Forms of Devotion: Fan Culture(s) and Transformative Works (ACLA, Vancouver, March 31- April 3, 2011)

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Regina Yung Lee, University of California, Riverside
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As Donna Haraway puts it, "when were love and knowledge not co-constitutive?" How, then, does fan culture work in the plurality of linguistic, cultural, and geopolitical conditions facilitated by new media, and specifically the online environments which define contemporary fandom experience? What are its canons? Who actively reads fandom's texts, and what does that literacy entail? And whose purposes do these questions serve?

This panel seeks to actively engage with the transnational, translational, affective, and transformative aspects of fandom communities, especially in (but not limited to) new media contexts, and welcomes paper submissions from across a wide spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplines. The nature of this inquiry requires active engagement and welcomes new forms; I look forward to our generative conversation.

Please submit 250-word paper proposals by November 12, 2010, at the ACLA Conference site: http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php?override=xyzzy