Independent Researcher in Media Studies

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Year in Review: 2018

Year in Review: 2018

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 […]

The Japan Fan Studies Tour: Before

The Japan Fan Studies Tour: Before

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 […]

Catching Up

Catching Up

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 […]

Spoilery First Impressions of The Last Jedi

Spoilery First Impressions of The Last Jedi

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.

The Year in Review: 2017

The Year in Review: 2017

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 […]

Doing What Can’t Be Done

Doing What Can’t Be Done

Or, doing what others can’t do. As I slowly make my peace with not being a ‘real’ (read: employed in an institution of higher learning) academic, I’ve turned my attention to what I do want to do. Although financial precarity is always only an unanticipated […]

Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Just back from the University of Huddersfield, where the 2017 Fan Studies Network Conference was held this year, commemorating both five years of FSN and the opening of the Centre for Participatory Culture there. My biggest takeaway from the conference was a kind of zeitgeist […]

The Year in Review 2016

This seems to be a thing I do every year now, mostly to remind myself that I actually have accomplished some things over the past year. I usually just do professional stuff, but this has been one of THOSE years (I mean, 2016, amirite?), so I […]