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The Fan Studies Network -our second anniversary!

March 3, 2014

Dear all,

We’re delighted to announce that today is the second anniversary of the Fan Studies Network. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us thus far, and to everyone who has joined.

We have some great things in store for 2014 and hope that this year will be an even more exciting one for the network!

Fan Studies Network 2013 Symposium programme

October 28, 2013

Dear all,

We are delighted to announce the programme for the very first Fan Studies Network symposium, hosted by the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Saturday 30th November 2013.

You can find the programme here:

The event will begin with a keynote from Professor Matt Hills (Aberystwyth University).

Featuring an international cohort of over 30 speakers, there will be themed panels on spaces and performance, transculture, gender, “classic” fandoms, textualities, and celebrity. There will also be a participatory “speed geeking” session, featuring a number of scholars sharing research in its early stages.

Registration is open until Monday November 18th 2013. Cost: £16.75/£37.75 Unwaged/Waged. You can register on the symposium website: and talk about the event on Twitter using #FSN2013.

All are welcome!

Fan Studies Network 2013 Symposium – registration now open

August 23, 2013

The deadline for submissions to the Fan Studies Network Symposium is fast approaching. We invite abstracts by *FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST* for both individual 20 minute papers and expressions of interest for those wishing to participate in ‘speed geeking’ sessions. Proposals may address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. More information is available here:

Registration for the event is also now open via our Eventbrite site:

We are pleased to offer the low prices of £16.75 for students/unwaged and £37.75 for waged delegates.

For enquires/abstracts please contact

CFP: Fan Studies Network 2013 Symposium, 30 November, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

July 15, 2013

We are delighted to announce the very first Fan Studies Network symposium.

It will take place on Saturday 30th November 2013 at the School of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Matt Hills.

Please see the event page for full details:

Fan Studies Network Special Section of Participations now out!

June 6, 2013

We are very happy to announce that the Fan Studies Network special issue of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies has now been published!

All content in this special section was written by members of the network and it was co-edited by Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips. It features the following full length articles:

Bennett, Lucy & Tom Phillips:
‘An introduction: The Fan Studies Network – new connections, new research’

Booth, Paul & Peter Kelly:
‘The changing faces of Doctor Who fandom: New fans, new technologies, old practices?’

Busse, Kristina:
‘Geek hierarchies, boundary policing, and the gendering of the good fan’

Chin, Bertha & Lori Hitchcock Morimoto:
‘Towards a theory of transcultural fandom’

Ellison, Hannah:
‘Submissives, Nekos and Futanaris: a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the Glee Kink Meme’

Hills, Matt:
‘Fiske’s ‘textual productivity’ and digital fandom: Web 2.0 democratization versus fan distinction?’

Lamerichs, Nicolle:
‘The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe’

Pett, Emma:
‘”Hey! Hey! I’ve seen this one, I’ve seen this one. It’s a classic!”: Nostalgia, repeat viewing and cult performance in Back to the Future’

Proctor, William:
‘”Holy crap, more Star Wars! More Star Wars? What if they’re crap?”: Disney, Lucasfilm and Star Wars online fandom in the 21st century’

Sandvoss, Cornel:
‘Toward an understanding of political enthusiasm as media fandom: Blogging, fan productivity and affect in American politics’

Whiteman, Natasha, Joanne Metivier:
‘From post-object to “Zombie” fandoms: The “deaths” of online fan communities and what they say about us’

Forum section:

Bury, Rhiannon, Ruth Deller, Adam Greenwood & Bethan Jones:
‘From Usenet to Tumblr: The changing role of social media’

McCulloch, Richard, Virginia Crisp, Jon Hickman & Stephanie Jones:
‘Of proprietors and poachers: Fandom as negotiated brand ownership’

Freund, Kathrina & Dianna Fielding:
‘Research ethics in fan studies’

Jones, Bethan & Lucy Bennett:
‘Blurring boundaries, crossing divides: An interview with Will Brooker’

Delmar, Javier Lozano & Victor Hernández-Santaolalla & Marina Ramos:
‘Fandom generated content: An approach to the concept of ‘fanadvertising”

Sturm, Damion & Andrew McKinney:
‘Affective hyper-consumption and immaterial labors of love: Theorizing sport fandom in the age of new media’

We hope you will find this issue interesting and enjoyable and we look forward to the next Fan Studies network project!

Dr Who 50th Anniversary Celebration, 4 May 2013, De Paul University

April 5, 2013

The BBC television series Doctor Who has reached an historic milestone: 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of this vibrant and culturally relevant avant-garde science fiction series. In honor of this anniversary, and as a way of exploring the longevity of the series, the College of Communication and the Media and Cinema Studies program are hosting a day-long colloquium of scholars who will discuss in a public forum the critical, moral and ethical dilemmas depicted by the show.

“A Celebration of Doctor Who” is intended to spark debate and discussion about changing morals and ethics over the half century of the show’s presence on television, in print, on the radio and in films. Some topics that we will explore include: how does Doctor Who celebrate the minority? In what ways does Doctor Who articulate a notion of a utopian society? How does this mainstream text represent marginalized members of society (including people of different races, sexualities, the disabled, the impoverished, and other minorities in society)? In what ways does the Doctor Who fan audience counter the discourse of the marginalized in our culture?

A series of scholarly roundtables will bring together academics from the area to discuss the cultural context of Doctor Who. These roundtables will offer the audience of students and scholars the chance to engage in a deeply intellectual environment with the themes of the show over its fifty-year history. We hope to encourage papers which explore issues such as: race and representation in Doctor Who; the use of religion in the show; disability as depicted in the show and in the fandom; gender and sexuality in the show; the role of academia in developing understanding of the meaning of the show; the marginalization of people and activities; analysis of how production details affect a show’s meaning; the underlying ideology of global television. Additionally, because Doctor Who is a British television program, it brings with it a wealth of international pluralism. This colloquium is intended to spark debate about the nature of contemporary television across borders, times and eras.

Guest of Honor:
Writer Robert Shearman will be our keynote speaker. He will screen his Hugo-nominated Doctor Who episode “Dalek,” after which he’ll participate in an hour-long Q&A. (

Announced Participants (with more TBA):

Carole Barrowman
Carole Emily Barrowman is professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a reviewer and crime fiction columnist for the Milwaukee Sentinel. She is also known for her writing contributions with younger brother (and Doctor Who star) John Barrowman. She is the author or co-author of Anything Goes, I Am What I Am, Hollow Earth, Exodus Code, and Bone Quill. (

Derek Kompare
Derek Kompare is an Associate Professor in the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). His research interests focus on media formations, i.e., how particular media forms and institutions coalesce and develop. He has written articles on television history and form for several anthologies and journals, and is the author of Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television, and a study of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. At SMU, Derek teaches courses on media aesthetics, media theory, media history, media globalization, comics, video games, crime television and science fiction.

Scott Paeth
Scott Paeth is an Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, Peace, Justice, and Conflict series at DePaul University. He studies Business ethics, bioethics, ethics of war and peace. (

Lars Pearson
Lars Pearson is the owner of Mad Norwegian Press, publishers of science fiction and sci-fi analysis books. He has co-written A History, a History of the Universe as Told Through Doctor Who. (

Lynne Thomas
Lynne Thomas is the co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords, a collection of essays about Doctor Who and the women who love it. She is the curator of Rare Books and Special Collections for Northern Illinois University Libraries. She has won two Hugo Awards. (

Paul Booth
Paul Booth is an assistant professor of Digital Communication and Media Arts in the College of Communication. He is the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs. He has also published articles in Communication Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Television and New Media, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media and Culture, and in the books Transgression 2.0, American Remakes of British Television, and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. His newest book, Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, was published in May, 2012. Paul is currently editing a book collection about Doctor Who fandom and has been a Doctor Who fan since he can remember.

For more information on the day-long Doctor Who symposium, please visit the event page, and be sure to note that you’ll be attending.

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SCMS Fan Studies Scholarly Interest Group

March 10, 2013

Fan studies scholar Casey McCormick has set up a Facebook and a Google group for those interested in creating a Fan Studies Scholarly Interest Group within SCMS (Society for Media and Cinema Studies).

You can join the Facebook group here:

and the Google Group here:!forum/scms-fan-studies-sig

and find more info about SCMS here:

or you can tweet Casey for more info at @virtualcasey

Smart is a Super Power: My So Called Secret Identity Web Comic Launches Today

February 18, 2013

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Will Brooker, who has written extensively about  modern pop culture and fandom, launches a new web comic at midnight on 17th February, featuring a female superhero, Catherine Abigail Daniels, who is very different to female depictions and stereotypes we have seen before in comics. Not only is she a PhD student, but intelligence is her super power. Will Brooker has written the series, and designed and produced it with an almost entirely female creative team. We really recommend you go and take a look at this vibrant and exciting first issue!

Their website, where you can read the comic and see behind the scenes sketches is:

They also have a Facebook page
and Twitter account (@cat_abi_daniels).

Issue 1 will be online permanently for free, in full colour, on its dedicated website, including sketches, designs and behind-the-scenes notes. Subsequent issues will be funded by donations through the site (suggested $5 minimum, with original art and other rewards for larger gifts). The money pays for the artists’ fees and a proportion is then donated to a women’s charity — for issue 2, they are funding‘.


Remembering Alien Project launched

October 9, 2012

It’s over 30 years now since Ridley Scott’s Alien burst upon us (pun intended) and started thrilling and scaring film-viewers across the world.

Scholars Martin Barker, Kate Egan, Tom Phillips and Sarah Ralph have now launched this self-funded project to try and capture what is it that different people most remember and value about the film.

Even if you are not a fan and have just seen the film once, your views are appreciated!

Please go to the website here to find out more about the project and fill in their survey:

New Issue: Transforma​tive Works and Fan Activism, edited by Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova

June 16, 2012

Transformative Works and Cultures has just published its latest issue at

Transformative Works and Cultures
Vol 10 (2012)
Table of Contents

Up, up, and away! The power and potential of fan activism
       Henry Jenkins,  Sangita Shresthova
Fandom meets activism: Rethinking civic and political participation
       Melissa M. Brough,      Sangita Shresthova

“Cultural acupuncture”: Fan activism and the Harry Potter Alliance
       Henry Jenkins

Experiencing fan activism: Understanding the power of fan activist
organizations through members’ narratives
       Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, Joshua McVeigh-Schultz, Christine Weitbrecht,   Chris

Theorizing a public engagement keystone: Seeing fandom’s integral connection
to civic engagement through the case of the Harry Potter Alliance
       Ashley Hinck

The German federal election of 2009: The challenge of participatory cultures
in political campaigns
       Andreas Jungherr

Wonder Woman for a day: Affect, agency, and Amazons
       Matt Yockey
Fan activism, cybervigilantism, and Othering mechanisms in K-pop fandom
       Sun Jung

Being of service: “X-Files” fans and social engagement
       Bethan Jones

Fan action and political participation on “The Colbert Report”
       Marcus Schulzke

Even a monkey can understand fan activism: Political speech, artistic
expression, and a public of the Japanese dôjin community
       Alex Leavitt,   Andrea Horbinski

“Past the brink of tacit support”: Fan activism and the Whedonverses
       Tanya R. Cochran

Nerdfighters, “Paper Towns,” and heterotopia
       Lili Wilkinson

The absence of fan activism in the queer fandom of Ho Denise Wan See (HOCC)
in Hong Kong
       Cheuk Yi Lin

Too fat to fly: A case study of unsuccessful fan mobilization
       Tom Phillips
Of snowspeeders and Imperial Walkers: Fannish play at the Wisconsin protests
       Jonathan Gray

On the ordinariness of participatory culture
       Aswin Punathambekar

Imagining No-place
       Stephen Duncombe

Fan activism for social mobilization: A critical review of the literature
       Lucy Bennett

Flash activism: How a Bollywood film catalyzed civic justice toward a murder
       Ritesh Mehta
“Fan fiction and copyright: Outside works and intellectual property
protection,” by Aaron Schwabach
       Stacey Marie Lantagne