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Publication : Understanding Fandom (Mark Duffett)

Understanding Fandom
An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture
By: Mark Duffett

About Understanding Fandom

Fans used to be seen as an overly obsessed fraction of the audience. In the last few decades, shifts in media technology and production have instead made fandom a central mode of consumption. A range of ideas has emerged to explore different facets of this growing phenomenon. With a foreword by Matt Hills, Understanding Fandom introduces the whole field of fan research by looking at the history of debate, key paradigms and methodological issues. The book discusses insights from scholars working with fans of different texts, genres and media forms, including television and popular music. Mark Duffett shows that fan research is an emergent interdisciplinary field with its own key thinkers: a tradition that is distinct from both textual analysis and reception studies. Drawing on a range of debates from media studies, cultural studies and psychology, Duffett argues that fandom is a particular kind of engagement with the power relations of media culture.

Table Of Contents

Foreword – Matt Hills
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2. Fan Stereotypes and Representations
Chapter 3. Beyond the Text
Chapter 4. The Pathological Tradition
Chapter 5. How do People become Fans?
Chapter 6. Fan Practices
Chapter 7. Fandom, Gender and Sexual Orientation
Chapter 8. Myths, Cults and Places
Chapter 9. The Fan Community: Online and Offline
Chapter 10. Researching Fandom
Conclusion: The Frontiers of Fan Research

Call for papers : Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception

Call for chapters : Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception


Overview of the Book:

This book seeks to provide the readers with new perspectives on the current research in Contemporary Television Series – narrative structures and audience perception.

Scope of the Book:

The study of television series is simultaneously social scientific, humanistic, and professional in orientation. Accordingly, this book welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in any disciplinary field. We seek contributions from researchers and practitioners in communication studies and allied fields (e.g., media studies, telecommunications, journalism, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies). Contributions may follow any methodological approach, including, but not limited to, quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, rhetorical, interpretive, case study, discourse analytic, and critical analytic approaches, among others. Submissions from both established and emerging scholars are welcomed.


Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Classical and post-modern TV series;
  • Thematic TV Series (historical, medical, science fiction, medical);
  • TV Series inspired from reality;
  • Stardom, Fandom and Fan clubs related to TV series;
  • Audience reception of TV series-patterns of consumption;
  • TV series and new media;
  • Globalization in the production and distribution of TV series.

The articles should be submitted as an email attachment in MS Word to the editors with “YourLastName – TV Series” as the title. Please include a short biography and your affiliation along with the proposal. The articles (3,000-5,000 words) should adhere to APA Style.

Review and Publication Process

Articles are sent to 2 reviewers for review. The reviewers’ recommendations determine whether a paper will be accepted / accepted subject to change / subject to resubmission with significant changes / rejected.

The deadline of submitting the articles is 1st of July 2013.

For inquiries, please contact the editors from the University of Bucharest: