Fandom and Neomedia Studies

CFP: 4.2 Edition of The Phoenix Papers

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We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the 4.2 edition of The Phoenix Papers, an open access, peer-reviewed journal of fandom and neomedia studies. Acceptance for publication in this edition will also make the author eligible to present at #FANS7 , 9-10 June 2019, in Ft. Worth, TX.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

Ours is an interdisciplinary group, including historians, psychologists, scientists, writers, independent scholars, and industry professionals. This allows for a wide range of opinions in our peer review process, both for the conference and the journal. We welcome contributions from all disciplines and from all levels of academic achievement as we value the intersection of fandom and academia. Our conference is thus unique in its blend of traditional and modern elements. Submissions are welcome from professors, students, and independent researchers. Topics may come from anime, manga, science fiction, television series, movies, radio, performing arts, or any other popular culture phenomenon and their respective fandom groups.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Women and minorities in media
  • Esports and team dynamics
  • Stage performance and puppet shows
  • (Mis)representations of law and IP law
  • Twitter literature
  • Science in cinema
  • Webcomics
  • Fanfic communities
  • Politics in video games
  • Historical fiction
  • Foodie fandom and celebrity chefs
  • Race in popular culture
  • Multilingual media and code switching
  • Pop culture parenting
  • Religious media
  • Media technologies
  • Costuming and cosplay
  • Social media in war zones
  • Ecocinema and ecocriticism
  • Economics of fandom

Abstracts of no more than 500 words must be submitted by 15 December 2018. Please also include your CV. Authors accepted for the journal will be notified by 15 January 2019. Authors with successful submissions will also be invited to present at our annual conference in Ft. Worth, TX. Attendance at the conference does not affect publication. Further details on the conference will be posted with the #FANS7/5.1 journal edition CFP.

We also accept article and review (book, film, game, etc.) submissions. Reviews should be of works published not more than three years before the review submission. Occasional exceptions will be made for new examinations of classics or seminal works.

Please make sure all papers conform to our Style Guide.

FANS is sponsored by A-Kon, the longest continually-running anime and manga convention in North America.

Please use our Contact Us page should you have any questions. All submissions should be sent by email.

ISSN: 2325-2316

Conference and Editorial Board:

Chair: J. Holder Bennett, Blank Slate Research, Dallas, Texas, USA

Vice Chair and Graduate Student Liaison: Andrew Tague, Texas A & M University at Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA

Dr. Marc Hairston, Research Scientist, William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA

Dr. Michael Vandehey, Professor of Psychology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA

Jonathan Davis, Independent Entrepreneur, Colleyville, Texas, USA

Helen McCarthy, Author and Founder of Manga UK, London, England, UK

Jonathan Tarbox, CEO, Arashi Productions, and Adjunct Instructor, California State University at San Marcos, La Jolla, California, USA

Karson Bryant, Undergraduate Student Liaison, Collin College, McKinney, Texas, USA

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