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Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:30:02 -0500
text/plain (44 lines) CFP for Special Issue: Revisiting Aca-Fandom
Due Date: November 19, 2010

Aca-Fandom, a useful theoretical trope since Henry Jenkins coined the
phrase in the 1990s, has recently come under fire from critics who
have questioned whether a scholar's likes and dislikes (or personal
tastes) should be relevant to their objects of study.

This special issue of Flow seeks articles that will elaborate,
contest, or refute the robust debate concerning Aca-Fandom. We are
particularly interested in essays that expand current discussions
about Aca-Fandom by exploring texts, genres, and experiences not often
discussed within the context of Aca-Fandom.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

- The subjective role of taste culture in academic study of media objects
- The role of identity politics within fandom
- Technology and Aca-Fandom
- How participatory culture is changing the academic landscape
- Shaping producers and consumers through academic study
- Gender and fandom
- Queer readings of pop-fan cultures
- Role playing in academia
- Objectivity and academia
- The relationship between sports and media fandom
- the historical trajectory of the Aca-Fan
- High and Low cultures
- Cultural Studies, fandom and social class

Flow has a longstanding policy of encouraging non-jargony, highly
readable pieces and ample incorporation of images and video. Please
send submissions (attached as a Word doc) of between 1000-1500 words
to [log in to unmask] no later than November 19, 2010. Images must
be accompanied by a hyperlink to their original source on the web or
other image credits. is a journal of television and new media published by the
Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

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