Exploring a threshold concept framework to fan studies research methodologies

  • Mandy Rhae Olejnik Miami University of Ohio
  • Danielle Hart Miami University of Ohio
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Methodology, Shared values


We turn to threshold concept theory to imagine ways scholars can approach fan studies methodologies and make their research and underlying values more explicit, as well as outline what some common and shared values and foundational concepts are in the discipline. We consider notions that all fans understand and value, regardless of home discipline, and the ways such shared understandings can lead to shared and consistent research methods and methodologies. We also provide some examples and illustrations from our own experiences before concluding with a threshold concept–inspired framework for conceiving of fan studies methodologies.