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SQUEE from the Margins: Fandom and Race Book Talk by Dr. Rukmini Pande

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14 E Jackson Blvd

14 East Jackson Boulevard

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Chicago, IL 60604

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Fan spaces have never been more vocal than they are today about debating issues of privilege and discrimination. Yet, until now, virtually no sustained examination of race and racism in transnational fan cultures has taken place.

In this talk, Rukmini Pande challenges dominant ideas of who fans are and how these complex transnational and cultural spaces function. She positions media fandom as a postcolonial cyberspace, enabling scholars to take a more inclusive view of fan identity. With analysis that spans from historical to contemporary, Pande builds a case for the ways in which non-white fans have always been present in such spaces, though consistently ignored.

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Dr. Rukmini Pande is an Assistant Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University after completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests coalesce around the field of Digital Humanities and include issues relating to intersectional identity in popular culture, new media, and postcolonial cybercultures. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies and has been published in multiple edited collections on fans and fandom, including Seeing Fans (edited by Paul Booth and Lucy Bennett), Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (ed Anne Jamison), and The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction (ed Ashton Spacey). You can find her on Twitter @RukminiPande

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