CFP: SCMS 2016: Girl Fandoms: Labor, Identity, and Cultural Appropriation


Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2016 Conference
Atlanta, GA, March 20—April 3, 2016

 This panel seeks to explore the cultural production of girl fans across media, history, and global geographies, while shedding new light on the ways young female fan labor has contributed to economically profitable media industries.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

The cultural significance of young female audiences’ affective labor 

Fan labor and gift economies 

Teen magazines and girls’ contributions

Girls’ movie clubs and other fan organizations

Girl fandoms and the negotiation of alternative identities

Girl fans and queerness

Girl fandoms and feminisms: Riot Grrrls, Tavi Gevinson, Rookie webzine

The antecedents of girls’ DIY culture: the archive of girl fandoms

Fandom and manual work: mix tapes, zines, bedroom wall art, collages, handmade toys

Digital culture: gaming, youtube tutorials, blog posts, image-centered applications (Pinterest, Instagram), fan-made tribute websites, fan fiction

Researching the ways girls worship media idols across the globe: The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Shirley Temple, One Direction, Justin Bieber, KPop, the Twilight series, and much more.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Dr. Diana Anselmo-Sequeira at by June 15, 2015. Decisions will be communicated by June 25.


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