We are a network for fan studies scholars around the world! This is a place where calls for papers can be shared, conference/symposium news distributed and connections with other fan studies academics can be forged.

The network was founded and is co-chaired by:

Lucy Bennett graduated with a PhD in online fandom at JOMEC, Cardiff University, where she is a lecturer in media audiences. Her research examines audiences and their use of the internet, with particular focuses on fandom, music and social media. Her work appears in the journals New Media & Society, Transformative Works and Cultures, Participations, Celebrity Studies, Cinema Journal, Social Semiotics, and Continuum, and she is guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of New Media & Society on crowd funding, as well as a book anthology on the same subject for Peter Lang. You can email her at bennettlucyk@gmail.com

tphillipsTom Phillips is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia. His thesis is a case study of Kevin Smith fandom, examining the discourses of the fan culture and how further on- and offline interaction both informs and is informed by those discourses. He is the Editor of Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN, and has had work published in Flow and Participations. You can email him at t.phillips@uea.ac.uk

The network board members are:


Bertha Chin graduated with a PhD from JOMEC, Cardiff University. Her thesis explored the notion of community boundaries and the construction of fan celebrities in cult and scifi television fandom, particularly The X-Files, Angel and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. She is currently lecturing at London Metropolitan University. Her research interests also include fan labour, crowdfunding, anti-fandom and transcultural fandom of East Asian popular culture. Her works appear in Social Semiotics, Intensities: The Journal of Cult Film and Television, Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television, with forthcoming publications in Participations, Transformative Works and Cultures, and M/C Journal. She is also a contributor to the On/Off Screen blog. You can email her at bertha.chin@gmail.com.

Bethan Jones received her BA from Bath Spa University and her MA in from Cardiff University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Cardiff, researching gender and The X Files fanfiction. She has presented papers on gender in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight Saga, and erotic adaptations of The X Files, and has been published in the Journal of Creative Writing and Transformative Works and Cultures. Her research interests include participatory culture, gender, fandom, cult TV and the appropriation and adaptation of texts. You can email her at bethanvjones@hotmail.com

Richard McCulloch is a PhD researcher and Associate Tutor in the School of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia. His thesis looks at the critical reception of Pixar Animation Studios, focusing in particular on notions of branding, taste and discursive constructions of its audience(s). He has also conducted research into British fans of the “so bad it’s good” cult film The Room, the results of which were published in the audience and reception studies journal Participations. You can email him at r.mcculloch@uea.ac.uk

Rebecca Williams is Lecturer in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Glamorgan. She teaches on modules on Digital Media & Society and Media Audiences & Fandom. She has published work on fandom in journals such as Continuum, Popular Communication and Participations and on TV audiences more broadly in Television & New Media and Media History. She has written about fans of the Twilight franchise for the edited collection Bitten by Twilight (Peter Lang, 2010) and for a forthcoming piece in Popular Music & Society. Her current research interests include fan responses to the end of fan objects, the uses of social media in fan community and identity, and audience and fan responses to local celebrities. You can email her at rwillia3@glam.ac.uk

4 Responses to “WHO WE ARE”

  1. Aunty Ann Says:

    Hi Lucy …….. its Aunty Ann …… your fathers just been up … and was telling me all about the work that you do and what your involved in ….. Were Very proud of You ….. and of your achievements ….. Youve worked extremly hard for your Status ….. and its well Deserved for you ……. we havnt seen you since Grandma went …. but now il be able to keep tabs on you …… Congratulations and Well Done …… Love You ……. Aunty Ann … xxxxxxxx

  2. cin Says:

    awesome 🙂 i’m about to start a master degree in mexico and I wanted to write a thesis about fanart and the remix culture on tumblr . I think I’ll visit this site a lot for future refrences. keep the good work!

  3. Chin-Ting Lee Says:

    Funnily enough, the thesis I just finished recently as part of my Masters is along the lines of Rebecca Williams’ work. I was looking at how Potterheads used Facebook to remember the series given that Harry Potter has finished in 2011 (if you don’t include the upcoming spin-off movie that is). I think I even referenced one of her articles if my memory serves me well.

    I stumbled on this site while looking for prospects of publishing my thesis. It’s been quite helpful, keep up the good work! 😀

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