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Apologies for cross-posting. Deadline for chapter contributions and/or
expressions of interest is October 1. We have special need for
contributions that consider transnational fan communities or texts,
historically marginalized communities, and understudied media texts.
CFP: Fandom: The Next Generation
Transgenerational Fans and Long-Running Media Franchises

Imagine taking your child to see *The Last Jedi *after your own parents
took you to see *Return of the Jedi *when you were small. Picture a
grandmother, mother, and daughter sitting down to watch reruns of *The
Golden Girls* together. What keeps fans interested in after so many years?
How do long-running franchises, revivals, and reboots appeal to new
audiences? How do social and political changes affect longtime fan
experiences? This book sets out to explore a relatively unstudied aspect of
fan and audience studies: longtime fans and generational turnover.

While early fan studies was interested in ethnography, those studies tended
to concentrate on small pockets of devoted fans at particular moments. More
recently, the field has expanded to studying anti-fans and toxic fans,
post-object fandom, and historical fandoms. This collection seeks to fill a
much-needed gap between the historical and the contemporary by studying the
media franchises with long durations, reboots, and revivals that create
generational fan turnover and that ask longtime fans to adapt to franchise
updates.

With a variety of essays focusing on various fans, communities, and
theories about fan practices, this collection sets out to study how
long-running franchises are shaped by the generations of fans that adore
them, and in turn how those fans navigate generational cultural divides,
historical vs. recent aspects of the canon, and other elements of duration.
Possible essay topics might include, but are not limited to:

● Ethnographies of intergenerational or transgenerational fan communities
● Case studies in longtime fan practices and experiences, especially as
they adapt over time
● Fan break-ups with or reconsiderations of long-running franchises
● The role technological changes play in shaping fan relationships to canon
● Social or cultural forces that shape fan experiences over time
● How producers and creators of long-running franchises have (or have not)
changed their interactions with fans
● Strategies used by media industries to make canon accessible to new
generations of fans and/or to longtime fans

At this time, the project is being developed for proposal to the University
of Iowa Press’ Fandom and Culture series. Several authors are committed to
writing chapters. We are seeking additional contributors, especially on
topics related to global or transnational fandom, race, gender and
sexuality, and/or historically understudied fan communities and canons.
Essays of 6,000-8,000 words with Chicago author-date style citations, a
brief author bio, and a CV should be submitted to Bridget Kies (Oakland
University) at [log in to unmask] by October 1, 2019. Expressions of
interest and questions about the project prior to that deadline are
encouraged.
Bridget Kies
Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
Oakland University
O'Dowd Hall 123
248-370-3382
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