Fansplaining: Rukmini Pande

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Episode Title: Fansplaining: Rukmini Pande
Length: 1:28:00
Featured: Rukmini Pande
Date: December 13, 2018
Focus: Race and Fandom
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Fansplaining: Rukmini Pande is an episode of the podcast Fansplaining by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel.

For others in the series, see Fansplaining.


In Episode 89, Elizabeth and Flourish welcome back Dr. Rukmini Pande, a fan studies scholar whose new book, Squee From the Margins, explores race in both the field as well as fandom at large. Topics discussed include defining the boundaries of “fandom,” how queerness and gender structure fan studies while race typically does not, closed vs open digital platforms, how fandom discussions of racism are often relegated to “crisis points,” and more.


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Fan Comments

bafflinghaze Just finished listening to this, and I thought it was really good. Because yeah, fandom is meant to be a safe-sort of place…but that constant insistence ignores how it isn’t welcome to everyone.

I couldn’t find the book, Squee From The Margins, at my uni library. But there is the phd thesis, Archived version from which the book is based, and that’s free access! [1]


  1. ^ Tumblr post by bafflinghaze, Archived version, Nov 14 2019, accessed Sept 20 2021