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Not so long ago, and not so far away: Where is there room for oppressed people in fandom?

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The word fandom has come to mean a group of people who share the common interest in a thing, and is often associated with comic books, science fiction and fantasy art. For racially minoritized and/or working-class fans, fandom is complicated because their love of the art can only go so far because often they do not see themselves represented in the art itself. Thus, one cannot begin to discuss the nuances of how the lives of people of colour and/or working-class people are represented until they are in the work at all. This article discusses the author’s inability to engage in a fan-based pedagogy in her work both as an educator in the classroom and as an administrator because it would mostly include students from the dominant ethnic and class groups and leave her own groups still ‘othered’ on campus.
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Keywords: academy; comics; disability; diversity; race; science fiction; working class

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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  • The multi – disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship into the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. It focuses on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming), The journal aims to address key issues in fans studies itself, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.
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