Hero and Hero-Worship: Stardom/Fandom in Modern India
fan studies and fandom
DEADLINE EXTENDED until January 5th!
Canterbury Christ Church University
Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century.
Date: June 9th 2017
Deadline for proposals: 3rd March 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr Johnny Walker, Northumbria University
“Speculative Visions” – Issue 27
For its twenty-seventh issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of speculative visions.
The last decade has seen a rise in popularity among science fiction, fantasy, and horror. These
genres encourage the capacity to imagine post-human bodies, extraordinary worlds,
techno-utopias, and claustrophobic spaces of violence. In their reliance upon the imagination,
these speculative visions provide a space to consider contradictions and a carnivalesque
interaction between popular culture and critical theory.
Agatha Christie: A Reappraisal
A two-day conference. 19-20 June 2017. Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
JULIUS GREEN, author of Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre
DR MERJA MAKINEN, author of Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity
CFP: Edited Collection on Masculinity and Gender in Sons of Anarchy
Editor: Susan Fanetti, California State University, Sacramento
Through its seven-season run, from 2008-2014, Sons of Anarchy celebrated and contemplated the world of outlaw bikers and became a cultural phenomenon in its own right. Creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter’s modern-day retelling of Hamlet became and continues to be the highest-rated show in FX’s network history, and for that achievement, Sutter was, in later seasons, granted unprecedented leeway to tell his story in his way.
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.
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