Fandom and Fan Studies
The University of Waterloo’s Games Institute as well as the IMMERSe Research Network are proud to host a MetaFandom Unconference on Thursday, September 18th and Friday the 19th. Unconferences are gatherings of interested scholars and experts, where they have informed conversations on a particular topic fandom and fan studies, in this case! Attendees shouldn’t prepare papers or presentations; rather, they should come to the unconference prepared to speak briefly about a specific topic as a panelist, ask informed questions of other panelists, and, most importantly, get to know other scholars, experts, and interested fans. We invite fans of all kinds to apply whether you are a fan scholar or a fan yourself, we look forward to discussing all kinds of topics with you.
*Please note: The selection process has ended. Those who were accepted have been notified.
The unconference will be split up into three main topics, which will allow us to discuss a variety of fandoms, practices, and issues of interest. The schedule is as follows:
12:00 - 12:45PM: Lunch meet & greet
12:45 - 1:00PM: Opening Remarks
1:00 - 1:40PM: How do you BE a fan?
1:45 - 2:25PM: Fan Practices
2:30 - 3:10PM: Fan Communities
3:15 - 3:55PM: Embodied Fandom
4:00 - 4:40PM: Music Fandom
4:50 - 5:50PM: Keynote: Aimée Morrison
6:00 - 10:00PM: Dinner
9:30 - 10:10AM: Sexuality/Orientation in Fiction
10:15 - 10:55AM: Shipping through evidence
11 - 11:40AM: Fans and Producers
11:45AM - 12:25PM: Transmedia
12:30 - 1:30PM: Lunch
1:30 - 2:10PM: Depiction of sex in fanworks
2:15 - 2:55PM: Fandom Labour/Cost
3:00 - 3:40PM: Spectrumsliding
3:50 - 4:30: 50 Shades of Grey
4:35 - 5:15PM: When fandoms go bad
5:15 - 6:00PM: Wrap-up discussion