This week's In Media Res special theme week is called Science Fiction and Fandom. Here's the line-up:
Monday September 6, 2010 Curtis Webster (Presbyterian ChurchU.S.A.) presents: Myth, Ritual and People Who Love Star Trek
Tuesday September 7, 2010 Jack Walsh (Public Broadcasting Atlanta) presents: "Four Days at Dragon*Con" excerpt
Wednesday September 8, 2010 Kayley Thomas (University of Florida) presents: Reporting From the Frontlines: Fan Conventions Go Digital
Thursday September 9, 2010 Daryl Frazetti (Western Nevada College) presents: Star Trek, Fandom, and Mythos: The Themed Convention
Friday September 10, 2010 Matt Hills (Cardiff University) presents: As seen as on screen?: Mimetic SF Fandom & the crafting of replica(nt)s
Theme Week Organized by Ian Peters (Georgia State University) and David Gregory (Georgia State University)
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