"It's a Thing!" is a podcast that introduces new and historically significant work in the field of fan studies to all comers interested in learning more about what we do. It features accessible interviews with established and up-and-coming fan studies scholars, as well as fan studies-adjacent journalists, critics, writers, and fans, all with the purpose of demonstrating that fan studies is indeed a thing.
Episode 12: Rebecca Wanzo at FSNNA
This special episode of "It's a Thing!" features a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, Professor and Chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and author of the paradigm-shifting fan studies essay, "African American Acafandom and Other Strangers: New Genealogies of Fan Studies," and the SCMS Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award-winning book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (New York University Press, 2020). This Zoom conversation was the keynote event of the 2020 Fan Studies Network North America conference in October 2020.
Episode 11: Crystal Anderson on Pandemic Pedagogy
On this special episode of "It's a Thing!" I'm talking with Dr. Crystal Anderson, Assistant Director for Teaching Excellence at the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University about online pedagogy in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. We also talk about her forthcoming book, Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop.
Episode 10: Ross Garner
On this episode of "It's a Thing!" I talk with Dr. Ross Garner about collecting and material fan cultures, dinosaur fandom and Jurassic Park, and his experiences at Tokyo's otaku haven, Nakano Broadway.
Episode 9: Benjamin Woo
On this episode of "It's a Thing!" I talk with Dr. Benjamin Woo about comic books, conventions, race and whiteness in fandom and fan studies, and the study of geek cultures.
Episode 8: Paul Booth
In this episode of "It's a Thing!" I talk with Dr. Paul Booth about being a prolific writer, life after tenure, fan studies pedagogy and, of course, Doctor Who.
Episode 7: Lori Morimoto
In this episode of "It's a Thing!" Paul Booth of DePaul University interviews me! We talk about transcultural fan studies, scholarship, and even a bit about genealogy.