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See also: aca-fan


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Blend of academic +‎ fan.


acafan (plural acafans)

  1. (fandom slang) An academic who self-identifies as a member of fandom.
    • 2013, Matt Hills, "Introduction: Doctor Who Studies?", in New Dimensions of Doctor Who: Adventures in Space, Time and Television (ed. Matt Hills), I. B. Tauris & Co. (2013), →ISBN, page 3:
      When paul Cornell wrote in Licence Denied that 'Thomas Noonan was the first New Fanboy' to use lit crit readings and terminologies, tracking fans' 'Analysis' of the show made sense, but by 2013 multiple generations of New Fanboys, Fangirls, acafans and fan-scholars have got in on the act, making such analysis far more dispersed, diverse and differentiated.
    • 2014, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse), University of Iowa Press (2014), →ISBN, page 23:
      In addition to author-fans, who use fiction to generate critiques and justify their fictions, there are acafans, whose work may return to earlier literary periods to show how the mechanisms of reading or writing fan fiction can illuminate classic texts.
    • 2014, Bethan Jones, "Normal Female Interest in Vampires and Werewolves Bonking: Slash and the Reconstruction of Meaning", in Screening Twilight: Critical Approaches to a Cinematic Phenomenon (Wickham Clayton & Sarah Harman), I. B. Tauris & Co. (2014), →ISBN, page 188:
      Much as Jenkins positions himself as an 'academic fan' in his 1992 work on Star Trek fandom, I too consider myself an acafan in my study of slash.

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