Thank you!

8 Jul

A huge ‘thank you’ to all speakers, guests and people who made the mash2013 conference a rich time of sharing research and making new connections! We will keep you informed about further steps and hope to stay in touch with you.


Kick-off dinner on Wednesday 3.7

1 Jul

Dear speakers,

the conference is approaching and some of you will be in Maastricht already on Wednesday. We warmly invite you to a warm up dinner on Wednesday*.

Date: 3.7.2013
Time: 19.00
Place: Cachet Maastricht, Boschstraat 104-106,

If you want to join, please send a short yes via the registration form.

* The dinner is paid for by yourself.


Program updated

28 Jun

The program has been updated this evening. Please find the new version at the program page.

Registration open for guests!

13 Jun


Follow this link, please.

Abstracts Online

1 May


The abstracts from our speakers are online. You find them on our program page or here: abstracts.pdf


3 Apr

Register here for the mash2013 conference in Maastricht. You will get a confirmation with the registration, including an invoice for the conference costs. The conference is open to a limited number of guests.


Conference costs are 30 € for both days, and 15 € for one day.
Please register for the dinner on July 4th, if you are interested, because we want to reserve a table in advance.

* The dinner is paid for by yourself.

Review Process Finished!

23 Jan

The Sint Servaasbasiliek in Maastricht at Night.

The MASH team has finished the review process of the abstracts. We will inform all contributors by the end of this week.

MASH 2013: Making and Sharing. Conference on audience creativity (CFP)

7 Nov

Call for Papers
MASH 2013
July 4-5, 2013

This interdisciplinary conference aims to critically engage in the discourse on participatory culture and the implications of (new) media tendencies towards user-created content. The innovation and appropriation of cultural objects and texts by users, fans, and gamers have changed the media landscape profoundly. We aim to engage in debates about the cultural contexts of audience activities, and the implications of the media-saturated networks in which their cultures flourish.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Creative Industries

  • changing professional fields
  • user-industry relations
  • crowd funding
  • fan/user labor
  • copyright

2. Creative Audiences and Practices

  • cultural citizenship
  • fan activism, hacking, cheating
  • creative appropriations made by audiences
  • fidelity and transformation of audiences
  • affect: care of enthusiasts/hobbyists
  • media literacy
  • non-users

3. Methods and Approaches

  • fan studies
  • game studies
  • (internet) ethnography
  • phenomenological accounts of internet studies
  • ethical questions related to methodology

The conference aims to bridge academia and practice by also including activities and panels that are chaired by fans and game designers rather than scholars. We appreciate the submission of innovative panel ideas and teams that could help strengthen this idea.

The conference will take place in Maastricht (The Netherlands) in Lumière, an independent movie theater with a vintage charm. It will include the screening of documentaries on fandom as well as exemplary fan practices. Applicants are encouraged to submit creative fannish materials that they have worked on and that they may want to show in public.

Conference organizers

The research project on Fan Practices at Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Dr. Karin Wenz, Nicolle Lamerichs, Maarten Michielse and Rafael Bienia.

Abstracts can be submitted to:
Deadline for abstracts (up to 500 words): 11. January 2013
Facebook group: mash2013


7 Nov

Dear visitor,

on this website, we will provide our participant with further information on the conference, on the city Maastricht, and everything helpful to make this conference a success. Visitors of this website will find further information on the program.

Kind regards,

Your MASH team