OTW Events Calendar for January

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of January! 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 Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • Arisia, billed as New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention, will be held for the 23rd time from 18 to 21 January at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The event features panels on a wide range of subjects, an art show, a masquerade, gaming spaces, musical guests, a film festival (featuring reel-to-reel films), a video and anime room, a blood drive, and much more. With over 3000 expected to attend, Arisia is sure to be an invigorating weekend for any fan.
    Read or Share about Arisia on Fanlore
  • MarsCon 2013 is a multifandom, multimedia convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA from 18 to 20 January 2013. MarsCon features a wide range of programming including panels, workshops, movie screenings, music and comedic entertainment, gaming spaces, an art room, and more. The convention also offers a family programming track and is home to the Erotica a la carte: Iron Chef competition.
    Read or Share about MarsCon on Fanlore
  • Festivids is a fannish vid exchange launched in 2009 and inspired by the Yuletide fic exchange. Participants will be submitting their vids by 6 January and they will be made publicly available on the 19th. Vidder reveals will then take place on 2 February. The fest is hosted through the Festivids Dreamwidth Community and Festivids LiveJournal Community.
    Read or Share about Festivids on Fanlore

We have two calls for papers to pass along this month.

The first is from Making and Sharing (MASH) 2013. The MASH conference on audience creativity is seeking papers that explore user-created content in relation to new media. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature and is particularly interested in topics around the themes of creative industries, creative audiences and practices, and methods and approaches. Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to mash2013[at]gmx.com no later than 11 January. The conference will be held 3-4 July 2013 at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit fanworks they have created to be publicly displayed during the conference. The Mash 2013 website has more information.

The second call for papers is for the first annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) conference. Abstracts of no more than 500 words (along with a CV) are due no later than 1 February 2013 Update: Deadline has been extended to 15 March 2013. Accepted authors will be notified no later than 1 April. Accepted papers will also be published in the quarterly peer-reviewed journal, The Phoenix Papers. Papers may be submitted for journal consideration only – authors should state their preference in their submission. Abstracts and CVs should be sent to fansconference[at]gmail.com.

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

  1. J. Holder Bennett commented:

    The above CFP deadline for FANS has been extended to 15 March 2013. http://bit.ly/OYT131

    J. Holder Bennett
    Chairman, FANS Association

    • Curtis Jefferson commented:

      Thank you for the update. I’ve corrected the post above and edited our listing for the CFP in our events calendar to reflect the new deadline information.

      OTW Communications