Fan Studies Network North America Conference 2019

October 24 – 26, 2019

College of Communication, DePaul University, Chicago, IL


We are delighted to announce the second FSN North America Conference, which will take place October 24-26, 2019 at DePaul University in Chicago. Proposals are now being accepted on all aspects of fandom, including (but not limited to):

  • fandom and sports
  • fandom and music
  • media fandoms
  • theatrical fandom
  • anime and manga fandom
  • video game fandom
  • K-pop and K-drama fandom
  • celebrity fandoms
  • historical fandoms
  • literary fandoms
  • fandom and identity
  • anti-fandom and toxic fandom
  • fandoms and material culture
  • politics in/and fandom
  • fan studies methodologies
  • interdisciplinarity in/and fan studies
  • transnational/transcultural fan studies
  • fandom platforms and networks
  • representations of fans

We particularly encourage proposals that engage with race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, age, disability, and other aspects of power and identity as they intersect with fan communities, practices, activities, and/or identities.

First-time attendees, fan-scholars and researchers at all stages of study are invited to submit proposals for:

  • Individual papers (500 words)
  • Pre-constituted panels (500 words for each paper, plus 250 word panel proposal, 3-4 participants)
  • Roundtables (500 words)
  • Workshops (500 words)
  • Speedgeeking (250 words; speedgeeking involves making a short ‘elevator pitch’ about an idea you’re working on to several groups of 5-7 people, who then give feedback. It’s been a popular part of FSN conferences in the UK, and we had a great time with it at our own first conference last year!)

In response to feedback following our inaugural conference, we are aiming to reduce the ‘silo effect’ in panels by both encouraging submissions of pre-constituted panels and requiring 3-5 keywords for individual paper proposals. We encourage you to think creatively about the different ways your paper(s) might intersect thematically with others.

Proposals are due no later than May 1, 2019, using the submission form HERE. For questions, please contact us at Information about our venue and lodging options is available on our website:

Keynote Speakers: Coming Soon!


Conference Organizers: Paul Booth, Lori Morimoto, Louisa Stein, Lesley Willard

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