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Lauri Mullens <[log in to unmask]>
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  Call for Papers

"Get a Life!"?:  Fan Cultures and Contemporary Television
Spectator, Fall 2005, vol. 25 n. 2

Theme Description:

This issue of the Spectator will focus on the increasingly prominent
area of television fan cultures, looking specifically to extend the
range and types of analyses of behaviors labeled "fannish."  In addition
to looking at fan culture as an active, vital, and productive force (as
opposed to the often noted pathologized notion of fans as obsessed couch
potatoes), this issue will bring together essays that investigate such
questions as the legal status of fan production, the potential impact
that fans can have on the "canonical" texts they engage with; the impact
that changing technologies have had on the development of fan culture
and communities; the way fan activity troubles basic divisions between
producer/consumer, author/viewer (or reader) or active/passive
participant;  and the complex and often contentious relationship between
fans and academics.

Essays may come from a variety of perspectives and focus on television
fan cultures in any country or region.

Deadline for Submission (November 21, 2004)

Spectator is a biannual publication and submissions that address the
above theme are now invited for submission:

Topics may include:

--   investigations of interactions (actual or potential) between show
producers and fans
--the relationship between fans and academics
--analyses of questions of authorship and control of texts
--legal issues in fan production, including (but not limited to
copyright issues, censorship, and pornography)
--analyses of specific types of fan behavior (convention culture, fan
writing/art, collecting, body modification, etc.)
--issues related to specific television fandoms (including well known
ones such as Buffy/Angel, Smallville, Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch, or
smaller, less well known fandoms)
-- investigations of historical precedents for various fan activities
--community and identity building in fandom
--questions of resistance and appropriation in fan activity and producer
--analyses of the impact of technological developments on fan production
and distribution
--the rhetoric of media interactivity and its relation to fandom

Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent by (November
21, 2004) to:

Lauri Mullens
School of Cinema-Television
Division of Critical Studies
University of Southern California
Los Angeles,  CA  90089-2211
Attn. Spectator Submission

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One hard copy of manuscript should be submitted as well as a copy on
disk. Manuscripts should include the title of the contribution and the
name(s) of authors.  Submissions should also include the postal address,
e-mail address, and phone numbers of the author(s) who will work with
the editor on any revisions.  All pages should be numbered
consecutively. Contributions should not be more than 5,000 words.  They
should also include a brief abstract for publicity.  Authors should also
include a brief biography of themselves.  Rejected manuscripts will not
be returned.

Articles submitted to the Spectator should not be under consideration by
any other journal.

Book Reviews may vary in length from 300 to 1,000 words. Please include
title of book, retail price and ISBN at the beginning of the review.

Forum or Additional Section contributions can include works on new
archival or research facilities or methods, interviews, as well as other
relevant works related to the field.

Electronic Submissions and Formatting.  Authors should send copies of
their work via e-mail as electronic attachments. Please keep backup
files of all disks.  Files should be Microsoft Word in PC format.
Endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all
contributors as to image and text requirements.

Current Board for Spectator

Founding Editor
    Marsha Kinder

Managing Editor
    William Whittington

Issue Editor
    Lauri Mullens

      Subscription Information

Individual issues cost $10.00.  Institutional rate for US and Canada is
$30.00 USD.  All others $40.00 USD.  Please contact the subscription
editor for bulk discounts. To order a subscription, please send $15.00*
for the current volume year to :

University of Southern California
School of Cinema-Television
Critical Studies
Lucas Building, Room 405
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Attn. Spectator Subscription

Tel: (213) 740-3334
Fax (213) 740-9471

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availability).  For additional back issues, contact subscription manager
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