About the FaAS SIG

The mission of the Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) is to promote and advance work in the fields of fan studies, audience studies, and reception studies, to offer a means for those engaged in the fields to converse and collaborate with one another, to provide pedagogical resources, and to support collaborative scholarship between our members and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies membership at large. Fan and Audience Studies is a distinct field in media studies, focusing not just on reception, but also on the important work audiences and fans do in creating both meaning and texts out of the media environment. With the publication of new journals and book series both focused on fan studies, Fan and Audience Studies has evolved from a niche academic subject to a home discipline for an ever-growing number of scholars. In the past, panels focused on fan and audience studies at SCMS have been well-attended, and a growing number of scholars have created informal networks for promoting research on fandom and active audiences. We believe SCMS needs a formal group to support these scholars and promote fan and audience research.