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Friday, November 10 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Fandom and Identification
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While there is greater diversity in casting these days than ever before, the majority of roles are still written by, for, and cast as straight white men. At the same time, fanfiction tends to be written primarily by women, and many shows with a white male core cast have huge female followings. How do we reconcile this difference between who we see on screen and what fandom itself looks like? What part do fanworks play in identifying with a narrative written for people not like them, and correcting the lack of representation in mainstream media?

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L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).
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Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Plaza V