[UPDATED] Forms of Devotion: Fan Culture(s) and Transformative Works DEADLINE 12 Nov 2010

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Regina Yung Lee / American Comparative Literature Association
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This panel at the ACLA annual meeting (Vancouver, March 31- April 3, 2011) seeks to actively engage with the transnational, translational, affective, and transformative aspects of fandom communities, especially in (but not limited to) new media contexts. As Donna Haraway puts it, "when were love and knowledge not co-constitutive?" What are fan culture's canon and literacies? Who actively reads fandom's texts, and what does that literacy entail? What social constructs govern and emerge from these subcultural activities? And whose purposes do these questions serve?

The nature of this inquiry requires active engagement and welcomes new forms, and welcomes paper submissions from across a wide spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplines. I look forward to our generative conversation.

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