[UPDATE] CFP: Stardom and Fandom, SW PACA (11/15/13; 2/19-22/14)

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Lynn Zubernis/Southwest Popular and American Culture Association
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DEADLINE EXTENDED! CFP: Special Topics: Stardom and Fandom, SW PACA (11/15/13; 2/19-22/14)

Join us for the 35th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference (www.southwestpca.org), February 19 โ€“ 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of this year's conference is "Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The Special Topics Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.

Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2013. (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
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

The list of ideas is limited, so 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: http://conference2014.southwestpca.org/ . (Choose the area "Special Topics โ€“ Stardom and Fandom.") and input your information as directed.

Please remember that there are monetary awards for the best graduate student papers โ€“ we encourage you to apply! Papers in the Stardom and Fandom area could qualify for several awards, including the Diana Cox Award for best paper on images of women in popular culture, Euro Pop Award for best presentation on European popular culture, Peter C. Rollins Award for best paper dealing with a popular culture issue, Richard Tuerk Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for outstanding essay related to science fiction and fantasy, and the Post Script Award in film studies. You can see the full list at: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15, 2013.

Direct questions to: Lynn Zubernis, lzubernis@wcupa.edu