Fan Studies Network Conference: Registration Now Open

REGISTER HERE 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... Continue Reading →


CFP: Anthology on Carrie Fisher

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,... Continue Reading →

SCMS Committee Volunteering

Several SIG members have expressed interest in serving on SCMS committees, particularly the Conference Program Committee, and applications are now being accepted on the SCMS website (click here). This is a simple matter of filling out a form and indicating which committee you're interested in serving on; additionally, you can nominate someone else for a... Continue Reading →

CFP: Mechademia 12.1 – Transnational Fandoms

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] In tandem with the 2018 Mechademia conference... Continue Reading →

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 →

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