Posts by Claudia Rebaza

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases No. 39

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 39, “Trans Fandom,” guest edited by Jennifer Dugan and Angie Fazekas. This issue seeks to “widen our knowledge of trans fans and fandoms” and hopes that it “will not only bring trans fans out of the margins of fan studies but also that the special issue will reflect the changing face of fandom, in which gender identities appear to be increasingly diverse.” The editors emphasize that the articles in this special issue are invested in the role of fandom in trans communities, as well as “the political work that is carried out by trans fans and their allies… Read more

Five Things sveritas Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with sveritas, who volunteers as an Elections Candidate Liaison. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? The Elections team mainly manages the process that elects the candidates best suited for the role of OTW Board Director as evaluated by our members. OTW’s Board has an important role to play, both as ambassadors… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Jessica Hautsch

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Jessica Hautsch earned her PhD from Stony Brook University, where she currently teaches as a lecturer with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her scholarly interests include cognitive science and philosophy, fan studies, and performance studies; her fan interests include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Game of Thrones, Black Sails, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Dungeons & Dragons, and early… Read more

It’s International Fanworks Day 2023!

For anyone who’s missed our earlier posts, here’s a rundown on all the other International Fanwork Day events! The OTW’s chatroom games session is a 30-hour party that lasts from 21.00 UTC on 14 February until 03.00 UTC on 16 February. The times listed below are in UTC, but you can click the time to find out how that converts to your own timezone. The games will be hosted on our dedicated Discord server and moderated by OTW volunteers throughout the day. Every hour you will be able to participate in a different fandom-themed game! The timetable and game descriptions are given below; if you… Read more

Further Changes to Support and Policy & Abuse Responsibilities

As we continue to work on better balancing the responsibilities of our Support and Policy & Abuse committees, we are shifting two further types of issues from Policy & Abuse to Support’s mandate: Fannish Next-of-Kin This is an option we offer that allows a designated person to manage your account if you die or become incapacitated. To learn more about the Fannish Next-of-Kin program, you can read our TOS FAQ on the subject. Please note that if you have a currently-in-process Fannish Next-of-Kin request, our Policy & Abuse team will complete the ones that they have already received. Going forward, if you wish to set… Read more