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.
I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY
The OTW celebrated International Fanworks Day this month, with a whole week dedicated to events, games, posts and challenges leading up to the big day itself on February 15th. In total, the event included 6 guest posts, a Feedback Fest, a short fanworks challenge called IFDShare, numerous games and public chats, and multiple posts, including one that featured both OTW celebrations and other celebrations for IFD. Head on over to this roundup post to learn more.