Archive for June, 2013

Call for proposals: Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter

June 28, 2013

The singer-songwriter has been a source of creativity and emotion for centuries: from troubadours in the Middle Ages, to John Dowland’s songs of the Renaissance, nineteenth century Lieder, blues singers in the Deep South, to the multitude of figures in the twentieth-century popular music industry. Our intention for the proposed volume is to offer a new perspective on the singer-songwriter, broadly defined, by including chapters that adopt a variety of scholarly angles.

We welcome proposals that focus on a single figure: be it Bob Dylan, Carole King, Randy Newman, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sting, Prince, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, or newer artists such as Jason Mraz or Amanda Palmer. In addition, we invite proposals that adopt a lateral perspective to the phenomenon of the singer-songwriter: a discussion of several active songwriters within a single scene (such as the 1960s New York folk scene, open mic nights, the Brill Building, 1970s Los Angeles); auteurs in African-American music (Robert Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donna Summer, Isaac Hayes, Kanye West); global perspectives; festivals (such as Lilith Fair) and open mics; figures that developed their songwriting talents as part of a band before going solo (Lennon, McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting, Ben Folds); individuals that emerged from behind the scenes to take centre stage on their own (Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, Missy Elliott, Jessie J); and wider discourses around such artists and genres (‘authorship’, mythology, the voice, gender, music production, industry and marketing).

We are also interested in approaches that embrace the teaching of songwriting and performance, as well as perspectives from the music industry. If you teach the mechanics of songwriting to budding singer-songwriters, or are an active singer-songwriter yourself, we would like to hear from you. Teaching songwriting in the 21st century involves contemporary concerns: how do you teach the necessary business skills? How do you negotiate the burgeoning online world of social media and internet fandom? How do you include technology in your career as a singer-songwriter, or in your classes? Do you use the internet as a learning and teaching resource? How do DAWs feature in your creative and pedagogical life?

Most importantly, we welcome proposals from authors who think outside a narrow notion of the singer-songwriter, and will help us to make this volume exciting, interesting, and informative. The book will be aimed at undergraduate and MA level popular music programmes as well as fans and general audiences of the genres covered. Our only criterion is that the focus be individuals who write and perform their own material.

250-300 word abstracts/proposals should be sent by  01 Sept. 2013 to

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Justin A. Williams (University of Bristol)

Dr. Katherine A. Williams (Leeds College of Music)


CFP: European Fandom and Fan Studies: Localization and Translation Symposium, Amsterdam, 9th November 2013

June 27, 2013

European Fandom and Fan Studies: Localization and Translation
One Day Symposium, 9 November 2013
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and
University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies
Call for Papers
The increasingly global circulation of media often threatens to obscure local contexts of reception, identification, interpretation, and translation.  This one day symposium at the University of Amsterdam seeks to explore the state of Fan Studies and the variety of Fandoms focused within the social and geographical boundaries of Europe, particularly with regard to processes of localization and translation, broadly interpreted.  Inter-disciplinary papers are invited to explore the nature of the field itself, how different fandoms function within Europe, and how European fan cultures re-interpret, re-imagine, translate, and localize foreign media texts or foreign fan practices.  Potential avenues of exploration may include how Fan Studies is represented, studied, and received within European universities, by funding bodies and publishers.  Papers on fandoms may explore how European (English and non-English speaking) fans of European and non-European objects of fan appreciation participate in fandom, the differences between internet fandoms and local/national/international fan practices, and objects of fan appreciation that originate within Europe.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
-Regional fan histories.
-Negotiation between international and local fan infrastructures.
-Local and national adaptation of fan cultures and identities.
-European fans’ impact on international public policy and industry practice.
-Fans’ relationships to national media industries and public policy.
-National and transnational economies within fandom and/or fan studies.
-Crossing national, cultural, and language boundaries in fandom and fan studies.
-Translation, both linguistic and cultural.
-Fans’ local and international languages and economies of desire.
-Framing local European fan objects and cultures within fan studies.
-Processes of translation, adaptation, and localization in European fans’ interaction with global media.
The symposium is associated with a special issue of the journal of Transformative Works and Cultures tentatively slated for 2015, with full papers due January 1, 2014.

Event Details
The symposium will be held in the center of Amsterdam, easily accessible from Amsterdam international airport.
Submission Process
Please send a 300 word abstract along with a short (100 word) biographical note to Anne Kustritz ( or Emma England ( by 10 September.

CFP: Celebrity Studies Journal 2nd Bi-Annual Conference, London, June 2014

June 17, 2013

The 2nd Celebrity Studies Journal conference has now been announced!

It will take place at Royal Holloway, London, 19-21 June, 2014.

The conference is organised by James Bennett & Su Holmes and will feature the following Keynote Speakers:

  • Richard Dyer (Kings College, University of London)
  • Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
  • Sean Redmond (Deakin University, Melbourne)
  • Mandy Merck (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The conference will be themed around questions of methodology: ‘Approaching celebrity’.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for individual 20minute papers or pre-constituted panels of 3 x 20minute papers that speak to this theme or on any topic in celebrity studies.

We also invite submissions for Pecha Kucha style presentations, either individually or as part of a pre-constituted panel of 3-4 speakers.  click here for more info.

PhD Competition

A travel bursary and fee waiver will be available to the best two abstract submissions (including abstracts for Pecha Kucha presentations).  click here for more info.

Deadline for abstracts: November 4th, 2013 (250 words, +50 word bio)

Successful abstracts notified by: December 6th, 2013

Enquiries/abstracts to:
A special issue of the best papers from the conference will be published in Celebrity Studies Journal in 2015. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Method: how to do celebrity studies
  • The celebrity studies canon
  • The value of fame
  • Celebrity and power
  • Star and celebrity images
  • Pop stardom
  • National cinema, international stars
  • The TV Personality
  • Celebrity and performance
  • Digital platforms
  • DIY celeb
  • Ordinary celebrity
  • Austerity and celebrity
  • American Quality TV
  • Entrepreneurial celebrity
  • Celebrity fandom
  • Literary celebrity
  • Queer celebrity
  • The celebrity ambassador
  • Fame damage
  • Celebrity affect, emotion
  • Celebrity and gender
  • Anti-celebrity
  • The phenomenology of celebrity
  • Cult stardom and celebrity
  • Charisma and celebrity
  • Pathology and celebrity
  • Toxic celebrity
  • Celebrity and news
  • The sexualisation of celebrity
  • Celebrity art/artists
  • Race, ethnicity and celebrity
  • Celebrity and persona
  • Porn stars
  • Sport and celebrity
  • Gaming and celebrity culture
  • Political fame
  • Celebrity’s right to privacy
  • Leveson inquiry and celebrity
  • Reality TV
  • Neoliberalism and celebrity

Popular Music and Society, Music Fandom Special Issue Published

June 16, 2013

Mark Duffett is editing two special issues on music fandom for Popular Music and Society, and the first of these has just been published. It features the following articles:

Introduction: Directions in Music Fan Research: Undiscovered Territories and Hard Problems
Mark Duffett

A Long Strange Trip: The Continuing World of European Deadheads
Peter Smith & Ian Inglis

“Anyone who Calls Muse a Twilight Band will be Shot on Sight”: Music, Distinction, and the “Interloping Fan” in the Twilight Franchise
Rebecca Williams

Diva Worship and the Sonic Search for Queer Utopia
Craig Jennex

Making Monsters: Lady Gaga, Fan Identification, and Social Media
Melissa A. Click, Hyunji Lee & Holly Willson Holladay

“His Soul Was Wandering and Holy”: Employing and Contesting Religious Terminology in Django Fandom
Siv B. Lie


My Music, Not Yours: Ravings of a Rock-and-Roll Fanatic
B. Lee Cooper

You can read the full issue here:


New Issue of Transformative Works and Cultures journal, on Comic Books is out now

June 15, 2013

The new issue, Volume 13, of Transformative Works and Cultures is now out!

This is a brilliant special issue on Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comic Books, edited by Matthew J. Costello, Saint Xavier University, Chicago.  It features the following articles:

Table of Contents

The super politics of comic book fandom
Matthew J. Costello

Fangirls in refrigerators: The politics of (in)visibility in comic book culture
Suzanne Scott

Earth 616, Earth 1610, Earth 3490—Wait, what universe is this again? The creation and evolution of the Avengers and Captain America/Iron Man fandom
Catherine Coker

Pornographic space-time and the potential of fantasy in comics and fan art
Lyndsay Brown

/Co/operation and /co/mmunity in /co/mics: 4chan’s Hypercrisis
Tim Bavlnka


Captain America and fans’ political activity
Forrest Phillips

The advocacy of Steve Rogers (aka Captain America), as seen in hetrez’s “Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York”
Babak Zarin

Professionalism: Hyperrealism and play
Amanda Odom

Fandom and male privilege: Seven years later
Rebecca Lucy Busker

Revisioning the smiling villain: Imagetexts and intertextual expression in representations of the filmic Loki on Tumblr
Kayley Thomas

Who is afraid of a black Spider(-Man)?
Ora C. McWilliams


Interview with comics artist Lee Weeks
Matthew J. Costello

Toward a feminist superhero: An interview with Will Brooker, Sarah Zaidan, and Suze Shore
Kate Roddy, Carlen Lavigne, Suzanne Scott


“Comic books and American cultural history: An anthology,” edited by Matthew Pustz HTML
Daniel Stein
“Of comics and men: A cultural history of American comic books,” by Jean-Paul Gabilliet HTML
Drew Morton

You can find and read it at the TWC website:

CFP: Exploring British Film and Television Stardom Conference, 2 November 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London, UK

June 15, 2013

Call for Papers

Exploring British Film and Television Stardom Conference

Saturday, 2 November 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London

Supported by Living British Cinema

Keynote speakers: Dr. Melanie Bell (Newcastle University) and

Dr. Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England)

While British cinema and television history are thriving fields of scholarship,the issue of stardom has been insufficiently explored in national terms, and most British star images suggest that the dominant Hollywood model, associated with individualism, glamour, and consumption, sits uneasily in a British cultural context.

A decade after groundbreaking work by Geoffrey Macnab, in Searching for Stars: Stardom and Acting in British Cinema, and Bruce Babington’s British Stars and Stardom: From Alma Taylor to Sean Connery, there are new directions in star studies to consider, including performance, fandom and transnational stardom. Has film stardom now been usurped by celebrity, calling into question Christine Gledhill’s assertion that cinema “still provides the ultimate confirmation of stardom”? Meanwhile, television in this period has been marked by the phenomenon of a wave of British stars, including Hugh Laurie, Dominic West, Idris Elba and Damien Lewis, who have been reimagined in American long-form drama, and by the recent international success of Downton Abbey.

This one-day conference seeks to explore British stardom from historical, cultural, industrial and contemporary perspectives and will be an unprecedented opportunity to study stars in a British context. The conference aims to explore the issues around media stardom and national identity in innovative and challenging ways.  We welcome proposals from established academics, postgraduates, and independent scholars in the field.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

•      Historical perspectives on British stardom (film, television, celebrity)

•      Genre and film stardom

•      Celebrity and British stardom

•      Audiences and fandom

•      Race, gender, class and ethnicity and British stardom

•      The international appeal of British stars

•      Transitions between media for British stars (film, theatre, television, music)

•      British stars abroad

•      Stardom and regional identity

•      Fashion and costume and British stardom

•      Auteurs and British film stars

•      Stardom and industrial contexts

Please submit proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief biography via email to the conference organisers, Adrian Garvey ( and Julie Lobalzo Wright (, by 24 June 2013.

CFP: Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television special issue on Science Fiction anime

June 10, 2013

The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television seeks article-length manuscripts for a planned special issue on Science Fiction (and) Anime.

Guest Editors: Elyce Rae Helford (Middle Tennessee State University) and Alex Naylor (University of Greenwich, UK)

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
• textual studies: perspectives on individual anime texts
• image/identity studies: anime and race, gender, class
• genre studies: relationship between anime and SF
• auteur studies: directors and/or producers of anime
• theoretical readings: feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, psychoanalytic, queer, etc.
• global studies: transnational studies of anime production or reception
• audience/fandom studies: conventions, fan fiction/art, cosplay, gaming, etc.
• transmedia studies: marketing, packaging, anime and/on the internet

Submissions should be made via the Science Fiction Film and Television website:
Direct queries to guest editors Elyce Rae Helford and Alex Naylor at

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013.


Fan Studies Network Special Section of Participations now out!

June 6, 2013

We are very happy to announce that the Fan Studies Network special issue of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies has now been published!

All content in this special section was written by members of the network and it was co-edited by Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips. It features the following full length articles:

Bennett, Lucy & Tom Phillips:
‘An introduction: The Fan Studies Network – new connections, new research’

Booth, Paul & Peter Kelly:
‘The changing faces of Doctor Who fandom: New fans, new technologies, old practices?’

Busse, Kristina:
‘Geek hierarchies, boundary policing, and the gendering of the good fan’

Chin, Bertha & Lori Hitchcock Morimoto:
‘Towards a theory of transcultural fandom’

Ellison, Hannah:
‘Submissives, Nekos and Futanaris: a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the Glee Kink Meme’

Hills, Matt:
‘Fiske’s ‘textual productivity’ and digital fandom: Web 2.0 democratization versus fan distinction?’

Lamerichs, Nicolle:
‘The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe’

Pett, Emma:
‘”Hey! Hey! I’ve seen this one, I’ve seen this one. It’s a classic!”: Nostalgia, repeat viewing and cult performance in Back to the Future’

Proctor, William:
‘”Holy crap, more Star Wars! More Star Wars? What if they’re crap?”: Disney, Lucasfilm and Star Wars online fandom in the 21st century’

Sandvoss, Cornel:
‘Toward an understanding of political enthusiasm as media fandom: Blogging, fan productivity and affect in American politics’

Whiteman, Natasha, Joanne Metivier:
‘From post-object to “Zombie” fandoms: The “deaths” of online fan communities and what they say about us’

Forum section:

Bury, Rhiannon, Ruth Deller, Adam Greenwood & Bethan Jones:
‘From Usenet to Tumblr: The changing role of social media’

McCulloch, Richard, Virginia Crisp, Jon Hickman & Stephanie Jones:
‘Of proprietors and poachers: Fandom as negotiated brand ownership’

Freund, Kathrina & Dianna Fielding:
‘Research ethics in fan studies’

Jones, Bethan & Lucy Bennett:
‘Blurring boundaries, crossing divides: An interview with Will Brooker’

Delmar, Javier Lozano & Victor Hernández-Santaolalla & Marina Ramos:
‘Fandom generated content: An approach to the concept of ‘fanadvertising”

Sturm, Damion & Andrew McKinney:
‘Affective hyper-consumption and immaterial labors of love: Theorizing sport fandom in the age of new media’

We hope you will find this issue interesting and enjoyable and we look forward to the next Fan Studies network project!