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Call for papers : edited collection “Participatory Culture Wars: Controversy, Conflict and Complicity in Fandom”

CFP: Edited collection “Participatory Culture Wars: Controversy, Conflict and Complicity in Fandom”

Deadline: 31 July, 2021

Edited by Dr Simone Driessen, Bethan Jones, Dr Benjamin Litherland


It has become increasingly clear that fandoms and participatory culture are sites of controversy, conflict and even complicity, complicating earlier assessments that sought to celebrate creativity, collegiality, and community. As we continue to make sense of the consequences of web 2.0, the study of fans – the affective bonds, identities, and productive cultures of a highly mediated and networked society – is vital in understanding our current moment, whether expressed in debates about “cancel culture” or ongoing “culture wars”. Fans have had to rethink and reassess their relationships to fan objects, consider their role in reproducing global systems of inequality, and reflect on the meaning of participation in an era that is marked by both moral ambivalence and political earnestness. Continuer la lecture de Call for papers : edited collection “Participatory Culture Wars: Controversy, Conflict and Complicity in Fandom”

Publication : "Controversial Images. Media Representations on the Edge", Feona Attwood, Vincent Cambell, I. Q. Hunter, Sharon Lockyer


The media are inextricable from controversy yet ‘controversy’ is an under-theorized term in studies of the media, even though controversies over specific images, from ‘video nasties’ to snapshots from Abu Ghraib, have structured our understanding of the media’s power, seductiveness and dangers. This collection offers a series of case studies of recent media controversies and draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of types of image, including newspaper cartoons, advertising and fashion photography, music videos, photojournalism, news media, art works, hardcore porn film, anime, horror and exploitation movies, video games, and YouTube reaction videos. In the current climate when images appear to be increasingly controversial, it is important that media controversies are not made the excuse for greater censorship and the demonization of ‘dangerous’ images and the audiences that consume them. The case studies in this book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape.


Introduction: Controversy and the Crisis of the Image; Feona Attwood, Vincent Campbell, I.Q.Hunter & Sharon Lockyer


  • Media-Bodies and Photoshop; Meredith Jones
  • Representation and Resemblance in The Case of the Danish Cartoons; Catherine Ann Collins & David Douglass
  • Imitation and Controversy: Performing (Trans)Sexuality in Post-communist Bulgaria; Plamena Kourtova
  • X-Ray Visions: Photography, Propaganda and Guantánamo Bay; Bruce Bennett


  • ‘The Terrorists with Highlights’: Kurdish Female Suicide Bombers in Mainstream Turkish Media; Ertug Altinay
  • Constructing Effects: Disturbing Images and the News Construction of ‘media influence’ in the Virginia Tech Shootings; Jeremy Collins
  • Border Patrol: Trevor Brown, Aesthetics and the Protection of Fictitious Children; Adam Stapleton
  • ‘The Following Content Is Not Acceptable’; Julian Petley


  • Cutting Edge: Violence and Body Horror in Anime; Caroline Ruddell
  • ‘It’s Gonna Hurt a Little Bit. But That’s Okay – It Makes My Cock Feel Good’: Max Hardcore and the Myth of Pleasure; Stephen Maddison
  • The Lexicon of Offense: The Meanings of Torture, Porn, and ‘Torture Porn’; Steve Jones
  • The Beast Within: Materiality, Ethics and Animal Porn; Susanna Paasonen


  • Embracing Rape: Understanding the Attractions of Exploitation Movies; Martin Barker
  • His Soul Shatters at About 0:23: Spankwire, Self-Scaring and Hyberbolic Shock; Julia Kennedy & Clarissa Smith
  • Playing with Controversial Images in Videogames: The Terrorist Mission Controversy in ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’; Vincent Campbell
  • ‘A Bad Taste Business’: TV Journalists Reflect on the Limits of News Images; Paul Brighton

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