Events Calendar for October

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Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • Ladiesbingo is a bingo challenge for creative works about the relationships between women. It runs for seven months (from September until March). Players create works to fill squares in a bingo card and gain points for the patterns they make. When the challenge ends in March winners are announced based on the number of points amassed.
  • ConClave is an annual convention “dedicated to education and literacy through the advancement of Science Fiction.” The guest of honor is Jody Lynn Nye, author of over 40 books including the recent Fortunes of the Imperium and Wishing On a Star. Programming tracks include science, music, literature, and gaming, with a special new track this year called “Mystery and Mayhem.” Room parties are encouraged, and all registered hosts will receive a Party Starter Kit. The con is October 9-11 in Dearborn, Michigan, United States.
  • Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a “weekend celebration of the weird and wonderful, attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence.” This year’s guests of honor are authors Maura McHugh and Emma Newman. It is October 9-12 in Dublin, Ireland.
  • GeekGirlCon gives female geeks and their supporters the opportunity to build a community, share facts and fandom, and learn how they can help promote the role of women and other underrepresented groups in geek culture. It’s October 10-11, Seattle, Washington, United States.
  • You’ve probably seen the fake It’s Back to the Future Day posts online for years, but–guess what–October 21, 2015, is the real thing. It’s finally the actual day Marty McFly visited in the second movie of the time-travel trilogy.
  • Author and artist signups close October 27 for the Clint Barton Big Bang. Stories must be at least 20,000 words long and focus on the Marvel character. Betas also are needed!
  • TusCon 42 is, unsurprisingly, hosted in Tucson and describes itself as “the best little sci-fi, fantasy, and horror convention in Arizona.” Guests of honor are author Seanan Mcguire (October Daye, InCryptid) and fantasy artist Bridget E. Wilde. TusCon will include a burlesque show in addition to a cosplay contest and pet parade. TusCon is October 30-November 1.

Calls for Papers this month come from:

  • Call for Papers: Moomin Collection. The Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have delighted and enlightened adults and children for generations and have been translated into several languages. In all, nine books were published, together with five picture books and a comic strip, between 1945 and 1993. At the centennial anniversary of their creator’s birth, a new film has been released, and more of Jansson’s works are now being translated from Swedish into various other languages. This has created a second “Moomin boom.” Contributions of 5,000 words are being sought, with abstracts of up to 500 words due by October 30.
  • Call For Papers: Virtual/Physical Fan Spaces for Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as their transformative works, metatexual analyses, and cosplay. Papers on virtual and physical fan spaces are being sought for a proposed special edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Abstracts are due November 1.
  • Call for Papers: Stardom and Fandom, Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. Submit proposals for papers or multipaper panels on Stardom and Fandom by November 1 for the 37th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. The conference is scheduled for February 10-13, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Monetary awards will be granted for the best graduate papers.

Help out a researcher!

Lisa Gaumond ia a doctoral student in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. She is studying “television viewing and self-discrepancy,” and is asking for participants to take a survey describing themselves and their television viewing habits. Participation is anonymous, and survey participants will not receive additional contact. The entire survey should take about 19 minutes to complete. Find the survey online. Participants may submit an email to receive a copy of the dissertation when it is complete. If you have questions about the survey, contact Gaumond at lisaga-at-mit-dot-edu or the Institutional Review Board at 805-898-4034 or IRB-at-fielding-dot-IRB.

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The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that’s not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

4 thoughts to “Events Calendar for October”

  1. I’d be more inclined to answer the research questions if the “Gender” weren’t listed as “Female (natural or Transgendered” and “Male (natural or Transgendered)”. Guess being trans isn’t natural, and I guess biological sex is totes the same as gender.

    1. Hi A.H.,

      Although the OTW has relatively strict guidelines regarding what studies can be included in the monthly Events Calendar roundup post, we do not design or run any of the studies or events. In this instance, the language chosen by the researcher does not reflect the views of the OTW. The researcher has made their contact information available to our readers, so you’re welcome to share your concerns with them.

      Kind regards,

      Kiri Van Santen, Communications Committee Co-Chair

    1. Thank you! We try to catch a diversity of events, but we inevitably are going to miss some! Always feel free to submit Event Calendar items through the online form. It helps make sure happenings aren’t missed.

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