Producers of the highly successful, award-winning Liverpool FC podcast Anfield Wrap shared their experiences with University of Huddersfield Journalism and Media students on January 30,, 2018. Undergraduate students were able to learn about the creation of professional-quality participatory media, as well as the importance of being part of – and sometimes speaking for – a fan community and a locality.
Members and affiliates of the Centre presented a panel at MeCCSA 2018 at London South Bank University. The panel -- From “Subcultural Fandom” to “Brand Fans”: Participatory Culture, Creativity and Agency – featured papers from Dr. Sophie van de Goor on fans’ use of tagging, Professor Matt Hills on algorithms and fandom, and Dr. Richard McCulloch on moments of non-participation at sing-along-a-Frozen events at the Prince Charles Cinema, London.
Professor Matt Hills gave one of the keynote addresses at the inaugural Fan Studies Network Australasia Symposium. This was based at the University of Wollongong in December 2017, and there are plans to publish a selection of papers in the open-access online journal Participations.