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Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 23

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 23, a special issue on Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game, guest edited by Roberta Pearson and Betsy Rosenblatt.

The essays in this issue focus on Sherlock fandom dating back from the 1890s; the research articles focus on Sherlockian fan artworks and fan communities. Symposium essays include first-person accounts of fan practice, including accounts of gender disparities in Sherlockian fandom.

This issue has special cover artwork, created by Laurie Fraser Manifold, in the style of Victorian journals. The book reviews focus on specifically Sherlock Holmes-themed books.

The next issue of TWC, No. 24, will appear in June 2017, also as a themed issue. Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng’s special issue focuses on Queer Female Fandom. Although submissions are closed for TWC’s unthemed 2017 issue, we welcome new submissions for 2018’s unthemed issue, by January 1, 2018. We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles.

TWC has a call for papers out for a 2018 issue on Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries. Papers are due by March 17, 2017.

Two other calls for papers for 2018 issues have been released: Tumblr and Fandom (papers due May 1, 2017) and Romance/Fans: Sexual Fantasy, Love, & Genre in Fandom (papers due December 31, 2017).


5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Amy Shepard Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Amy Shepard, who volunteers as a staffer with our Elections Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I volunteer with three committees, Strategic Planning (SP) as a co-chair, Elections, and Tag Wrangling, so what I do may be quite different from another staffer. For the Elections committee, I work as a team coordinator (TC). A lot of the organizing and day to day functions to get ready for the election are completed by TCs, which are like the Elections committee’s personal assistants. I help write the minutes, the roadmap, organizing the to-do board, drafting newsletter updates (which I also write for Strategic Planning), and generally help where other staffers need an extra hand.


OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Jackson Bird

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Jackson Bird is the Director of Wizard-Muggle Relations for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a nonprofit that activates fan communities towards social action. When not defending the rights of wizards and muggles alike, Jackson produces videos about identity, social action, and what happens when you put tacos on a waffle iron.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I got into fandom and fanworks long before I had a name for what I was doing. I joined the Royal Club of Oz in fourth grade after devouring all of the original L. Frank Baum books and spent a good part of my time doodling Bailey School Kid monsters. A few years later, I discovered Harry Potter fansites and it just grew from there. I read fanfiction, listened to podcasts and wizard rock, and eventually — many years later — discovered the Harry Potter Alliance.