Subversive Sports: The Unexpected Rise of Fictional Sports Fandom

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Apr 15th at 5:15 PM until 6:15 PM

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Sports have exploded onto the fandom scene with Yuri!!! on Ice trending on tumblr and the webcomic Check, Please! racing past its Kickstarter goals. Sports anime like Free! and Haikyuu!! have huge English-speaking fan bases and, with the growth of fanworks about professional hockey and wrestling, it’s clear that sports are here to stay. Join us as our panelists discuss why sports-related media attract so many fans and how the presentation of gender, race, and sexuality in these fandoms subverts mainstream sports culture.