Call for Papers for Popular Culture Conference on Gender and Sexuality in the Reylo Fandom (June 2021; Proposals Due December 20, 2020)

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Call for Papers
December 20, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

For the forthcoming Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (PCA-ACA) conference (currently scheduled to meet in June 2021 in Boston, depending 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, 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 Monday, December 20th at 11:59 p.m.  If interested in being considered for the panel, please submit a 250 word abstract, and a 100 word biography.

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