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This Week in Fandom, Volume 15

This past week was VidCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, USA. Though the convention is growing, there was a focus on the connection between media producers and audiences. In his keynote speech, vlogger and author John Green spoke about the importance of community: “What’s good for your community is good for your business, and what’s bad for your community is ultimately bad for your business… I would encourage you not to worry so much about how many people watch what you make; worry about how many people love what you make.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 2

Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s new fannish roundup series! We’re still catching up on all of 2016’s fandom news, so Volume 2 includes items from earlier in the month as well as developments from this past week. If you’ve got a tip about events or trends in your fandom, or if you’d like us to promote your event (including relevant calls for papers and even requests for fannish research participants), send us a message.

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Events Calendar for December

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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.

  • International Volunteer Day (IVD) is an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions–at local, national, and international levels. IVD is celebrated annually, on 5 December.
  • Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to commemorate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. Festivus became part of worldwide popular culture after being featured on an episode of the American TV show Seinfeld in 1997. The holiday includes practices such as the “Airing of Grievances”, which occurs during the Festivus meal and in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past year. After the meal the “Feats of Strength” are performed, involving wrestling the head of the household to the floor, with the holiday ending only if the head of the household is actually pinned.

Calls for Papers this month come from:

  • Call for Papers: Disability and/in/through fanfiction. ‘This special issue [of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies] invites works that explore disability in fanfiction, disability and fanfiction, and disability through fanfiction. How do disability and fanfiction interact with each other in fanfiction communities? How is disability represented in fanfiction and what meaning does/can/should it have? What roles do disabled fans play in how disability and disabled characters are understood in fandoms? How does white supremacy and heteropatriarchy/cissexism impact where disabled people feel included in online fanfiction communities? How do queerness, racialization, transness, gender, sexuality, class, as inseparable from our experiences of disability, inform and shape our love of fandom and fanfic? How do adaptive technologies influence the presence of which disabled fans can contribute in fanfic and in fanfic communities? What role does accessibility play in fanfiction communities, and for disabled fans? We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript). […] Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to Cath Duchastel de M. at: and Bridget Liang at’

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!