The OTW is Recruiting for Fanlore Chair-Track volunteers and Tag Wranglers

Do you have experience with personnel and project management? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese or Russian to English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Fanlore Chair Track Volunteer – closing on 26 June 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications are received. Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing on 26 June 23:59 UTC or after 120 applications are received. Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Chinese) – closing on 26 June 23:59 UTC or after 45 applications are received. Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Russian) – closing on 26 June 23:59 UTC or… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Agata Ewa Wrochna

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. Agata Ewa Wrochna (she/her) is a Lecturer in Communication Studies at Wenzhou-Kean University. She has a wide range of academic interests within media and communications, which include topics of celebrity, authenticity and identity (trans)formation in visual media, in particular those present in East and Southeast Asia. Her latest publication explores online fandoms of Chinese queer visual media. Today, Dr. Wrochna… Read more

May 2024 Newsletter, Volume 189

I. PARTNERING WITH FANS AND OTHERS In May, Legal Advocacy joined allies to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of McGucken v. Valnet. The brief emphasized the importance of existing legal standards regarding who is responsible for material that is visible on one site but hosted by a different site (known as embedding). Embedding is a key tool for web users, including fans, and the OTW supports fans’ ability to embed images on the AO3 and other sites. Also in May, OTW Legal joined a coalition of LGBTQ+, reproductive justice, and civil rights organizations in sending… Read more

OTW Signal, June 2024

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News Would Shakespeare have an AO3 account? A recent article on JSTOR Daily takes a look at the communal framework that modern fanfiction authors share with the Bard himself. Modern fanfiction relies on a collaborative, multifaceted universe of writing, sharing, and cross-promotion, and Finn and McCall point out that, similarly, “working within medieval and early modern patronage systems, writers were almost always writing for both… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Tanisha Rao

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. Tanisha Rao is a London-based published poet, fanfic writer, and social researcher with a recent MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, who loves reading and talking about DIY, urban sociology, nonfiction essays, social connection, zine-culture, artistic forms of political organising and creative participatory methods on the internet. Most recently, she gave a lecture at her alma mater,… Read more