Aca-Fans on Tracing Bowie Stardom for Being and Becoming
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This chapter applies notions of aca-fandom built in and around star and celebrity figures (Hills in Fan Cultures. Routledge, London, 2002; Fan Culture: Theory/Practice. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012; Jenkins 2012) to draw on the stories of participants attending and presenting at academic conferences focused on David Bowie. We search here for how Bowie’s work has been interacted with, shared, translated and interpreted particularly by aca-fans. The use of auto-ethnographic methods to allow our fellow aca-fans to ‘story’ their own reactions to David Bowie enables us to delve into the types of emotional responses or tendencies to respond that are stirred by Bowie fandom in/for a professional life. Here we perpend the ways aca-fans’ interlinked feelings and memories are traced back and forward, emotionally entwined in remembrances of Bowie and intimately shared for what their fandom might have contributed to their professional practice via being and becoming.
KeywordsDavid Bowie Aca-fandom Stardom Celebrity Becoming Fandom
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