MMLA 2020 Popular Culture Permanent Session CFP: Fan Responses to Popular Culture (deadline extended to May 31))

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
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Due to the current circumstances, the deadline for submitting a paper for this panel has been extended to May 31.

Last year, when Fox canceled the television show Lucifer, a fan campaign to save the show resulted in Netflix picking it up for another season. This was not an isolated incident. Collectives of fans, gathering both online and in person, often influence the longevity, the content, the dispersal, and the afterlife of their favorite shows, games, songs, and other popular culture artifacts. In response to the conference theme “Cultures of Collectivity,” the popular culture permanent session invites papers that investigate how both planned and spontaneous groups appropriate or influence popular culture.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

                Fan based activism of all sorts

                Comic Cons and other conventions

               Online and in-person RPGs and gaming groups


               Flash mobs

               Collective responses to the #MeToo movement

Fan participation in long-running franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars

Failed or successful fan intervention in any pop cultural artifact.

Please send proposals of 300 words and a brief biography (100 words max) to Dr. Allene Nichols ( by May 31, 2020.