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Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster is a critic and editor from Melbourne, Australia. She has contributed to publications including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Rookie, Vulture, Jezebel, and The Pitchfork Review. She edits Filmme Fatales, a zine that explores the intersection of cinema and feminism, and in 2015 delivered a TED Talk on cinematic likability at the Sydney Opera House. She DJs under the moniker Baby Bonus, which mostly just involves crossfading between songs containing Nicki Minaj guest verses.

“Always In Our Hearts: On Queer Fandom and Collective Ownership”
In today's musical landscape, the band and the fans cannot exist without the other. You can't hear from or about One Direction without also hearing about their passionate supporters. In award acceptance speeches, TV interviews and tweets from people who have found themselves on the Directioners' collective shit-list, they're spoken about with awe and gratitude, or with fear and disbelief.

Moreso than with any of their pop contemporaries though, One Direction is totally inseparable from their fans—a fact that can both empower and do a disservice to them. The sense of obligation the band has to palm credit off to their fans means they rarely retain it for themselves, while the entitlement fans feel when it comes to access to and information leads to inevitable disappointment.

In this paper, I will also discuss the essential role of social media in giving voice to its fans—not just the young girls in their bedrooms dreaming of being the future Mrs. Styles or Ms. Horan, but also the enormous proponent of queer-identifying and adult fans who have found, in fandoms, a safe space to retro-fit the inherent heteronormativity of pop music to suit their specific interests, passions, desires, and points of view.

As well as discussing the ways the bands and fans engage with each other online, this paper will also connect on the internal dialogues and grassroots music promotion happening within fandoms, and the essential voice self-made art like fanfiction and fan art gives its creators, connecting this paper to those by Maria and Brittany.

When a passionate fandom is responsible for a band's initial and continued success, how can the band enforce any limits on what they can offer those fans? And what happens to bands when the fans aren’t listened to?

“She Loves You… Loving Him: On Fanfiction, Fanart and Homoeroticism”
Music’s loudest voices are its fans. Young people specifically direct and motivate the waves of pop history with their dedication and fervor, making them the loudest but most undervalued influencers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The power of screaming teens packing arenas for everyone from the Beatles to One Direction has translated to online communities where the fans have made their voices not only louder but more connected. This three-paper panel—with each paper specifically focused on boy band fandom—will explore the influence and power of digital fan communities, touching on psychology, sexuality, and social media along the way. 


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