Odds and Ends: The Art of the Title I’ll admit upfront: historically, I’ve been an awful title writer. I literally have a published paper called “Trans-cult-ural Fandom: Desire, Technology, and the Transformation of Fan Subjectivities in the Japanese Female Fandom of Hong Kong Stars” – a mostly good article that will probably never get much […]
Where no one has gone before? When you’re trying to make an argument for the importance and significance of your proposed paper, it’s tempting – so very tempting – to claim that what you’re doing has never been done before. If you find yourself writing words to that effect, stop, go to Google Scholar, and […]
I had a professor in graduate school – a Big Name, highly respected in the field, and also a very nice man – who came to every department colloquium, every job talk, and frequently asked the same question at the end of every presentation: “So what?” It sounds terrifying, but he really wasn’t asking for […]
The idea of presenting at a conference can feel intimidating and nerve-wracking when you’re first getting started, but with a little demystification conferencing can become something to look forward to as well. In this series of posts, I’ll be talking about how to write your proposal, the differences between paper and panel proposals, how to […]
I’ve been doing this every year since 2015, and it’s a good way of kind of charting for myself what I’ve managed to do over the course of the previous year… although I’m a bit hard-pressed to remember exactly what it all was, tbh. So we can start with: ongoing peri-menopause, which continues to be […]
As some of you know, I’ve been organizing a trip to Japan for a small number of media & fan studies academics which is beginning just under three weeks, on Dec. 15. People will sometimes ask – about anything, not just this – well, how did it get started? And there are three answers: With […]
Despite the fact that I’ve managed to do nothing productive for several weeks now, it’s actually been a busy month or two. I presented a paper on the online fandom of Yuri!!! on Ice at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Toronto; while there, I was also able to hang out […]
If you’re looking not to be spoiled, please go no further. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone! I will say I liked it, so if you didn’t, more power to you and I really don’t want to debate anything.
I (seem to) do this recap of the year’s milestones every year, and since I don’t anticipate any more happening for the remainder of the year (other than my son turning 10 OMG TEN in exactly one week), this seems as good a time as any to do the thing.
*warning for show-typical gore/violence At the first entirely fan-run convention for NBC’s Hannibal (2013-2015), Fannibal Fest Toronto, guest Vladmir Cubrt (who played serial killer Garrett Jacob Hobbs in the series) observed that he had originally expected Hannibal fans to be like other horror genre fans, only to find that we have more similarities to the […]