Fanfiction, Fannish Histories, Gender and Sexuality, Music, News of Note
Vice speculated on why adults read One Direction fanfic, and discussed the appeal of slash. "The appeal of One Direction homoeroticism also seems related to how physically comfortable and genuinely playful the boys are with each other... It seems related to the fact that they are boys who sing songs about feelings and look like they mean it. It seems, unfortunately, related to Louis's irreverent-shading-into-dickish personality, which fans... wish to understand and explain away. Perhaps most significantly, it seems related to taboo and tragedy: how impossible to fall in love with your best friend, while the whole world watches, and also how beautiful."
Books, Fanart, Movies, Television, News of Note
The Daily Dot directed readers to a Mad Max: Fury Road fanart piece "in which the entire story is retold as an Egyptian hieroglyph." The amazing thing about these is not only does the hieroglyph feature actual Egyptian cuneiform, but that even if you're not a fan of the film, you can still get a sense of the story from this design: the great mythic city with its powerful ruler and citizens desperate for water, the escaping wives, the pursuing warboys, and the savior Furiosa."
Call for Papers, Comics, Fan Conventions, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Practices, Movies, Studies, Event
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup! 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 Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.
Entertainment Industries, Fandoms, Fanfiction, News of Note
Fanfiction discussions continue to crop up alongside other discussions of literature. Montana's Missoula Independent promoted a fanfiction reading by pro writers at a book festival. Meanwhile, an Italian literary festival had a session on fanfiction writing. "Traditionally ignored by the publishing and media industries, fanfiction has been referred to as the refuge of frustrated aspiring writers...The subject is more articulated however, because it touches upon - and includes - literature criticism, copyright, cultural influences, social constructs, and it can't ignore the changes happening in the publishing industry. It's an ongoing conversation that involves an ever growing number of authors, scholars, fans and readers."
Academia, Activism, Fanart, Fandoms, Gender and Sexuality, Movies, News of Note
USC News put a spotlight on a seminar connecting scifi fandom to the gay rights movement. "Gender Studies 410 will ask students to conduct original research using materials from ONE Archives at USC Libraries, the largest LGBT archive in the world." Joseph Hawkins, who teaches the class and directs the archive, discussed how writers and publishers used experiences in one area to develop activism in others. "The stories and commentary in these journals served as incubators for ideas that would lead to political organizing decades later. Sci-fi allowed readers to safely engage with thoughts about alien races with mixed genders or finding love despite their differences."
Intellectual Property, Legal Committee, Announcement
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The Organization for Transformative Works supports laws that protect fair use and fair dealing—the term used by many countries—around the world. Right now, South Africa is working on reforming and updating its copyright law, and has proposed adding fair use to replace narrow, outdated exceptions in its copyright law. Recognizing the importance of copyright reform around the world, the OTW filed a comment supporting South Africa's adoption of a fair use standard and arguing against adopting rules that would prevent fan video makers from circumventing copy protections that copyright owners try to use to prevent fair use.
Books, Fanfiction, Gaming, Television, News of Note
At Destructoid, Laura Kate Dale discussed how the fandom's version of Sonic the Hedgehog prevailed over various canon changes. "[A]n element of consistency to the image of Sonic did remain among the core gaming audience, fueled largely by the actions of a very small section of the fan community. Sonic remained his consistent edgy aspiration figure online for years in very devoted parts of the Internet, oft mocked by those in the wider gaming scene who came across them. DeviantArt original Sonic characters whose names alluded to preteen angst and rebellion, very visible fan-fiction communities and heavy romanticizing of anthropomorphic characters remained a consistent aspect of the mascot's visible face, only becoming more visible with the increased prevalence of the Internet."
Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Histories, Fannish Practices, News of Note
Media coverage of fandom has increased enormously but still has a long way to go in terms of understanding fan activities. TechTimes recently examined Twitter activity around the HBO show Looking and erected a dichotomy between parody Twitter accounts and fanfic. "It might seem far-fetched to think of Twitter parody as a form of fanfiction, but there is one link that connects the two genres in a dogmatic yet infallible way: the necessity of a reference point."
Abuse Committee, Communications Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Volunteering
The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! This week we are looking for Abuse Committee Staff, Communications Chair Track Staff, Systems Staff and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff.
We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Journal Staff, Journal Volunteers & Translation Volunteers. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:
- Abuse Committee Staff - closing 28 September UTC
- Communications Chair Track Staff - closing 28 September UTC
- Volunteers & Recruiting Staff - closing 28 September UTC
We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.
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If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.
Academia, Fandoms, Fannish Practices, Transformative Works and Cultures, Event
If you missed any of our posts celebrating the release of Transformative Works and Cultures' 20th issue, check out our Symposium feature and our Q&A with contributors to the journal. Below is the transcript of the panel chat held on September 19th which concludes our week's celebration. We would like to thank all the panelists as well as our Q&A participants for helping us make this event possible. Thank you also to the production team at TWC who have made each of those 20 issues possible, and made such an excellent contribution to the OTW's overall mission.
The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room and greetings from the audience.
This week the Organization for Transformative Works is celebrating the 20th issue of its academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC). Today we will be chatting with four contributors to TWC.
I’m your moderator, Claudia, and I’m a staffer with the OTW’s Communications committee. Our panelists today are: