Welcome to 2017’s first installment of This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of fannish activity. Did you celebrate the new year through fandom? If so, we want to hear about it! Post a comment telling us about your fannish NYE party, resolutions (finish that fic, maybe?), etc.
Each week, the OTW’s ‘This Week in Fandom’ roundup presents some of week’s most interesting fannish occurrences. We link articles about fandom, embed examples of fannish social media trends, and we always ask you to contribute your experiences in the comments. This week is all about how you (yes, you!) can contribute to the growing and glorious field of fan studies.
Since 2008, the OTW has published a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), which seeks to promote scholarship on fanworks and practices. The journal currently has three open calls for papers, which means that there’s never been a better time for you to submit your work!
Last week, we discussed ambivalence within the Harry Potter fandom regarding the latest film in the franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the film continues to draw criticism and inspire meta. In an article for The Daily Dot, fandom writer Gavia Baker-Whitelaw discussed What ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and Grindelwald mean for the future of queer representation in ‘Harry Potter’: