Fandom + Piracy: Piracy & Capitalism Panel

18 Mar, 2021

Fandom + Piracy: Piracy & Capitalism Panel


Alexander Dent, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Keller Easterling, an architect, writer and Professor of Architecture at Yale University.

Jennifer Holt, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive.

Elleza Kelley, Ph.D candidate in English at Columbia 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.

Kavita Philip will join for the Q&A.

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A discussion of the long and troubled history of piracy’s relationship to capitalist frameworks of ownership, authorship, access, infrastructure, sharing, saving, and theft from the perspectives of anthropology, architecture, media industries, archives, and literature.

Likely topics include piracy and libraries, piracy and racialized capitalism, piracy and cultural imperialism in the Global south, and piracy and resistance to Global North capitalist hegemony.

About Virtual Mini-Series Fandom & Piracy 2021

Fandom + Piracy website here.

Fandom and piracy are two modes of countercultural computing, alternative media, distributed creativity, and copying culture. While critics have often characterized them as illegitimate or even criminal, fandom and piracy have played a crucial role in the evolution of the Internet. Though marginalized by the media industries, legal establishment, and academia, the work of fans and pirates is central to how we interact with media.

In this conference mini-series, we will hear from scholars whose work enables us to understand how fandom and piracy have attracted millions of participants and become akin to social movements, how they have given rise to digital platforms that both augment and defy the corporatization of media production and the web, and how race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality operate within fan and pirate communities.

This event will consist of two keynote lectures and two panels taking place online on four consecutive Thursdays (February 25, March 4, March 11, and March 18, 2021).


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