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OTW Signal, December 2023

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News The New York Times recently quoted Fanhackers volunteer Francesca Coppa in a discussion of fan vidding: These types of short videos — in which scenes from films and television shows are remixed by avid viewers and set to music — are known as fan edits or, simply, edits. In recent years, they have become a staple of online fandom, giving watchers an outlet to… Read more

Five Things Mel Stanfill Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Mel Stanfill, who volunteers as a journal editor for our journal Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC). How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? If we think of the part of the OTW’s mission about preserving the “fannish economy, values, and creative expression by protecting and nurturing our fellow fans, our work,… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Peizhen Wu

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Peizhen Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literary Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a Chinese citizen living abroad, she thinks critically about boundaries, identities, and trans-cultural influences. She writes about fan fiction, queerness, science fiction, and Digital Humanities. Today, Peizhen talks about her article in Transformative Works and Cultures. How did you first find out about fandom… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 40

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 40, our annual general issue. The opening editorial of this issue works to stake our the “state of the field” and remarks that: “As long as fan studies continues to primarily examine white fandom spaces and thus also white voices, white bodies, and white ideas to the exclusion of everyone else and the detriment of full knowledge of fandom, it will continue to be a field that conventionalizes white supremacist ideology.” This issue, as coeditors Mel Stanfill and Poe Johnson explain in their editorial, does “not yet [fulfil their] vision of combatting fan studies’ whiteness problem; however, various… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Erin Hanna

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Erin Hanna is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon and author of the book Only at Comic-Con: Hollywood, Fans, and the Limits of Exclusivity. Her research explores the intersection of media industries and fandom, with a particular emphasis on in-person events, film and television promotion, and historical fan communities.Today, Erin talks about her article in… Read more