The Reception Study Society invites submissions for an edited collection of essays on fandom and the history of reading and the book, cultural studies, audience and communication studies, institutional studies, and interpretive strategies. Essays in all genres and on all historical periods are welcome. The editors seek essays that examine theoretical issues and critical topics related to fandom as an active form of cultural reception that blurs the lines between production and consumption. Suggested topics may include:

  • How the subcultural practice of fandom challenges ideas of authorship, originality, and copyright
  • The question of fan labor and marketing in the modernist period of mass culture and in the digital period, replete with various narrowcastings of the audience
  • The legal, ethical, and creative relationships of fanfiction and cosplay in relation to canonical texts
  • The role of social media and social networking in the development of fandom
  • The nature of amateurism, performance, and international and transnational contexts
  • The relation of fandom to disease, disability, and mania
  • Conventions, collecting, fan mail, and pilgrimages
  • Issues of class, race, and gender constructions in reception and fandom

Please e-mail a 500-word abstract and biography to Daniel Morris (dmorris@purdue.edu) by 15 December 2017. Abstracts should not only include a brief description but also indicate research methodologies, case studies, theoretical positions, and conclusions.