Fan Studies Network Conferences

At present, there are three key FSN conferences that have been taking place at regular intervals since 2012. All FSN conferences encourage scholars from all stages of study to participate, through events such as speed geeking, roundtables, panel presentations, video presentations, and salons (as recently introduced by FSNNA) 

Our Pledge

The Fan Studies Network and its three offshoots (UK, NA and Australasia) re-affirm our commitment to promoting conversations and action about race and fandom within fan studies. We are committed to help uplift any marginalised voices within fan studies and to dismantle the whiteness of the field, at all our annual conferences and across our online presence. We pledge to help make fan studies a welcoming and progressive space for everyone. This will involve an effort to address and take action on any critiques, make changes that are necessary, and, overall, do better. 

Racism of any form will not be tolerated at any of our conferences or events. Our Conference Code of Conduct details specific ways of reporting any racist behaviour, and any reports will be acted upon and investigated. 

The Fan Studies Network Conference Code of Conduct can be found here:

Fan Studies Network United Kingdom 

This conference, which was the first for FSN, has been running annually since 2012 in locations such as the University of East Anglia, Regents University, Cardiff University, Huddersfield University, and Portsmouth University.    

Fan Studies Network North America

FSN North America held its first conference in October, 2018 and has since been running yearly. The conference is currently held at DePaul University in Chicago and the 2020 conference will take place online:

The webpage for FSNNA is:

You can follow them on Twitter at: @fsnnorthamerica

Fan Studies Network Australasia 

In 2017 the FSNA was held at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 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 final programme is available here: FSNFinalProgramWEB

In 2019 the conference took place at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, organised by Dr Jessica Balanzategui, Dr Liam Burke, Dr Naja Later, Tara Lomax, Andy Lynch, Professor Angela Ndalianis.

You can follow the FSN Australasian branch on Twitter here: @FSNAusAsia


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