CFP: The Lord of the Rings Fan Phenomena

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology
contact email: 
lorna.piatti-farnell@aut.ac.nz

Intellect's Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of The Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film's ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings.
Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

• Fan media
• Cult status
• Film-based tourism
• Web site and forum interactions
• Character franchises
• Adaptation processes
• Audience reception
• Prequels/sequels (The Hobbit in particular)
• Film location guides
• Fantasy fandom
• Merchandise
• Economics
• Collector editions
• Media design
• The importance of ‘location’
• Gender portrayal
• The Philosophy of LOTR

Interviews with The Lord of the Rings tour organisers, fan-media coordinators, or authors of LOTR-related books (especially of tourism and film guides) will also be considered.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (250 words) by 15 May 2014. For selected abstracts, the final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 1 September 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell: lorna.piatti-farnell@aut.ac.nz.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond