CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SWPACA Conference, (11/1/13; 2/19-22/14)

full name / name of organization: 
Lynn Zubernis/Southwest Popular and American Culture Association
contact email: 

The Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association invites paper or panel proposals on Stardom and Fandom for the annual Conference, February 19 – 22, 2014 in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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
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
Gendered constructions of stars and fans
Studies of individual celebrities and their fans
Studies focused on specific fandoms
Historical studies of fandom and fan/celebrity interaction

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 proposals - or proposals for full panels - to: Choose the area "Special Topics – Stardom and Fandom."

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2013.
Come join us - we always have a great time!