Thursday, Jul 30, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Henry Jenkins
HenryJenkins.org (23 July 2009)

“Last weekend, Cynthia and I drove up to San Francisco where I spoke about ‘Learning From and About Fandom’ at Azkatraz, a Harry Potter fan convention. The key note speaker at this year’s event was Andrew Slack of the HP Alliance. Slack is a thoughtful young activist whose work is exploring the intersection between politics and popular culture. He’s really helped to inspired some of the research I am going to be doing in the coming year about “fan activism” and how we can build a bridge between participatory culture and democratic participation. I interviewed Slack for Journal of Media Literacy earlier this year and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share that interview with my blog readers.”

Part two of the interview.


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