Archive for May, 2012

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,


CFP: Comics, Religion & Politics

May 15, 2012

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

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,


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


Who can attend: Anyone

Call for Chapters: On the Highway to Hell and Back: Critical Essays on the Television Series Supernatural

May 9, 2012

Supernatural, now in its seventh season, has gained a cult status and has spawned comic books, novels, fan fiction, and an assortment of companion books. Like other cult TV shows before it, such as The X-files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, part of the series’ success lies in the way it combines plot and character with serious investigations of folklore, myth, religion, psychology, and family dynamics. Supernatural’s story arcs have dealt with, and commented on, issues as diverse as fan culture, sexual orientation, father/son conflict, the changing nature of the U.S. family, and the Apocalypse. This collection of critical essays will be thematic in nature, focusing on the social, psychological, philosophical, religious and mythic themes of the series. Specifically it will examine how the series addresses horror in a postmodern context through character and story as well as the recurring use of symbols and plot devices such as the music, cars, the crossroads, biblical texts and religious icons.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Representations of mythic and folkloric themes: fairy tales, non-Western folklore, urban myth/legend, shape shifters
• Representations of religious themes: God/gods, angels, demons, Satan, Book of Revelations, Western and non-Western religious themes etc
• Monsters and the monstrous in Supernatural
• Gender and sexuality
• Representations of mortality: personifications of Death, reapers, ghosts
• Family: fathers/sons, mothers, family/domesticity as safety, family as danger/curse hunting as “family business.”
• Post-modernist themes: self-referential humor, the writer as God, representations of fans and fanfiction in the series
• Literary themes: Dracula, Biblical stories, vengeful spirits, the woman in white
• Music in Supernatural: original soundtrack and Dean’s “car tunes”

Please contact Susan A. George ( and Regina Hansen ( with questions or brief description (no more that 25 words) of your topic and a current CV before submitting an abstract. One-page Abstracts Due June 20th, 2012. First complete draft (15-20 pages plus works cited) due by September 20th, 2012.

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.


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.


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.