Welcome to Fan Studies for Fans, a lecture series designed to introduce fans to the world of media fan studies! As the Internet has brought fan cultures closer to both media producers and fan scholars alike - through what 'acafan' Henry Jenkins calls "convergence culture" - I believe it's all the more critical that fan studies be as transparent and open to fans as possible. This course is intended to help that transparency along by walking you through what fan studies is and how we do it. Academic writing is famously hard to read, sometimes in ways that shut others out of the conversation; as such, one goal of this course is to equip you with the tools - history, vocabulary, concepts - needed to make sense of scholarship.
This is not the kind of fan studies course you might find offered at a university, insofar as it begins in the assumption that you are already a fan (or, at least, are familiar with media fandom). I won't be explaining fan fiction, vids, cons, and so on; rather, I'll be talking about what fan studies scholars talk about when we talk about these things. As meta is best understood as an ongoing conversation within a given fandom or fan culture, scholarship is best understood in the context of the academic conversations it's participating in - conversations that I'll go into over the course of these lectures.
Rather than a monthly subscription, this Patreon bills patrons by creation, typically a new lecture (blog post). You will only be charged for lecture (creation/content) blog posts; all other blog posts intended for communication only will not be charged. I currently anticipate 10 lectures in this first offering (beginning September 1, 2017), and the response to this series will help me decide whether or not to continue it with more specialized topics. You may change OR withdraw your patronage at any time, and always with my thanks.
All patrons will have access to both a written (blog post) lecture and an audio version of it. The audio will be downloadable for ease in taking it with you, while the blog post version will allow you to spend some time with the details of the discussion. Higher reward tiers include access to extra resources and more direct access to me through scheduled Q&A sessions.
Most importantly (to me), your patronage will contribute to my continued participation in media fan studies as an independent scholar by helping to fund library access and conference participation. For this, above all, I'm truly grateful.
About me: I completed a PhD in Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington in April 2011. My thesis was a study of Japanese women fans of Hong Kong films and stars in the 1980s and 1990s, a product of my own Japan-based (if not actually Japanese) fandom of them during the same period. I'm currently in the early stages of preparing a book manuscript based on my thesis; in the meantime, I publish on transcultural fan cultures, 'transfandom' intersections, fan studies, and Hannibal. Because I love Hannibal. More about me and my work can be found on my personal website.