Stardom and Fandom Panel

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Stardom and Fandom Panel

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From Amanda Blake

Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 11 – 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The conference theme this year is “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture.”  The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014. (Please see below)

Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

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 on celebrity/fan interaction

Children and stardom (Little Rascals to Toddlers and Tiaras)
Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change

The intersection of stardom and fandom in virtual and physical spaces

Celebrity and the construction of persona

Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom

Straddling the stardom/fandom line: big name fans, bloggers and aca-fans

Anti-fans and ‘haters’

Fan shame

Gendered constructions of stars and fans

Studies of individual celebrities and their fans

Studies focused on specific fandoms

Historical studies of fandom and fan/celebrity interaction

Submit 250 word paper or 500 word panel proposals to:  Choose the area “Stardom and Fandom” and input your information as directed.

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 1, 2014. Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be responded to with all due haste.

Please remember that there are monetary awards for the best graduate student papers – we encourage you to apply! Papers in the Stardom and Fandom area could qualify for several awards, including the Diana Cox Award for best paper on images of women in popular culture, Euro Pop Award for best presentation on European popular culture, Peter C. Rollins Award for best paper dealing with a popular culture issue, Richard Tuerk Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for outstanding essay related to science fiction and fantasy, and the Post Script Award in film studies. You can see the full list at:

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