OTW Events Calendar for June 2013

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of June! 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 Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • Slash fans in Australia are gathering in Sydney this weekend for the annual Sinpozium. Sinpozium is a laid-back fan gathering where what happens is up to those who attend. Activities include discussions, fandom pimping, games, vid watching, and more.
    Read and Share about Sinpozium on Fanlore
  • The Ada Initiative, an organization dedicated to supporting the participation of women in open technology and culture, will be holding AdaCamp San Francisco on June 8 & 9. The camp brings women together to build community and to discuss issues women face across open technology and culture and ways to address them.
  • Starfury Conventions is hosting a three-day celebration of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham from June 28 to June 30. Return to the 11th Hour will feature special guests, panels, photo opportunities, autograph sessions and more.
    Read and Share about Return to the 11th Hour on Fanlore

We have two calls for papers this month.

The first comes from the Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association. The call is for proposals for paper presentations, panels, round tables, and alternative format presentations for the annual MAPACA conference in November 2013. The area is looking for topics related to the impact of popular culture on children and the role of children and young adults in creating and impacting American culture. Studies involving adult fans of work that is considered “for children” are also very welcome. Proposals consisting of 300-word abstracts should be submitted via the MAPACA website no later than 14 June 2013. Proposals in other areas of popular culture are also welcome.

The second call is for a special issue of New Media & Society focusing on crowdfunding. The issue seeks to explore a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding crowdfunding, ranging from the practice itself to the role of funders and fans (the audience) and producers of crowdfunded content. Proposals are invited on topics including, but not limited to:

– Case studies of crowdfunding campaigns
– Fandom
– Unsuccessful crowdfunding efforts
– The role of the internet and social media in crowdfunding
– Producer/funder relationships
– Crowd funding in the music, film, television and games industries
– Anti-fandom
– The role of auteurs and cult names/media in attracting backers
– Fan exploitation and labour
– Rewards and producer accountability

Abstract proposals (400 words) are due, along with an author biography, 20 June 2013. Proposals should be sent to bennettlucyk[at]gmail.com, bertha.chin[at]gmail.com, and bethanvjones[at]hotmail.com. Selected articles will be due on January 2014.

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that’s not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

OTW Events Calendar for October

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of October! 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 Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • The multimedia, multi-fandom slash convention Connotations will be held for the tenth time from 5 October to 7 October in Durham, England. Unique features of Connotations include the large on-site zine library and the fact that all panels are voted on and selected by fans.
    More information about Connotations on Fanlore
  • Celebrate the achievements of women in science and technology in honor of Ada Lovelace Day on 16 October. Lovelace was a 19th-century writer and mathematician whose writings inspired the development of modern computers. The day is marked by thousands of individuals blogging about women the admire in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • The opportunity to further support women in open technology and culture is always available with the Ada Initiative. The international nonprofit sponsors AdaCamp, a series of technology camps for young women, in addition to events and conferences that support and engage women in open source work. The Ada Initiative is currently holding one of their annual fundraisers through 31 October with a goal of 1000 donors to help sustain their work.
  • Join chemists around the world in honoring Mole Day on 23 October with this year’s theme of ‘Molar Eclipse’. The celebration occurs annually on this date from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM and is derived from Avogrado’s number – ~6.02×1023 – which defines the number of particles in one mole of substance. Commonly celebrated in high schools to get students interested in chemistry, the holiday is also supported by the U.S.-based National Mole Day Foundation.


A Call for Submissions this month comes from the Australian Law Reform Commission in response to the issues paper Copyright and the Digital Economy.

“This Issues Paper is the first formal publication of the Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage. It provides background information about copyright in the digital environment, highlights the issues so far identified in preliminary research and consultations, and outlines the principles that will shape the ALRC’s proposals for reform.”

Responses are due via the online submission form no later than 16 November 2012.

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that’s not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!

AD&T Coding Open House – Learn All About It!

Do you code for the Archive of Our Own or would you like to do so? Now is the time to learn how! Jenny, Training lead for the OTW’s Accessibility, Design, & Technology committee, will lead a chat on coding for the OTW and the AO3, and also cover challenge moderation and challenge code. If you’re a current coder, a new coder, or interested and curious about coding, this is the chat for you! If you’ve run a challenge on AO3 or want to learn more about how that works, this is the chat for you, too!

All are welcome! The chat will be held on Saturday, 27 August at 04:00 UTC (what time is it in my timezone?) in OTW’s public chatroom on Campfire. The chatroom can be accessed at https://fanarchive.campfirenow.com/e79cc.

Accessibility, Design, & Technology is the guiding body that coordinates software design and development on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works.