The Keynote

Paul Booth is an associate professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He received his PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He researches Fandom, New Media, Games, Technology, Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies. He teaches classes in media studies, television narrative, convergence and digital media, board games, popular culture, social media, communication technology, and participatory cultures.

He is the authorbooth_tardis of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs, and of Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, which compares time travel on television with social media. He is the editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who, a study of fans of the popular British television show, and has also published over 20 articles in journals such as Communication StudiesTransformative Works and CultureTelevision and New MediaCritical Studies in Media CommunicationNew Media and CultureScience Fiction Film and Television, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

He has chapters in the books Crowdfunding the FutureTime Travel in the MediaDoctor Who and LanguageRemake TelevisionProdusing TheoryTransgression 2.0American Remakes of British Television, and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy.

His books, Playing Fans: Negotiating Fandom and Media in the Digital Age and Game Play: Paratextual in Contemporary Board Games, were both published in early 2015, with two co-edited volumes, Controversies in Digital Ethics and Seeing Fans published in 2016. His latest book is Crossing Fandoms, about fandom, conventions, and SuperWhoLock.