CFP: Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, Fan Cultures and Geographies of the Imagination

The Fan Studies Network

Editors: William Proctor (Bournemouth University) & Richard McCulloch (Regent’s University London)

Foreword by Mark J.P. Wolf

Writing for the New York Times, A.O. Scott states that ‘today there are hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people whose grasp of the history, politics and mythological traditions of entirely imaginative places could surely qualify them for an advanced degree’ (2002).

However, as Mark J.P. Wolf remarks, such ‘imaginary worlds, which rank among the most elaborate mediated entities, have been largely overlooked in Media Studies despite a history spanning three millennia’ (2012: 2). Wolf’s Building Imaginary Worlds and Michael Saler’s As If (2012) are certainly illustrative of a turning point in the study of world-building across media platforms, but research to date has tended to restrict itself to understanding how ‘geographies of the imagination’ (Saler, 2012: 4) function at the level of text. The relationship between these worlds and those who engage…

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