Archive for April, 2013

The Fan Studies Network: About Us

April 27, 2013
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 (

Call for Papers: Intensities – The Journal of Cult Media – Historical Approaches to Cult TV

April 23, 2013

Intensities – The Journal of Cult Media has relaunched and is currently accepting submissions for issue six.

Issue 6 Historical Approaches to Cult TV

This issue seeks submissions examining TV shows that have acquired cult status at a historical distance – both established cult shows (The Avengers, The Prisoner, the ‘classic’ series of Doctor Who) and those that have received less (or possibly even no) critical attention. In addition, the papers will locate those shows historically, either by drawing on archive materials or suggesting new cultural, historical or institutional contexts in which they might be understood.

Submissions should be sent to They should be between 6000 and 8000 words, referenced Harvard style and sent as a word document – a 200 word abstract should be sent as a separate document.

For more information see

Call for Papers: Kick it! The Anthropology of European Football, Vienna, 25/26 October 2013

April 22, 2013

Call for Papers:

Kick it! The Anthropology of European Football

Vienna, 25/26 October 2013

Football is one of the most well-loved and most widely shared expressions of popular culture. But why does football have a social role that stretches way beyond the stadium? The international conference “The Anthropology of European Football” seeks to understand football’s impact on everyday lives and identity dynamics in Europe. Thereby, the football phenomenon is not only perceived as being related to class relations and subculture, but at the same time as a symbolic domain that produces social identities at various levels.

Therefore, we would welcome proposals for papers on any of the following research strands, but by no means confined to these areas:

• How are supporter and fan identities created in the everyday practices of football fan culture?

• How do globalisation, commercialisation, and migration exert an influence on football fan culture?

• What impact do Europeanisation and the increasing mobility of both supporters and players have on the self-perception of football fans?

• How is the “Other” created among fans? How are exclusion and inclusion practices enacted, narrated and reproduced?

• What cleavages and loyalties cross-cut European football, such as East vs. West and North vs. South, class, gender or politics?

Keynote lectures: Dr. Cornel Sandvoss (University of Surrey, UK) and Dr. Hani Zubida (The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel).

We invite papers from researchers at all stages of their career. We especially encourage applicants whose research is based on ethnographic fieldwork or those with an anthropological background.

Proposals should include an abstract of 300 words, the author’s institutional affiliation, contact details and a short biography (all on one page). The submission deadline is 10 May 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June, with registration for the conference being opened after that date. Selected papers will be published as part of a special issue of an academic journal or an edited volume.

The event is part of the interdisciplinary European research project FREE – Football Research in an Enlarged Europe ( funded by the European Commission’s 7th European Framework Programme for Research (FP7). The conference is organised within the scope of the anthropological research strand of the project by the Department of European Ethnology at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań. Please contact the local conference organisers if you require further information as to this conference, or the research network generally: Alexandra Schwell ( and Nina Szogs (

FREE consists of nine collaborating universities:
ESSCA School of Management, Københavns Universitet, Loughborough University, Middle East Technical University, Universität Stuttgart, Universität Wien, Universitat de València, Université de Franche-Comté, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza

Please feel FREE to submit your proposal by 10 May 2013
FREE – Football Research in an Enlarged Europe is an FP7 project funded under Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

CFP A Collection of Essays on Christopher Nolan

April 14, 2013

Over the past fifteen years, writer, producer and director Christopher Nolan has emerged from the margins of independent British cinema to become one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. In particular Nolan has earned a reputation as a director able to extend the boundaries of mainstream film production. From his debut feature Following (1998) to The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Nolan’s films remain thematically and stylistically consistent while also demonstrating a continued evolution and innovation in terms of visual style, storytelling and technology, both artistically and within an industrial context.

Bringing together academic work from a range of disciplines, this proposed collection seeks to explore Nolan’s filmmaking, including his visual, narrative and thematic preoccupations, from a variety of perspectives and using a range of analytical and methodological approaches. These might include textual analysis, reception studies, film theory and criticism, narrative theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy and other methods in cultural studies. The collection has received very strong ‘in principle’ interest from Wallflower Press (now an imprint of Columbia University Press).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Adaptation
• The analysis of individual films
• Archetypes
• Auteurship
• The body
• The carnivalesque
• The city
• Cult film and fandom
• Gender, race, class and sexuality
• Genre and style
• The hero’s journey
• Iconography
• Media convergence
• Morality
• Narrative
• Philosophy
• The postmodern
• Post 9/11
• Psychoanalysis
• The soundscape
• Technology
• Trauma
• Visual style and aesthetics

Please submit a proposal of approximately 300 words. Each proposal should include a 50 word bio. Accepted essays will be approximately 6,000-7,000 words. Send your 300-word proposal (as an attachment in Word) by Friday 28th June 2013 to both:

Jacqueline Furby, Ph.D.
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hampshire
S014 OYN / United Kingdom


Stuart Joy, MA
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton, Hampshire
S014 OYN / United Kingdom

CFP: Fan Studies, 2013 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, St Louis, MO. October 11-13, 2013

April 11, 2013

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, A Doubletree by Hilton
Deadline: April 30, 2012

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.
Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Fan Studies to the Fan Studies area,
Any questions? Please email Paul Booth at,
More information about the conference can be found at
Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.

CFP: ‘Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue!’, Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN

April 9, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue! special-themed edition of Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN

Guest Editor: Benjamin W. L. Derhy (University of East Anglia / Université Paris Ouest)Journal Editor: Matthew Freeman (University of Nottingham)Deadline for Abstracts: 10 June 2013

The television world is changing: as films and programmes become brands on their own – derivable in a variety of ways – and as technology has evolved so much that even the concept of narrative has been affected, marketing strategies have changed forever.

Transmedia storytelling is ‘a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience’ (Jenkins, 2006, 95-6). Though both a challenge and an opportunity for conventional industry production methods, it represents a marketing goldmine. Indeed, the rise of transmedia platforms – offering the possibility to create websites, mobile games, alternative reality games, interactive exhibitions, e-books, e-comics, webseries, etc. – and the increasing involvement of the audience have provided marketers with a whole new range of possibilities to boost both brand recognition and profits: rather than selling the show to networks, they now sell the story directly to consumers.

Rather than ‘reducing’ Transmedia storytelling to the augmenting effect it has had on the concept of narrative as a result of its ability to create an immersive environment, this special issue seeks to discuss the wide range of economic perspectives available to a Film/Television brand due to this very same immersive environment. The transmedia phenomenon has, so far, mostly been approached from an either textual or participatory perspective, but rarely so from a multidisciplinary perspective encompassing the marketing aspect. Providing insight on this topic through contributions from researchers in media, communications and cultural studies, but also in marketing, would enrich our collective understanding of Transmedia storytelling thanks to complementary viewpoints, in the hope of offering a more holistic approach.
Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue! welcomes articles from postgraduates and early career researchers of 5,000 to 6,000 words.
Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):·        

The textual and creative impact on Transmedia strategies·        
The technological, creative or financial limits of Transmedia strategies·        
The relationship of Transmedia storytelling with promotional and branding strategies·        
The differences between Transmedia branding and franchising·        
Study cases or historical examples of Transmedia strategies·        
The relationships between marketers and screenwriters and other practitioners·        
The cultural impact of such strategies to society·        
The relationships between marketers and participatory cultures·        
The reception of such practices by fan communities·        
Future developments of Transmedia practices

Please send abstracts (up to 300 words) along with a 50 word biography by June 10, 2013 to Benjamin W. L. Derhy ( and Matthew Freeman ( Articles are due on October 15, 2013. Feel free to contact the editors for further information.

Registration Now Open: Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present 21-22 June 2013 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

April 9, 2013

Conference webpage:


This conference offers a serious opportunity to bring together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners and popular writers in a shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes. The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the twentieth- and the twenty-first centuries. The stories precipitated a burgeoning fan culture including various kinds of participation, wiki and crowd-sourcing, fan-fiction, virtual realities and role-play gaming. All of these had existed before but they were solidified, magnified and united by Sherlockians and Holmesians in entirely new ways and on scales never seen before. All popular culture phenomena that followed (from Lord of the Rings to Twilight via Star Trek) shared its viral pattern. This conference aims to unpick the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom as well as offering a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations. This conference invites adaptors of and scholars on Holmes, late-Victorian writing, and popular culture internationally to contribute to this scholarly conversation. Our aims are to celebrate Conan Doyle’s achievement, to explore the reasons behind Holmes’ enduring popularity across different cultures and geographical spaces, and to investigate new directions in Holmes’ afterlife. This conference will precede Holmes’ 160th birthday in 2014 and launch a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Cranfield and Tom Ue, and form part of the larger celebrations in London and internationally.

This conference is generously supported by Blackwell’s Charing Cross Road; Intellect Books; MX Publishing; UCL Arts and Humanities, including the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies; UCL English; UCL European Institute; and UCL Public Engagement Unit.  We thank Owen Jollands for contributing all of the artwork; Carol Bowen, Stephen Cadywold, Anita Garfoot, and James Phillips from UCL English for their administrative help; Jon Millington from the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London for his; Laura Cream from UCL Public Engagement Unit; and Karen Attar for putting together the Conan Doyle display at Senate House Library.  We are grateful to David Grylls, Douglas Kerr, John Mullan, and the conference participants for their contributions.

Dr Who 50th Anniversary Celebration, 4 May 2013, De Paul University

April 5, 2013

The BBC television series Doctor Who has reached an historic milestone: 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of this vibrant and culturally relevant avant-garde science fiction series. In honor of this anniversary, and as a way of exploring the longevity of the series, the College of Communication and the Media and Cinema Studies program are hosting a day-long colloquium of scholars who will discuss in a public forum the critical, moral and ethical dilemmas depicted by the show.

“A Celebration of Doctor Who” is intended to spark debate and discussion about changing morals and ethics over the half century of the show’s presence on television, in print, on the radio and in films. Some topics that we will explore include: how does Doctor Who celebrate the minority? In what ways does Doctor Who articulate a notion of a utopian society? How does this mainstream text represent marginalized members of society (including people of different races, sexualities, the disabled, the impoverished, and other minorities in society)? In what ways does the Doctor Who fan audience counter the discourse of the marginalized in our culture?

A series of scholarly roundtables will bring together academics from the area to discuss the cultural context of Doctor Who. These roundtables will offer the audience of students and scholars the chance to engage in a deeply intellectual environment with the themes of the show over its fifty-year history. We hope to encourage papers which explore issues such as: race and representation in Doctor Who; the use of religion in the show; disability as depicted in the show and in the fandom; gender and sexuality in the show; the role of academia in developing understanding of the meaning of the show; the marginalization of people and activities; analysis of how production details affect a show’s meaning; the underlying ideology of global television. Additionally, because Doctor Who is a British television program, it brings with it a wealth of international pluralism. This colloquium is intended to spark debate about the nature of contemporary television across borders, times and eras.

Guest of Honor:
Writer Robert Shearman will be our keynote speaker. He will screen his Hugo-nominated Doctor Who episode “Dalek,” after which he’ll participate in an hour-long Q&A. (

Announced Participants (with more TBA):

Carole Barrowman
Carole Emily Barrowman is professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a reviewer and crime fiction columnist for the Milwaukee Sentinel. She is also known for her writing contributions with younger brother (and Doctor Who star) John Barrowman. She is the author or co-author of Anything Goes, I Am What I Am, Hollow Earth, Exodus Code, and Bone Quill. (

Derek Kompare
Derek Kompare is an Associate Professor in the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). His research interests focus on media formations, i.e., how particular media forms and institutions coalesce and develop. He has written articles on television history and form for several anthologies and journals, and is the author of Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television, and a study of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. At SMU, Derek teaches courses on media aesthetics, media theory, media history, media globalization, comics, video games, crime television and science fiction.

Scott Paeth
Scott Paeth is an Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, Peace, Justice, and Conflict series at DePaul University. He studies Business ethics, bioethics, ethics of war and peace. (

Lars Pearson
Lars Pearson is the owner of Mad Norwegian Press, publishers of science fiction and sci-fi analysis books. He has co-written A History, a History of the Universe as Told Through Doctor Who. (

Lynne Thomas
Lynne Thomas is the co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords, a collection of essays about Doctor Who and the women who love it. She is the curator of Rare Books and Special Collections for Northern Illinois University Libraries. She has won two Hugo Awards. (

Paul Booth
Paul Booth is an assistant professor of Digital Communication and Media Arts in the College of Communication. He is the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs. He has also published articles in Communication Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Television and New Media, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media and Culture, and in the books Transgression 2.0, American Remakes of British Television, and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. His newest book, Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, was published in May, 2012. Paul is currently editing a book collection about Doctor Who fandom and has been a Doctor Who fan since he can remember.

For more information on the day-long Doctor Who symposium, please visit the event page, and be sure to note that you’ll be attending.

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