SCMS18 EVENT: “Toronto the Geeky”

The Fan and Audience Studies SIG is co-sponsor of this upcoming event at SCMS - Thursday, March 15! Toronto the Geeky: Building Scenes and Communities around Media SCMS 2018 Special Event Thursday March 15th Toronto Public Library, Lillian H. Smith Branch 239 College Street Schedule: Tours of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy:... Continue Reading →


CFP: Fandom and Politics

Fandom and Politics (1/1/19; 6/15/20) We have entered an historical moment in which political communication is filled with fandom. Grassroots fan communities mobilize to influence elections. Political candidates perform fandom on the campaign trail. And of course, rallies on both sides of the aisle are filled with bursts of fannish excitement. Examples range from the... Continue Reading →

New Publication: Fans, Blockbusterisation, and the Transformation of Cinematic Desire

This book explores the evolution of audience receptions of Peter Jackson’s Hobbittrilogy (2012-14) as an exemplar of the contemporary blockbuster event film franchise. Drawing on findings from a unique cross-cultural and longitudinal study, the authors argue that processes and imperatives associated with Hollywood ‘blockbusterisation’ shaped the trilogy’s conditions of production, format, content, and visual aesthetic... Continue Reading →

Call for Applications: FaAS SIG Travel Grant

We are now accepting applications from graduate students, adjunct/underemployed faculty, and independent scholars for a travel grant valued at US$100. We are offering two grants this year, with the following eligibility requirements: Graduate student applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time you apply Adjunct/underemployed faculty and independent scholars must make less... Continue Reading →

SCMS 2018: News and Upcoming Deadlines

We've got some deadlines coming up for people planning to attend SCMS 2018: 15 December (Friday): Travel Grant/Waiver Applications are DUE by 5:00 pm CST/11:00 pm GMT [notifications expected in mid-January] 21 December (Thursday): Early conference rate ends at 11:59 pm EST/4:59 am (Friday) GMT [REGISTER HERE] There are substantial differences between the early, regular,... Continue Reading →

CFP: Pop Culture in/as Speculative Resistance

Pop Culture in/as Speculative Resistance deadline for submissions: December 15, 2017 full name / name of organization: The Pop Culture Consortium, Wayne State University contact email: Dr. Sheena Howard is confirmed as our keynote speaker for this event. Dr. Howard is an Associate Professor of Communications at Rider University. Dr. Howard has written and... Continue Reading →

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