We are delighted with the many wonderful abstracts we have received, and thank all prospective authors for their proposals.
To complete the various themes of the book we are now specifically requesting abstracts exploring the following themes:
Downloading and Streaming in Australia (the impact of Netflix on Australian viewing; immediate access to series such as Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead; avoiding spoilers etc.)
Australian fandom and the Asia Pacific (Anime, KPop, JPop, Bollywood etc.)
Investigating fandom of Australian film and Television productions (Kath and Kim, Underbelly, Offspring, Summer Heights High etc.)
The extended deadline for submissions is September 17 2016.
Please see the original CFP (below) for submission instructions.
CALL FOR CHAPTERS
Online, offline and transcultural spaces in Australian Fandom
Australian fans have access to a wide array of popular culture content from around the world, developing relationships with these products that are as rich as fans from other parts of the globe. Until recently access to media products is limited by temporal and spatial distance from countries of origin. Yet, at the same time practices from diaspora communities to preserve cultural identity introduces a multitude of global media content to a wider Australian audience. Australian fans thus engage with a mixture of ‘conventional’ and ‘niche’ media products that places them both within the margins and in the mainstream. While there may be parallels between Australia and other nations with multicultural communities, the geographical location, history and cultural mix of Australian society give rise to unique contexts shaping the consumption and practices of Australian fans.
We thus ask the question: What makes the Australian fan experience unique? What influence does geo-political location have on the consumption and appropriation of popular culture in the Australian context? What impact does Australian multicultural society have on exposure and access to popular culture? What drives Australian fan interaction with global popular culture, and how does this interaction intersect with narratives of ‘Australian-ness’ in local and globalised contexts?
This book seeks to explore the specific and unique experience of being fans living and Australia.
We seek authors to contribute critical chapters for an edited volume to be submitted to University of Iowa Press. Topics include but are not limited to:
Offline fandom (including convention attendance, fan-celebrity interaction etc)
Fan perceptions of celebrity brands/identities/public persona
Subcultures of fandom
Transcultural fan practices (e.g. fan Subbers)
World cinema fandom
Cult cinema fandom
Comic book fandom
Distribution practices including Fast tracked television, Streaming services and Netflix
Fandom and national identity
Please email 300 word abstracts and your CV to both Celia Lam and Jackie Raphael by September 17 2016. Proposals should be for original chapters that have not been previously published (including conference proceedings), and are not under consideration from other journals or edited collections.
Dr. Celia Lam is Lecturer in Media and Communications, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney (email@example.com)
Dr. Jackie Raphael is Lecturer in Design, School of Design and Art, Curtin University (J.Raphael@curtin.edu.au)