Narrative fan practices: A key to cultural dynamics


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Title Narrative fan practices: A key to cultural dynamics
Period 01 / 2010 - 12 / 2013
Status Current
Research number OND1338634
Data Supplier NWO


Narrative fan practices, the ways in which fans appropriate products of (pop)cultural heritage, are an important part of fan cultures. The main objective of this research program is to investigate to what extent narrative fan practices can be considered as a key to investigate cultural dynamics. With this project we want to develop a research program to investigate what this cultural dynamics entails. We will do so by conducting a comparative analysis of narrative fan practices based on an investigation of canon formation, intermediality and cultural citizenship. Our first objective is an investigation of narrative fan practices. Fans appropriate texts of popular culture, however, does this mean that a new canon is established by the consumers themselves? Do fan practices have an impact on our culture by appropriating content and engaging in practices as producing and performing fan narratives? The systematic analysis of intermedial relations is our second objective. We will use intermediality as a generic concept which has a close relation to canon formation but also to the debate on cultural citizenship. Cultural citizenship is our third key concept, which we will analyze and research in depth. This research will contribute to an emerging discussion of fan cultures in media studies. Narrative fan practices offer a unique intersection between digital cultures, studies on cultural heritage and intermediality. This study will thus add momentum, substantiation and specificity to a vital debate about new narrative fan practices as an example for cultural dynamics.

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Project leader Dr. K. Wenz

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