The field of fan studies has seen exponential growth in recent years and this companion brings together an internationally and interdisciplinarily diverse group of established scholars to reflect on the state of the field and to point to new research directions. Engaging an impressive array of media texts and formats and incorporating a variety of methodologies, this collection is organized into six main sections: methods and ethics, technologies and practices, identities, race and transcultural fandom, industry, and futures. Each section concludes with a conversation among some of the field’s leading scholars and industry insiders to address a wealth of questions relevant to each section topic.

chapter |5 pages


ByMelissa A. Click, Suzanne Scott

part 1|68 pages

Methods and Ethics

chapter |9 pages

The ethics of studying online fandom

ByKristina Busse

chapter |9 pages

Always-on fandom, Waiting and Bingeing

Psychoanalysis as an Engagement with Fans’ “Infra-Ordinary” Experiences
ByMatt Hills

chapter |9 pages

Archaeologies of fandom

Using Historical Methods to Explore Fan Cultures of the Past
ByKathryn Fuller-Seeley

chapter |9 pages

Surveying fandom

The Ethics, Design, and Use of Surveys in Fan Studies
ByLucy Bennett

chapter |10 pages

Approaches to understanding identity

Gamers, Fans, and Research Methods
ByLibby Hemphill, Carly A. Kocurek, Xi Rao

chapter |8 pages

Vidding and/as pedagogy

ByKatherine E. Morrissey

chapter |12 pages

Fannish identities and scholarly responsibilities

A Conversation
ByWill Brooker, Mark Duffett, Karen Hellekson

part 2|78 pages

Technologies and practices

chapter |12 pages

Tumblr fan aesthetics

ByLouisa Ellen Stein

chapter |9 pages

Fan tourism and pilgrimage

ByRebecca Williams

chapter |7 pages

Fan curators and the gateways into fandom

ByDerek Kompare

chapter |9 pages

From model building to 3D printing

Star Trek and Build Code Across the Analog/Digital Divide
ByBob Rehak

chapter |9 pages

“We’re not there”

Fans, Fan Studies, and the Participatory Continuum
ByRhiannon Bury

chapter |9 pages

“You’re terrible, don’t ever change!”

How Identity, Rule Following, and Research Roadblocks Lend Meaning to Ambivalent Fan Engagement
ByWhitney Phillips

chapter |12 pages

Music fandom in the digital age

A Conversation
ByNancy Baym, Daniel Cavicchi, Norma Coates

part 3|88 pages


chapter |10 pages

The queer politics of femslash

ByJulie Levin Russo

chapter |9 pages

(Un)covering masculinities in cover song videos

ByFrederik Dhaenens

chapter |10 pages

“He’s a real man’s man”

Pro Wrestling and Negotiations of Contemporary Masculinity
BySam Ford

chapter |9 pages

Everyday Costume

Feminized Fandom, Retail, and Beauty Culture
ByElizabeth Affuso

chapter |10 pages

Accessing fan cultures

Disability, Digital Media, and Dreamwidth
ByElizabeth Ellcessor

chapter |9 pages

Class, capital, and collecting in media fandom

ByLincoln Geraghty

chapter |9 pages

“Just to pique them”

Takings Sides, Social Identity, and Sport Audiences
ByVivi Theodoropoulou

chapter |11 pages

Vidding and identity

A Conversation
ByFrancesca Coppa, Alexis Lothian, Tisha Turk

part 4|66 pages

Race and transcultural fandom

chapter |8 pages

The invisible Bag of Holding

Whiteness and Media Fandom
ByBenjamin Woo

chapter |9 pages

(Black female) fans strike back

The Emergence of the Iris West Defense Squad
ByKristen J. Warner

chapter |9 pages

Filipinos’ forced fandom of US media

Protests against The Daily Show and Desperate Housewives as Bids for Cultural Citizenship
ByAbigail De Kosnik

chapter |9 pages

Charting Latinx Fandom

ByJillian M. Báez

chapter |9 pages

Transnational media fan studies

ByLori Morimoto

chapter |9 pages

Exploring local fandom

Celebrities’ Fans in the Global–Local Nexus
ByHilde Van den Bulck

chapter |9 pages

Advancing transcultural fandom

A Conversation
ByBertha Chin, Aswin Punathambekar, Sangita Shresthova

part 5|74 pages


chapter |10 pages

The bigger picture

Drawing Intersections between Comics, Fan, and Industry Studies
ByAlisa Perren, Laura E. Felschow

chapter |10 pages

Conspicuous convention

Industry Interpellation and Fan Consumption at San Diego Comic-Con
ByAnne Gilbert

chapter |8 pages

Fans and merchandise

ByAvi Santo

chapter |10 pages

Fannish affect, “quality” fandom, and transmedia storytelling campaigns

ByMelanie E. S. Kohnen

chapter |9 pages

“Are you ready for this?” “I don’t know if there’s a choice”

Cult Reboots, The X-Files Revival, and Fannish Expectations
ByBethan Jones

chapter |9 pages

Platform fandom

ByJeremy Wade Morris

chapter |16 pages


A Conversation
ByIvan Askwith, Britta Lundin, Aja Romano

part 6|70 pages


chapter |12 pages

Negotiating fandom

The Politics of Racebending
ByHenry Jenkins

chapter |10 pages

Aging, fans, and fandom

ByC. Lee Harrington, Denise D. Bielby

chapter |12 pages

Class “then” and class “now” in Hotel Cerise

ByJohn Tulloch

chapter |9 pages

Board gamers as fans

ByPaul Booth

chapter |14 pages

Futures of fan studies

A Conversation
ByMelissa A. Click, Jonathan Gray, Jason Mittell, Suzanne Scott