FSN North America 2019 – Conference Schedule


Thursday October 24

Registration: 4:00-6:00 pm
Reception: 5:45-6:30 pm

SPEEDGEEKING: 6:30-7:30 pm
Organizer: Lesley Willard
Effie Sapuridis, Crafting Daphne Greengrass in Fanon: An Analysis of the Creation of a Minor Role Character through Fanfiction
Miyoko Conley, How Fanon Becomes Canon: EXO, Free!, and the Nebulous Transnational Fandom Archive
Andy Elrick, A Losing Battle: NFL Fandom in America’s Rust Belt


Friday October 25

KEYNOTE 1: 8:45-9:45 am

Crazy Rich and Other Asian American Fandoms
Dr. Lori Kido Lopez

After decades of activism focused on breaking into mainstream media industries, Asian Americans have finally begun to see the fruits of their labor with numerous movies and TV shows featuring Asian Americans both in front of and behind the camera.  How does the success of media including Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Fresh Off the Boat provide a new opportunity to better understand Asian American fandoms and audiences?  Building from the insights of critical race theory and fan studies, this research investigates these moments of increased visibility and what they can teach us about the racialized dimensions of fannish affect and the future of Asian American fan-activism.

Session 1 (10:00-11:30 am)

1A: THE DIS(COURSE)
Chair: Mel Stanfill
Kathryn Parrott, Sorry for the ‘Discourse’ on Your Blog: I Wish It Weren’t Sheith: Tactics of Social Control Among the ‘Antis’ of Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender
Zack Stielger, Reboots as Reclamation: She-Ra, Reimagined identity, and Toxic Fan Cultures
Mel Stanfill, The Many Lives of ‘Anti’ Fandom

1B: POP MUSIC FANDOM, IDENTITY, AND POWER IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Chair: Jacqueline Johnson
Paxton Haven, I AM NOT IN A CULT: Poppy and Digital Pop Music  Superfandom
Alyxandra Vesey, Crafty Queens: Drag Race Merchandise and the Business of Being a Ru Girl
Jacqueline Johnson, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit: Constructing “The Holy Trinity” as Black Feminist Praxis

1C: INSERT/EMBODY
Chair: Poe Johnson
Poe Johnson, Blackface Minstrelsy and the Fandomization of the Black Body
Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols, Harley Quinn: Appearance, Fan Identity(s) and International Cosplay
Angela Fazekas, Reclaiming Mary Sue: The Queer Intimacy of Self- Insert Fanfiction

1D: MENTORING MEETUP
Chair: Lesley Willard

Lunch (not catered): 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Session 2 (1:00-2:30 pm)

2A: FAN META
Chair: Louisa Stein
Adrienne E. Raw, Mediating Fan to Fandom: Social Roles of Discussion in Online Fan Spaces
Charity Fowler, “Welcome to the party? It’s a real bisexual alien blast around here”: Fan Meta on Representations of Bisexuality and the Specter of Biphobia
Miranda Steege, The Erotics of Queer Reading: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Queers

2B: AUDIO FANDOMS
Chair: Lauren Rouse
Simon Nugent, The Inception of ‘Time’: Toward an Understanding of Film Music Fandom
Lauren Rouse, The Audio Media Revolution: The Influence of Podcasts on the Creation of Fandom, Fanon, and Cultural Responses
Olivia Riley, Podfic: Queer Structures of Listening

2C: FAN BODIES
Chair: Leah Steuer
Leah Steuer, Taste Culture: Fan Food as Sensorial Cosplay and Virtual Pilgrimage
Kathy Cacace, Don’t Poke With Your Thumb: Translating Physical Thrill in Instagram’s Slime Community
Danielle Hart, Cripping Fan Performance: Disabled Cosplayers and  Cosplaying Disability
Caitlin McCann, Sexual Swords & Death Star Delights: Inside the Bodily Pleasures of Fan Sex Toys

2D: Roundtable: FAN STUDIES AND ALT-AC CAREERS
Chair: Shannon Farley
Shannon Farley
Tisha Turk
Katie Anderson Howell
Lori Morimoto

Session 3 (3:00-4:30 pm)

3A: “MY FATE, MY DESTINY, MY END”: RECONTEXTUALIZING SPORTS FANDOM
Respondent: Samantha Close
Seth Tannenbaum, Baseball Fans, Nostalgia, and Race: Camden Yards as a Window Onto the Nation
Noah Cohan, Freeing the Fans from Our Silos: Revisiting the Disjuncture Between Sports Studies’ and Pop Culture Studies’ Perspectives on Fandom

3B: AGENCY IN MUSIC FANDOMS
Chair: Jacinta Yanders
Donna Baker, Rock and Roll Traveling Exhibits, or the Portable Shrine
Valerie Gritsch, ‘Something Happened on the Day He Died’: How David Bowie Fans Transformed Brixton
Sascha Buchanan, “We Don’t Need to be Putting Black Women Against Each Other”: The Beyoncé/Rihanna Juxtaposition and Fan Labor

3C: TRANS_FAN STUDIES
Chair: Jonathan A Rose
Emory James Edwards, The Trans Fan from 1997 to 2019: Terminology and Tagging, Identity and Community
Lucy Baker, Gender Creatives
Jonathan A Rose, Trans Studies and Fan Studies – Critical, Political, Transformative: Tracing Connections, Similarities and Overlaps Between Two ‘Undisciplined’ Disciplines

3D: SLASH & QUEER READINGS
Chair: Katherine E Morrissey
Alexis Lothian, White Queer Utopias and Fantasies of Representation: Slash Fanfiction’s Racial Imaginary
Katherine E. Morrissey, The Death of Slash
Peter Balestrieri, Curator, Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections, for Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries

Session 4 (5:00-6:30 pm)

4A: INCREASING SPORTS ENGAGEMENT THROUGH FAN PARTICIPATION
Chair: Allison Levin
Samantha Close, The Three Faces of Esports Fandom and the Problem with Abstraction
Allison Levin, This Is My Walk-Up Song: How Music Influences Baseball Fandom
Brett Siegel, “Atmosphere producers”: NFL Cheerleaders as Fans, Athletes, and/or Employees

4B: “I KEEP ON DANCIN’ (COME ON AND SHOW ME HOW YOU WORK)”:  CHOREOGRAPHY, LABOR, AND THE PRACTICES OF DANCE FANDOM
Chair: Jacinta Yanders
Archer Porter, Homemade Homage: Domesticity, Intimacy, and the Practice of Dance Fandom on Social Media
Alexandra Harlig, Dance to the Music: Fandom and/as Self-Promotion in  Hip-Hop Class Videos

4C: MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES AND FANNISH WORLD-MAKING
Moderator: Alexis Lothian
Brienne Adams, ‘Where All Your Dreams Begin’: Identity Possibilities in the  Fandom of Between Women
Damien Hagen, My Gender is Bigger on the Inside: Doctor Who as a Trans  Media Object
Alex Thomas, The Dual Imagining: Afrofuturism, Queer Performance, and  Black Cosplayers

Vid Show: 7:00-8:00 pm


Saturday, October 26

KEYNOTE 2: 8:45-9:45 am

Finding Joy and Power through Parody in the Age of Online Stan Culture
Keidra Chaney

Much of present pop music fan culture, particularly online, is built around “stan” culture –  fan worship and the confrontational defense of an artist as someone who can do no wrong, or as an extension of a fan’s own values. In such a polarized and narrow view of music and celebrity culture, where does humor – and critique – fit in?

Many music subcultures and fandoms have shorthand methods of discussing topics and inside jokes that only make sense within the group. Within many music fan communities, snark fandom, parody and memes can exist as a means to share fandom content with others, while reminding each other that the object of interest is imperfect and flawed, yet still worthy of interest and respect.

I’ll explore how fans use parody and satire as a space for critique of the music industry, artists, and fandom itself. I’ll also talk about how the intersections of gender and race often play a role in how humor is constructed within fandoms and often exploited/appropriated by media companies.

Decolonizing Research & Teaching Workshop: 10:00-11:00 am

Session 5 (11:15 am-12:45 pm)

5A: FAN STATUS AND HIERARCHIES
Chair: Aya Esther Hayashi
Aya Esther Hayashi, Can Anyone Be a Star(Kid)? Re-examining  Participatory Culture, Microcelebrity, and Hierarchies in Media Fandom
Georgia Carroll, Money Can’t Buy You Love But Can It Buy You Fandom  Status? The Commodification of Fandom and its Impact on Fans
Courtney McLaren, Factory Music: Fandom, Industry and ‘Authentic’ K-Pop
Taylore Woodhouse, Clashing in Contact Zones: Bilingual Fans as  Community Builders in Transnational Fandom

5B: POLITICS & ACTIVISM
Chair: Rachel Winter
Rachel Winter, True Gritty: Gritty as a Symbol of Regional and Political  Identity
Katie Googe, Go Do Something Good: Fan Engagement and the Politics of The Good Place
Susan Noh, Ambivalent Activism: Performing Cosmopolitan Fan Identities

5C: FANS AND CANONS IN ACTUAL-PLAY TTRPG SHOWS
Chair: Elise Vist
Maria Alberto, “I shrink the door”: What We Mean by “Canon” in D&D
Elise Vist, Their Game or Our Show? Creating a White Canon in Critical  Role
Ceci Moffett, “Every Taako is Canon!”: Canon Creation and the  Circumventing of Toxic Recoil in The Adventure Zone

Box Lunch & Optional Vid Show Discussion : 12:45-1:45 pm

Session 6 (1:45-3:15 pm)

6A: FANDOM AND/AS COMMERCIAL LOGICS
Moderator: Melanie Kohnen
Peyton Brunet, Isabella Jorgensen, and Blair Davis, Female Fans and Teen titles in the Golden Age of Comics
Lesley Willard, Fandom and/as Industry: Fan Professionalization in the  Post-Network TV Industry
Ben Riggs, Revisiting MythBusters: Science Fandom and Participatory Television

6B: HASHTAG CAMPAIGNS
Chair: Paul Booth
Rusty Hatchell, #SaveDaredevil: Fan Campaigns and the Television Industry
Sarah E.S. Sinwell, (Re)Casting Ruby Rose: Mapping Queer Fan Backlash on  Twitter
Liz Laurie, Anyone Can Cosplay, and Cosplay is for Everyone!

6C: TRANSFORMING TROPES
Chair: Lori Morimoto
Emily Coccia, Posthuman Pleasures and Long Lost Sex Acts: Eroticism in the Fanfiction Archive
Louisa Stein, Genre Play in C-Drama Alternative Universe FMVs
Tisha Turk and Shannon Farley, Vidding the Glass Closet: Pleasure and Interpretation in Fan Vids and Phanvids
Jessie Salfen, Joan Didion, Transformed

Session 7 (3:45-5:15 pm)

7A: FAN LABOR
Chair: Lesley Willard
Benjamin Woo and Alyssa Tremblay, Fan Lovebor’s Cost: Boundary-Work and Affective Labor in a Con Event Organization
Michael Iantorno, Fans of the Game: Love for the Code
Latina Vidolova, Translating Commercial Space Into a Fan Public: Viki  Volunteers, K-Dramas, and the Amazing, Ambivalent Afterlife of  Fansubbing

7B: FANFICTION PERSPECTIVES
Chair: Kristina Busse
Kristina Busse, Fan Fiction as Historiographic Storytelling
Anna Wilson and Noah Houghton, The Reader X Project: A New Digital Tool for Researching Fanfiction
Suzanne Black, Corresponding Selves: An Epistolary Understanding of  Subjectivity in Captain America Fanfiction
Anne Jamison, Look Back in Angria (The Bronte Family Fandom)

7C: BRANDING & PLAY
Chair: Lori Morimoto
Viada Botoric, Adult Fans of LEGO in the Branded Participatory Playground
Jacqueline Land, Get your Indiginerd On! Branding Indigenous Comic Con,  Defining Indigenous Media Markets
Anne Trinidad, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”: The Wit And Humor of Filo Fans Against All Angst

Session 8 (5:30-7:00 pm)

8A: THE FANDOM OF PROFESSIONALS AND THE PROFESSIONALIZATION  OF FANDOM
Chair: Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown, Getting on Stage: From Comedy Fan to Stand-Up Comic
Andrea Ruehlicke, The Fan Practitioners of Canadian Cooking Competitions
Chera Kee, #CopyPasteCris: Fan Hierarchies, Fan Labor, and the State of  Digital Publishing
Jeffrey M. Tienes, How to Become a Professional Rapper: Lessons Learned  from Pittsburgh’s Underground Music Scene

8B: LICENSES & LEGALITIES
Chair: Stacy Lantagne
Carter Moulton, Cease-and-Desist (Or Resist): Fan Events and the  ‘Experience Economy’
Stacey Lantagne, Making Intellectual Property Sexy: From Trademarking  COCKY to Copyrighting Omegaverse
Tanya D. Zuk, Licensing Fan Works, Merchandising as Collaborative  Authorship

Optional Night Out: 8:00 pm