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Woo hoo!!!

My paper proposal got accepted for PCA.

This is my abstract:

Everybody's Bi in the Future: Constructing Sexuality in the Star Trek Reboot Fandom

Star Trek fandom is notorious as one of the early progenitors of slash
fiction-even more so since Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the show,
coyly worked in some references to the genre in his novelization of
the first Star Trek feature film. The body of Trek slash literature,
particularly K/S or Kirk/Spock, published from the 1970s to the
current day is thus vast indeed. The 2009 feature film ostensibly
seemed to negate this history by introducing the heterosexual
relationship between Spock and Uhura. However, this led to several
offshoots in fandom: the K/S faction (sometimes called "Spirk") which
aims to continue the historical tradition; the Kirk/McCoy fandom; and
the Spock/Uhura fandom who at the least have the benefit of being canonical.

What's more, a historical and contemporary overview of Star Trek fan
literature displays a fascinating wealth of viewpoints about viewers'
intimations of characters' sexuality. Unsurprisingly, attitudes
regarding non-heteronormative relationships have changed dramatically
in the past forty years and this is reflected in both the
characterization and plots within fanfiction. This paper will discuss
historical and contemporary K/S, the advent of Kirk/McCoy and
Spock/Uhura fandom, as well as the fan-generated views of other
characters such as Gaila, Pike, and Chekov.

~

Watching North and South again. Thornton has a Bones thing going on. Kinda want an AU now. My brain.

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abigail89
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I want to read your paper. Definitely.
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
:D

When I get it written I'll send it to you.Or if I flake out, feel free to pm me.
nikki4noo
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Well done! It sounds like a really interesting paper.

What actually gets me is that the Threesome is canon to Gene's mind but people still struggle to get their heads around a loving relationship that deals with three people together that has no real jealousy to it. I can understand how back in the 70s that was a situation that was so unusual to people that they would not be able to get their heads around the dynamics. What I find interesting is that we like to think of ourselves as a progressive society nowadays but there is still a little confusion about the dynamics of a threesome.
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Because we NEVER see threesome dynamics presented in pop culture. EVER.

You don't even really see it in TOS fandom. You see metric tons of K/S, truly negligible K/Mc, very little K/S/Mc.

Reboot fandom is a lot of K/S, a lot of K/M, a lot of S/U, and negligible K/S/Mc.

Wish I had access to enough stuff to be all quantitative rather than anecdotal. Sigh.
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caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
So it's not an official email, but the Chair is also editing a book with a chapter by me, and so I emailed her just to check. She said she was going to get official emails out by the end of the week.

(And H to the Y it's the Fan Area. :D)
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tocourtdisaster
Jan. 6th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Congrats, bb! That's so exciting! :D It sounds like a super fascinating topic and I'd love to read it.
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks!! I'll totally email it to you when it's done!
gadgetorious
Jan. 6th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Can't wait to read that sucker!
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
*G*G*
avictoriangirl
Jan. 6th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Oooh, looking forward to reading that!
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
*G* I'll send it to you when it's done! :)
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caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
I think so. It seems like there was a push for more True Blood stuff this year. I may be on a "Bad Vampire Boys" panel as the Spike expert--we're waiting to hear on that still.

Sorry to hear about your funding problems. :( I'm lucky it's almost local this year.
zauzat
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
Sounds fascinating, I'd love to read that.
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Cool, I'll send it to you when it's done. :)
amine_eyes
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
*High fives*

Congrats! And now to sit and watch every episode and movie and read all the fanfiction write the paper ;D

This sounds very exciting indeed :D
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
*grins* I'm excited. I got to talk about reboot fandom more generally last year. PCA is ridiculously fun!
morfin
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Did you ever read the story in one of the "Star Trek: The New Voyages" anthologies (published pre ST:TMP) where a small corrider betwen Kirk and Spock's quarters was closed off and turned into a common room for them? They kept a chess set in there, so that either one could go in when they had the time and make a move. As I recall, the room was only accessible from their respective bathrooms.
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
No way! That's awesome! I'm going to have to see if I can track that down, I have at least the first one at home, and it looks like there were only two of them if the internet is right. *G* Oh fandom is such a wonderful thing! I also recently discovered via the fanlore wiki that there were not one but TWO fanzines containing poetry by Deforest Kelley. It is now my mission to track these things down!!!
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dianak
Jan. 6th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
I just read that title to Zach... he said "Good old fanfiction... Why Counselor Troi, I never knew!"
caitri
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Pfft, Counselor Troi was a Bedazoid, COME ON ZACH! They had nude weddings and stuff! Sheesh!
aadarshinah
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
congrats!
caitri
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
*G* Thanks!!!!!
greek_jester
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats! That brings back memories. Nowhere near as impressive as your level, but I did do my project in Sociology on equality of the sexes...
caitri
Jan. 7th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Cool!!!

Women and sexuality in scifi is my research specialty. It's really fascinating stuff!!! If you haven't read it, you should check out Helen Merrick's "Secret Feminist Cabal" which is a book-length study of women in scifi and it is fabulous!!!

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