How anti-fandom is subverting pop culture norms
23 Jan 2024
How anti-fandom is subverting pop culture norms

The notion of ‘anti-fandom’ has come a long way since its fan fiction roots. Rather than subverting existing fandoms due to a disliked IP or artist, individuals and communities are critiquing entire fan groups and ideologies. What does this suggest about people’s engagement with media and culture?

Bethan Jones

Bethan Jones is a founding board member of the Fan Studies Network, co-chair for the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies SIG, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Pop Junctions. They are also the co-editor of Popular Communication.

Aja Romano

Aja Romano is a culture reporter for Vox. Their work focuses on internet culture and communities, as well as media criticism and commentary. They’re a fellow of the National Critics Institute and a regular guest on podcasts, TV, and radio covering culture and the arts.

Paul Hanford

Paul Hanford has over two decades of experience across music, arts, and culture. He shares his expertise in workshops on the radio for Apple and as a lecturer at BIMM University. He’s written for publications ranging from Wired to Mixmag, curated events from Tate Modern to Cannes Film Festival, and worked for event companies like Secret Cinema. His book Coming To Berlin has received coverage on BBC 6 Music, Mixmag, DJ Mag, and The Wire. His Arts Council of England awarded podcast, Lost and Sound, covers leading issues in global music culture and is sponsored now by Audio-Technica.