Fandom + Race

Scholars of color will discuss how fandom is racialized, how race is addressed (and not) in fannish spaces, how and where people of color explore and express their fannish interests, how fans of color are responding to the media industries’ attempts at diversifying casts and narratives, and fan studies and critical race theory currently intersect, and their visions for the future of fan studies. 


Likely topics include fandom and political activism, representation in media, race and fan platforms, and the Movement for Black Lives.


Panelists /

andré carrington is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Riverside.

Racquel Gates is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Alfred Martin is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa.

Rukmini Pande is Assistant Professor of English Literature at O.P. Jindal Global University.


Moderated by Abigail De Kosnik, Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

Rebecca Wanzo will join for the Q&A.