Raya Bravo, Irene; López Rodríguez, Francisco Javier (Eds.),
Reyes, Espadas, Cuervos Y Dragones. Estudio Del Fenómeno Televisivo Juego De Tronos. Madrid, Fragua. Colección Fragua Comunicación, 2013 (to name but three). This conference aims to widen the scope to include contributions from all aspects of the creative
industries.   We hope this conference will offer an opportunity to open up the discussion, make links between practitioners and theorists, industry personnel and critics as well as key creative personnel who have worked on the series. 

Short abstracts (250 words + bio) are invited on any
Game of Thrones related subject by 30 March 2017.  Varied presentation styles are encouraged, including formal papers (20 mins), fully formed panels, poster and digital presentations as well as roundtable discussions, short/lightning presentations
(5 mins) and PechaKucha (20X20).  Proposals for fully formed sessions will also be considered.  All abstracts and proposals will be peer-reviewed and a response will be sent by
31 May 2017.

Please email all proposals to Kim Akass at

Keynotes will be announced in the near future and publishing opportunities are currently being sought.

CFP: Themed section of Participations journal on Toxic Fan Practices

January 3, 2017 by

Call for Papers, Themed section of Participations: International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies


Editors: Bridget Kies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA) and William Proctor (Bournemouth University, UK).

Since its inception, the discipline we now know as Fan Studies necessarily set out to challenge stereotypical perspectives on the behaviour and practices of fan cultures, many of which constructed the figure of the fan as a figure of fun; of pathological disorder, instability and ‘enfreakment’ (Proctor, 2016; Richardson, 2010). In so doing, and in many ways, Fan Studies followed the trajectory established by Media and Cultural Studies beginning with the Birmingham School in the 1970s. In particular, the ‘first wave’ of Fan Studies was invested in demonstrating that audiences are not solely passive recipients of so-called media messages, or ‘dominant ideologies,’ but active participants in the production of transgressive and transformative practices – fan fiction, fan ‘vidding’ and the like – and involved in the negotiation of making meaning. The advent and proliferation of new media technologies, especially the Internet, has forced previously marginal fan cultures into the mainstream (Bennett and Booth, 2014; Gray et al, 2007; Scott 2013). As a result, the heightened visibility of fans and their ability to comment, celebrate and criticise produces readily accessible discourses for public consumption. While such a shift in visibility has had a clear impact on “monolithic conglomerates” (Johnson, 2013: 43) in that “fan audiences are now woo’d and championed by media industries” (Gray et al: 2007: 2), we believe that this represents only a fraction of the story, and one that requires significant redress. The visibility of fan cultures may very well shine a light on creative and participatory practices, but mainstream, public exposure also demonstrates the heterogeneity of fan communities, warts and all.

Of course, Fan Studies has since moved through several phases and, in recent years, fans themselves have become the subject of mainstream news media, but often in highly negative ways. Such discourses circulate around the figure of the fan, not as a figure of fun necessarily, but as a figure of racist, homophobic, sexist and reactionary politics. Moreover, news reports are beginning to stereotype fans in ‘new’ ways, such as the belief that the affordances of new media have led to an era of “fan entitlement syndrome” (Mendelsohn, 2014), of “nerd rage” and antisocial, toxic behaviours. Stereotypes of fan entitlement circulated in online news media (professional, amateur, pro-am) seems to be an “updated and retooled” version of William Shatner’s oft-cited ‘get a life’ stereotyping (Hills, 2016: 271; see also Jenkins, 1992).
The anonymity provided by social media platforms, with their (cyber) pseudonymous (and obfuscated) identities, has provided a figurative wall behind which participants may hide. As Claire Hardaker (2015) emphasizes, ‘this anonymity can also foster a sense of impunity, loss of self-awareness, and a likelihood of acting upon normally inhibited impulses’ (224). By the same token, Michael Suler explains that ‘people say and do things in cyberspace that they wouldn’t ordinarily say and do in the face-to-face world’ (2004: 321). This disinhibition can be salutary (supportive, cathartic) but these fan discourses in particular exemplify toxic disinhibition signified by ‘rude language, harsh criticisms, anger, hatred, even threats’ (ibid).

The fan studies discipline has already started grappling with these issues. Analyses of inter- and intrafandom Othering, ‘of fans, by fans’ (Hills, 2012), have been conducted on such quarrels and conflicts, including fan-objects such as Twilight (Hills, 2012; Williams, 2014), One Direction (Jones, 2016; Proctor, 2016), R.E.M (Bennett, 2011), and the female-led Ghostbusters remake/ reboot (Proctor., 2017). Moreover, online conflict and “toxic technocultures” (Massanari, 2015) has been analysed in other disciplines, including the #GamerGate controversy and hashtag activism such as #RaceFail, #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter (Rambukkana, 2015) and #BlackStormtrooper (Proctor, forthcoming), to select a few examples (see also, Burgess and Matamoros-Fernandez, 2016; Chess and Shaw, 2015; Hardaker, 2010; Hardaker, 2013; Hardaker and McGlashan, 2015; Luce, 2016; Massanari, 2015; Poland, 2016).

How can researchers examine toxic fan practices beyond those offered by mainstream news artefacts, many of which cherry-pick examples from social media without adequate theorisation or methodology? That some fans are racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise exclusionary is one thing; but how can researchers develop tests to measure this extant discourse? How do we know who is speaking? How do we know that these are fans at all, as opposed to ‘trolls’ or ‘flamers,’ that is, those online individuals who find delight and entertainment in conflicts of this kind (Hardaker, 2015)? This special section does not seek to deny that toxic fans and audiences exist.  We do, however, seek to provide an academic space whereby these issues are placed centre-stage via methodology that moves beyond reductive, handpicked selections.  We are also interested in theorisations of the place of toxic fan practices within larger fan communities and as objects of study for the maturing fields of Fan/Audience Studies, including research across disciplines.

Contributions are welcome on a variety of topics that investigate the concept of toxic fan practices and methodological issues arising such as:

*   Online methodologies/ netnographies of particular fan communities and social media platforms
*   Specific case studies of toxic fan cultures (e.g. Star Trek fans’ responses to gay Sulu or Marvel fans’ reactions to female Thor)
*   Criticism of toxic fans from within fandoms, intra-fandom conflicts (e.g. Game of Thrones fans condemning and celebrating scenes of rape)
*   Widescale protests and boycotts on social media (such as #boycottstarwars or #buryyourgays)
*   Criticisms of representations of race, gender, sexuality, etc., in fan cultures

Proposals are also welcome on other topics as long as they meet the aims of the special section.

Please send 300 word abstracts to the following email addresses by March 1st 2017.<><>

CFP: Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century, 9 June 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

December 21, 2016 by

Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century.

Event Date: June 9th 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Deadline for proposals: 3rd March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Johnny Walker, Northumbria University

In relation to cinema, the term “exploitation” has been adopted by various individuals and institutions over time, from opportunistic film producers and marketers of the 1920s to contemporary online distributors releasing new films in the 21st century. There is a current wave of exciting and productive scholarship on the historical developments of exploitation cinema, and its famous, and not so famous, films and filmmakers. But much of this research focuses on exploitation before the year 2000, with a particular focus up to and including the VHS era of the 1980s. Less research exists on the inflections of exploitation in the 21st century, and the trends and developments that have taken place since the turn of the century. This one-day symposium seeks to shed new light on the embodiments of exploitation cinema since 2000, with particular emphasis on current waves and cycles, the way in which they are now consumed (such as online rather than in theatres), and which particular exploitation filmmakers stand out as being important in contemporary times.

Topics might include (but are not limited to);

  • Analysis of single films
  • Studies of current waves or cycles of exploitation
  • Exploitation cinema from global national contexts (in particular from non-English speaking countries)
  • The re-emergence of old cycles since 2000 (Rape-Revenge, the Biker movie, etc.)
  • Individual filmmakers
  • New genres, sub-genres, and hybrids
  • High budget exploitation (such as that produced by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez)
  • Patterns of exhibition and distribution
  • Studies of industrial models or modes
  • Exploitation studios (The Asylum etc.)
  • Exploitation online
  • Exploitation fandom and audiences

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers, plus a short bio (up to 150 words) by March 3rd 2017.

We also welcome video essays to be submitted with a 300 word proposal/150 word bio, sent to us by March 3rd 2017. Final video submissions should be sent by June 2nd 2017 via Vimeo link. Video submissions should aim to be 10 minutes maximum running time.

All proposal (and any queries) should be sent to Dr James Newton at

CFP: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices, 9-10 September 2017, Kingston University, London, UK,

December 20, 2016 by


Conference: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices

Event date: Saturday 9 September – Sunday 10 September 2017
Kingston University, London
Deadline for Proposals: 1st March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate E. Taylor-Jones, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

The popular contemporary representation of a teenager is someone who stays in their bedroom with their tablet and phone, only venturing out for sustenance.  Media panics around violence and videogames, online pornography and extreme television and film also construct the teenager as a passive victim of the mass media. The purpose of this two day conference is to interrogate popular representations, cultures and sub-cultures, and practices of teenagers on a global level.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks 20 minute papers and panel proposals which interrogate popular conceptions and misconceptions of the teenager. Papers and panels will approach the teenager from a global perspective are particularly welcome.

Themes include:

•       Bedroom Cultures

•       Fan practices and cultures

•       Blogs/Vlogs and other internet practices

•       Selfie culture

•       Fashion and beauty

•       Music and sub-cultural identities

•       Constructions of the ‘girl’ or constructions of the ‘boy’ in popular culture

•       Teenage cinema

•       Online dating and sexting

•       K-Pop/J-Pop and hybridity

•       Teenagers and the ideology of anti-social behaviour

•       Religion and the teenager

•       Histories of the teenager

•       Young Adult literature

•       Young Adult television and film

•       The law and the teenager

Please email abstracts (250-300) words to Colette Balmain ( or Lucy Williams ( by no later than March 1st 2017 and don’t forget to include your name, email address and institutional affiliation if applicable. We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information about this event contact: Dr Colette Balmain at:

Updated details will appear on the conference website: