CFP - The Fan Studies Network Symposium

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:32

30th November 2013
University of East Anglia

Keynote: Professor Matt Hills (Aberystwyth University)

We are delighted to announce the FSN2013 symposium, taking place at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Saturday 30th November 2013. The keynote speaker will be Professor Matt Hills, author of Fan Cultures (Routledge, 2002) and Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century (I.B. Tauris, 2010).

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for individual 20 minute papers that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We encourage new members to the network and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following possible topics:

-           Fan use of social media platforms
-           Fan practices
-           Activism and fandom
-           Producer-audience interactions
-           Underrepresented fan cultures
-           New modes of fan fiction
-           Ethics in fan studies
-           Politics and Fandom
-           Anti-Fandom and Non-Fandom

We also invite expressions of interest (100-200 words) from anyone wishing to host a short session of ‘speed geeking.' This would involve each speaker chairing a short discussion on a relevant topic of their choosing, and then receiving extensive feedback, making it ideal for presenting in-progress or undeveloped ideas.

The day will conclude with a series of working group discussions, which we anticipate will lead to individual and/or collaborative publication opportunities.

Please send any enquires/abstracts to: fsnconference[at]gmail[dot]com by FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out w/c 2nd September.

You can find out more information on the symposium website: or talk about the event using #FSN2013.


  • Comment Link Kathryn Allan Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:28 posted by Kathryn Allan

    I wasn't familiar with these terms either...

    Looks like "anti-fandom" refers to people who identify themselves against other fandoms (i.e., someone is anti-Twilight). "Non-fandom," I guess, refers to people who enjoy the cultural product, but reject identifying as part of a particular fandom.

    I'm not a fan studies scholar, so this is a new area of study for me as well. Like any emerging field of academic study, there is a need to develop & define "terms of art." It would certainly be interesting to hear a paper on anti-fandom practices!

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  • Comment Link Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey Wednesday, 17 July 2013 01:09 posted by Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey

    Anti-Fandom and Non-Fandom

    I wonder what is meant by these?

    Are they perhaps "terms of art" in the nascent fandom-studies industry?

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