Read the interviews with Katherine Larson and Lynn Zubernis about their own fandom and what compelled them to edit their new book Fan Phenomena: Supernatural.
We started out as fans of the series and then began examining what was happening to us, in part because our reaction to the show was so visceral and compelling – really like nothing we’d ever encountered before. This of course led to research – it’s what we do as academics – and the discovery of an entire field of study. First we were hooked on the show and then we were hooked on the field itself. After that there was no looking back. And, after researching the Supernatural fandom for several years and from all perspectives (that of the fan, the producer and the academics) and producing two other books on the fandom, it seemed a natural fit to edit this volume. It was also a place where we could allow some of those other voices – fan and producer – to exist side by side with the more academic explorations of the series.
28th May 2014, 9am - 6pm
Re-Imagining the City examines how contemporary processes of globalization are transforming cultural experience and production in urban spaces. It maps how cultural productions in art, architecture, and communications media are contributing to the re-imagining of place and identity through events, artifacts, and attitudes. This book recasts how we understand cities, how knowledge can be formed, framed, and transferred through cultural production and how that knowledge is mediated through the construction of aesthetic meaning and value.
To find out more about the symposium please visit their website www.rmit.edu.au/art/research/transformationsymposium
Up for grabs today is Fan Phenomena: The Hunger Games. For a chance to win send the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Who originally owned Katniss' Mockingjay pin?
A free copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is up for grabs!
For your chance to win send your answer to the following question to email@example.com by the end of the day:
What was Audrey Hepburn's first significant film role?
The Journal of Design, Business & Society is a scholarly peer reviewed journal that publishes high-quality academic papers, case studies, and critiques that examine the role of design in business or society, as well as book reviews of relevant literature. We aim to promote cross-disciplinary research, and therefore, in addition to soliciting design papers, we are also interested in receiving manuscripts on research about design that are coming from non-design areas, such as business, marketing, management, health, psychology, social sciences, environmental sciences, and so on. The journal is published twice a year by the international academic publisher Intellect. The journal also commissions special issues with guest editors.
Ekaterina Loy, Intellect (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zachary Ingle, editor of Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski, discusses his own fandom and what drew him to the Fan Phenomena series:
Not sure this applies, thoroughly everyday characterisation, which is part of the attraction!
Editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I was encouraged to write a volume of the Fan Phenomena series by a colleague and friend from the Whedon Studies Association. Being deeply involved in Buffy fandom, from co-leading a university course that used the series to explore issues of human nature to planning a party to celebrate Buffy's 30th birthday at a local comic book store with my GeekGirlCon sisters to being a part of Whedonesque Burlesque (and performing as Joyce Summers) to co-producing a book launch party that turned a Seattle bar into "A Night at the Bronze" to being asked to speak about fan activism as a featured speaker at the 6th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (June 14) all of my interaction and participation as a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has enriched me intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. It's brought me family, self-confidence, community, and so much more. The chance to work with a community of writers and thinkers to delve into the larger impact of this phenomena was a delight and a privilege.
CINESONIKA 4: The Forth International Conference & Festival of Sound Design
Conference Dates: 8-9th July, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Amy Herzog (Queens College, CUNY)
Venue: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions on sound in relation to the moving image. Media thinkers, film scholars, art historians, performance theorists, composers, filmmakers, sound practitioner, multimedia semiotitians, philosphers of perception - we invite these and others to submit proposals for 20 minute panel presentations. All accepted abstracts will be considered for inclusion in the CINESONIKA issue of The Soundtrack academic journal if expanded into papers and submitted for peer review (1000-3000 words for short articles, 5000-6000 words for long papers). Articles should be formatted according to the Intellect Style Guide.
Submit an Abstract - Please wite "Cinesonika 4 Abstract" in the subject heading.
Deadlines for Abstracts (under 500 words): 1st June, 2014
Please submit your abstract and short bio both as attachement (.doc or .pdf) and also pasted into the body of your email submission to email@example.com
International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:
Video Games, Blogging, YouTube
Comic books, Graphic novels, and Cartoons
Theater, Festivals, Spectacles, and Ceremonies
MCP invites interested contributors to send (4,000-8,000 word) essays, short commentaries (2,500-3,000), and book reviews (1,000-2,500) on Indigenous film, new media, social media, and popular cultural politics to the Guest Editor at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before May 30th 2014. Contributors should also include brief biographical notes of approximately 200 words.