CFP: [Gender Studies] Japanese Transnational Fandoms and Gender Workshop

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Mark McLelland
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University of Wollongong (near Sydney, Australia)

3-4 July 2008

This workshop investigates the different ways in which originally
Japanese genres, aesthetics and styles have been taken up, deployed and
transformed by female fans transnationally. The way in which Japanese
products, styles and images are received in different cultures as well as
the (sub)cultural ends to which they are deployed will be investigated,
as will the impact of the fandom on the changing nature of consumerism,
participatory fan culture and particularly gender in the Asia-Pacific
region and beyond. We invite papers that discuss female consumers’ uptake
of originally Japanese popular cultural styles and artefacts across all
regions and media.

Of particular interest in this workshop is the ‘yaoi’ or ‘boys’ love’
(BL) manga/animation fandom popular with girls and young women. Over the
last decade there has been a massive boom in interest in this genre
(including commercially translated and published volumes as well as
amateur fan-authored productions) in Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and
the United States. Papers focusing specifically on the yaoi/BL fandom are
particularly welcome.

The workshop will result in a themed edition of the journal
Intersections: due for
release in April 2009.

Keynote speaker: Professor Christine Yano (University of Hawaii) speaking
on the global Hello Kitty Fandom.

Other invited speakers include: Professor Chris Berry (Goldsmiths
University) speaking on BL fan circles in Shanghai; Dr Kazumi Nagaike
(Oita University) speaking on the history and cultural context of
Japanese BL fandom; Dr Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia)
speaking on yaoi influence on the Harry Potter fandom; Dr Larissa Hjorth
(RMIT) speaking on “cute customisation” across Japanese and Korean new
media; Dr Fran Martin (University of Melbourne) speaking on the BL fandom
in Taiwan.

Please send 250 word title and abstract and a short biography to Dr Mark
McLelland ( and Dr Fran Martin(
by 25 October 2007. A limited number of travel bursaries will be

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