Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in Fandom

What a Nerd of Color wants to write scholarly about the fandom world, like me. #Goals

The Fan Studies Network

CALL FOR PAPERS: EDITED COLLECTION ON RACE IN FANDOM

Fan studies has consistently identified media or participatory fandom as an intertextual and selfreflexive communitarian space. Further, scholars have produced extremely important work concerning fan identity in these spaces, theorized mainly around the axes of gender and sexuality (Hellekson and Busse 2006; Stein 2015). However, a sustained examination of the effect of racial identity in these spaces has not yet occurred.

This edited collection takes its impulse from Rebecca Wanzo’s (2015) crucial intervention into the genealogy of fan studies that maintained that this glaring omission is not an oversight. Rather, race continues to be absent from broad-based theorizations about fan culture because it “troubles” foundational assumptions about its subversive and inclusive ethos. This collection therefore aims to investigate the ramifications of such trouble by highlighting the operations of race/racism within fandom spaces. It asks how our current conceptions of shared pleasure…

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Central Africa’s 1st Gaming Studio is Creating Games that Embody African Myths and Culture

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GOOD BLACK NEWS

Aurion Legacy of Kori-Odan (Photograph — gameblog.fr) Aurion Legacy of Kori-Odan (Photograph — gameblog.fr)

article by Hadassah Egbedi via venturesafrica.com:

The growth of Africa’s comic culture has given rise to the likes of Comic Republic with superhero characters and lifestyles that Africans can finally relate with and the reception so far has been incredible. However, a young Cameroonian may just have taken this initiative to the next level. Madiba Olivier, who has always enjoyed video games, is now pioneering his own brand of games with African content and characters in central Africa by incorporating African folklore.

Olivier decided to invest in his passion by establishing Kiro’o Games, central Africa’s first video game studio that is creating a new narrative and visual benchmark for the gaming industry. With their latest project, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, an action-RPG (Role Playing Game), the studio intends to unify and transmit African culture by combining various myths, tales and traditional values into the gaming experience.

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A Letter from La Causa

Being Brown at an Elite Private Institution called, Amherst College

To whom it may concern:

Latinx students and the diversity within the Latinx community need more visibility and support on the Amherst College campus. We need support in all senses of the word: academic support, administrative support, emotional support, or else we won’t be able to successfully function as healthy students. As Latinx students, we do not feel that we have a space or a cohesive Latinx identity on this campus. Arriving to a campus that is predominantly Caucasian creates feelings of alienation for black and brown Latinxs that should not be ignored. It often becomes difficult to understand how we should relate to our identities as Latinxs. We need more support from administration and the Amherst community in general in order to have our identities reaffirmed as Latinx students that deserve a space as much as our white peers at such an elite institution.

Having our only exclusive space…

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Get Your First Look at Disney’s Moana

Yesss!!! An Indigenous Princess in Disney

thenerdsofcolor

Even though the movie is more than a year away, we cannot contain our excitement for Moana, the newest addition to Disney’s iconic princesses. Set for a Thanksgiving 2016 release, the movie will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the demigod Maui and 14-year old newcomer Auli’i Cravalho has been tapped to play the titular Princess Moana. That’s right, a Disney Princess movie about Hawaii starring actual Pacific Islander actors in the roles of Pacific Islander characters. And Emma Stone is nowhere to be found!

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#96 The Native Steampunk Art of Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca

Indigenous Futurism: steampunk! Native artist

Beyond Victoriana

When thinking about the retrofuturistic side of science fiction, people have categorized it in various ways. Just recently, Lorenzo Davia went all the way as to delineate the various uses of “-punk” in science fiction, sorted by time period. Although this is one helpful way of thinking about retrofuturism, it is also quite limiting in the sense that that time periods and examples he lists run in accordance to Western history.

Does that mean non-Western cultures don’t have a concept of retrofuturism? Of course not, but one of the challenges of conceptualizing retrofuturism in a non-Western context is the understanding that non-Western cultures may conceptualize time itself in a completely different way than how it is realized in the West. In this manner, the flow of time can be circular rather than linear; a person can look forward into the past instead of backwards; destines are repeated or mirrored or fractured…

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