I did a round-up post about this time last year as a way of kind of giving myself a little pep talk as I continue down the road of independent scholarship. That path was cemented a bit further this year with my last (unsuccessful) stab at the academic job market, and I’m now in the process of leaving one of my two adjuncting jobs in order to devote more time to writing.
2015 turned out to be a pretty busy year, all told. To wit:
- gave a paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference entitled, “Sherlock and Nation-Branded Boy Booms in Japan“
- gave a paper at the Console-ing Passions conference held in Dublin, Ireland (for which I won a travel award!) entitled, “Sherlock and the British Actor Boom: ‘Regifting’ Female Fandom in Japan“
- gave a paper at the Fan Studies Network Conference held at the University of East Anglia, entitled, “Setting the Stage: The Origins of Modern Foreign ‘Boy Booms’ in Japan” (which, if I’m being honest, I didn’t think was a very good paper in the end. A lot of what I had thought was a good idea to talk about turned out to be more half-baked than not, and the end result wasn’t very satisfying to me)
- wrote a bunch of blog posts, many of which you can find here but also including:
- finally, I was able to participate in a week of Hannibal-related posts for In Media Res with Allison McCracken, Rebecca Williams, Melanie Kohnen, and KT Torrey; my piece is still kind of a work in progress: Situating Hannibal within the ‘Fullerverse’: Now More than Ever Seems It Rich to Die
In addition, Bertha Chin and I co-edited a recently-released special section of the online journal Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies on transcultural fandom, and we’re currently in the final stages of revising a new essay on transcultural fandom and the imagined community for inclusion in an upcoming fan studies anthology, so at least some writing has happened this year.
I was also given the opportunity to speak with/to undergraduate students on transcultural fandom by Anne Jamison (for her course on fanfiction at Princeton University) and Paul Booth (at DePaul University) – both of which were probably more fun for me than the students, as I almost never get to talk about stuff I really love. I remain available for birthday parties, mitzvahs of all kinds, and classroom lectures (in person or via Skype), should anyone be in the market for a little transcultural fandom. Or Hannibal. I can also talk about Hannibal; in fact, I’ve done little else lately, culminating in a series of videographic essay exercises intended to help me get a better sense of how to do video criticism:
I also taught myself to fanvid just a bit; this one is the best, IMO:
Next year is already filling up (which is to say, I need to stop taking on new work): four essays and a book manuscript, two conferences, and one Hannibal fan convention in October because Hannibal! Best show ever. I don’t say that lightly. Watch it.