The Fan Studies Network 2017 Conference

Huddersfield, UK, 24.-25. June 2017

Dear all,

Thanks to Finn Upham we are very happy to be able to provide an audio recording of Louisa Stein's 'Fandom/Resistance' keynote which was delivered at the Fan Studies Network 2017 conference. Finn was kind enough to record the keynote so that we could share with those of you that could not attend, and those who were there but may wish to listen to it again. This talk resulted in a lot of emotion in the room, so we are very happy that more of you can experience this striking and wonderful keynote.


You can also download the file.

Timestamps and links for the vids included are as follows:

11:18 - 11:30 Crazy by l_e_s
13:09 - 13:36 Light It Up - A Sailor Moon AMV by The Optional Studios
15:08 - 15:25 Light It Up (Women's March Vid) by lolawaldorf
27:00 - 27:20 Carrie and Gary - A Better Son Daughter by eruthros2
33:12 Questions (Audience voices cut for audibility.)

The programme for FSN2017, which took place at the University of Huddersfield 24-25 June 2017,  is also available for download here.



We are happy to announce that registration for the fifth annual Fan Studies Network conference is now OPEN.

The Fan Studies Network Conference 2017
24-25th June 2017
Centre for Participatory Culture,
University of Huddersfield, UK

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Louisa Stein (Middlebury College, USA)
Plenary Address: Professor Matt Hills (University of Huddersfield, UK)

The fifth anniversary of the annual Fan Studies Network Conference is visiting the University of Huddersfield for a vibrant two-day programme during June 2017. The conference will celebrate and continue FSN's proud tradition of offering an enthusiastic space for interdisciplinary researchers at all levels to connect, share resources, and further develop their research ideas. In addition to panel presentations, the two days will feature social events (including our regular fan studies quiz, plus this year our fifth birthday party!), speed geeking, and workshop discussions.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Louisa Stein as the keynote speaker for FSN2017. Louisa is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes on remix culture, spectatorship, YouTube, and gender and sexuality in media. Louisa is author of Millennial Fandom: Television Audiences in the Transmedia Age (2015), and co-editor of Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom (2012) and Teen Television: Programming and Fandom (2008).

The event will also feature a plenary address from Professor Matt Hills, who, due to being the keynote of the first ever FSN conference, will reflect on the past five years of the network and the fan studies field. Matt is Professor of Media and Journalism at the University of Huddersfield, where he is co-director of the Centre for Participatory Culture. He has written six sole-authored research monographs, starting with the influential Fan Cultures in 2002 and most recently with Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event in 2015, as well as publishing more than a hundred book chapters and journal articles in the areas of media fandom, cult film/TV and audiences in the digital era.

FSN2017 is sponsored by the Centre for Participatory Culture at the University of Huddersfield, which will have its official launch the day before our conference. Attendees of FSN2017 will be able to attend the centre launch for free.

Registration is now open here, until 9th June:

The draft programme is available here:

Finally, details of our social events, as well as useful information on travel and accommodation options, can be found here:

You can join the discussion about the event on Twitter using #FSN2017, or visit

We hope you can join us in Huddersfield this June for an exciting few days of fan studies scholarship.

Dr. Richard McCulloch
Lecturer in Film and Cultural Studies
University of Huddersfield
Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DH

Twitter: @rjmcculloch

Co-Director, The World Star Wars Project (
Board Member, Fan Studies Network (