Transcultural fan studies in practice: A conversation

  • Lori Morimoto
  • Paul Booth
  • Ross Garner
  • Melanie E. S. Kohnen
  • Bethan Jones
  • E. J. Nielsen
  • Louisa Ellen Stein
  • Rebecca Williams
Keywords: International, Japan, Manga, Pedagogy


At the end of 2018, a group of fan scholars led by Lori Morimoto journeyed to Japan for a fan studies field trip. The purpose was multifaceted: to speak at a symposium on transcultural popular culture; to bring together fans and fandom studies from both sides of the Pacific; and to augment their classrooms with practical experience. Eight participants share their experiences and reflect on what it means to be a transcultural fan scholar at the dawning of the 2020s.

Author Biography

Paul Booth

Associate Professor, Media and Cinema Studies, College of Communication