Fanvids: Turning the Prism on Television Film Studies Departmental Speaker Series

Dr Charlotte Stevens will be joining us for our final event of the year, which will be taking place virtually on Teams. Everyone is welcome – please join using the attached link!

Fanvids, or vids, are short videos created in media fandom. Made from television and film sources, they are neither television episodes nor films; they resemble music videos but are non-commercial fanworks that construct creative and critical analyses of existing media. The creators of fanvids—called vidders—are predominantly women, whose vids prompt questions about media historiography and pleasures taken from screen media. Vids remake narratives for an attentive fan audience, who watch with a deep knowledge of the source text(s), or an interest in the vid form itself. Vids offer an answer to the question, What happens to television after it’s been aired?

E. Charlotte Stevens is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University. Her monograph, Fanvids: Television, Women, and Home Media Re-use, is published by Amsterdam University Press (2020). She has also published on videogame fan histories, screen vampires, and poetic television documentaries on the BBC.

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