The 2020–21 RoCCET Lab speaker series will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 22 with a presentation by Dr. Rukmini Pande, assistant professor at O.P. Jindal Global University and the author of Squee from the Margins: Fandom and Race (Iowa, 2018). Dr. Pande’s presentation is entitled “Fraught Fandoms: A Critical Perspective”:
This talk will focus on the specific legacy of media fandom being viewed as subversive and politically progressive spaces and the role of fan studies in concretizing that view. I argue that this buttressing has left the field uniquely unprepared to discuss historically erased power dynamics, specifically around race/ism and anti-blackness, that are now increasingly evident. I will also be discussing the ways in which debates around representation, pleasure, and transformative fandom are playing out in these spaces today.
The Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Laboratory is a research group based in the School of Journalism and Communication. Drawing on audience- and media industries-studies approaches, we explore the place of comic books and related media in contemporary culture.