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From: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/category/cultural-studies-and-historical-approaches

Call for Papers

Stardom and Fandom

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


44th Annual Conference, February 22-25, 2023

Marriott Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Submissions open on August 15, 2022

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2022


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 44th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom. The list of ideas below is limited, so if you have an idea that is not listed, please suggest the new topic. We are an interdisciplinary area and encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

Topics might include:

    Studies of individual celebrities and their fans
    Studies focused on specific fandoms
    The reciprocal relationship between stars and fans
    Impact of celebrity and fame on identity construction, reconstruction and sense of self
    Reality television and the changing definition of ‘stardom’
    The impact of social media and its various platforms on celebrity/fan interaction
    Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change
    The intersection of stars and fans in virtual and physical spaces (Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, conventions)
    Celebrity and the construction of persona
    Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom
    Anti-fans and ‘haters’
    Fan shame, wank, and fandom policing
    Gendered constructions of stars and fans
    Historical studies of fandom and fan/celebrity interaction

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required. 

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page. 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2022. 

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2023.  SWPACA also offers travel fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference will be available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

For 2023, we are excited to be at a new venue, the Marriott Albuquerque (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110), which boasts free parking and close proximity to dining, shopping, and other delights. In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

If you have any questions about the Stardom and Fandom area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Lynn Zubernis, Professor, West Chester University, at [log in to unmask]  If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at [log in to unmask], and a member of the executive team will get back to you.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!