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Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on Archives and Special Collections

Abstract submissions are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies. This issue will focus on archives and special collections relevant to scholars of fan studies. Topics addressed might include profiles of institutional collections with primers for use, research, archiving and curatorial practices performed by fans, and archival and archontic theory.

Other possible topics include:

· Historical perspectives on collecting fan material in libraries and archives

· Race, gender, and queerness in fan collections and in library subject indexing

· Logistical and ethical issues of access to fan materials

· Current research and collecting gaps in the documentary record

Contributors may also submit short profiles (500 words) of relevant institutional collections with curatorial contact information as part of a special Research Guide section of this issue.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Please send abstracts of 250 words (including a title and keywords) with biographical statements of 100 words to Cait Coker ( and Jeremy Brett ( by February 28, 2020. If accepted, contributions should be no longer than 9000 words, including notes and references, with completed drafts expected in October 2020.