This is the text (and some of the slides) of the presentation I gave at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference on March 27, 2015. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll recognize some of the discussion here.
I’ve had this blog sitting on my WordPress sites for awhile now, with no idea how to kick it off. But having just finished a really fantastic weekend at The Fan Studies Network Conference 2014, a recap of what went on there seemed as good a place to begin as any. And it was, truly, a fantastic weekend. Overall, what stood out to me the most was just how diverse the crowd was – keynote speakers, paper presenters, and attendees alike came from a variety of backgrounds and, within academia, different points and positions in our careers. Independent scholars, established academics, graduate (and undergraduate!) students; journalists and media producers and marketers; people arriving from as far away from London as Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Edmonton all gathered together under the Regents University roof made it a fantastic opportunity to talk about fan studies from a wide variety of perspectives.