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Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our October membership drive, either by donating or signal boosting. We’re thrilled to have exceeded our goal thanks to your generous support. Because TWIF had to take a break for the membership drive (and other important OTW announcements), we sort of missed a big story, but since the conversation it started is still ongoing, we’ll talk about it here this week. Yup, we’re referring to The Szechuan Incident.
Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago this year? I feel so old… First up this week is a call for papers to be presented at the fifth annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, which will be held on June 10th and 11th, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A 500-word abstract along with your CV must be submitted by April 30th, 2017. See the link for more information and a list of suggested possible topics.
This March, the music, film, and technology industries gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Naturally, the OTW was there too! OTW Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and staffer Heidi Tandy held panels and meetups at the event. Betsy was on a panel called “Copyright and Creators: 2026,” a discussion about the future of copyright law, while Heidi hosted a Fair Use and Transformative Works Meetup, a mentor session, and a signing session for FIC: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World.
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of September! 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.
The University of Leicester announced a conference on Fandom and Religion. “‘Fandom is a major activity today: people’s passions become major commitments, and fans start seeming like religious devotees,’ says Dr Clive Marsh, Director of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, who is one of the organisers. ‘I am particularly interested in researching the intensity with which people exercise their fandom, and how this signals the meaning and purpose that people find in, and through, their fan activity. Functionally at least, this can prove to be very similar indeed to religious practice.’”