One of the things about being an ‘independent scholar’ (read: marginally employed adjunct and sole beneficiary of the M. Morimoto Foundation for Scholarly Spouses) is that it can be a bit difficult to get a sense of yourself as a scholar. I’m fortunate in a lot of ways, not least of which is that fan studies is a particularly independent scholar-friendly field; still, I sometimes need to take stock to figure out exactly what I’ve been doing.
So, with that in mind, I give you the year in productivity.
- Gave a paper at the Cult Cinema and Technological Change conference, Aberystwyth University, called “Video Killed the Martial Arts Star: Distribution Technologies and the Vagaries of Jackie Chan Fandom in Japan”
- Gave a paper at the Fan Studies Network Conference 2014, Regents University, called “Transcultural Fandom In/As Contact Zone,” which will be an article in an upcoming special issue of Participations; in the meantime, it was basically the slightly more academic version of this Tumblr post
- Finished the effing translation from hell, which is now scheduled for release in February, 2015
- Began The Fan Meta Reader
- Began The Fan Studies Reading Group
- Wrote the following blog posts (there’s a theme here; see if you can guess what it is. Go on, guess.):
- Participated in the OTW’s “The Future of Fanworks” academic panel
- Participated in Three Patch Podcast’s “Lustful Cock Monster” episode
- wrote book reviews for upcoming issues of Cinema Journal and Critical Studies in Television
- reviewed a manuscript for Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media
Additionally, since this is a new blog, two things I did last year that I’d like to draw attention to were the publication of two pieces:
- (co-authored with Bertha Chin) “Towards a Theory of Transcultural Fandom” (Participations 10.1)
- “Trans-cult-ural Fandom: Desire, technology and the transformation of fan subjectivities in the Japanese female fandom of Hong Kong stars” (Transformative Works and Cultures 14)
Coming up next year: a paper presentation at the 2015 conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, possibly two more presentations (possibly not – jury’s still out), publication of the book I translated (which has nothing to do with me, really, but it’s kind of cool), a co-edited themed journal section, a journal article, two book chapters, one book proposal and (hopefully) book manuscript. So, you know, enough to keep me off the streets.