AboutIn this digital book, readers will find research about participatory memory—examining the ways in which fans celebrate, commemorate, and memorialize their fandom in physical spaces (and often the ways in which content producers and governments react to this participation). This section describes the major sections of this digital book.
Tour the Case StudiesKendall Phillips (2004) states that public memory is “a realm within which we act together” (p. 4). In the case studies of this book, this activity is participation—specifically writing and making in these memory spaces. The significance of these case studies is evident in the ways in which participants are using writing to engage in these spaces, noting the moments when they are deterred from participating and when they participate in unexpected ways. This research serves to inform scholars about memory, writing, and experience that begins in these spaces as individual writing grows into a collection and matures into places that are curated by fan scholars.
Across this site, you can explore sections investigating different kinds of participatory memory experiences. Each case study provides analysis and discussion about participatory memory, examining how participants work to create experiences for their communities in these spaces. In particular, the research includes discussions about the spaces of memory for Princess Diana, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood. The case studies describe these active spaces of memory, explain the research project, describe findings, and point to the significance of participatory memory.