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Call for applications: Australian PhD scholarship opportunity in fan studies

May 25, 2018
PhD Scholarship

One PhD Scholarship is available through the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia, for a research program in celebrity and fan cultures under the supervision of Dr Joyleen Christensen.

Expressions of interest are being sought from highly motivated and enthusiastic applicants interested in pursuing an intensive PhD program in the field of celebrity and fan cultures. Projects focusing on fan cultures based on individual celebrities and/or specific films or television series are particularly welcome. The scholarship is provided by the University of Newcastle under the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Higher Degree Research (HDR) Candidate Scholarships scheme. As part of the conditions of this scholarship, the candidate will be required to complete six-monthly progress reports. The selected HDR candidate must be a domestic candidate and must commence their program no later than the 31 March 2019. Information on the scholarships and application process can be found through the University of Newcastle’s Graduate Research office.

PhD Scholarship details

Supervisor: Dr Joyleen Christensen

Available to: Domestic

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship is suited to a student with an Honours degree in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies (or similar).
The successful applicant must meet the University of Newcastle’s admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest, including scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project, to Joyleen.Christensen@newcastle.edu.au by 29 June 2018 at 5pm.

Applications Close 29 June 2018


Contact Dr Joyleen Christensen
Phone +61 2 4348 4190
Email Joyleen.Christensen@newcastle.edu.au
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CFP: Eating Fandom: Intersections between Fans and Food Culture

May 24, 2018

Call for Chapter Proposals for Anthology

Title: Eating Fandom: Intersections between Fans and Food Culture

Editors: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican University), Bertha Chin (Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia) and Julia E. Largent (McPherson College)

Rationale: An emerging field of fan studies looks at how fans interact with different aspects and elements of food cultures. This collection seeks to address the myriad ways that fandom and food culture intersect.

A food culture refers to the individuals, networks, and institutions involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of food, as well as the norms, beliefs, artifacts and activities that constitute and circulate through that culture. Food cultures vary across nations, societies, cultures, and historical periods, with trends and techniques adapting and shaping attitudes, practices, and consumption habits. Thus, a food culture can be dependent upon, and influential to, a specific community. As a fandom can represent such specific communities, fan studies scholars are now turning more attention to how fan communities view and use food as part of the practices and values that constitute that collective; or how fan practices are being replicated in the relationship between foodies and producers.

Additionally, with the perception of fan identities as involving certain affective, cognitive, and behavioral components, the conceptualization of what is a fan can be extended to understand individuals within a food culture and see them identifying as a “fan” of a specific food, culinary school, technique, and so forth. Both professionals and foodies could thus be classified as fans, and the networks and institutions that constitute the food culture could be studied for how they create and maintain such food-based fandoms.

This anthology seeks to gather research studies that examine the different ways fandoms and food cultures intersect. The goal would be for a collection of empirically-based essays that utilize a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives from different disciplines. The collection would hopefully serve to inspire other scholars on the range of intersections available to study as well as how to study such intersections. It would also hopefully serve to expand on the ways in which fan studies’ theoretical frameworks could be applied to other fields of research.

We are looking for essays that consider the relationships and roles of food in fandoms as well as the view of food cultures as fandoms. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Foodies as fans
  • Food production as fan activity
  • Food consumption as fan activity
  • Fandom-related foods
  • Chefs, culinary professionals as fans
  • Convergence culture and food culture
  • Fans of food shows
  • Fans of food celebrities
  • Fans and cooking, food literacy
  • Food community as fan community
  • Fans and food activism
  • Importance of food in fan collectives
  • Negotiating food fan identities

Chapter proposal guidelines

  • Seeking empirically-based essays of 6000-7000 words, inclusive of references (APA citation style)
  • Proposals should contain the following:
    • Contributors’ contact information (name, title, affiliation, email, highest degree obtained)
    • Chapter title
    • Chapter abstract of 250-500 words that illustrate the chapter’s
      • a) topic/subject matter
      • b) methodological approach
      • c) conclusions/argument
  • Proposals are due June 30, 2018
  • Proposals, and questions, should be emailed to CarrieLynn at creinhard@dom.edu

CfP Special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures: Fan Studies Methodologies

April 30, 2018

Fan studies is an interdisciplinary field, with scholars in disciplines ranging from cultural studies to law, from sociology to library science, all bringing their unique perspectives to bear on research about fans. As a result, fan studies is methodologically eclectic: approaches can include a combination of quantitative, qualitative, highly theoretical, practice-based, online, offline, archival, legal, textual, and/or community-centred methods, and this is far from an exhaustive list. This gives the field flexibility to address a huge variety of research questions while also posing challenges with regards to methodology selection and compatibility, different perspectives on rigour, as well as ethics and researcher positionality. The ways we do fan studies are as different, interesting, and challenging of academic norms as the things and people that we study.

The goal for this special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, therefore, is to set a common but varied ground for doing research as a fan studies scholar. While it is clear that fan studies does use specific methodologies, those methods aren’t always explicitly stated or considered (Evans and Stasi, 2014). We recognize the variety of disciplines that make up fan studies scholarship, and seek to express a common sense of ethics, practices, stances, without privileging one as ‘the’ methodology. Despite being interdisciplinary and methodologically eclectic, the tradition of scholarship in the model of Textual Poachers has shaped what we see as “fan studies” (Ford, 2014), though other approaches have also emerged, such as Chin and Hitchcock-Morimoto (2013) who argue for an affective definition of transcultural fans, and Reid (2009) who highlights the queer practices of non-normative fans and fandoms.

We seek submissions that address or challenge that shaping, and explore and theorize key methodological challenges and approaches within fan studies. We encourage articles that address not just the how-to of a method, but also why — theoretically, ethically, fannishly — that method is a good choice (or, perhaps, why it is not a good choice in some cases), and we particularly encourage articles that consider the ethical dimension as an essential and integral part of research methodology. We welcome submissions from scholars with experience within academia as well as those working outside academic institutions, and those who conduct research on fans while primarily identifying as fans rather than scholars. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • The dual positionality of those who study fans, as both fans and researchers (aka the “aca-fandom” question)
  • The theory and practice of interdisciplinarity in fan studies
  • Conducting research outside the support structures of academic institutions
  • Negotiating disciplinary and institutional requirements with personal, fannish ethics
  • Researching fans online and offline
  • Practice-based research methodologies
  • Feminist and other caring approaches to the relationship between researcher and researched in fan studies
  • Quantitative and mixed methods approaches to fan studies
  • The place of qualitative scholarship in fan studies
  • Fan perspectives on fan studies methodologies
  • Community building among fans and scholars
  • Citational practices in fandom and fan studies
  • Embedding intersectional practices in research methods
  • The challenges/solutions to studying underrepresented fandoms, fans, and fannish phenomena
  • The role of (mitigating) shame in fan studies methods
  • “Bringing in” and “working out towards” adjacent fields, for instance Porn studies, Queer Studies, Critical Race Studies, etc.

We also welcome shorter pieces showcasing specific practical challenges, methods, and tools for the contemporary fan studies scholar.

Works cited

* Chin, Bertha, and Lori Morimoto. “Towards a theory of transcultural fandom.”Participations 10, no. 1 (2013): 92–108.

* Evans, Adrienne, and Mafalda Stasi. “Desperately seeking methods: New directions in fan studies research.” Participations 11, no. 2 (2014): 4–23.

* Ford, Sam. “Fan studies: Grappling with an ‘Undisciplined’discipline.” Journal of Fandom Studies 2, no. 1 (2014): 53–71.

* Reid, Robin Anne. “Thrusts in the dark: slashers’ queer practices.” Extrapolation 50, no. 3 (2009): 463–483.

Submission guidelines

Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC, http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) is an international peer-reviewed online Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. TWC aims to provide a publishing outlet that welcomes fan-related topics and to promote dialogue between the academic community and the fan community. TWC accommodates academic articles of varying scope as well as other forms that embrace the technical possibilities of the Web and test the limits of the genre of academic writing.

Theory: Conceptual essays. Peer review, 6,000–8,000 words.

Praxis: Case study essays. Peer review, 5,000–7,000 words.

Symposium: Short commentary. Editorial review, 1,500–2,500 words.

 

Please visit TWC’s Web site (http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) for complete submission guidelines, or e-mail the TWC Editor (editor AT transformativeworks.org).

Contact—Contact guest editors Julia Largent (@julialargent), Milena Popova (@elmyra), and Elise Vist (@visticuffs) with any questions or inquiries at FSMethodologies@gmail.com. You are welcome to approach us on Twitter with informal inquiries.

Due date—January 1, 2019, for estimated March 15, 2020 publication.

Call for Papers: An Anthology on Carrie Fisher

April 26, 2018

Call for book chapters for a proposed edited collection

Following her death in 2016, the public mourning of Carrie Fisher revealed the breadth of her impact as star, feminist icon, and mental health advocate. We are seeking abstracts for essays to be included in an anthology on Fisher that will appeal not only to academics, but also to her fans.

In addition to analyzing Fisher’s work as a performer, writer, comedian, and advocate, this anthology aims to provide insight into the role of celebrity in social issues of gender inequality, mental health, substance addiction, and political resistance. We welcome work from a wide variety of academic approaches and fields of study, including audience & fan studies, feminist theory, queer theory, autobiography studies, celebrity studies, comedy studies, media studies, and scholarship in public health/mental health.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

* Adaptation

* Ageism

* Authorship

* Autobiography

* Bright Lights Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

* Comedic Style

* Drug Addiction

* Fan bases

* Fan Collections

* Feminist activism

* Gender Inequality

* Mental Health

* Public Mourning

* Fisher’s work as script doctor

* Social Media Use

* “Space Mom”

* Wishful Drinking stage play

A university press is interested in this collection and looks forward to a proposal from the editors after contributors and topics are finalized. Please direct any questions and 300-500 word abstracts along with a 150-word bio to Linda Mizejewski (mizejewski.1@osu.edu) and Tanya D. Zuk (tzuk1@gsu.edu) by May 25, 2018. We will respond by June 6, 2018.

Final essays will be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 words and will be due January 2, 2019.

Editors:

Linda Mizejewski, a professor at Ohio State University, is the author of five books on women and popular culture and is the co-editor of Hysterical! Women in American Comedy (2017), winner of the Susan Koppelman Award from the Popular Culture Association.

Tanya D. Zuk, a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University, is an editor at In Media Res a web publication out of GSU. She has also published work in the Journal of Transformative Works & Cultures, and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Her research focuses on fandom, LGBTQ+ new media, and collaborative authorship.

CFP for Mechademia 12.1, Transnational Fandoms

April 26, 2018

The CFP for Mechademia 12.1, Transnational Fandoms, is now available. The issue will explore the global consumption, creative (re)production, and widespread redistribution of East Asian popular culture.

The CFP will close on June 1, 2018. Questions and submissions may be directed to the Submissions Editor at submissions [at] mechademia.net.

In tandem with the 2018 Mechademia conference in Minneapolis, this volume of the Second Arcjournal will focus on the theme of Transnational Fandoms. It will explore the global consumption, creative (re)production, and widespread redistribution of East Asian popular culture, including, but not limited to, fan cultures surrounding manga, anime, popular cinema, music, fashion, and gaming. Authors are invited to submit papers of 5000-7000 words by June 1, 2018.

Media fandoms arose in Japan and the United States contemporaneously, growing out of the proliferation of mass media in the twentieth century, particularly after the spread of the television in the 1950s and 1960s. As the work of scholars such as Marc Steinberg has made clear, the origins of what is known in Japan as the “media mix” and in the United States as “convergence” or “transmedia” (after the work of communications scholar Henry Jenkins) lay in the rise of Astro Boy and its associated merchandising in the 1960s. From the cross-cultural science fiction fandom scene of Worldcon, brought home to Japan in the 1970s, to the European obsession with Takemiya Keiko, Hagio Moto and the Izumi Salon in the same decade, fandom in the broadest sense has always been transnational. In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and with increasing simultaneity of access enabled by the rise of fandom cultures online since, transnational fandoms focused on East Asian media have proliferated globally. At the same time, the media mix model has increasingly conquered Hollywood, as is evident in the global success of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” at the box office.

Transnational fan cultures have played an active role in these developments, and professional creators continue to evolve in their attempts to court and to corral fandom approval and fan production. Friction between these groups, and the slippages among them evident in the doujin goods networks of Japan, the webstores of fan artists worldwide, and the growing approbation for established creators working on tie-in media, are some of the most interesting sites of study for transnational fandoms in the twenty-first century.

We welcome papers treating, among other themes:

  • The transnational networks and community formations of fan cultures
  • Transnational fandoms of specific media in anime, manga, gaming, film, toys, and literature
  • Identity formation in relation to media pertaining to gender, sexuality, class, race, ability, and age, among other social factors in transnational fandoms
  • Fans in the media (Depictions of otaku, BL fans/fujoshi, female gamers, etc. in film, television, manga, journalism, and digital media)
  • Legal issues pertaining to fan cultures and/or remix
  • Fan service by content creators in response to fandoms
  • Amateur and semi-professional fan media (Doujin goods, “Amerimanga,” fan fiction, AMVs, fanart)
  • Performative communities (Cosplay, Nico nico Douga dance parties, anime theme song group dances, practices of fan pilgrimage)
  • Historical examples of transnational fandoms predating television

Please send papers to submissions [at] mechademia.net by June 1, 2018. The Mechademia Style Guide and Essay Parameters is available on the Mechademia website.

All interested scholars are also invited to present about their work on Transnational Fandoms at the associated Mechademia Conference in September 2018. The deadline for submitting conference papers is April 15, 2018. For more information, please consult the conference CFP.

CFP: Superheroes Beyond conference, Melbourne, Australia, 6-8 December 2018

March 19, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

Superheroes Beyond conference

Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) – Melbourne, Australia

Date: 6-8 December, 2018*

A Conference Welcome Event will be held on the evening of December 5th

Proposal Deadline: 29 June, 2018

*please note that the dates have changed slightly from an earlier version of this CFP

Superheroes are transmedia, transcultural, and transhistorical icons, and yet discussion of these caped crusaders often fixate on familiar examples. This conference will join wider scholarly interest in going beyond out-dated definitions of superheroes. We invite papers that unmask international examples, examine superheroes beyond the comic book page, identify historical antecedents, consider real world examples of superheroism, and explore heroes whose secret identities are not cisgender men. From big screen heroes to lesser-known comic book vigilantes and real-life costumed heroes, the conference will include papers that consider superheroes across all eras and media platforms

Keynote Speaker: Comics artist, writer, and “herstorian” Trina Robbins

We are inviting submissions for individual research papers of 20 minutes as well as pre-formed panels. Proposal topics might include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Superheroes Beyond… Comics

Superheroes are often considered comics’ defining content, as traditionally the four-colour medium was the only format capable of fully capturing the superhero spectacle. Emboldened by digital technologies, superheroes can now be found across a rich array of media formats. Proposals are invited that consider superheroes across multiple media platforms including movies, games, television, digital comics, and virtual reality.

Superheroes Beyond… Men in Tights

It is often suggested that superheroes reflect our attitudes and anxieties. However, while superheroes may articulate society’s interests, they have only recently begun to reflect its diversity. We welcome papers that consider how superheroes are no longer the white heterosexual men that once dominated the genre, with a more diverse array of characters donning capes and cowls.

Superheroes Beyond (and Before)… 1938

Is the vigilante Robin Hood a superhero? What about demigods and mythological icons such as Hercules, Māui, and Artemis? Superheroes are notoriously hard to define, making it difficult to identify when the pop culture icon first came into existence. We encourage papers that identify early examples of the superhero archetype and chart their influence on the heroes of today and tomorrow.

Superheroes Beyond… America

Comic books are often described as an American form, and the medium’s most popular character, the superhero, did much to affirm that link with dozens of star-spangled heroes created during the industry’s Golden Age. However, the superhero has been reimagined in a range of contexts to respond to local cultures, politics, and traditions. Papers that consider how superheroes engage with national and regional identities are welcome.

Superheroes Beyond… Fantasy

The term “superhero” is often applied to real-life individuals who have distinguished themselves through their bravery or compassion. However, superheroes in popular culture are often violent vigilantes. Papers are invited that consider superheroism in everyday settings and how that can be reconciled with the more colourful power fantasies.

The Superheroes Beyond conference is organised by the Superheroes & Me research team – Angela Ndalianis (Swinburne University of Technology), Liam Burke (Swinburne University of Technology), Elizabeth MacFarlane (University of Melbourne), Wendy Haslem (University of Melbourne), and Ian Gordon (National University of Singapore) – and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Proposals of 250-300 words for individual presentations or full panels, as well as any queries, should be sent to Liam Burke wburke@swin.edu.au by 29 June, 2018, along with a 150-word bio.

Keynote Speaker Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper, while at the same time designing and selling clothes from her Lower East Side boutique, Broccoli. In 1970, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972 – 1992)

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee.

In 1986 she became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book. In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego comic convention she received the Eisner award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of the complete Wimmin’s Comix.

Further Speakers and Industry Guests to be announced.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference

December 8, 2017

FSN CFP imageCALL FOR PAPERS: The Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference

Fan Studies Network 2018 Conference
29th & 30th June 2018
School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Mark Duffett, Reader, University of Chester, UK
Professor C. Lee Harrington, Miami University, USA 

As our global network continues to grow, with inaugural conferences held for FSN Australasia in 2017 and FSN North America hosting an event in October 2018, we are delighted to announce that the sixth annual Fan Studies Network Conference is taking place at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University in the UK. Offering a diverse two-day programme during June 2018, the conference will find its home in a city already well-known as a destination for fans of television shows such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sherlock. 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, and our famous speed-geeking sessions.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Mark Duffett and Professor C. Lee Harrington as our keynote speakers. Mark is the author of Understanding Fandom (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Elvis Presley (Equinox Press, 2017) and editor of Popular Music Fandom (Routledge, 2014) and Fan Identities and Practices in Context (Routledge, 2016). C. Lee Harrington, with Denise D. Bielby, is the author of Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life (Temple University Press, 1995) and Global TV: Exporting Television and Culture in the World Market (New York University Press, 2008). She is also the co‐editor of several anthologies on popular culture, fan studies, soap opera, and aging and media. We are very excited to have both speakers as keynotes for FSN2018.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels of four papers. We encourage new members, in all stages of study, to the network and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

  •      – Links between fandom, participatory culture and the political moment
  •        – Forms of anti-fandom or non-fandom
  •        – The intersections between celebrity and fandom
  •        – Fan activism in response to contemporary political/world events
  •      – The use of social media and its language (e.g. memes, hashtags, GIFs)
  •        – Fannish places and spaces, both physical and virtual
  •        – Fandom and material cultures
  •        – Music fandom
  •        – The ethics of studying participatory culture and fandom
  •        – Fan Studies methodologies
  •        – Sports fandom
  •        – Transcultural and transnational fandom
  •        – Fandom and race and ethnicity
  •        – Producer/fan interactions and relationships
  •        – Fandom and controversies

We also invite short abstracts (100-200 words) from anyone wishing to present as part of our popular ‘speed geeking’ session. This would involve each speaker presenting a short discussion on a relevant topic of their choosing to a number of small groups, and then receiving instantaneous feedback, making it ideal for presenting in-progress or undeveloped ideas. If you have any questions about this format of presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please send any abstracts/enquires to: fsnconference@gmail.com by the end of Monday 12th February 2018. Please include up to three keywords for your submission, which will help us to place your paper in an appropriate panel, and a short biographical note.

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2018, follow us @FanStudies or visit http://www.fanstudies.org.

Conference Organisers: Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips (FSN chairs)
Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones, Richard McCulloch, Rebecca Williams (FSN board)

CFP: Queerbaiting collection

November 29, 2017

CFP Short Pieces on Queerbaiting

Fans use the term ‘queerbaiting’ to account for a (primarily) television tactic whereby producers deliberately insert homoerotic subtext between characters in order to capture a queer viewership, yet never actualise this subtext on screen. This is a call for short, forum-style thought  pieces on queerbaiting for an edited book collection being prepared for submission to University of Iowa Press’ Fan Studies series.

Pieces of 500–1500 words (inclusive of references) are invited on all aspects of the topic. These pieces will appear alongside chapter-length investigations of the topic and are envisioned as shorter observations, views on developments, and debates or issues related to the topic of queerbaiting. These pieces are designed to offer readers a glimpse into a range of specific cases, or in-depth readings of single queerbait scenes. Some suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

– a short theoretical piece on the term itself or a single related term;
– a reading of a single fan text that responds to instances of
queerbaiting in some way;
– an investigation of a single campaign to boycott a series that
queerbaits, such as on Twitter (i.e., the response to #AskSupernatural);
– a personal narrative on the effects of queerbaiting;
– a textual reading of a specific scene or pivotal episode from a series
accused of queerbaiting, such as from Supernatural, Sherlock, Merlin,
Rizzoli & Isles, Teen Wolf;
– a consideration of a single character or key pairing in the context of
the queerbaiting debate;
– a reading of an individual film that queerbaits (i.e., Victor
Frankenstein);
– a reading of a lesser known series or form of queerbaiting (i.e., a
video game, a music video);
– an exploration of queerbaiting as evidenced in the marketing of a
particular program;
– a specific case of cast and producer response to accusations of
queerbaiting;
– a discussion of a text that exists beyond the confines of/predates the
term (i.e., Xena);
– a single counter-argument to the queerbaiting concept.

The collection is being compiled by Dr Joseph Brennan
(joseph.brennan@sydney.edu.au) and contributions should be submitted in  full together with a 150-word bio to the editor for consideration by December 17, 2017. Authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission by the end of 2017, with successful entries being included in the manuscript submitted to the publisher for external review.

Informal correspondence with the editor on proposed pieces prior to the
submission deadline is encouraged.

Fan Studies Network Australasia conference launches this week

November 29, 2017

We are delighted that taking place this week, between 30th November – 1st December 2017, at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, is the first ever Fan Studies Network Australasia conference.

The conference is organised by Dr. Bertha Chin (Swinburne University, Malaysia), Dr. Renee Middlemost (University of Wollongong, Australia), Prof. Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Dr. Ika Willis (University of Wollongong, Australia).

The keynote is Professor Matt Hills, from the University of Huddersfield and Dr. Ika Willis, from the University of Wollongong.

You can follow the exciting event and Australasian branch on Twitter here: @FSNAusAsia

The final programme is now available here: FSNFinalProgramWEB

CFP: A Celebration of Slashers

November 28, 2017

A  Celebration  of  Slashers #DePaulSlashers (DePaul  University,  April  28,  2018)  
Now accepting  submissions  and  ideas  for  the  sixth  annual  Pop  Culture  Colloquium  at  DePaul  University in  Chicago!  

DePaul  University’s  College  of  Communication  is  hosting  a  one-day  celebratory  colloquium in  honor  of  the  Slasher  genre  on  Saturday,  April  28, from  9am-6pm.  More  details  can  be  found  at popcultureconference.com.  

This  event  will  feature  roundtable  discussions  from  scholars  and  fans  of  slasher  films  (topics  do  not  have to  focus  on  Halloween),  including  the  Friday  the  13th, Nightmare  on  Elm  Street,  and  other  franchises, films,  television  series,  video  games,  graphic  novels,  or  et  al.  

Our  keynote  speaker  is  Rachel  Talalay, director  of  Nightmare  on  Elm  Street 5  as  well  as  multiple  television  series  (Doctor  Who,  Sherlock, Riverdale,  Flash,  Supernatural,  Reign…the  list goes  on.)  

Participants  may  propose  panels  and  topics  about  a  broad  array  of  ideas  related  to  the  genre  and  its cultural  impact.  The  Pop  Culture  Conference  does  not  feature  formal  paper  presentations,  but  speakers  are invited  to  have  roundtable  discussions  themed  around  these  topics.  The  audience  for  this  event  is  both graduate  and  undergraduate  students,  both  fans  and  scholars.   If  you’re  interested  in  speaking  on  a  roundtable, or  want to  propose  a  panel with  3-5  people,  or  have  ideas for  other  events/lectures, please  send  a  300  word  abstract  that  proposes  a  significant  topic  of discussion  and  a  CV/resume  to  Pop  Culture  Conference  (popcultureconference@gmail.com)  by  Jan 15,  2018. Please  aim  your  abstracts  for  a  more  general audience  and  for  a  discussion  rather  than traditional scholarly  paper  presentation.  We  will  also  have  the  opportunity  to  publish  a  longer  version  of your  talk  in  an  update  to  our  Time  Lords  and  Tribbles  book. 

Potential  topics  include  (but  are  not  limited  to): 

Slashers  and  gender 

Slashers  and  race 

Narrative  and  genre  theories  of  slashers 

Changes  in  the  horror  genre 

Slasher/horror  fandom 

The  impact of  particular  directors, writers, or  actors  on  the  genre 

Teaching  horror/slashers 

Adaptation  within  the  slasher  canon 

Case  studies  of  slasher  films 

What  counts  as  a  slasher? 

For  more  information,  please  check  out  popcultureconference.com,  and  sign  up  for  updates  on  Facebook (search  “A  Celebration  of  Slashers”).  

We  hope  that  you  will  be  able  to  join  in  the  discussion  and celebration!