Fan Studies Network Conference

Fan Studies Network Conference, 24-25th June 2017 deadline for submissions: March 13, 2017 full name / name of organization: Centre for Participatory Culture, University of Huddersfield, UK contact email: fsnconference@gmail.com The Fan Studies Network 2017 Conference 24-25th June 2017 Centre for Participatory Culture, University of Huddersfield, UK Keynote Speaker: Dr Louisa Stein (Middlebury College, USA)  [Read More…]

Ken Ham’s Bible Fanfic

Ham’s brand of Christianity is more like Bible fan fiction than the Christian faith most members of mainstream churches would recognize. It is important not to let Ham defined what it means to be a “real” Christian, since his version is a modern confabulation of Victorian fundamentalism and bonkers pseudo-historical speculation. Visit Colavito’s blog to [Read More…]

Playing Canon in Class

Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fiction class. The video above incorporates video and [Read More…]

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The Canon Card Game Exists!

About a year ago I mentioned my interest in creating a game that would illustrate the dynamics of canon formation in simplified form, in a way that was fun but also infirmative and educational. Some of you may have been wondering whether anything was going to come of this. If so, I have great news: [Read More…]

Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred

John Morehead shared this exciting call for submissions: Call for Submissions for an anthology volume: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred They ways in which people pursue religion has changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religions are in decline, and even among those who claim “None” as their identity, an individualized spirituality of [Read More…]

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship at #AARSBL on Saturday Afternoon

This session focused on canon and fan fiction, making comparisons between science fiction and other genres on the one hand, and Biblical studies on the other. Frauke Uhlenbruch presided. My paper was up first, and it turned out there was no projector, and so my slides – which had no point to them other than [Read More…]

Gods, Machines, and Blogs

I recently became aware that Frauke Uhlenbruch, who chairs the EABS program unit on science fiction and the Bible, has a blog, gods and machines. It will obviously be of interest to academics who study sci-fi, comic books, and/or fandoms. Also of interest is a site connected with the “Fan Studies Network” which works to keep [Read More…]

Dr. Who

I had someone suggest to me that writing “Dr. Who” is inappropriate, as it should always be “Doctor Who.” That can only be said by someone who has only been watching for a relatively short number of years…or at least, not since the beginning. Here is the way the credits looked back when the show [Read More…]

The Plot of Star Wars Episode VII is Now Known

It is now known that Star Wars Episode VII, the first Star Wars film to be made since Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars from George Lucas, will involve time travel and an attempt to rewrite the earlier history depicted in the prequels. How do I know this? Because J. J. Abrams is going [Read More…]

Who Is Your Savior?

Phil Plait shared several links related to Doctor Who and religion – from this video on the PBS Idea Channel, asking “Is Doctor Who a Religion?”… …to this comic at Home on the Strange about a Whovian responding to a door-to-door evangelist: [Read more…]