OTW Events Calendar for May

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

  • MISTI-Con, Harry Potter convention hosted by The Group Who Shall Not Be Named (the New York City Harry Potter Meetup) in cooperation with Ray “The Dark Lord Bartender” Smith and the Margate Hotel, will be held in Laconia, New Hampsire, USA from 9-13 May 2013. The convention will feature panels, programs, academic presentations, exhibits, wizard rock performances, and much more.
    Read and Share about MISTI-Con on Fanlore
  • Vidukon, a United Kingdom-based fan-run convention focused on vidding, will be held in Cardiff, Wales on 18-19 May 2013. The con welcomes vids and vidders from all fandoms and features video shows along with workshops, panels, and even a ‘Vid Bazaar’ where vidders can swap DVDs of their work.
    Read and Share about Vidukon on Fanlore
  • Celebrating its 31st incarnation, BayCon, the San Francisco Bay area’s regional science fiction convention will be held 24-27 May 2013. In honor of this celebration, the program organizers have chosen the theme ‘Triskaidekaphobicon’ and are planning to explore the darker sides of science fiction and fantasy: phobias, superstitions, thrills, horror, and more. The con features panels, workshops, special guests, meet and greet opportunities, and gaming spaces for fans across the genre.
    Read and Share about BayCon on Fanlore
  • The First Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference will be held in Dallas, TX, on 1 and 2 June 2013. The FANS Conference is hosted and sponsored by A-Kon, the longest continually running anime and manga convention in North America. It will be held at the Dallas Hilton Anatole Hotel. Topics at the conference will include all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media, as it is customarily defined, as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

A Call for Papers this month comes from Intensities – The Journal of Cult Media. Intensities has recently relaunched and has issued a call for papers for issue six focusing on television shows “that have achieved cult status at a historical distance”. Papers are sought for both established shows and for shows that have received limited critical attention. According to the call: “[T]he papers will locate those shows historically, either by drawing on archive materials or suggesting new cultural, historical or institutional contexts in which they might be understood.”

Submissions should be 6000-8000 words with a 200 word abstract (sent as separate documents) and made via e-mail to intensities[at]brunel.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013. See the official call website for more information.


This month we have received a request for research participation from Lucy Neville, a lecturer in criminology and sociology at the University of Middlesex. Dr. Neville’s study is entitled “Women’s Production and Consumption of (Male) Homosexual Erotica”. The study has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Middlesex.

Her contact information is available within the survey’s cover page and she can be reached via e-mail at l.neville[at]mdx.ac.uk. The research results will be shared on the researcher’s LiveJournal following the completion of the study.

If you are interested in participating, the survey questionnaire has additional information regarding the study and your rights as a participant.

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!