Over the past five years, more and more English language transformative fandoms have gravitated to the social networking site Tumblr, moving from online communities such as LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and Yahoo! Groups. Thus many fan communities have shifted organization structures to adapt to Tumblr’s multiple points of entry and seemingly anti-hierarchical framework. Some fans describe Tumblr as a fandom free-for-all without clear rules for engagement. Others describe this uncertain multiplicity as one of the platform’s strengths. Still others have pointed to Tumblr's comparatively more visual interface as enabling greater global participation in heretofore monolingual fandom spaces.
fan studies and fandom
Ken Russell: Perspectives, reception and legacyFriday 14 July - Sunday 16 July 2017
Venue: Kingston University, UK
Price: to be confirmed
Speaker(s): Professor Linda Williams (Southampton University), Dr Brian Hoyle (Dundee University) and Lisi Tribble (wife of and collaborator with Ken Russell)
To attend: booking will be available soon, please check back
Call for Papers, Panels, and Presentations Page 23 LitConJune 30-July 2, 2017
500-word abstracts for papers, panels, and roundtables, offering a critical approach on comics and pop culture are being accepted for a scholarly conference at
DENVER COMIC CON at the Colorado Convention Center
Now in its sixth year, Page 23’s LitCon seeks abstracts from all disciplinary and theoretical perspectives related to not only comics and graphic novels, but gaming, television, film, anime, action figure studies. Any pop culture topic is welcome!
We’re also especially interested in:
The Velvet Light Trap Issue #81: Power, Freedom, and Control in Gaming
Transatlantica, A publication of the French Association for American Studies, has accepted the project of publication "Gone With the Wind after Gone With the Wind". Abstracts due December 15th. Final articles will be peer-reviewed and will need to be completed by March 1st, 2017 at the latest. The anticipated date for publication will be 2018 or beginning of 2019.
Reminder: CFP: “Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of
Prince” A two-day international conference hosted by The School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and
the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA
24th-26th May 2017 at Media City UK, University of Salford, UK.
14th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference
Saturday April 8th, 8;30am-5:30pm, Campus
Theme: Romances in Middle-earth
Organizers of the Tolkien at UVM Conference are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference until the February 1st deadline.
Harry Potter Festival and Conference 2017
Have you been with Harry from the beginning? Do you want to show off your Wizarding World knowledge? California University of Pennsylvania is hosting its first-ever Harry Potter Festival, and we want to hear from you!
Take your Potter passion to the next level and submit your best Harry Potter-related work—critical essays, poster presentations, fan fiction, and more. Be creative! We want any and all topics about the books, movies, or fan culture. You should prepare a 15-minute presentation of your work. The main audience for the conference includes high school and college students and academic scholars.
CFP: BUFFY AT 20
April 1, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside
CFP: Consumer Identities and Digital Culture Symposium
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 20, 2016
The Division of Mass Communication at St. John’s University is now accepting submissions for paper presentations at an upcoming one-day symposium, Consumer Identities and Digital Culture. We seek transdisciplinary interpretations and critical analyses of consumption and consumer identity, broadly defined across emerging media and digital landscapes. This symposium is the first in a planned series of events interrogating various aspects of consumer identity, using fans as one exemplar and catalyst for discussion. Panelists will also be invited to participate in the development of an edited volume.