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This Week in Fandom, Volume 44

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, how’s March Madness going for everyone? Fun times? Bitter defeat? Lots of game day snacks?

There’s been a lot written about race, ethnicity, and culture in fandom lately. YA fantasy author Alwyn Hamilton wrote a personal essay for BizzFeed about how growing up bicultural created a social disconnect that was eventually remedied by books and fandom. Her experience of discovering fandom and opening up through a love of media is one shared by myself and at least a dozen people I know, and the way it helped ease the cultural divide shows the positive impact fandom can have.

I internalised books in a way you only do when you’re first finding things on your own, and you sense that this book was written just for you, and you can’t help but feel that revealing anything about it might potentially be revealing something vulnerable and personal. […] [But Harry Potter] was a universal phenomenon, a cultural touchstone I shared with friends and classmates. […] And if [another girl] wasn’t afraid to admit her love of the Wizarding World, I supposed I could put myself out there too and own it. […] Telling you about a book or movie I love still feels like baring a piece of my soul. The difference is, I’m now good at baring that part of myself.

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Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 23

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 23, a special issue on Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game, guest edited by Roberta Pearson and Betsy Rosenblatt.

The essays in this issue focus on Sherlock fandom dating back from the 1890s; the research articles focus on Sherlockian fan artworks and fan communities. Symposium essays include first-person accounts of fan practice, including accounts of gender disparities in Sherlockian fandom.

This issue has special cover artwork, created by Laurie Fraser Manifold, in the style of Victorian journals. The book reviews focus on specifically Sherlock Holmes-themed books.

The next issue of TWC, No. 24, will appear in June 2017, also as a themed issue. Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng’s special issue focuses on Queer Female Fandom. Although submissions are closed for TWC’s unthemed 2017 issue, we welcome new submissions for 2018’s unthemed issue, by January 1, 2018. We particularly invite fans to submit Symposium articles.

TWC has a call for papers out for a 2018 issue on Social TV Fandom and the Media Industries. Papers are due by March 17, 2017.

Two other calls for papers for 2018 issues have been released: Tumblr and Fandom (papers due May 1, 2017) and Romance/Fans: Sexual Fantasy, Love, & Genre in Fandom (papers due December 31, 2017).

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February 2017 Newsletter, Volume 110

I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

Thanks to help from volunteers from around the OTW, Communications hosted a celebration for the third annual International Fanworks Day, in which over a thousand participants played games, created fanworks, and shared recs. Some of the works created for #IFDShare were signal boosted across our social media accounts as part of the event, so go check them out to see some of what people did!

Translation collaborated with Communications to translate several news posts into 19 (!) different languages for IFD. A big thank you to all the translators and betas who made this possible. And speaking of Translation, they’re pleased to announce that they now have a new team: team Bengali!

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