Tuesday the 31st
For Tuesday we'll read about religious fandom, with two articles that will set us up for Trekkies. They are:
Jindra, "Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon" and
Porter, "To Boldly Go: Star Trek Convention Attendance as Pilgrimage"
The Jindra article may seem a bit dated since he's writing about the internet as a new phenomenon, but stick with it. He has a lot of great data and some wonderful examples of the sheer scale of Star Trek Fandom.
Have fun with the Porter and pay attention to how she applies Victor Turner's model of pilgrimage onto ST conventions. If you are running out of time, skip Porter's last section, "Negotiating the Sacred" (260-267) but do read the conclusion afterwards.
Looking forward to your comments!