First Ever Fan Studies North America Conference!

This call for papers will interest some blog readers every bit as much as it interests me:

FSNNA Conference: Fandom—Past, Present, Future

deadline for submissions:
February 15, 2018
full name / name of organization:
Fan Studies Network North America

Fan Studies Network North America is proud to announce its first conference:

Fandom—Past, Present, Future

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
October 25-27, 2018


Building on the success of the annual Fan Studies Network conference in the United Kingdom, and with the support of our international colleagues, we invite submissions for a North American fan studies conference. We welcome all topics and themes related to media, sports, music, and celebrity fandoms, discussions of affirmative and/or transformative fans and their contributions, as well as meta-questions such as ethics and methodology. We encourage submissions on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and other aspects of power and identity in fan works and fan communities.

The conference will feature both panels and roundtables, and we invite scholars at different stages in their careers, as well as fan-scholars, to submit:

  • Pre-constituted roundtables (500 word roundtable proposal)
  • Pre-constituted panels (250 word panel proposal; names and 500 word paper abstracts, 3-4 participants)
  • Individual papers (500 word abstract)
  • Work-in-progress speedgeeking proposals (150 words; speedgeeking involves presenting a work-in-progress to a several groups of people for 5 min each, in order to receive helpful feedback)

Please send any inquiries and/or abstracts to by 15th February 2018. Multiple submissions are welcome, but we strive to accept as many participants as possible.


Keynote Speaker: Abigail De Kosnik (Associate Professor at UC Berkeley Center for New Media and Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)

Conference organizers: Paul Booth, Kristina Busse, Bertha Chin, Lori Morimoto, Louisa Stein, and Lesley Willard

For more information, please check our web site:

I’ve heard great things about the conference in the UK that this is based on, and always wished it were possible to get to it. And so the arrival of a parallel organization and conference in the United States is very exciting indeed!

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