Transmedia Fandom and Activism Panel Discussion at Swarthmore

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 9:32 am.

Friday, April 15, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Kohlberg 115

Hester Baer, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
Suzanne Scott, University Of Texas At Austin
Sunka Simon, Professor Of GMST, FMST, And Associate Provost
Bob Rehak, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, and German Studies.
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As digital platforms and interfaces transform the protocols and politics of media engagement, women’s voices are finding new ways to articulate their interests amid the flows of media power. Bringing together two leading voices in the worlds of fandom and transnational studies, this event celebrates interdisciplinary scholarship through case studies of blockbuster transmedia marketing, video content sharing, and Twitter activism.

Hester Baer is the Head of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also serves as a faculty member in Film Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Studies. Professor Baer’s research interests focus on gender and media, with particular emphasis on German film and literature from the postwar and contemporary periods. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (Berghahn Books, 2009) and the co-editor of German Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century (Camden House, 2015). Baer is part of a research collaborative investigating Digital Feminist Activism in German and Transnational Perspective. Their work is published or forthcoming in Feminist Media Studies and Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature.

Suzanne Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching interests include fan studies, media convergence, digital and participatory culture, social media, transmedia storytelling, comic book culture, and gender studies. Dr. Scott’s current book project considers the gendered tensions underpinning the media industry’s embrace of fans as tastemakers, auteurs, and promotional partners within convergence culture.

A special lunch meeting and discussion with Hester Baer and Suzanne Scott, with interested students is scheduled for Friday, April 15 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Essie’s Mae’s Alcove in Clothier Hall.

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