Comic Fans, TV fans, film fans – you’re being studied! European Fandom and Fan Studies, a one day symposium, will take place on 10th November 2012 at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies – and they have just issued their “Call for Papers”.
The symposium will be held in the centre of Amsterdam, easily accessible from Amsterdam international airport.
Fan Studies is growing but primarily focused in North America. This one day symposium at the University of Amsterdam seeks to explore the state of Fan Studies and the variety of Fandoms focussed within the broader social and geographical boundaries of Europe.
Inter-disciplinary papers are invited to explore the nature of the field itself or how different fandoms function within Europe. Potential avenues of exploration may include how Fan Studies is represented, studied, and received within European universities, by funding bodies and publishers.
Papers on Fandoms may explore how European (English and non-English speaking) fans of European and non-European objects of fan appreciation participate in fandom, the differences between internet fandoms and local/national/international fan practices, and the different objects of fan appreciation.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Transformative Works
- Fan History
- Fan Infrastructures
- Fan Charity and Activism
- Fan Cultures and Identities
- Impact on Public Policy and Industry Practice
- Economies within Fandom and/or Fan Studies
- Students as Fans
- Fan Studies within Higher Education courses
- Crossing national, cultural, and language boundaries in Fandom and Fan Studies
The symposium is associated with a special issue of the Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures tentatively slated for 2015, with full papers due 1st January, 2014 (now that’s what I call planning ahead).
• Submission Process: Please send a 300 word abstract along with a short (100 word) biographical note to Anne Kustritz (A.M.KustritzATuva.nl) or Emma England (E.E.EnglandATuva.nl) by 10 September 2012
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.