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Saturday, January 9 • 6:30pm - 7:20pm
We Con Therefore We Are by Charles Dunbar

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What does it mean to be an otaku? What counts as anime fandom in this day and age? And why do we see so much non-Asian flavor at cons? Much of the convention culture and dynamic has changed in the past 5+ years, and the con has changed with it, often beginning to mirror the idea of Convergence Theory as proposed by fan-scholar Henry Jenkins. This panel will highlight the changes in the fandom, how the internet has influenced the direction cons have taken, and will ask questions on where all this is going in the near-future. Healthy debate is encouraged.

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Charles Dunbar

Study of Anime
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime is but one. But it is certainly a large one. A lifelong fan, Charles has been attending conventions since his teenage years, and spent a chunk of his college career devoting copious amounts of free time to cultivating his fandom... Read More →

Saturday January 9, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401