Fan Studies Network Australasia Conference 2019

Country: Australia

City: Melbourne

Abstr. due: 15.07.2019

Dates: 11.12.19 — 13.12.19

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Sociology; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Swinburne University of Technology


For the 2019 FSN Australasia Conference, we turn to a focus on the impact of technological, cultural, and media change on shifting fan practices, and vice versa: the impact of fan practices on technological, cultural, and media change. The Conference aims to showcase diverse approaches to a wide range of fan communities and practices across four core areas: screen and digital cultures (such as film, television, videogames, online and other digital media); public leisure cultures (such as sport, theme parks, festivals and conventions, popular culture stores, and concerts); audio cultures (such as podcasts, radio, and music); and material cultures (such as comic books, toys, books, and board games).

In focusing on technological and industrial change, the conference aims to address pressing questions relevant to a wide range of disciplines, such as: how does the dominance of streaming services in the contemporary entertainment media landscape influence the formation of fandoms and fan practices? What role do digital platforms – from social media to taste curation websites like LetterBoxd – play in the mainstreaming of fandom? Do hacker and maker cultures, such as those that surround videogames, necessitate new theorisations of fan cultures? How do interactions in public spaces between fandoms from different cultural spheres affect or reshape fan practices and identities (for instance, in the case of Melbourne’s “Marvel Stadium” sporting arena, which connects sporting and comic book/superhero fan cultures)?

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words (with 150 word bio) to be submitted by 15th July 2019 for presentations that address any aspect of fandom or fan studies. We also welcome collated submissions for pre-constituted panels of three to four presenters. We encourage new members in all stages of their career to the network, and welcome proposals for presentations on, but not limited to, the following topics:
Screen and Digital Cultures

Topics may include:

    Online and digital vernacular creativity

    Streaming services

    Curatorial culture

    Vernacular criticism

    Fan practices around and using specific media


    Hacker, homebrew, and maker cultures

    Digital heritage

Public Leisure Cultures

Topics may include:

    Sporting team fandoms and fan practices

    Festivals and conventions

    The role of restaurants/cafes in fan cultures

    The public mainstreaming of fan or geek cultures

    Theme park fandoms and fan practices

    Film music and other fan-oriented concerts

    Comic book/popular culture stores and groups

    The GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives

    and museums)

Audio Cultures

Topics may include:

    Podcast fandom and fan podcasts

    Music fan practices and fandoms

    Music streaming and curatorial culture

    Radio fandom and fan practices

Material Cultures

Topics may include:

    Comic book fandoms and fan practices

    Archival and other materially-based fan practices

    Toys for fans

    Collecting and collections

    Book fandoms and fan practices

    Board game fandoms and fan practices

    Fandom and clothing

Across all of these areas, papers are welcome that approach issues such as audience research and fan studies methodologies; accessibility of fan cultures and fan studies; anti-fandom and toxic practices; fan labour; transcultural and transnational fandom; fan/industry relationships (subversions, interactions, appropriations); inter-generational fandoms and fan practices; the ethics of studying participatory culture and fandom; transgressive fan practices and fandoms (ie alt-right and serial killer fan cultures); shipping, slash fiction, and other queer fan practices; and the intersections between media/industry change and shifting fan practices.

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