Fandom, food, and folksonomies: The methodological realities of studying fun life-contexts

Melissa G. Ocepek, Julia Bullard, Jenna Hartel, Eric Forcier, Sarah Polkinghorne, Ludi Price

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As Library and Information Science research has evolved, new domains of interest have shaped the field, and with them comes a need to question the appropriateness of applying traditional methodologies to these new domains. This panel focuses on the methodological realities of studying fun life-contexts and will address how researching a new domain comes with challenges and opportunities. The group of scholars on this panel all share an appreciation for identifying and exploring the unique information experiences within fun life-contexts, and engage with a variety of subfields, including information behavior, information organization, embodied information, and fan communities. This interactive panel will consist of five short presentations from each of the panelists and a moderated Q&A led by moderator, Jenna Hartel. The panelists each share some examples of their recent work studying fun life-contexts, reflect on their experience researching in a new domain, and develop themes and questions that should be addressed in future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-715
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • context
  • fan communities
  • fun
  • Methodology
  • serious leisure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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