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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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This Week in Fandom, Volume 43

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago this year? I feel so old…

First up this week is a call for papers to be presented at the fifth annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, which will be held on June 10th and 11th, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A 500-word abstract along with your CV must be submitted by April 30th, 2017. See the link for more information and a list of suggested possible topics.


This Week in Fandom, Volume 40

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we start, did you know that International Fanworks Day is next week? There are all kinds of activities going on, including fandom-themed online games and a feedback fest. Plus, we recently posted some of your mini essays on what fanworks mean to you. Go check them out! (And please note that, due to this event, there will be no This Week in Fandom next week.)

On a similar note, Den of Geek is asking for your stories about how fandom changed your life for the better. They plan to compile them into an uplifting post on their site soon. Even if you’re not feeling up to sharing your own story, the stories already shared in the comments are heartwarming and worth a read.