CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12)

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference will be held on February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We invite paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011. (Please see below)

Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

The reciprocal relationship between stars and fans
Impact of celebrity and fame on identity construction, reconstruction and sense of self
Reality television and the changing definition of 'stardom'
The impact of social media on celebrity/fan interaction
Children and stardom (Little Rascals to Toddlers and Tiaras)
Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change
The intersection of stardom and fandom in virtual and physical spaces
Celebrity and the construction of persona
Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom
Straddling the stardom/fandom line: big name fans, bloggers and aca-fans
Anti-fans and 'haters'
Fan shame and fame shame
Gendered constructions of stars and fans

If you have an idea that is not listed, please suggest the new topic. We encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Submit 250 word paper or 500 word panel proposals to: (Choose the area "Special Topics – Stardom and Fandom.")

Direct questions to: Lynn Zubernis,