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An introduction: The Fan Studies Network – new connections, new research

Bennett, Lucy and Phillips, Tom 2013. An introduction: The Fan Studies Network – new connections, new research. Participations: The International Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 10 (1) , pp. 52-55.

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As early career researchers (relatively) fresh from the doctoral experience, we remember the emphasis frequently placed on networking as beneficial to the academic career. Training programs with tips on proper conference etiquette are frequent across campuses, highlighting the potential benefits to making connections with those with similar research interests. Yet at times such situations can be difficult to navigate – the social conventions of conferences often dictate discussion on papers directly at hand – and new avenues of research may be restricted by conference delegates’ individual schedules, social obligations, and moods. In March 2012, we sought to cultivate a space where such concerns are minimal, and it was with that in mind that the Fan Studies Network was launched. Keen for scholars of all levels to interact, we have actively fostered a communal sensibility that encourages informal, yet fruitful, discussion of topics within the field. Having attracted close to 300 members, the network is already fostering a sense of community and engendering fruitful debate. In honour of the network’s first anniversary, we intended to capture this dynamic intersection of scholars working in the field, and present it in this special section of Participations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
ISSN: 1749-8716
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:01

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