This March, the music, film, and technology industries gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Naturally, the OTW was there too! OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and staffer Heidi Tandy held panels and meetups at the event. Betsy was on a panel called “Copyright and Creators: 2026,” a discussion about the future of copyright law, while Heidi hosted a Fair Use and Transformative Works Meetup, a mentor session, and a signing session for FIC: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World.
Welcome to our first volume of This Week in Fandom! Every Tuesday, we’re going to post a roundup of interesting happenings throughout all of fandom from the past week–everything from trending discussions to academia to exciting announcements to media articles on fandom and more. Since this is our first volume, we’re still tweaking things a bit, and we’d love to hear your feedback. We’d also love your suggestions on what to include in future volumes. If there’s something you’d like to see here, contact us to let us know. Enjoy!
Transformative Works and Cultures, the OTW’s scholarly fan studies journal, has released Volume 21, The Classical Canon and/as Transformative Work, guest edited by Ika Willis, University of Wollongong. The essays in this special issue analyze “the relationships between Classical literature (and its afterlives) and contemporary fan work,” as Willis’s editorial notes.
The essays deal with the inscription on an eighth-century BCE clay cup; Galen’s second-century CE treatise On His Own Books; Sir Philip Sidney’s late 16th-century Arcadia; and the way the new Doctor Who deals with monsters from classical myth. Addressed are notions of canonicity, authorship, and affective connection. The essays perform comparative work linking Classical ideas, texts, and notions with contemporary fan writings and practice. The issue also includes several book reviews of interest to TWC’s audience.
The next issue of TWC, Volume 22, will appear in September 2016 and is a general (unthemed) issue.