Space Husbands: What I’ve Learned from Kirk/Spock Fanfic

From 2014 to 2016 I conducted research on Kirk/Spock fanfiction. This research included interviewing fanfiction readers and writers, participating in fan conventions, and analyzing more than 6,000 pages of fan-written stories centered on a romantic and/or sexual relationship between Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This presentation will focus specifically on the textual analysis portion of my research. By comparing Kirk/Spock fanfiction written between 1978 and 1987 with that written from 2005 to 2014, I will note ways that constructions of gender and sexuality have shifted over the last 40+ years.


Dr. April S. Callis, Assistant Director
LGBTQ Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Presenter

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Bio: After growing up in Raleigh, April went on to receive her BA from Sweet Briar College, her MA from the University of Kentucky, and her PhD from Purdue University. Before coming to UNC-CH, April taught classes on gender, sexuality, and privilege at Northern Kentucky University. She also worked as a facilitator and educator for GLSEN, a national organization dedicated to providing safe K-12 experiences for individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. April has published several peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from bisexuality to queer theory to homophobia in fanfiction. April lives with her partner, Steve, and her two huskies, Demon and Havoc.

Day Two (Tuesday, October 13th, 2020) | Session Three (8:00pm - 9:00pm)

Duration: 10 minutes

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