Popular Music Fandom and the Public Sphere: A One Day Symposium, Friday 10th April 2015


In the mainstream media, popular music fandom has traditionally been associated with collective displays of emotion. Yet fandom is actually about a range of things: shared tastes and personal convictions, individual subjectivity and wider community. Fandom does not exist entirely in private nor entirely in public, but is characterized a process of continual mediation between the two.

The symposium will be based in room 107 on the first floor of the Binks Building on our main (Parkgate Road) campusIt will start at 9.15am and finish at 5pm. 



We also have an FAQ page.
Papers (except the keynote) will be 20 minutes in length.

Presentations will be organized into streams
to accommodate all participants.


Professor Cornel Sandvoss (University of Huddersfield)To Listen and to Make Yourself Heard: Value, Identity and Citizenship in Popular Music Fandom
Chris Anderton (Southampton Solent University) – Curating, Collecting and Archiving: Fan Labour and the Conflicts of Copyright
Daisy Asquith & Lucy Robinson (University of Sussex) – Crazy About One Direction: The Public and Private of Documentary and Contemporary Fan Culture
Safa Canalp (Istanbul Technical University)Reading Collaborative Music Database as a Public Sphere
Leonieke Bolderman (Erasmus University Rotterdam) – Have You found What You’re Looking For? On Music Tourism as Fan Practice
Rachel Cohen, Julian Hunt & Charles Musselwhite (Swansea University)Prog and Punk Collisions: A Lifecourse Approach to Fandom, Affect and the Public Display of Emotion
Pete Dale (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Unpacking My Record Collection: The Matter of the Fan
Helen Elizabeth Davies (University of Liverpool) – “Something Private to me”: Closet music Fandom and Gender Identity in the Everyday Lives of Young Teenage Girls
Lucy Dearn (University of Sheffield) – Audience or Fan Community: Exploring Ideas of Fandom and Public Spheres in Classical Music
Simone Driessen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) – “Larger than Life”: Insights in the Post-Youth Fandom of the Backstreet Boys
Bethany EastonApple Scruffs: An Oral History
Mat Flynn (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) – Valuing Fan Engagement in a Recorded Music Attention Economy
Neil Fox (Falmouth University) – We Made This Together: How “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!” Foresaw changes in the Live Concert Experience brought about by Digital Technology and Social Media
Georgina Gregory (University of Central Lancashire) – The Power of Love: Imitation, Embodiment and Erotic Capital
Bethan Jones (Aberystwyth University) – “My Music was on Shuffle, One of Their Songs Came on and I Had to Hit Next…”: Navigating Grief and Disgust in LostprophetsFandom
Milena Popova (UWE Bristol) – Real Person Fan Fiction as a Public Sphere
Shanika Ranasinghe (Royal Holloway, University of London) – “So I Thank ABBA for the Music, for Giving it to Me”: ABBA Fandom in the Twenty-First Century
Ciaran Ryan (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)Transforming Personal Music Fanzine Collections into Public Displays of Fandom
Carla Schriever (University of Oldenburg)– The Unutterable Desire for Prince: Male fan Adoration and Concealing Techniques
Michael Skey & Maria Kyriakidou (University of East Anglia) – “This Isn’t a One-night Event, it is a Lifestyle”:Eurovision, Micro-Publics and the Significance of Fan-produced Media
Veronica Skrimsjö (Liverpool Hope University) – Value in the “Worthless”: A Case Study of Easy Listening and Record Collecting
Peter Smith (University of Sunderland) – Making Private Experiences Public: Creating a Blog of Rock Performance
Gayle S. Stever (Empire State College/SUNY) – Social Presence and Celebrity/Fan Activism: Experiencing Virtual Fandom as “Real”
Alicia Stark (Cardiff University) – “By Regular People, for Regular People”: VOCALOID Fans as Creators of their own Artefacts
Cibrán Tenreiro (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela) – Fan Concert Videos: Home movies for a Music Fandom
Elizabeth Wood (University of California, Riverside) – Intimate Connections: A Theory of Music and Technology
Rafal Zaborowski (London School of Economics and Political Science)Fans, Idols and Offices: Musical Co-evolution in Japan

To see the event’s original CFP (now past) click here.

Organized by:

Dr Mark Duffett, University of Chester.

Dr Koos Zwaan, InHolland University of Applied Sciences.

If you have any questions about the day please email: m.duffett@chester.ac.uk