Please join the Digital Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop for
Queer Geek Methodologies: Social Justice Fandom as a Transformative Digital Humanities
Public talk by Dr. Alexis Lothian: Thursday March 30th, @ 3512 Haven Hall, 4-5:30pm
Mobilized in contexts ranging from the Movement for Black Lives to debates about safe spaces and freedom of speech on university campuses, digital demands for social justice are often expressed in creative forms that draw from popular media. This talk draws from early work on a new book project that explores the digital production of knowledge about gender, race, and disability through the intersection of social justice discourse and fan culture, exploring ways that the creative production of media fan subcultures has preceded and shaped the development of contemporary digital politics. Participants in creative fan communities have theorized their own knowledge production as in conversation with, yet distinct from both media industrial and academic models; drawing from these approaches enables us to understand “digital humanities” as a phenomenon that need not be contained within the bounds of academic disciplines. Through the creation, circulation, and reception of fan fiction, vids, and other creative works, fans have developed complex methodologies for social justice activism, bringing together concepts from feminist, queer, critical race, and disability studies with the intense affective investments that being a fan entails.
(Co-sponsored by the Digital Studies program and the Teaching and Technology Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop)