Exploring fandom and the performance paradigm: An interview with Kurt Lancaster, author of "Interacting with 'Babylon 5'"

  • Paul J. Booth DePaul University
  • Lucy Bennett Independent scholar, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Keywords: Fandom, Games, Performance, Role-play


This interview with Kurt Lancaster, conducted via e-mail in August 2014, discusses the use of the performance studies paradigm in his Interacting with "Babylon 5": Fan Performances in a Media Universe (University of Texas Press, 2001).

Author Biographies

Paul J. Booth, DePaul University
Associate Professor, Media and Cinema Studies, College of Communication
Lucy Bennett, Independent scholar, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Lucy Bennett completed her PhD in online fandom at JOMEC, Cardiff University. Her work on digital culture and fandom appears in journals such as New Media & Society, Transformative Works and Cultures, Social Semiotics, Continuum, Cinema Journal, Celebrity Studies and Participations. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Fan Studies Network and is currently co-editing a special issue of New Media & Society and an anthology for Peter Lang on crowdfunding.