Archive for March, 2014

CFP: 2014 Fan Studies, Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, USA, October 3-5, 2014

March 7, 2014

Call for Papers:


2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014

Indianapolis, IN

JW Marriot Indianapolis

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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,

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 and/or Audio hookup.

Any questions? Please email Katie Wilson at


CFP: Edited Collection on Bruce Springsteen for Routledge Studies in Popular Music Series

March 5, 2014

I am soliciting abstracts by scholars from all disciplines, including scholar-fans and fan-scholars, to be considered for inclusion in an edited collection on Bruce Springsteen, which will eventually be submitted to Routledge’s Studies in Popular Music series. The editor of this series has expressed an interest in seeing a Springsteen collection proposal.

In the middle of Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 Wrecking Ball tour promotional interview with the Paris media, one reporter observed, “so many people these past couple years look to you for your interpretation of events… . Look at us: when we were waiting for you earlier, so many people care about what you think, and what you feel about what is happening in the world.”

For many around the globe, Springsteen has become a voice of the everyday citizen in a political and social climate where such voices are marginalized. He has received a Kennedy Center Honor and with Peter Seeger sang before millions after Barack Obama was elected President for the first time. He has actively located his work within the lineage of Woody Guthrie and Seeger, reinforcing the necessity of contemporary folk music. In his SXSW Keynote he also asserted the importance of early rock and roll on his work, exclaiming, “Listen up, youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished!” In other places, he has discussed the significant influence of film and short stories, often describing his records as cinematic and looking for sounds that would evoke certain images. A new community of musicians, such as Tom Morello, Mumford and Sons, the Hold Steady, and Arcade Fire, has looked to him as a guide. In his most recent albums, Springsteen remixes work in the public domain and covers lesser known artists whose work speaks in a voice similar to his own. He has become quite adept at composing songs that respond to immediate contemporary events, such as “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “How Can a Good Man Stand Such Times and Live.” As performers, Springsteen and the E Street Band are incomparable, with shows lasting over 3 hours without a break.

Despite his contemporary appeal, Springsteen also seems to be rooted in the traditional relationship between label and artist. His recent move to release live versions of his shows soon after the events, while seemingly progressive, reinforces artist- and label-centric publishing with the possibility of refocusing fans on official bootlegs rather than those they compose themselves. Yet, Springsteen doesn’t seem to mind—and rather enjoys—fans recording his concerts with their phones and uploading them to YouTube. He is genuinely appreciative of the efforts fans go through to see his shows and has fun with their sign requests. The decades-long conversation he has been having with his fans (and fans with other fans) has, like all conversations, been made more complex as a result of convergent media.

Within this context has been a steady stream of writing on Springsteen, including several recent biographies, collections of interviews, international symposia, and the upcoming first issue of an academic journal dedicated to Springsteen.

The Routledge Studies in Popular Music series is described as a “home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections covering Popular Music. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, celebrity, fandom, tourism, fashion, and technology, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.”

Possible subjects might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Springsteen and the folk tradition
  • Springsteen and influence
  • Springsteen’s notebooks and his writing process
  • Springsteen and the rhetoric of conversation
  • Springsteen and the rhetoric of performance
  • Springsteen fans and fandom
  • Springsteen fan zines, writings, and videos
  • Springsteen anti-fans
  • Springsteen and philanthropy
  • Springsteen and gender
  • Springsteen and race
  • Springsteen and remix
  • Springsteen and transmedia storytelling
  • The @springsteen account
  • Springsteen archiving and collecting
  • Springsteen tour data collection and representation
  • Springsteen and online videos
  • Springsteen and the relevance of popular voices
  • Springsteen and the music industry
  • Springsteen and his global appeal
  • Springsteen and literature
  • Springsteen and film
  • Springsteen and community
  • Springsteen and religion
  • Springsteen and I
  • Springsteen’s SXSW Keynote Address

Please submit a 500 – 750 word abstract and 200-word biographical note that to Bill Wolff, Associate Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University, at by May 18, 2014. Indicate the anticipated word length of your chapter, between 3000 and 6000 words. Biographical note should in part describe your qualifications for writing your article. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2014. Once abstracts have been accepted, a proposal will be submitted to Routledge. If accepted, chapters will be due in late 2014. All chapters will receive blind review.

CFP: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future, Madison, WI, USA, October 29-November 2, 2014

March 5, 2014

CFP: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film & History Conference:
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
October 29-November 2, 2014
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

AREA: Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future

Fan culture has been intimately linked with mass media since the beginning of the movies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As various technologies have pushed media evolution along – sound, color, television, and internet – fan culture has kept pace and fueled not only consumption but also developed communities. First in fan magazines, then at conventions, fan culture has spread and inspired fans to celebrate the media they loved. This love frequently leads to the development of derivative works such as fan fiction and fan editing—the expansion of existing media elements into whole new worlds.

Is this the Golden Age of Fan Culture, as brought about by the internet’s ability to transmit media and foster communities, or is this a Gilded Age, where fan culture has gone postmodern, sometimes eclipsing the objects and subjects of fan desire?  This area welcomes proposals on a diverse range of topics pertaining to fan culture, both present and historic, with a particular emphasis on visual media such as film and television.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

•       Fan Culture in the Silent Era
•       Fan Culture on Film
•       Fan gatherings – conventions and other meet-ups
•       Cross-media fandom, such as the Marvel media universe
•       Marketing – Mobilizing fans through viral marketing
•       Authenticity – Is the Source with you?
•       Shippers, fans, and stans – claiming identities within fan culture
•       Dissolving international boundaries – Doctor Who, Sherlock, Anime, Korean soap operas, telenovelas
•       Fan clubs and online communities
•       Performance and participatory fandom – Cosplay
•       Derivative works – Fan fiction and fan art.
•       The function of technology in fan culture – from BBS to Tumblr

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (
Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014, to the area chair:

Tiffany Knoell
Bowling Green State University


The Fan Studies Network -our second anniversary!

March 3, 2014

Dear all,

We’re delighted to announce that today is the second anniversary of the Fan Studies Network. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us thus far, and to everyone who has joined.

We have some great things in store for 2014 and hope that this year will be an even more exciting one for the network!


March 1, 2014


Since the publication and inordinate success of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series of novels globally, the genre of so-called ‘Nordic Noir’ has fast become a cultural phenomenon both in the United Kingdom and on the international stage. BBC Four’s recent broadcast of The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen and Wallander have been met with critical acclaim and influenced a surge in the popularity of Scandinavian Crime Fiction in film, perhaps more pointedly, literature. Lars Kepler, Jusse Adler-Olsen, Hakan Nesser, Jo Nesbo, and many more besides.

This special issue of Infinite Earths seeks contributions that analyse, dissect or review these texts from inter-disciplinary perspectives. The pieces should range from 1000 words onwards and may include reviews of TV series, books or films that fit within this purview. Topics can range from the following (but if you have an idea you would like to share, please do not hesitate in contacting me):

The Bridge
The Killing (series and novels)
Sjowall and Wahloo
Henning Mankell
Stieg Larsson
Hakan Nessen
Jo Nesbo (films and books)
Jan Costin Wagner

Deadline: 1 April 2014