Romance is one of the most beloved genres of media around the world. Catherine Roach describes fans of romance fiction as ‘ludic readers... who read for play and pleasure’ (2016, 32). According to Roach, romance fandom is both ‘intensely private, as the reading experience can be, but also powerfully communitarian’ (32). Despite the popularity of romance media, romance fandoms remain relatively unaddressed within fan studies. Traditionally, the relationship between “shipping” and romance has been cast as either oppositional or ambivalent. Catherine Driscoll argues that romance “generally appears as a mute field” in studies of fan fiction (2006, 82). Romance is framed as a force that sexually explicit fan fiction responds to or acts against.
fan studies and fandom
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites you to join us on February 24-25, 2017, for our fourth ‘Popular Culture and the Deep Past’ extravaganza at The Ohio State University, devoted this year to the theme of Harry Potter on the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's first Potter novel.
The Cartoon Network television series Steven Universe (2013- ), created by Rebecca Sugar, the first woman to create a show for the network, has attracted both media acclaim and a devoted fan following for, among other things, its progressive portrayals of queer characters and blended families in a story driven by members of a rigid caste society who rebelled in order to halt their civilization’s colonization of Earth. Despite Steven Universe offering rich analytical opportunities, very little scholarship has yet been published on the show, and we are seeking submissions for an edited collection, titled Keep Beach City Weird: Theorizing Steven Universe
that will remedy that lack.
Twenty-Fourth Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture
March 29, 2019
On the campus of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas
Keynote Address: Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy at UC-Berkeley and author of Infinite Baseball
The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 14th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Remixed: Adaptation and Graphic Narrative." The conference will be held from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, 2017. Confirmed keynote speakers include Matt Kish, illustrator of Moby Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, and Dr. Nina Caputo, author of graphic history Debating Truth: The Barcelona Disputation of 1263.
Call for Proposals, MISTI-Con 2017
Deadline for submissions: 11/30/2016
Date by which proposers shall be notified: 12/31/2016
Convention dates: 5/18-5/22/2017
Proposals should include a title, 300-500 word abstract, a 50-100 word summary, and a biography of 100 words or fewer, contact information, and the proposer’s academic or other affiliation, if any; the submission form contains requests for needs such as audio-visual equipment. Further details and more information on programming at http://www.misti-con.org/prog2017.html
The journal Reception invites submissions for its special-topic issue for the 2018 volume year focusing on “Crossing the Boundaries of Reception.” Authors are encouraged to construe “boundaries” as broadly as possible within a reception-study context, including:
Over the last 15 years, Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies and other publications have featured a range of writing and scholarship about queer issues, identity and representations related to the Whedonverses but there has not yet been a publication dedicated solely to queer Whedon studies. A renewed interest in feminism and queer identities in mainstream culture and academia, alongside greater public recognition for LGBTQ issues and more attention being paid to popular culture across media: all suggest that the time is right for a concentrated examination of the Whedonverses from the perspective of queer theory and queer identities as they overlap but also differ, in all their complexity as they exist within an intersectional world.
Pippi to Ripley 4:Sex and Gender in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics
Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017
Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.
Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge
Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. We invite papers devoted to fictional characters in all media, including: comics, films, television, and video games as well as in folklore, mythology, and children's and young adult literature. This year’s conference includes a special focus on:
Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities
19th-20th January 2017
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
University of Edinburgh
CALL FOR PAPERS
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
Professor Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford)
Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow)
**Please note the change of dates**