CFP: Fan Cultures in the Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts (8/10/06; SCMS, 3/8/07-3/11/07)

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Fan Cultures in the Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts


Society for Cinema And Media Studies Conference (SCMS)=20

Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL=20
March 8-11, 2007


Proposals are being sought for a panel entitled "Fan Cultures in the =
Palm of Your Hand: Cult TV in the Age of Podcasts." Besides exploring =
the subject of cult television from a variety of thematic perspectives, =
this panel will examine the ways in which consumption patterns and fan =
cultures have changed over the past three years due to the increased =
viability of podcasts as both method and content of multimedia delivery. =
 How have mobile viewing technologies (or vodcasts) transformed fans' =
relationships to televisual texts that can now be downloaded from the =
Internet onto personal video players and consumed in public spaces? =
What role has the Internet played in strengthening and diversifying =
"interpretative communities" made up of fans who communicate daily, =
share files, and actively contribute to the cultivation of particular =
television shows? How have producers of cult TV series such as DOCTOR =
WHO, LOST, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA utilized the digital podcasting =
platform to expand the textual universe of their programs? And how =
might the audio commentaries being authored by participatory audience =
members filter into and inform that universe in a meaningful, =
interactive way?


I welcome submissions that explore any of the above questions. =
Panelists might also consider any of the following topics:


** Particular cult programs that began online and have since gone on to =
broadcast television (HAPPY TREE FRIENDS, QUEER DUCK, etc.)


** Adult Swim programing (ROBOT CHICKEN, SEALAB 2021, etc.)


** Podcasting and "textual poaching"


** Podcasting and "subcultural" sensibilities


** Podcast forms and aesthetics


** The cult of I-Pod


** Fan podcasts for particular TV series (including but not limited to): =

***** GILMORE GIRLS (Stars Hollow)

***** ALIAS (Previously on Alias)

***** VERONICA MARS (V for Veronica Mars)

***** DOCTOR WHO (Podshock; The WhoCast)

***** LOST (The Lost Experience)


***** ANGEL (Angel Investigations)

***** FIREFLY (The Signal)

***** STAR TREK (Starship Exeter)

***** BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Galactica Actual)


***** BABYLON 5 (The Babylon Podcast)

***** FARSCAPE (The ScapeCast)


Information about the conference can be found at =<>


Send proposals of 250-350 words and a short bio via email to David Scott =
Diffrient ( by August 10, 2006 for consideration.


David Scott Diffrient

University of Washington in St. Louis

Mallinckrodt Center

Room 310

Campus Box 1174

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130

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