Announcing Fandom + Piracy

28 Nov, 2020

Announcing Fandom + Piracy

BCNM is very excited to announce our first ever mini-series, Fandom + Piracy!

Kicking off on February 25th, Fandom + Piracy is a virtual conference exploring the connections between media love and media access. We will hear from scholars whose work enables us to understand how fandom and piracy have played a part in the evolution of the internet, how they 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.

Featured speakers include: Rebecca Wanzo (Keynote Speaker), Kavita Philip (Keynote Speaker), andré carrington, Alexander Dent, Keller Easterling, Racquel Gates, Jennifer Holt, Brewster Kahle, Elleza Kelley, Alfred Martin, and Rukmini Pande.

F+P consists of two lectures and two panels taking place online on four consecutive Thursdays. Registration is now live and you can check out all the events on our dedicated website,

Upcoming Events

All events take place at 5:00 PM PST on Zoom.

February 25, 2021

Fandom + Piracy Keynote: "How should we theorize injury in fan studies?"

with Rebecca Wanzo
Professor and and Chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis

March 04, 2021

Fandom + Piracy Keynote: "Studies in Unauthorized Reproduction"

with Kavita Philip
Professor of History and Affliate Faculty in Informatics at University of California, Irvine

March 11, 2021

Fandom + Piracy: Fandom & Race Panel


André Carrington
Associate Professor of English at University of California, Riverside

Racquel Gates
Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at College of Staten Island

Alfred Martin
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa

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

March 18, 2021

Fandom + Piracy: Piracy & Capitalism Panel


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

Keller Easterling
Architect, writer and Professor of Architecture at Yale University

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

Brewster Kahle
Founder of the Internet Archive

Elleza Kelley
Ph.D candidate in English at Columbia University