FSN North America reaffirms our dedication to advancing and promoting conversations about race and fandom within the field of fan studies. We recommit to uplifting marginalized voices and continuing to decenter the whiteness of fan studies at both our annual conference and through our online presence. We pledge to help make fan studies a welcoming and progressive space for all, and that includes a consistent effort to address critiques, make necessary changes, and do better.

Call for Papers

Fan Studies Network North America Virtual Conference 2021

October 20-24, 2021

For this year, we have decided to host the Fan Studies Network North America conference as a virtual event, building on the success of last year’s virtual conference. We will hold FSN-NA 2021 over four days in October to encourage participation and access while hopefully avoiding Zoom mental overload. The conference will combine synchronous and asynchronous conversations. As we did last year, rather than traditional papers, we will have virtual workshops, salons, and posters. Please note: we are not requesting standard paper formats, as this conference emphasizes collective conversation.

Workshops should be interactive and involve some form of “hands on” engagement of attendees, however that might be interpreted in a zoom context. Workshops can be led by 2-4 attendees.

Roundtables should be discussion oriented, with only brief opening comments from participants rather than formal papers. Roundtables can be led by 1-2 attendees and explore a range of topics. Initial proposals for possible roundtable topics from leaders are due by July 1st, followed by open call for participants once topics have been chosen (200 word response due August 1st). Once accepted, roundtable participants will then write 300-500 word perspectives/abstracts on that roundtable’s topic, which they will share with the other roundtable conversation participants a few days before their session.

Posters offer the opportunity to share works in progress and evolving questions. These would be akin to the in-person speed-geeking, but will be open to scholars at all stages of their careers. These should not be heavily text-based but rather presented asynchronously in a design-oriented visual and/or auditory format. These could be, for example, infographic posters or short form video essays or audio pieces (limit five minutes). For examples from last year’s conference, please see TWC Vol 35 Section, scroll down to “Multimedia” and look at each post for examples: https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc.

HAVE QUESTIONS? SEE OUR FAQ AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

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.

Topics could include (but are not limited to): 

fandom and sports
fandom and music
media fandoms
theatrical fandom
anime and manga fandom
doungha, manhua, and web novel fandoms
stan culture
boys love/yaoi/danmei 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
ethical questions in fan research
interdisciplinarity in/and fan studies
transnational/transcultural fan studies
fandom platforms and networks
representations of fans

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

Pre-constituted workshops (300 word proposal for each workshop, plus 200 word proposal for each workshop participant)

Roundtables (300 words for initial topic proposals; 200 words for participant proposals)

Posters (200 word proposal)

INITIAL ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS and WORKSHOP PROPOSALS are due by July 1.

POSTER PROPOSALS and ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANT PROPOSALS are due by August 1.

Please submit proposals using the submission form HERE

For questions, please contact us at fsnna.conference@gmail.com. Information on registration and membership cost is forthcoming. 

Information about Keynote Speakers & Closing Plenary: Coming Soon!

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

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FAQ

Answers to some questions we’ve gotten about the range of ways to participate in #FSNNA21

POSTERS:

We’re think of these as a way to present early-stage research, so presenters can get feedback; basically a more visual iteration of the f2f “speedgeeking” of past conferences. Poster proposals are due AUGUST 1

WORKSHOPS:

  • We envision workshops of between 60 and 90 minutes, although – being virtual – this is flexible and can be adjusted based on the needs of the workshop organizers

  • You would be able to contact participants ahead of time to find out if they would be willing to share work that could be used as sample questions for group demonstrations or exercises – we can assist with that

  • It’s fine if workshops are theoretical rather than hands-on; our main goal is to avoid talking heads and focus more on active engagement

  • “Pre-constituted” means workshops with between two and four moderators (with an emphasis, again, on interaction and active engagement rather than default paper presentation)

  • Proposals for Workshops, including those from individual participants, are due JULY 1

ROUNDTABLES:

1. We envision that one or two people will propose a topic for a discussion they will moderate and others will apply to be respondents, which breaks down to this timeline:

  • Roundtable Proposal (max 300 words for topic proposals) due JULY 1

  • Then we send out a list of accepted roundtable proposals by JULY 15. We will then accept preliminary responses to the proposals through AUGUST 1.

  • A week or so before the conference, those selected as respondents will send that roundtable’s participants a 300-500 word abstract that reflects your current thinking on the subject*

*our assumption is that you’ll probably have more/other thoughts between August and October, which can be reflected here

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

INITIAL ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS and WORKSHOP PROPOSALS are due by July 1.

POSTER PROPOSALS and ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANT PROPOSALS are due by August 1.