Call for Papers for Fan Culture and Theory Area of the Popular Culture Conference on the Reylo Fandom (June 2021; Proposals Due November 2020)

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November 1, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Cultural History / Studies

For the forthcoming Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (PCA-ACA) conference (currently scheduled to meet in June 2021 in Boston, dependent on the state of the pandemic), I am assembling a panel on the Reylo fandom (within the larger Star Wars fandom) for PCA-ACA’s Fan Culture and Theory area.  My own paper centers on meta (defined here as non-fictional analysis of the Reylo ship and pairing) written by women, analyzing how these meta authors use their reflections on Reylo as a means of celebrating female sexuality and agency, and critiquing sexism within the broader (still very much male-dominated) Star Wars fan community.


Other papers for the panel might consider topics including (but by no means limited to) Reylo podcasts, Reylo Twitter, Reylo on YouTube, Reylo fan fiction, and anti-Reylo criticism within the larger Star Wars fan community.


Please see information on submission to the Fan Culture and Theory area here:


Please send all abstracts, expressions of interest, and queries to Holly Kent, at, by Sunday, November 1st at 11:59 p.m.  If interested in being considered for the panel, please submit a 250 word abstract, and a 100 word biography.

Contact Info: 

Holly M. Kent, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois-Springfield

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