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13 October 2009 @ 02:03 pm
CFP: Panel Discussion (AntiFans)  
Call for Proposals for Panel Discussion(10-29-09; ICFA 3-17-21-2010)

Antifans: What Fans Love to Hate

This call is for proposals to participate in a panel discussions in the Communities and Cultures in the Fantastic Division of IAFA.

Panel discussions at ICFA consist of 5-7 people, each of whom speaks for 5-10 minutes, with a fair amount of audience participation. ICFA allows people to present a paper *and* to participate in a panel discussion.

I will be submitting the final panel proposal to the CCFantastic Division Head for consideration: acceptance to the panel does not mean acceptance by the conference officers.


Scholarship on fandom has grown in the past twenty years, including work in a variety of academic disciplines (media studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, legal studies, literature, communications, and history). However, much of the scholarship assumes liking or love for some if not all elements of the source texts of the fandom and constructs a continuum from the casual viewer/reader to the fan. As Jonathan Gray noted in his 2005 article, "Antifandom and the Moral Text; Television Without Pity and Textual Dislike," little attention has been paid to the "apparent opposites--those who refuse to let their family watch a show, who campaign against a text, or spend considerable time discussing why a given text makes them angry to the core" (American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 48, No. 7, March 2005, 840-58) (840).

This panel will focus on discussing the implications of the antifan for scholarship on fan studies. Antifans can include those who disapprove so vehemently of a text they refuse to see it even while protesting it; those who at one time identified as fans of the text but came to dislike or hate it because of the way it developed; to those who so dislike the test they must immerse themselves in it and post at length about its flaws. Ideological positions can range from ultra-conservative to liberal to progressive and radical.

Topics/questions for prospective panelists include (but are not limited to):

Practices and positions of antifans of a particular media/text/genre
Academic constructions of the "fan continuum" and where antifans belong
Gender and Antifans
Race and Antifans
Class and Antifans
Antifans and censorship
Reading practices of antifans

If you would like to participate in this panel discussion, please email me the following information (Robin_Reid[@]tamu-commerce.edu):

Snail mail address
Email address
A brief (one paragraph is sufficient) identification of what you would like to discuss on the panel).
Sophie: doctor!alias_sqbr on October 14th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
(1)This sounds really interesting
(2) Since this is a Proper Proposal I asume you'd want to know you wrote "test" instead of "text" in the second last sentence of the second paragraph.
Ithilianaithiliana on October 14th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)

It was a TEST to see if you all caught it! *gives you a gold star*

*ducks behind the curtain*
Sophie: yay!alias_sqbr on October 18th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)

*clutches gold star gleefully*