FANS Law and Politics Call for Editors

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Fandom And Neomedia Studies Law And Politics Studies Area
contact email: 

The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association, an internationally recognized academic organization, invites applications for membership in its Law and Politics Studies Area. This group will examine the interconnections between fandom and media on the one hand and politics and law on the other. “How is political culture played out in the media?” “How is law (mis)represented in fiction?” and similar questions will fit into this field. Current and retired lawyers in good standing, law students, elected or appointed government officials, professors of law and/or politics, and political operatives are eligible for membership in this committee. The chair at any given time must be a practicing lawyer, sitting government official, or current professor. Membership in the committee is open to citizens of all nations. Submission of papers for consideration is open to the above-named groups as well as to the general public.

Topics that fit into this area include but are not limited to:

  • Twitter politics
  • Representations of law in cinema and television
  • Legal dramas
  • Fictional lawyers or politicians
  • Fiction by lawyers or politicians
  • Media and copyright law
  • Legal and political satire
  • Relationships between lawyers, politicians, and the media
  • First Amendment and the arts
  • First Amendment and fandom
  • Censorship
  • Fair use doctrine
  • Intellectual property
  • Piracy

Principle duties of committee members:

  • Preparing an annual call for papers (CFP) for the FANS Conference and our peer-reviewed, open access journal, The Phoenix Papers (ISSN 2325-2316)
  • Promulgation and/or publication of same in relevant venues
  • Reviewing submitted papers and voting on acceptance
  • Editing accepted papers per the FANS Style Guide

To be considered for editorial committee membership, please submit a full professional CV/resume to: FANS Law and Politics will go live in August 2017 or when the committee is fully established, whichever happens first.

Committee Members:

  • James Houston Bales, University of Kansas School of Law, Chair Pro Tem
  • Zachary Carlton, New England School of Law
  • J. Holder Bennett, FANS Chair