Archive for August, 2016

CFP: ​POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION FAN CULTURE AND THEORY

August 31, 2016

​POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION

FAN CULTURE AND THEORY

APRIL 12-15 2017, SAN DIEGO

CALL FOR PAPERS

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2016
Proposals for both panels and individual papers are now being accepted for all aspects of Fan Culture and Theory, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

•Fan Fiction

•Fan/Creator interaction

•Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fandom

•Music Fandom

•Reality Television Fandom

•The Internet and Fandom – Live Journal, IMDB and beyond

•Fan Communities

•Fan Media Production – icons, fanvids,  fan art and filk.

•Fans as Critics

•Fan videos

•Fan crafts

•Fan pilgrimages
For more information on the conference go here:

https://conference.pcaaca.org/
To submit a proposal go here:

https://conference.pcaaca.org/node/add/presentation
Please send  queries  to:

Katherine Larsen

The George Washington University

Ames Hall 223

2100 Foxhall Road NW

Washington D.C. 20007

(202) 242 5090

klarsen@gwu.edu

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Call for Presentations: Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2017

August 17, 2016

Call for Presentations:

Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016

Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference held in tandem with StokerCon 2017
Conference Dates: April 27 – 30, 2017
Conference Hotel: The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Conference Website: http://www.StokerCon2017.org

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference co-chairs invite all interested scholars and academics to submit presentation abstracts related to horror studies for consideration to be presented at the Second Annual StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017 held on the historic The Queen Mary, moored at Long Beach, California (see: http://www.queenmary.com ).

Horror continues to be a dominating genre within the wider pop-culture arena, and continued academic analysis of horror remains critical. Hence, we are looking for presentations that will discuss completed or works-in-progress that expand the scholarship on various facets of horror that proliferates in:

• Art
• Cinema
• Comics
• Literature
• Music
• Television
• Video Games
• Etc.

We invite papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter and can apply a variety of lenses and frameworks, such as, but not limited to:

• Auteur theory
• Close textual analysis
• Comparative analysis
• Cultural and ethnic
• Fandom and fan studies
• Film studies
• Folklore
• Gender/LGBT studies
• Historic analysis
• Interpretations
• Linguistic
• Literature studies
• Media and communications
• Media Sociology
• Modernity/Postmodernity
• Mythological
• Psychological
• Racial studies
• Semiotics
• Theoretical (Adorno, Barthes, Baudrillard, Dyer, Gerbner, etc.)
• Transmedia

Conference Details

• Please send a 250 – 300 word abstract on your intended topic, a preliminary bibliography and your CV to AnnRadCon@gmail.com by December 31, 2016. Responses will be sent out during January, 2017.
• Presentation time consideration: 15 minute maximum to allow for a Question and Answer period. Limit of one presentation at the conference.
• There are no honorariums for presenters; this is an academic conference. There is, however, a StokerCon2017 award opportunity; see http://horrorscholarships.com/the-scholarship-from-hell/

Organizing Co-Chairs

Michele Brittany & Nicholas Diak
Email: AnnRadCon@gmail.com

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is part of the Horror Writers Association’s Outreach Program. Membership to the Horror Writers Association is not required to submit or present, however registration to StokerCon 2017 is required to present. StokerCon registration can be obtained by going to http://www.stokercon2017.org. If interested in applying to the Horror Writer’s Association as an academic member, please see http://horror.org/joining-the-hwa/ .

StokerCon is the annual convention hosted by the Horror Writers Association wherein the Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror writing are awarded.

Call for papers: “Strong Independent Shipper Who Don’t Need No Canon:” When Fans Reject Canon, 2017 PCA/ACA Annual National Conference, San Diego, USA, 12-15 April 2017

August 5, 2016

“Strong Independent Shipper Who Don’t Need No Canon:” When Fans Reject Canon

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2017
San Diego, Wednesday, April 12th—Saturday, April 15th

Although not a new phenomenon in television fandom, the past several years have seen a number of fandoms, particularly slash fandoms, separate themselves from or fully reject their canons – with some fans even calling for shows to be cancelled, i.e., Sterek from Teen Wolf and Clexa from The 100. This trend is at once surprising (doesn’t the nature of fandom mean that fans support their chosen canons?) and predictable, given the transformations and expansions of fandom in the 21st century with the advent of social media and Archive of Our Own. This proposed panel for the PCA/ACA National Conference explores this phenomenon across fandoms, investigating the motivations and effects of fandoms that reject their canon shows.

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

In-depth examinations of a specific television fandom that has rejected its canon
How the ever-changing dynamics between fans and producers contributes to this trend and the effects of this for specific fandoms, the canon, and/or transformative fan production
Analyses of fanfiction/fanart that revises and/or “fixes” the canon (“fix-it” fics)
How this trend plays out when the ship is canonical versus non-canonical
Explorations of fandom discourses (Tumblr, Twitter, etc.) that negotiate the rejection of the canon
Fan campaigns for cancellation of shows
How queerphobia towards slash ships plays into this trend, and what this suggests about contemporary media and slash fans, particularly in relation to commonly-accepted Fan Studies theories

Proposals from any theoretical perspective are welcome, as well as proposals that take a more personal, “creative” approach to the topic.

Please email a 250-300 word abstract to panel chair Taylor Boulware at taylorjb@uw.edu by September 15th, 2016, along with a brief bio (approx. 100 words) that includes your institutional affiliation.

Questions about the panel or PCA/ACA can also be sent to taylorjb@uw.edu.

Call for Contributions: A Tumblr Book

August 5, 2016

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: A Tumblr Book

co-editors: Allison McCracken, American Studies, DePaul University; Louisa Stein, Department of Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College; Alexander Cho, University of California Humanities Research Institute

We’re putting together a book to identify ways in which Tumblr has had an important social and industrial impact, both as a digital platform and a cultural forum.­ This volume will be multi-vocal and accessible to a broad audience, representing a variety of Tumblr users and commentators, including scholars, public intellectuals, activists, and fans. We are particularly compelled by Tumblr’s status as a social media platform known for fostering spaces for socially marginalized users, including youth, people of color, queer people, the disabled, and the poor.

This publication will be in English, but we are committed to exploring non-Western perspectives and others beyond the US/UK. We are soliciting contributions that focus on various aspects of the platform, including any combination of:

Tumblr’s affordances and limitations as an interface/platform and as a cultural space
Aesthetic and linguistic traditions on Tumblr, including hashtags, gifs, images, and notes
History and development, including the Yahoo acquisition
Industry presence, marketing practices and goals
Creative production and/or critical analysis
Intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability
Community development and support
Politics and activism (including the “social justice warrior” discourse)
Identity formation and affirmation
Education and mentoring networks
Transnational/transcultural studies
Tumblr within the transmedia landscape
Fan cultures and activities
The centrality of sexually explicit content (“nsfw”), pornography, and pleasure
Teaching, therapy and other professional uses (such as “social media director”)
Ethical concerns
Contribution Guidelines:

We welcome proposals that address any of the aforementioned topics of analysis, and we are looking for work in a range of formats, including traditional academic essays, shorter think pieces, personal testimonies, interviews, video essays, art, GIF essays, and group discussions. This book will combine hard copy and digital components in order to incorporate multimedia contributions. For example, we are interested in community histories and activities (written by individuals or groups), critical discourses and discussion (including specific examples of such), and creative production we can reference in the book and publish digitally (such as fan art). We will use both illustrations and written excerpts with artist and author permission. It is very important to us to feature a variety of voices; please feel free to contact us for help in developing a proposal, especially if you are not familiar with the publication process but have an idea of something you’d like to contribute.

Written work should generally fall between 2,000 and 7,000 words. Inclusion in the book will be based on abstracts of between 300-500 words and, for full consideration, they should be received by September 30, 2016. Contributors can use their tumblr or public names or remain anonymous. Please send this abstract and any questions or concerns you have to atumblrbook@gmail.com. Visit http://a-tmblr-book.tumblr.com for more information.