Academia, Books, Call for Papers, Gender and Sexuality, Journal Committee, Public and Private Identities, Spotlight
The OTW's journal, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), will be celebrating its 20th issue this September. OTW's Communications Committee is at work planning some events to recognize the achievements of our small but extremely hard-working team that has given us several of these issues each year since its launch in 2008.
But we would also like your help! How would you like to see TWC celebrated? As we plan for a panel discussion and posts, what topics would you like to see discussed? What kind of events would you like to take part in? Let us know!
In the meantime, TWC has two calls for papers for future issues. The Symposium section in each issue exists for fan contributions, so even if you are not an academic, do consider submitting an essay for these issues! Or help TWC out by spreading the word.
Books, Fanfiction, Movies, Roleplaying, Television, Zines, News of Note
Although many an article speculated about the future of Mad Men's characters, it was The Washington Post who looked into what would happen to the the fandom's RPG twitter accounts. "[A]t least one Roger Sterling (@RogerSterlingNY) has no intention of quitting: 'Yeah, I’ve got tons of thoughts. Writing Roger has been a big part of my life for years now. He’ll go on, spouting wisdom and snark.' Sterling — who also tweets as one of the more active Peggy accounts (@PeggyOlsonMCWW) — plans to continue in character, noting the stellar tweets of @WillMcAvoyACN, a spot-on Twitter account based on the Jeff Daniels character from Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show, 'The Newsroom,' who regularly engages in political Twitter debates. One is tempted to believe that it’s actually the work of Sorkin himself."
Fan Conventions, Fandoms, Fannish Practices, OTW Sightings, Announcement
Those of you lucky enough to be attending this year's San Diego Comic Con have the opportunity to see OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Legal staffer Heidi Tandy on the 'Fandom Is My Fandom' panel on Thursday, 9 July at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 14A.
Communications Committee, OTW Sections, Resources for Fans, Report
We are pleased to announce that the OTW has published its 2014 Annual Report (available in PDF or in HTML). The report provides a summary of our activities during the past financial and calendar year, our financial statements for 2014, and our goals for 2015. This is the eighth annual report of the OTW (see previous reports).
The 2014 Annual Report highlights successes and achievements from across the organization and challenges we faced during the year. We encourage all those interested to take a look at the report and, if you have questions, please feel free to contact us here or through our contact form.
Thank you to all of our members, staff, donors and volunteers for your support!
Books, Commercial Works Authors, Entertainment Industries, Fandoms, News Media, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, News of Note
South Africa's Daily Maverick provided an overview of fandom with some definitions. "You cannot be a part of fandom if you love something but do not interact with fellow fans. Fandom is less a kingdom of fanatics and more a kinship of one...Imagine this happening; a group of fans sit down, someone says I really thought x should have been y and almost everyone agrees on the fact. Not that big a deal, right? Now imagine that they do that same thing on the internet. Suddenly the scope of people who are meaningfully discussing and often reach consensus numbers in the thousands, tens of thousands, sometimes much more than that. That alone is a powerful thing; hard for the original creator of a book or TV show to ignore, but it is not the only powerful thing about fandom."
Translation Committee, Spotlight
العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • dansk • Deutsch • English • español • français • 한국어 • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português brasileiro • português europeu • Русский • suomi • svenska
Why is Translation an important part of the OTW?
Our role in the OTW is to bring official content from the OTW's projects and committees to fans worldwide. We translate news posts, help pages, site content, emails and comments so that people who don't speak English can have access to all the work that the rest of the OTW does.
The OTW is made up of over 500 volunteers from all over the world working in various committees—by necessity, in order to get us all working together, a lot of the OTW's day-to-day work and output is in English. Translation's job is to stay in touch with committees that publish content so that we can get the word out in several other languages, too.
Academia, Journal Committee, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Transformative Works and Cultures, Announcement
Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 19, “Transnationalism, Localization, and Translation in European Fandom,” guest edited by Anne Kustritz (University of Amsterdam), has been released. This special issue focuses on global media and transnational studies, as well as European fan practices, broadly conceived. The issue comprises scholarly research articles, a section on pedagogy, essays related to specific countries’ fandoms, and a book review.
As Kustritz writes in her editorial, “The articles in this issue center a global perspective, which questions assumptions about what it means to be a media fan and how the industry perceives international audiences. Therefore, the articles also address factors that persistently complicate and limit the global flow of media and fan communities.
Communications Committee, Support Committee, Announcement
العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • dansk • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português brasileiro • português europeu •Русский • suomi • svenska
The Archive of Our Own has a number of social media accounts to keep you informed. However, with all the different channels available these days, it can be hard to know where to turn. Here's a brief summary of the official AO3 channels and what you can expect from each.
AO3 Documentation, Communications Committee, Support Committee, Systems Committee, Volunteering
We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Elections and Open Doors Staff.
Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:
- AO3 Documentation Staff - closing 22 June 2015 UTC
- Communications Staff: Weibo Site Moderator - closing 22 June 2015 UTC
- Support Staff - closing 22 June 2015 UTC
- Systems Staff - closing 22 June 2015 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.
All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.
If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.
Entertainment Industries, Fandoms, Gender and Sexuality, Intellectual Property, Television, News of Note
Some months ago, OTW Legal submitted an amicus brief in the case of Garcia v Google. Now the Ninth Circuit has reversed a panel opinion granting an injunction against Google, on the ground that an actor’s performance was not separately protected by copyright and that the First Amendment should have precluded an injunction. This is a great result for free speech on the internet!