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Arab Fandom and Creative Political Participation The Case of Game of Thrones by Katty Alhayek

Arab Fandom and Creative Political Participation  The Case of Game of Thrones by Katty Alhayek

Date(s) - 02/16/2022
1:00 pm

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Middle East and Islamic Studies Program


American shows like Game of Thrones (GoT) are quite popular among Arabic-speaking online communities. Prof. Katty Alhayek addresses her research on Arab fandom of American fantasy drama television and how fans’ cultural participation can contribute to our understating of non-traditional political participation. She will discuss how Arab fans of GoT are part of the global fandom of “Prestige TV,” and will demonstrate how Arab fans responded to the whiteness and Eurocentrism of GoT and their sense of racial difference. Prof. Alhayek will show that GoT Arab fandom continues through Facebook communities like “House of the Dragon Arab Fans,” which has over 158.3K members who share their excitement and expectations of the upcoming prequel, which is scheduled to air this year.


Dr. Katty Alhayek 
is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University (renaming in process) in Toronto, Canada. Alhayek’s research centers around themes of marginality, media, audiences, gender, intersectionality, and displacement in a transnational context. Alhayek completed her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States of America with a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Her publications include articles in the International Journal of Communication; Feminist Media Studies; Gender, Technology and Development; and Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.


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