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Fandom and Celebrity Culture

Coordinator: Matthias Stephan

This research group focuses on the aesthetics and culture of fandom and celebrities from the perspectives of cross-media communication and media convergent culture. The emerging fields of Celebrity Studies and Fan Studies are manifested in and across a wide array of different media fields, such as music, advertisement, art, literature, computer games, film, and TV. Fan and Celebrity cultures are in need of a reappraisal in which boundaries between identities, cultural practices, private and public spheres, products and consumers, celebrity and fan bodies, intimacy and estrangement are investigated, and this research group works with and within these new emerging paradigms. Research group members work specifically with gender, identity, monstrosity, digital media, video games, fan practices, transmedia storytelling, and participatory culture.

This research group hosted the conference "Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures" (2014).

Researchers: Claus Toft-NielsenLise Dilling-HansenSusan Yi SencindiverMatthias Stephan