OTW Events Calendar for March

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of March! 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.

  • The Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard College in New York, New York, will host the 38th Scholar & Feminist Conference on 1-2 March 2013. The event’s theme is “Utopia” drawing on the idea that there is a consistent power that comes from confronting our desire–our “appetites and hunger”–for “spaces of possibility,” making “women’s long revolution… breaking all the old hierarchies.” The event will also feature a workshop entitled Talking Back to Culture Through Feminist Remix, co-presented by Elisa Kreisinger of PopCulturePirate.com and OTW founding Board member Francesca Coppa.
  • The Society for Cinema & Media Studies will host its annual conference 6-10 March in Chicago, Illinois. The annual conference is an interdisciplinary endeavor for teachers and scholars in the areas of film and media studies to network, present new research, and promote the field to practitioners, scholars, and the public at large.
  • RevelCon 24, billed as “THE only fan-run relax-a-con/zinefest in the Southwest US” will be held in Houston, Texas on 15-17 March 2013. The weekend focuses on a number of fannish practices including vids, fic, art, zines, and much more. The event includes a songvid contest, a fic reading party, an art auction, and much, much more.
    Read and share about RevelCon on Fanlore
  • MegaCon (MegaConvention) is a multimedia fan convention held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. MegaCon 2013 will take place 15-17 March. The con features programming related to science fiction, fantasy, comic books, anime & manga, and gaming and hosts a number of media and comic book guests for panels and autograph sessions. This year’s event will also feature a special evening event with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    Read and share about MegaCon on Fanlore
  • New York City’s first Open Source conference, Open Tech NYC, will be held on 30 March 2013. The one-day conference will feature talks on open source in business, using open technology to make a local impact, and state and local policy in relation to open source. Discounted registration is available for students

A Call for Papers this month comes from Open Source Bridge, a technology conference focused on the full spectrum of open technology and culture.

From the official call: “We are looking for people from all experience areas to submit talk proposals. Your background can be web development, project management, open hardware engineering, security, quality assurance, data visualization, user experience, etc. If you work or play in open source, we want to hear from you. Let us know how you are improving your communities, small or large. All speaking experience levels welcome.” Proposals can be submitted using the online form and are due 9 March. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon from 18-21 June 2013.

This month we have received a request for research participation from Kristen Street, a master’s candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kristen’s study is entitled “The Effect of Fandom on the Literary Lives of Young Adults” and the survey consists of “14 yes/no and short answer questions about your reading habits and fandom activities, and 3 open ended questions about how fandom has affected your life.” The study is approved by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institutional Review Board. Additional information is available on the consent form prior to the survey.

Kristen can be contacted at kstreet[at]live.unc.edu and her faculty advisor, Brian Sturm, can be reached via sturm[at]ils.unc.edu. Kristen intends to pursue publication of the study results and plans to share them with us so we may include them in a future OTW Fannews post.

If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.

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