Fans, Fandoms, and Celebrity Studies - Northeast PCA Hybrid Fall Conference 2023

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular and American Culture Association
contact email: 

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) Fans, Fandoms, and Celebrity Studies Area invites presentation submissions for NEPCA’s hybrid conference to be held October 12 – October 14, 2023 in-person at Nichols College and virtually, via the Zoom platform.

This area encourages submissions that focus on interrogating the ideas and the ideals of fans and fandoms, and why we idolize celebrities. We welcome submissions from all theoretical and philosophical perspectives. We are open to submissions in any area of fan and celebrity studies including but not limited to:

  • Creation and authenticity of fandoms
  • Fandoms, diversity and inclusion
  • Celebrity marketing, advertising, and public relations
  • Social media use and celebrity status
  • Defining fandoms
  • Fandoms and politics
  • Celebrities and illness
  • Sport fandoms and celebrities
  • Issues of fame and what it means to be famous in our culture
  • Fandom comparisons between cultures
  • Trust and value of celebrity
  • An individual celebrity


The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 1, 2023. Please use this form to submit your abstract: 

If you have questions about this Area/the NEPCA Conference please see: or feel free to reach out to NEPCA’S Fans, Fandoms, and Celebrity Studies Area Chair: Dr. Shelly Jones at