Fandom = Participation

The act of consumption, specifically of popular culture, gets criticized a lot, especially be elitists (sometimes masquerading as populists). The basic logic goes that consumption is mindless and simply a tool used by the capitalist oppressing class to lull the masses into a false sense of happiness, so we don’t notice that they’re oppressing us. … Continue reading

Migration Without Boundaries

So last weekend I helped run Migration Without Boundaries, an interdisciplinary graduate conference on migration. This was the culmination of months of work by other, more involved people on the organizing committee. I basically just did troubleshooting and did tech stuff. I don’t actually study migration, although I find it fascinating and fully understand why … Continue reading