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Popular culture is a potent force. As a carrier of culture, as a contested realm, as a source of personal and national identity, and a tool of cultural dominance, popular culture is an inescapable dynamic engine that has the capacity to deeply influence societies. To create understandable background lore and synthetic worlds, popular culture often draws upon the real (and imagined) past. This malleable vision of the past is a palimpsest that popular culture inscribes itself upon, rewriting, redacting, and retconning that-what-was to suit the demands of a story. History fills many roles in this negotation between the real and fictional: as shorthard to introduce concepts that would take too long to expand upon, as a superhot furnace of nostalgia, a force to push against, and as a vocabulary to define the new and exotic. In these strange new worlds, history itself becomes redefined and reimagined. I explore these processes and the usually precarious intersection of history and popular culture (and technology too!) at Journeytothewiredwest.com

Work

Publications

    Julian Chambliss and Daniel Fandino. "The Construction and Presentation of Heroes and Heroines" in The Cultural History of Fame. --Forthcoming 2021--

    Daniel Fandino. "Remembering Fictional History and Virtual War in EVE Online" In Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads.

    Julian Chambliss, Bill Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino, eds. Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains.

Selected Reviews

    Hikikomori: Adolescence Without End by Saito Tamaki in The Middle Ground Journal: History and Global Studies

    Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics by Casey Brienza in Studies in American Culture

    "Tokyo's Sporting Diplomacy,” by Jessamyn R. Abel, in Olympika: the International Journal of Olympic Studies

Selected Presentations

    "Reflections in a Mirrored Helmet: Wolverine, the Silver Samurai, and American Image of Japan" presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, July 25-27 2019, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

    "'Imagine Strange Things': Durham Stevens and American Opinion Towards Japan and Korea, 1894 to 1908" presented at the 67th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 19-20 2018, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fellowships

    Cultural Heritage Informatics Senior Fellow
    Michigan State University // August 2018 - May 2019 & August 2019 - May 2020

    Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow
    Michigan State University // August 2016 - May 2017

Education

    Michigan State University // PhD student in History

    University of Central Florida // M.A. in History

    Florida International University // B.A. in International Relations

CV

Download complete CV as a pdf

About

Daniel Fandino is a History PhD student at Michigan State University. His academic fields of study focus on U.S. cultural history, Modern Japan, and digital history. Daniel's research is centered on the intersection between popular culture, technology, commodities, and consumption. He also maintains an interest in game studies.

Wired History takes its name from the breakthrough 1998 Japanese anime Serial Experiments Lain (シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン) where the Wired (ワイヤード) is a worldwide virtual reality network that encompasses all forms of communications from the internet to radio to television.

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Photographs on this site were taken by the author. Screenshot of a Gallente frigate flying past a space station in the computer game EVE Online by CCP Games taken by the author.


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