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Call for Chapters – Fame and Fandom: Functioning on and offline (provisional title)



Both celebrity and fan studies have experienced significant growth in recent years. While different in trajectory, both fields are intimately connected through an emphasis on the impact and implications of popular culture. Often scholars in fan and celebrity studies examine similar cultural phenomena from different scholarly perspectives; be it representation or responses to media texts, construction or deconstruction of famous persona, or the affordances of online platforms to foster interaction. To date, a consolidated approach to the study of fans and celebrities and points of intersection, is relatively rare.



Two conferences were held at the end of 2019 in Australia aimed to address the intersections between celebrity and fan studies. One conference, focusing on fan studies, was held by the Fan Studies Network Australasia (FSNA); the other on fame, celebrity and fandom held by the Fame and Persona Research Consortium (FPRC). To extend the discussion from the conferences and further explore intersections between fan and celebrity studies, a proposal for an edited volume will be submitted to the University of Iowa Press.



We call for submissions for chapters and invite scholars in both celebrity and fan studies to consider the practical, theoretical and social implications of intersections between celebrity and fan studies.



We invite submissions from scholars in all regions of the world, but especially encourage submissions from scholars researching celebrity and fan studies in Asia and the Pacific.


Topics include, but are not limited to:



  *   Online fan/celebrity interactions
  *   Offline fan/celebrity interactions
  *   Overlap between on/offline fan and celebrity practices
  *   Intersections between fan and celebrity studies
  *   Rethinking para-social relationships
  *   Diversifying study of media texts, fans and celebrities



Submission materials:

Please submit 800-word extended abstracts addressing the following:

  *   Theoretical/conceptual framework
  *   Methodology
  *   Argument
  *   Indicative conclusions



Please also include a 150-200-word bio.



Extended abstracts should be sent to: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by February 29th 2020.



Key Dates:

Submission of extended abstracts: February 29th 2020

Notification of acceptance: March 15th 2020

Submission of book proposal: June/July 2020


Regards,
Celia
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Dr Celia Lam

Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural studies

Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



School of International Communications

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Room 337, Trent Building

199 Taikang East Road

Ningbo 315100



+86 (0) 574 8818 0000 - 8453 | nottingham.edu.cn<https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/>



Recent publications

(2019) Aussie Fans: Uniquely Placed in Global Popular Culture<https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609386573/aussie-fans>. University of Iowa Press (edited volume)

(2019) Our Aussie Divas: Interrogating Australian Identity through Audience Reactions to Australia's Eurovision Entrants, chapter in Eurovision and Australia<https://www.springer.com/cn/book/9783030200572>, Palgrave Macmillan

(2019)'True bromance: the authenticity behind the Stewart/McKellen relationship<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19392397.2017.1365615>', Celebrity Studies Journal

(2018) International TV series distribution on Chinese digital platforms: Marketing strategies and audience engagement <http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2059436418806406> , Global Media and China
(2018) Personas and Places: Negotiating Myths, Stereotypes and National Identities<https://www.amazon.com/Personas-Places-Negotiating-Stereotypes-Identities/dp/0993993893>, WaterHill Publishing (edited volume)
(2018) Disassembling the Celebrity Figure: Credibility and the Incredible<https://brill.com/view/title/35653?format=PBK&offer=368089>, Brill (edited volume)
(2018) ‘Grant’ing a voice: the representation, activity and agency of Stan Grant<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19392397.2018.1432418>, Celebrity Studies Journal available as eprint<http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/MUUyhZ3cRwcrR22gn4Fr/full>
(2018) 'Representing (real) Australia: Australia’s Eurovision entrants, diversity and Australian identity<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19392397.2018.1432354>', Celebrity Studies Journal available as eprint<http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/MxumsteeDUfhyuxyqUpb/full>
(2018) 'X-Men bromance: film, audience and promotion'<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19392397.2018.1426026>, Celebrity Studies Journal available as eprint<http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ceJcT7M7aTDQK7cP49Y7/full>

(2017) 'The function of hosts: enabling fan–celebrity interactions at pop culture conventions<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10304312.2017.1391177>', Continuum available as eprint <http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/u7EVZZDY9tukusXpDvBi/full>

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