Fan Communities and Fandom

Welcome to the Project
The Global Project on Fan Communities and Fandom offers an alternative to discipline-specific conferences and research approaches by providing a space in which the dynamics of fandom can be explored more holistically. By bringing together academic researchers, industry professionals, artists and creative professionals, and other stakeholders from around the world, the project facilitates inter-, cross-, and multi-disciplinary dialogues that foster a more complete understanding fan communities.

The Goals of the Project are to:

  • Promote interdisciplinary approaches to research (i.e. what would happen if methodologies from studies of football fans were applied to the study of film fandoms and vice versa?)
  • Highlight areas of study that are new, misunderstood or simply under-explored
  • Explore pedagogical aspects of fandom in terms of how to teach fan studies and how to incorporate the creativity and skills that underpin fan output in a classroom context
  • Situate the historical and contemporary implications of fandoms
  • Account for the multi-directional influences of factors like race, class, gender, nationality and sexuality upon fan communities
  • Quantify the nature, value and impact of different types of fan behaviour
  • Foster mutually beneficial connections between researchers and industry practitioners, professionals, artists and stakeholders

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop