Stitch @ PCA 2019

stitch @ pca 2019

I’ll be in Washinton DC for PCA 2019 April 17-20th talking about one of the things I know a ton about: racism in fandom.

I’ll be on two back to back panels: a roundtable on fandom racism a decade after Racefail ’09 and a panel where I’ll be presenting on racism in fandom with two (I think) other people. I am currently the session chair/moderator for both panels and if y’all know anything about me, y’all know that that’s going to have to change asap…)

Under the cut you can find information on/links about:

  • My panel times/location
  • The abstract for my presentation
  • (Closer to PCA 2019) A link to a PDF copy of the handout for my presentation
  • (Closer to PCA 2019) Information on any informal meetups I’m doing with fellow fan studies folks or on my own

If you’re going to be in DC between the 15th and 22nd of April and we know each other, get in touch with me about potential meet-ups/hang-outs!

While I think it’s too late and expensive to register for PCA 2019 now, here’s a link if you’re interested in shelling out funds for it.

Panel Times/Location:

PCA 2019 will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park.

My panels are:

Race and Representation in Fandom

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Washington Room 3)

Roundtable on Race in Fandom and Fandom Studies

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Washington Room 3)


Black Women, Hated: Layers of Misogynoir in Fandom Spaces

As fandom spaces become even more active in asking for and creating positive representation about underrepresented identities (i.e., disabled people and queer people), one notable weak spot in fandom representation politics revolves around the reception towards and portrayal of Black women in fandom. Black female characters, performers and fans have been subject to years of racist treatment across fandom – including in the arguably more progressive spaces of transformative fandom – that falls under the umbrella of anti-black misogyny or misogynoir (Bailey 2010). This includes erasing Black women from fan works and fandom spaces, assigning negative labels to Black female fans, and a whole host of other toxic practices ranging from relatively minor microaggressions to openly racist behavior and rhetoric.

Building on recent work on black women fans and fandom misogynoir (Johnson 2015; Arcy & Johnson 2018; Warner 2018), , this paper will consider misogynoir in fandom spaces as a pervasive problem that has infected multiple fandom spaces and thrives, unchecked, even in parts of fandom that are traditionally assumed to espouse more progressive politics than male-dominated, white “geek” spaces.  Some examples of this misogynoir can be seen in the way that Black female characters are cut out of canon and killed off in fanworks, how non-Black fans actively make excuses for the harassment Black female performers get, and how Black women in fandom are labeled as troublemakers or “antis” for expressing their thoughts about Black characters in fandom. These are all mild examples of what misogynoir in fandom looks like. Additionally, beyond exploring what fandom misogynoir looks like in 2019, a significant goal of this paper is to provide solutions for changing how fandom talks about and to Black women.