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European Fandom and Fan Studies


On 10th of November  2012, in Amsterdam, Netherlands will be held one day symposium “European Fandom and Fan Studies” organized by Anne Kustritz and Emma England, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies.

This one day symposium at the University of Amsterdam seeks to explore the state of Fan Studies and the variety of Fandoms focused within the broader social and geographic boundaries of Europe. Inter-disciplinary papers are invited to explore the nature of the field itself or how different fandoms function within Europe.

Potential avenues of exploration may include how Fan Studies is represented, studied, and received within European universities, by funding bodies and publishers.

Papers on Fandoms may explore how European (English and non-English speaking) fans of European and non-European objects of fan appreciation participate in fandom, the differences between internet fandoms and local/national/international fan practices, and the different objects of fan appreciation.

Topics of interest include:

  • Transformative Works
  • Fan History
  • Fan Infrastructures
  • Fan Charity and Activism
  • Fan Cultures and Identities
  • Impact on Public Policy and Industry Practice
  • Economies within Fandom and/or Fan Studies
  • Students as Fans
  • Fan Studies within Higher Education courses
  • Crossing national, cultural, and language boundaries in Fandom and Fan Studies

Event Details

Location: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Netherlands.

The symposium will be held in the centre of Amsterdam, easily accessible from Amsterdam international airport.


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