Archive for May, 2019

Audience Lost: Minority Women and Spectatorship: 22-23 November 2019, Ghent, Belgium

May 22, 2019
22-23 November 2019, Ghent, Belgium
Keynote speakers: 
Prof. Judith Thissen (Utrecht University)
Prof. Allyson Nadia Field (University of Chicago)
In 2002, Annette Kuhn reflected, in Dreaming of Fred and Ginger: Cinema and Cultural Memory, that in regards to 1930s British cinemagoers, “we hardly know these people at all” (2002, 3); Jackie Stacey (1994, 49) focusing on British female movie fans of the 1940s and 1950s, made a similar observation in 1994, when she noted that “there is a history of female cinematic spectatorship which has yet to be written.” In their respective works, both scholars used sources such as magazines, questionnaires and interviews to begin to write exactly that history.
This conference wishes to build upon this observation that “we hardly know these people at all” by expanding its meaning in terms of the people involved, both in terms of time and in terms of demographics. We therefore invite papers focusing on marginalised female audiences in the broadest sense, and interpret this in two distinct ways. Firstly, we seek to hear from scholars focusing on rediscovering or uncovering particular audiences, marginalised vis-à-vis the texts they consumed through racial, ethnic or religious identity, through geographic or linguistic distance, through sexual orientation or gender identity, through disability status, through social class, etc. This includes a demographic analysis of such audiences, an examination of their specific and varied fan practices and attitudes, the intersectional identities of certain audience members, etc.
It also includes, however, broader contemplations on the very notion of the “marginalised” audience.
Firstly: if we are indeed all, as Henry Forman wrote in 1933, “movie-made”, what, then, does it mean to be “made” by movies or media texts specifically aimed at demographic groups with a privilege inaccessible to many other audience members? Secondly, we are keen to acknowledge and discuss the methodological challenges involved in studying such audiences, and the ways in which difficulties in terms of scholarly research may essentially serve to marginalise the group in question further. Thirdly, we wish to invite auto-ethnographic reflections from scholars working on such research topics, while also members of one or more marginalised groups themselves.
While the organisers’ own research is rooted within a film-historical context, and indeed we are very interested in hearing from those engaged in rediscovering lost historical audiences, we also invite submissions from those working on contemporary LGBTQ+, disabled, or racial/ethnic/religious minority women spectators. We particularly hope to reach out to scholars working within the multidisciplinary field of fan studies, where much fascinating work has been done, in recent years, on examining the practices of such audiences, as well as their relationship to traditional conceptions of fandom (such scholars include Kristen J. Warner, Rukmini Pande, Julie Levin Russo, Eve Ng, and others). While film and television history and fan studies have largely operated in distinct and separate spheres from one another, we believe the disciplines can come together in fruitful and methodologically interesting ways in order to allow us a more complete picture of these often invisible fans.
Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:
•       Historical perspectives on cinemagoing in ethnic communities
•       Immigrant spectatorship
•       The consumption of Hollywood movies by minority women
•       LGBTQ+ fandoms
•       Methodologies to access historically lost audiences
•       Film archives and the marginalised audience
•       Black women as movie fans
•       Disability and spectatorship
•       Studies of film reception amongst specific religious groups
•       Women-only film screenings and film clubs
•       Characteristics of marginalised spectatorship
•       The methodological challenges in examining female audiences
•       Theorising lesbian spectatorship
•       Working class women and the movies
•       Women and film criticism
•       Gender and race-specific viewing pleasures
•       National minorities and cinema culture
•       Girlhood and fandom
•       Geographically specific viewing practices
We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers, as well as panel proposals for pre-constituted panels (consisting of three papers). Conference attendance will be free of charge.
Send your proposal and a short bio to Lies Lanckman and Agata Frymus at by 30 June 2019. The conference website can be found at

Registration Open! Fan Studies Network Conference 2019, 28th & 29th June, School of Film, Media and Communication, University of Portsmouth, UK

May 19, 2019

Registration Open!

Fan Studies Network Conference 2019

28th& 29thJune 2019

School of Film, Media and Communication, University of Portsmouth, UK

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Lori Morimoto, Independent Researcher, USA

This year’s conference is on the UK’s south coast and in the historic naval city of Portsmouth, hosted by the School of Film, Media and Communication at the University of Portsmouth. Offering a diverse two-day programme our conference will sit alongside historic sites such as the Dockyards, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose while also attracting presenters to explore our cult fan trail which includes comic book, collectibles and record stores, video and board game lounges, and museum exhibits. Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes can see a permanent collection of artefacts and fans of Charles Dickens can visit his birthplace. The conference will continue FSN’s long-standing tradition of offering an enthusiastic space for interdisciplinary researchers at all career stages to connect, share resources, and further develop their research ideas. In addition to panel presentations, the two days will feature a variety of social events, workshop discussions, a keynote, and our famous speed-geeking sessions.

FSN is honoured to have Lori Morimoto as keynote speaker for 2019. Loriis an independent researcher who has published widely on transcultural and transnational media fandoms in a range of seminal collections and leading journals, including: Fandom: Communities and Identities in a Mediated World, Second EditionThe Routledge Companion to Media Fandom, and A Companion to Media Fandom andFan Studies;Participations, Transformative Works and CulturesEast Asian Journal of Popular Culture and Mechademia: Second Arc. We are very excited to have Lori in to Portsmouth as keynote for FSN2019.

Also, as previously publicised, in addition to our keynote speaker we will be having a keynote roundtable discussion on race in fandom. We hope this roundtable will offer the space for all to contribute to the ongoing debate about the invisibility of race in fan studies and the state of the field as the discipline continues to develop and grow.

Conference Details


Please use the following link to the online store to register for the conference, choose university accommodation if required, and book the Conference Dinner if you wish to attend:

University of Portsmouth Online Store

Registration includes attendance and refreshments for both days of the conference, conference pack and printed programme. Special dietary requirements should be indicated when booking.

Waged £110

Postgraduate £80


Conference B&B accommodation in university dormitories is available through the online store:

Room in Chaucer, single en-suite B&B £66 for the 27thand 28th, £60 without breakfast for the 29th

Room in Bateson – standard B&B £42 for the 27thand 28th, £36 without breakfast for the 29th

However, if you wish to make your own arrangements Portsmouth has a wide range of hotels and B&Bs to choose from. There is a Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, 2 Premier Inns, and an Ibis in and around the city centre within short walking distance of the university. Nearby Southsea also offers a wide range of independent hotels and B&Bs.

Premier Inn Portsmouth

Premier Inn Southsea

Holiday Inn Portsmouth

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)

Ibis Portsmouth



Portsmouth is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are travelling in the UK via London there is a regular direct fast train service to the city from London Waterloo Station. The closest station to the university campus and conference venue is Portsmouth & Southsea Station. The main rail operator to Portsmouth is South Western Railway: South Western Railway

There are also daily National Express coach services from London Victoria Coach Station that arrive at Portsmouth’s main transport interchange, Portsmouth Harbour Station at The Hard: National Express

If you are travelling to the UK by air Portsmouth is connected by coach and rail to three major airports: from London Heathrow via the Woking National Express rail/bus service; from London Gatwick via Southern Railway; from Southampton via South Western Railway:

Woking/Heathrow National Express

Southern Railway


Pre-conference Social

On Thursday 27ththere will be the opportunity to register early at the Eldon Building followed by a social event giving people the chance to meet up at a local venue (TBA), with drinks and food available to purchase on the night. More details to follow shortly.

Conference Programme

The conference programme runs from 28thto 29thJune. The conference begins on Friday 28th with registration starting from 9am in the Eldon Building, followed by our keynote. The first day concludes with Speed-Geeking presentations and the pre-booked evening dinner (including quiz) at the King Street Tavern. Saturday 29th is the final day of conference panels, including our conference roundtable discussion. The conference will close at approximately 5pm, allowing delegates to either return home or arrange further social activities. A full draft of the conference programme will be available shortly.

Pre-booked Conference Dinner (28thJune)

Housed in an 18th century pub in the heart of Southsea, our conference meal at The King Street Tavernwill be an authentic buffet style Smoked BBQ with meats and vegetarian options. Tickets must be purchased through the online store. Special dietary requirements should be indicated when booking. The price of £14pp includes a welcome drink of sparkling wine with a wide range of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks and spirits available to purchase.


The university maps and directions guide can help you navigate the campus and locate the conference venue at Eldon Building. It also has further information about transportation:

Campus Map


General enquiries regarding FSN can be sent to:

Specific enquires about the conference, location, programme or any other details can be sent to:

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2019, follow us @FanStudies or visit

Dr Lincoln Geraghty
Reader in Popular Media Cultures
School of Film, Media and Communication
University of Portsmouth
Eldon Building North
Winston Churchill Avenue
Tel: +44 (0) 239 284 5754


Fan Studies Network Australasia Conference: Call for Papers, Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne, Australia December 11th – 13th, 2019

May 7, 2019

Fan Studies Network Australasia Conference: Call for Papers

Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne, Australia December 11th – 13th, 2019

For the 2019 FSN Australasia Conference, we turn to a focus on the impact of technological, cultural, and media change on shifting fan practices, and vice versa: the impact of fan practices on technological, cultural, and media change. The Conference aims to showcase diverse approaches to a wide range of fan communities and practices across four core areas: screen and digital cultures (such as film, television, videogames, online and other digital media); public leisure cultures (such as sport, theme parks, festivals and conventions, popular culture stores, and concerts); audio cultures (such as podcasts, radio, and music); and material cultures (such as comic books, toys, books, and board games).

In focusing on technological and industrial change, the conference aims to address pressing questions relevant to a wide range of disciplines, such as: how does the dominance of streaming services in the contemporary entertainment media landscape influence the formation of fandoms and fan practices? What role do digital platforms – from social media to taste curation websites like LetterBoxd – play in the mainstreaming of fandom? Do hacker and maker cultures, such as those that surround videogames, necessitate new theorisations of fan cultures? How do interactions in public spaces between fandoms from different cultural spheres affect or reshape fan practices and identities (for instance, in the case of Melbourne’s “Marvel Stadium” sporting arena, which connects sporting and comic book/superhero fan cultures)?

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words (with 150 word bio) to be submitted by 15th July 2019 for presentations that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels of three to four presenters. We encourage new members in all stages of their career to the network, and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Screen and Digital Cultures
Topics may include:

  • Online and digital vernacular creativity
  • Streaming services
  • Curatorial culture
  • Vernacular criticism
  • Fan practices around and using specific media technologies
  • Hacker, homebrew, and maker cultures
  • Digital heritage

Public Leisure Cultures
Topics may include:

  • Sporting team fandoms and fan practices
  • Festivals and conventions
  • The role of restaurants/cafes in fan cultures
  • The public mainstreaming of fan or geek cultures
  • Theme park fandoms and fan practices
  • Film music and other fan-oriented concerts
  • Comic book/popular culture stores and groups
  • The GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums)

Audio Cultures
Topics may include:

  • Podcast fandom and fan podcasts
  • Music fan practices and fandoms
  • Music streaming and curatorial culture
  • Radio fandom and fan practices

Material Cultures
Topics may include:

  • Comic book fandoms and fan practices
  • Archival and other materially-based fan practices
  • Toys for fans
  • Collecting and collections
  • Book fandoms and fan practices
  • Board game fandoms and fan practices
  • Fandom and clothing

Across all of these areas, papers are welcome that approach issues such as audience research and fan studies methodologies; accessibility of fan cultures and fan studies; anti-fandom and toxic practices; fan labour; transcultural and transnational fandom; fan/industry relationships (subversions, interactions, appropriations); inter-generational fandoms and fan practices; the ethics of studying participatory culture and fandom; transgressive fan practices and fandoms (ie alt-right and serial killer fan cultures); shipping, slash fiction, and other queer fan practices; and the intersections between media/industry change and shifting fan practices.

The conference will feature a number of innovative keynote speakers who have driven fan studies in new directions across a range of different disciplines. These include the following keynote speakers, with further speakers and industry events to be announced:

Dr Bertha Chin
Lecturer of Social Media and Communication Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia
Editor: Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society (with Lucy Bennett & Bethan Jones, 2015) Editor: Crowdfunding Issue of New Media and Society (with Bennett and Jones, 2015)
Editor: Transcultural Issue of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (with Lori Morimoto, 2015).

Dr Benjamin Woo
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Author: Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture (2018)
Author: The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (with Bart Beaty, 2016) Editor: Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scenes Perspective (with Stuart Poyntz and Jamie Rennie, 2016).

Professor Melanie Swalwell
Professor of Digital Media Heritage
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Editor: Fans and Videogames: Histories, Fandoms, Archives (with Angela Ndalianis and Helen Stuckey, 2017)
Editor: Born Digital Cultural Heritage Issue of Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media (with Angela Ndalianis, 2016)
Lead Investigator of the digital heritage project “Play it Again: Creating a Playable History of Australasian Digital Games” in collaboration with the Australian Centre of the Moving Image.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a 150 word bio by the 15th of July as a word doc attachment to the conference organising committee: Use the Subject Line: “Abstract Submission FSNA2019” and the following the file name convention: Surname_ProposalTitle

Conference Steering Committee:
Dr Jessica Balanzategui (
Dr Liam Burke
Dr Naja Later
Tara Lomax
Andy Lynch
Professor Angela Ndalianis