Fandom and Neomedia Studies Conference

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The Fandom and Neomedia Studies Conference or FANS Conference is an academic conference held annually in Dallas, Texas (hosted by A-Kon). It is "dedicated to the study and appreciation of all fandom and media products and phenomena."[1]

The FANS Association also publishes open-access in their peer-reviewed online journal The Phoenix Papers.

History

The first FANS Conference was held on the first and second of June 2013.[2]

2013 presentations

  • "Why Would Anybody Want to Watch Our Lives?": Metatextual Mediation of Fan Desire in Supernatural (Dr. Margo Collins, DeVry University)
  • For Love and Money: Professionalism and Community in Anime and Manga Artists' Alleys (Jennifer Fu, FUNimation)
  • What Is Intellectual Property? (Melissa Lum, Public Relations Committee of the State Bar of Texas)
  • The Destruction of Tokyo (Jonathan Tarbox, CEO Arashi Productions)
  • No Final Frontier: The Scholar as Explorer (Helen McCarthy, Independent Scholar and Author)
  • "Draw a Circle": An Examination of World Englishes in Hetalia Fandom (Chelsea Murdoch, University of Kansas)
  • How to Win Fans and How Not To (Anthony Brownrigg, Executive Producer at Cashel Entertainment)
  • Muslim Manga (Hamed Nouri, University of North Texas)
  • "The Green Priestess and the Cosmic Computer": Star Trek and the Aesthetics of Camp (Lauren Levitt, New York University at Steinhardt)
  • The Real O(taku)-G: Murder, Suicide, and Product Placement in Edo’s Kabuki Theatres (Dr. Darren-Jon Ashmore, Akita International University)
  • Cultural Memory as Fan Ideology in the Remediated World (Poe Johnson, University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Rewarding Viewing: Television Check-In Social Networks and Fan Activity (Cory Barker, Indiana University)
  • Beyond the H8ter: Theorizing the Anti-Fan (Dr. Kimberly Springer, University of Michigan)
  • Who You Want to Be: Video Games as Identity-Reflective Texts (James Bales, University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Fantasy and Fandom: Race, Desire, and the Libidinal Economy (Jerome Dent, Mt. St. Mary’s College)
  • Fandom Assemble: Joss Whedon's The Avengers in Fandom (Scott Caddy, University of Michigan at Flint)
  • Secret Agent Shepard: An Examination of the Role of Agency in the Mass Effect Franchise (James Bales, University of Texas at San Antonio)

2014 presentations

  • A Phenomenology of Americans and Anime: How Tropes Predict Experience
  • Bad Science Makes Bad Cinema: Geologic "Science" in Volcano, The Core, and Dante's Peak
  • Steampunk as an Indicator of Paradigmatic Shift: Nostalgia for a Time That Never Was
  • There Is Nothing New under the Sun
  • Visual Storytelling!: A Structural Analysis
  • The Furry Identity: Notes from the Field about Interacting with People Who Possess This Stigmatized Identity
  • Fandom and Fundraising in Tabletop Gaming
  • Control and the Controller: Narratives of Imperialism and Empire in Modern Military Shooters
  • Funeral for a Friend: Chiba Tetsuya and the Immortality of Heroism
  • "This Is Trash": Apology Ritual and Yogscast Fandom on Tumblr
  • From the Damsel in Distress to Kickass Babes: The Cultural Expansion and Internationalization of the Heroine through Sexuality in the Graphic Novel
  • Pale and Geeky: Prevailing Stereotypes of Anime Fans
  • No Country for Old Women
  • Rogue Rabbits and Steampunk Bobcats: Biopolitics and Queer Longing in Online Taxidermy Fandoms
  • Brown Pride vs. White Supremacy: Competing Fan Discourses of Ethnic Authenticity and Racial Pride in the Careers of Three Mexican American Prizefighters.
  • Science Fiction and Salvation: Shifting Modes of Religion and Science in Popular Series
  • Is Copyright a Dirty Word?

2015 presentations

  • Cultures in Select Science Fiction, Utopian and Dystopian (Evan Kowalski, Collin College)
  • Latinas Are My Favorite Fruit: The Consumption of Hispanic Women in Hollywood Cinema (Sonya Herridge, University of Houston at Clear Lake)
  • Unfortunate Son: The Captain America of the 1950s and the Historical Memory of McCarthyism (Dr. Michael A. Davis, Laredo Community College)
  • Fairy Tales Revisited (Nathan Robert Brown, Mythologist)
  • A Person, Not a Pin-Up: Subverting the Asian Action Heroine with Pacific Rim's Mako Mori (Megan Fowler, University of Florida)
  • Saibata Puppets: Bamboo Shoots (西畑人形:たけのこ) (Dr. Darren Jon Ashmore, Yamanashi Gakuin University)
  • Cyborg: 009: An Anime Retrospective, sponsored by Funimation (Ishikawa Mitsuhisa of Production IG, Helen McCarthy, Jonathan Tarbox, Justin Rojas, Tara McKinney, J. Holder Bennett)
  • "You Cannot See Yourself Unless There Are Others": Sekaikei as Existentialist Exhortation of Societal Participation (Stefanie Thomas, Ohio State University)
  • "Ode to Joy": Beethoven's Daiku in Anime (Heike Hoffer, Ohio State University)
  • An Examination of Anime Fan Stereotypes (Dr. Stephen Reysen, Texas A & M University at Commerce)
  • The Joining of Church and State: The Tyranny of the Prophet in BioShock Infinite (Daniel Archer, Abilene Christian University)
  • Investigating Queer Revolt in Atsuko Asano's No. 6 (John Francis, Independent Scholar)
  • "Everything Was Anticipated, Every Eventuality Allowed For": Fan Service, Past and Present, in “The Empty Hearse" (Maria Alberto, Cleveland State University)
  • Different Motivations as Predictors of Psychological Connection to Fan Interest and Fan Groups in Anime, Furry, and Fantasy Sport Fandoms (Catherine Schroy, Texas A & M University at Commerce)
  • Dragons, Dwarves, and Cubes: The Role of Player Agency in Games and its Effects on Modding Communities (Brian McKitrick, University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Misogyny and Philogyny in the Vampire Mythos (Rachel Head, University of North Texas)
  • The Tropes that Time Forgot (Melissa Frennea and Lisa Bonanni, BL Garden of DFW)
  • Yaoi, Bara, and Slash: A Comparative Analysis of Gay Media in Japan and the West (Melissa Frennea, Lisa Bonanni, and Cho Large; BL Garden of DFW)
  • Real Money in Gaming Economies (Jonathan Davis, FANS Committee)
  • Fans' Parasocial Connections to Dystopian Literary Characters: A Conceptual Typology (Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick and Felix Morgan, Texas Tech University)
  • Sacred Time and Ritualistic Behavior at Harry Potter Book Releases and Film Premieres (Tyler Jean Dukes, Texas State University)
  • Viewers, Users, Fans: Brazilian Telenovelas and Cross-Media Usage (Júnia Cristina Ortiz Matos, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Authoring Bronies (Meta Henty, Texas Christian University)

2016 presentations

  • Toward a History of Cosplay, v2.0: Notes on Definitions, Protocols, and Pitfalls (Helen McCarthy, author and founder of Manga UK magazine)
  • Anime Fans to the Rescue: Evidence of Daniel Wann's Team Identification-Social Psychological Health Model
  • Reflection in a Sea of Stars: Heroism in an Age of Despair
  • Hiroshima to 3/11: manga and Anime in the Aftermath of Tragedy (Angela Drummond-Matthews and Deborah Scally, University of North Texas at Dallas)
  • The Takarazuka Revue’s Kabuki Connection: Gender Performance as Escape and Indoctrination (Stefanie Thomas, Ohio State University)
  • Accuracy of Perceived Prejudice toward One's Fan Group
  • Otome: Games and the Fan Community (Dr. Fujimoto Yukari, Meiji University)
  • The Discourse of the Sci-Fi Fan Civil War of 1980 as Seen in Anime Magazines (Dr. Renato Rivera Rusca, Meiji University)
  • Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood, a Reading by the Author (Northrop Davis, University of South Carolina)
  • The Ancestral Aesthetics as Dialectics of Transformation in African Poetry (Olayinka Martins Ojo, Adekunle Ajasin University)
  • ESRB and You: Understanding the Function and Role of the ESRB in Gaming (Andrew Tague, Texas A & M University at Commerce)
  • Ukiyo-e, World War II, and Walt Disney: The Influences on Tezuka Osamu's Development of the World of Anime and Manga (Katherine A. Thornton-Gibson, Oklahoma State University at Stillwater)
  • Medieval Manga: Representational History (J. Holder Bennett, Odessa College)

2017

2018

Links

References

  1. J. Holder Bennett. "About Us". FANS Conference. Retrieved May 6, 2019. 
  2. J. Holder Bennett (August 15, 2012). "CFP: The First Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference". FANS Conference. Retrieved May 6, 2019.