Fandom + Piracy mini-seriesFandom + Piracy is a virtual mini-series coming in Spring 2021, exploring the connections between media love and media access.


Feb. 25 2021, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: free

VENUE: Virtual


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Fandom and piracy are two modes of countercultural computing, alternative media, distributed creativity, and copying culture. Their critics often characterize them as illegitimate, or even criminal.

In this conference mini-series,consisting of two lectures and two panels taking place online on four consecutive Thursdays, 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.

February 25 - "How Should We Theorize Injury in Fan Studies?"
March 4 - “Studies in Unauthorized Reproduction: The Pirate Function and Postcolonialism"
March 11 -Scholars Panel /Fandom + Race
March 18 -Scholars Panel/ Piracy + Capitalism

Join the conversation online with #fandompiracy.


The Berkeley Center for New Media is an interdisciplinary research center that studies and shapes media transition and emergence from diverse perspectives. Through critical thinking and making, we cultivate technological equity and fairness in our classrooms, in our communities, and on the internet.

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