Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s new fannish roundup series! We’re still catching up on all of 2016’s fandom news, so Volume 2 includes items from earlier in the month as well as developments from this past week. If you’ve got a tip about events or trends in your fandom, or if you’d like us to promote your event (including relevant calls for papers and even requests for fannish research participants), send us a message.
I. SHINY AND NEW
This month saw the publication of a special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, the OTW’s academic journal. Volume 21, “The Classical Canon and/as Transformative Work,” was 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. Putting out an academic journal is a mammoth task, and the Journal team do it three times a year. Articles are open access, so anyone can head over and dip into the articles.
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.