Archive for April, 2014

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

April 29, 2014

Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
JW Marriot Indianapolis
Updated Deadline: May 15, 2014

Topics can include, but are not limited to fan fiction, multi-media fanproduction, 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 FanStudies 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- Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

April 25, 2014

CFP- Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

Intellect’s Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of The Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular
person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.
The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film’s ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
· Fan media
· Cult status
· Film-based tourism
· Web site and forum interactions
· Character franchises
· Adaptation processes
· Audience reception
· Prequels/sequels (The Hobbit in particular)
· Film location guides
· Fantasy fandom
· Merchandise
· Economics
· Collector editions
· Media design
· Gender portrayal
· The Philosophy of LOTR
· The importance of ‘location’

Interviews with The Lord of the Rings tour organisers, fan-media coordinators, or authors of LOTR-related books (especially of tourism and film guides) will also be considered.
Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (250 words) by 15 May 2014. For selected abstracts, the final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 1 September 2014.

Please direct all questions and submissions to Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell:

New Fan Labor special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures journal now published

April 15, 2014

Dear all,

Transformative Works and Cultures journal has just published a new special issue guest edited by Mel Stanfill and Megan Condis, examining Fandom and/as Labor. 

Transformative Works and Cultures

Vol 15 (2014)
Table of Contents

Fandom and/as labor
Mel Stanfill,Megan Condis

Fifty shades of fan labor: Exploitation and  Fifty Shades of Grey 
Bethan Jones

The media festival volunteer: Connecting online and on-ground fan labor
Robert Moses Peaslee,Jessica El-Khoury,Ashley Liles

Chuck  versus the ratings: Savvy fans and “save our show” campaigns
Christina Savage

Modding a free and open source software video game: “Play testing is hard
Giacomo Poderi,David James Hakken

Sherlockology and Fan sites as gifts or exploited labor?
Bertha Chin

Promoting fan labor and “all things Web”: A case study of  Tosh.0 
Rose Helens-Hart

The cultural economics of performance space: Negotiating fan, labor, and
marketing practice in  Glee ’s transmedia geography
Matthias Stork

Fan work: Labor, worth, and participation in fandom’s gift economy
Tisha Turk

Better Badges: Image as virus
Joly MacFie

Veronica Mars  Kickstarter and crowd funding
Bertha Chin,Bethan Jones,Myles McNutt,Luke Pebler

Digital labor: The Internet as playground and factory,  edited by Trebor
Stephanie Anne Brown

Cognitive capitalism, education, and digital labor,  edited by Michael A.
Peters and Ergin Bulut
Simone D. Becque

Gaga feminism: Sex, gender, and the end of normal,  by J. Jack Halberstam
Anne Kustritz

New Textual Poachers special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies published

April 15, 2014

Dear all,

A new issue, Volume 2, Issue 1, of the Journal of Fandom Studies has now been published. This is a special issue focusing on the anniversary of Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins. The table of contents are as follows:

Moving forward looking back
Authors:  Katherine Larsen
Tracing Textual Poachers: Reflections on the development of fan studies and digital fandom
Authors:  Lucy Bennett
‘I’m a Lawyer, Not an Ethnographer, Jim’: Textual Poachers and fair use
Authors:  Rebecca Tushnet
Doctor Who’s textual commemorators: Fandom, collective memory and the self-commodification of fanfac
Authors:  Matt Hills
Fan studies: Grappling with an ‘Undisciplined’ discipline
Authors:  Sam Ford
Fuck yeah, Fandom is Beautiful
Authors:  Francesca Coppa
For more information, please visit the journal website:

CFP: Deletion, special themed episode on Dr Who

April 15, 2014

Deletion Special Episode CFP Doctor Who: “…definitely a madman with a box!”

Deletion, the open access online forum in science fiction studies, is calling fororiginal contributions for a special themed ‘episode’ on Doctor Who. Following the 50th anniversary celebrations the return of the Time Lord later this year. What new directions are possible for a series with such history, production demands and passionate fandom?

Deletion invites contributions from science, philosophy and all other approaches that consider the visual alongside the aural and the aesthetic, to critically engage with the series’ future, past and present and to forge new perspectives for the study of this iconic SF imaginarium. We aim to reflect a diversity of approaches and seek contributions that offer new critical dimensions and concepts to engage with the series, its themes and concepts, its cultural importance and its impact, directions and meaning. Deletion encourages the submission of non-standard submissions such as creative pieces.

Contributions should be between 1200 -1500 words, but can also take the form of 2-3 minute podcasts, video blogs, image galleries, and other media.

Submission are Due May 30, 2014.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Death and Life and Regeneration
Reimagining Time and Space: multi-dimensional perspectives and places
Conservation and environmentalism restarting the universe
Mental health and time travel
Companion; bodies, genders, races and people
Technology; and non-technology technology
Whovians and fan cultures, commodities, cosplay, crafts, economies, and relations
Genre policing: science fiction, fantasy or space opera?
Time Lords: politics, power, society, order and chaos,
New Who and Old Who: transmedia, paratextual industries and innovation

Please contact the editors for the episode Christopher Moore ( or Daniel Lewis ( for further information.

Call for Papers: Fan Studies Network 2014 Conference, Regent’s University, London, UK, 27-28th September 2014

April 8, 2014

Call for papers:

27-28th September 2014
Regent’s University, London, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Paul Booth (DePaul University)

Dr Rhiannon Bury (Athabasca University)

Mr Orlando Jones (star of Sleepy Hollow, appearing for a virtual Q&A)

For two years the Fan Studies Network has provided a fruitful and enthusiastic space for academics interested in fans and fandom to connect, share resources, and develop their research ideas. Following the success of our first symposium in November 2013, we are delighted to announce the FSN2014 Conference, taking place over two days at Regent’s University London from 27-28th September 2014.

FSN2014 will feature three fantastic keynote speakers. The first will be Dr Paul Booth, author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies (Peter Lang, 2010), Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television (Peter Lang, 2012) and editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who (Intellect, 2013). His newest book, Media Play: Pastiche, Parody, Fandom, is forthcoming from University of Iowa Press. The second keynote will be Dr Rhiannon Bury, author of Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online (Peter Lang, 2005) and currently writing her second book for publication with Peter Lang, entitled Television 2.0: New Perspectives on Digital Convergence, Audiences, and Fans. We are also incredibly delighted that Mr Orlando Jones, an American film and television writer, producer, and actor who currently plays Captain Frank Irving in Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013-) and vocal proponent of fan culture, will be joining us via Skype to participate in a virtual Q&A session.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for individual 20 minute papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels. We encourage new members, in all stages of study, to the network and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

– Activism and fandom
– Producer-audience interactions
– Non-Western fan cultures
– Ethics in fan studies
– Defining fandom
– Anti-Fandom and Non-Fandom
– Fan use of social media platforms
– Fandom (and) controversies
– The future of fan studies

We also invite expressions of interest (100- 200 words) from anyone wishing to host a short session of ‘speed geeking.’ This would involve each speaker chairing a short discussion on a relevant topic of their choosing, and then receiving extensive feedback, making it ideal for presenting in-progress or undeveloped ideas. If you have any questions about this format of presentation, please contact Richard McCulloch at

Please send any enquires/abstracts to: by SUNDAY 1st JUNE.
Notifications of decisions will be sent out w/c 16th June.

You can find out more information on or talk about the event on Twitter using #FSN2014.

Conference Organisers:

Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips (FSN chairs)

Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones, Richard McCulloch, Rebecca Williams (FSN board)

CFP: Stardom and Celebrity in Contemporary India, Indian Journal of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies, special issue

April 4, 2014

Call For Papers/V. 2, N. 3/ IJCLTS 2.3/ June, 2014


ISSN: 2321-8274




Issue Editor- Rakesh Ramamoorthy

Asst. Professor of English, St.John’s College.


Shahrukh Khan, Anna Hazare, M.S. Dhoni, Shiney Ahuja, A.R. Rahman, M.S. Subbalekshmi, Saina Nehwal, Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Dutt, Vava Suresh…….

A random list of famous Indians such as the one given above is enough to remind one of the wide range of celebrities who are in the limelight in contemporary India. They range from film stars to politicians, from sport stars to activists, from darlings of the masses to widely hated ‘villains’, from pan-Indian and global celebrities to stars whose fame exists within specific regions.

The forthcoming issue of IJCLTS will seek to decode the politics of stardom in post-1990s India. The informing assumption is that there is no single culture of celebrity and the issue will endeavor to highlight the co-existence of multiple domains of celebrity culture in India. We invite scholars all over the world to submit critical essays that are analytic and that are informed by the extant work on celebrity studies. The areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Ø  Theorizing the Indian celebrity

Ø  The global circulation of Indian celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, A.R. Rahman etc.

Ø  The apparatuses of the Celebrity Industry in India: The media (magazines, websites, TV shows), the events (Film launches), product tie-ins etc.

Ø  The conventional domains of stardom: Authors, Filmstars, Sports Stars etc.

Ø  Crime and Celebrity: Criminals and victims, especially the fame (or notoriety) accrued in conjunction with rape cases.

Ø  The public intellectual/activist as celebrity.

Ø  Fandom: Study of Fan identities across various domains of celebrities, including the study of Fan Clubs (online as well as ‘real life’)

The pertinent master categories of India studies – class, caste, gender and region – could inform the prospective contributions. In keeping with the overall scope of the journal, we would especially welcome comparatist approaches to celebrity studies and would welcome works that focus on regional language representations and analysis of celebrities whose fame circulates within certain regions.

We invite original, unpublished and innovative work from across the disciplines and across the world. The extent of the essays should be between 3000-5000 words. We also welcome shorter but rigorously analytic pieces (500-1500 words) whose scope is less extensive than that of an essay but which raises a pertinent point regarding celebrity culture. Besides the articles on above said topics we inviteTRANSLATIONS, INTERVIEWS, and BOOK REVIEWS etc. on any area. All submissions should adhere to the MLA 7th edition style sheet, failing which they would be rejected without any notice the quality of the work notwithstanding. Paper can be sent to by 31st May 2014. No paper will be accepted after the dead line. For further enquiries please feel free to contact the issue editor ( or the editors. For more details you can visit our site mentioned below:

CFP: POPCAANZ 5th Annual Conference, 18-20 June 2014, Tasmania, Australia

April 4, 2014

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand(Popcaanz)

5th  Annual International  Conference

June 18 – June 20,2014

The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart,   Tasmania, Australia


Deadline for abstracts extended to May 15, 2014

The Popular Culture Associationof Australia and NewZealand(Popcaanz) is devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies.

We invite academics, professionals, cultural practitioners and those with a scholarly interest in popular culture, to send a 150 word abstract and 100 word bio to the area chairs listed below.