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Call for Papers: The Fan Studies Network conference 2016

Originally posted on The Fan Studies Network:
THE FAN STUDIES NETWORK CONFERENCE 2016 25-26th June 2016 University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK Keynote Speaker: Professor Henry Jenkins (University of Southern…

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Joss Whedon

On this eighteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens, we present the recording of a second roundtable discussion from the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. This roundtable discusses the … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

A First Encounter with Live Sports Entertainment

Two men enter the ring — the “squared circle” — muscles tense, skin already glistening with sweat. They circle the ring, calling out to their fans in the crowd to … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

CfC: Gender Identity and Sexuality in Children’s Media

Call for Chapter Proposals for Book Proposal The editors are seeking chapter proposals for a collection of essays that examine children’s media for non-stereotypical and/or counter-stereotypical portrayals of gender identities … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pop Culture Lens: Fan Harassment

I have been talking about this idea of fractured fandom on this blog for awhile now, because I have been concerned with the problems and tensions fans are facing in … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pop Culture Lens Episode 16: The Exorcist (1973)

As I have been writing about for awhile now, Chris and I are working on a book project that explores the tensions depicted in exorcism cinema. That is, we are … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Professional Wrestling

In the fifteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Chris and I welcome friend of the podcast, and friend in general, Joe Belfeuil to discuss the largest professional wrestling … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens

In the fourteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I are joined by Aaron Kashtan of Miami University in Ohio ( to discuss the gendered and transmedia … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cataloging Exorcism Cinema

For the past couple years now, we have been working on this project analyzing the tensions in exorcism cinema. We are currently writing a book on the topic, and part … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 9 Comments

Advice for Children on Social Media

My first piece of advice is to focus on teaching your children how to be respectful when they communicate and engage with people, online but also in person. This means … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Making Sense of Cinema Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Making Sense of Cinema by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

Making Sense of Cinema

by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

Giveaway ends February 15, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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