CFP: Supernatural: Fan Phenomena (Intellect - abstracts 30 August 2012)

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Katherine Larsen/George Washington University
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Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title will look at particular examples of Supernatural fan culture and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Supernatural and fan culture. The editors are particularly interested in exploring the rich dynamic that has developed between producers (actors, writers, directors, show runners) and consumers.

We invite papers that address the multiple ways in which the show speaks to its viewers. Topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Supernatural as "cult" television
  • Fan culture dynamics/shipping the show
  • Aca-Fandom
  • Supernatural conventions
  • Gender/Sexuality in Supernatural
  • Gender/Sexuality in Supernatural fandom
  • Representations of fan culture in canon/fourth wall breaking
  • Fashion/cosplay/crafts
  • Fan Media/ (vidding, fanfic, fan art)
  • Cinematography, symbolism and visual dynamics of the show
  • Economics/Fan collecting
  • Virtual fan communities/online RPG's
  • Influence/ Learning/Teaching through Supernatural
  • Philosophy/Religion in Supernatural
  • Characters/Characterization
  • Construction and representation of family in Supernatural

    This book is aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Supernatural. The book is intended to be entertaining, informative, and generally jargon-free (or at least jargon-lite).

    Please send an abstract (300 words) and CV or resume by 30 Aug 2012. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 01 Dec 2012. The final book will include ten chapters. Please direct all questions and submissions to Katherine Larsen klarsen@gwu.edu or Lynn Zubernis LZubernis@wcupa.edu.