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This study extends scholarship on age, ageing and fandom to the end-of-life context, exploring the question of whether fan identities and practices are salient at life’s end. A focus on mortality is not new to fan studies, as research on post-object fandom, transitions and endings in fandom, and zombie fandom have opened rich new research trajectories in fan studies. In this article I focus on potentials associated with the mortality of fans themselves, framed by prior work on the social practices of personal identities in the realm of death and dying. Situated in media studies, gerontology and thanatology, I draw on interviews with members of the US death system to explore fannish possibilities in the context of human transience.
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Keywords: death system; dying; end-of-life; fan identities; fandom; mortality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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  • The multi – disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship into the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. It focuses on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming), The journal aims to address key issues in fans studies itself, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.
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