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Thank You!
However you took part in #otwdonate, thank you for getting us started on our next 10 years! We've got some numbers for you about how this membership drive turned out: https://goo.gl/SMZamk
Financial-support  Development-&-Membership-Committee  Event 
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Fanhackers • Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female...
"Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female heroine in its fairy tale canon, that does not..." “Although Disney has yet to feature a queer female heroine in its fairy tale canon, that does not deter queer Disney femslash fans from poaching Disney texts in order to create fairy tales that legitimise their place in society. Through poaching, cutting, and splicing female characters from Disney’s animated canon, these Sapphic fans are re-joining Disney’s conservative silence with boundless creativity. In these new Disney fairy tales queer identities are no longer monstrous but commonplace, normal, and utterly human. So long as Walt Disney Studios remains silent on queer female representation in their animated films, the femslash fandom will continue to camp outside the Magic Kingdom’s gates.”
- Maier, Kodi (2017) Camping Outside the Magic Kingdom’s Gates: The Power of Femslash in the Disney Fandom. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 10(3), p. 27-43.
fanhackers 
2 days ago
Fanhackers • Issues of class, combined with issues of academic...
"Issues of class, combined with issues of academic disciplines, create a scholarly void where no one..." “Issues of class, combined with issues of academic disciplines, create a scholarly void where no one asks what fan fictions do that distinguishes them from other genres (Gray 2003). Instead, scholarship fixates on the acts of writers and the responding acts of readers, deftly avoiding horrifying h/c [hurt/comfort]’s unsavory content. In doing so, unique and inventive attributes of the genre are overlooked.”
- Linn, Rachel. 2017. “Bodies in Horrifying Hurt/Comfort Fan Fiction.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
2 days ago
Looking Forward
Donors in the last 10 years have allowed the OTW to offer what it does today. Will you help us achieve more over the next 10? http://goo.gl/uF2LiA
Financial-support  Event  Development-&-Membership-Committee 
4 days ago
Fanhackers • DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines
DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines DIYHistory | Transcribe | Hevelin Fanzines:

What an awesome opportunity for fans to get involved with the preservation of fannish materials and with fan studies research!
fanhackers 
5 days ago
Fanhackers • Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two...
"Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two ways. By infrastructuring communities and publics,..." “Fanfiction is acting on media in at least two ways. By
infrastructuring communities and publics, authors, read-
ers and platform runners build up (own) communicative
and (quasi-)material spaces for circulating, sharing and
archiving the stories they want to write and read, for
the stories they cannot find in official canon productions.
By doing fanfiction, whether it is their intention or not,
they also question the existing political-juridical condi-
tions which frame transformative working and publish-
ing of derivative material. Fanfiction challenges preva-
lent concepts of individual authorship and proprietary of
cultural goods.”
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Reißmann, W., Stock, M., Kaiser, S., Isenberg, V., & Nieland, J. U. (2017). Fan (fiction) acting on media and the politics of appropriation. Media and Communication, 5(3), 15-27.

This article uses the concept of “acting on media” to look at fannish activities. Acting on media is the idea that some media consumers (for instance activists, special interest groups, etc.) not only consume media or even contribute to things like social media sites - they actively shape media infrastructures and environments. Reißmann et al. find that fans do this in two ways: we actively build our own infrastructures (like the AO3) or appropriate and shape existing infrastructures for our own ends. Remeber what Maciej Cegłowski (the Pinboard Guy) said about the fannish migration from del.icio.us to Pinboard? That’s acting on media. Equally, through our sheer stubbornness and insistance in being allowed to create and share transformative works, we also ask all sorts of uncomfortable questions about who owns culture, who gets to be an author, and why.
fanhackers 
8 days ago
OTW: A Decade of Serving Fans
The history of the OTW spans a full decade. To keep our work going, we need your support. Learn more and donate today
Event  Financial-support  Development-&-Membership-Committee 
8 days ago
OTW Finance: 2017 Budget Update
We've updated our budget for the rest of the year, and we're making plans for the future, too! Learn more here.
Announcement  Finance-Commitee  Report 
9 days ago
Fanhackers • Theme parks function as storytelling...
"Theme parks function as storytelling devices—material interfaces simultaneously engaging multiple..." “Theme parks function as storytelling devices—material interfaces simultaneously engaging multiple senses to immerse visitors in a variety of story worlds.”
- Godwin, Victoria. 2017. “Theme Park as Interface to the Wizarding (Story) World of Harry Potter.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
9 days ago
Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2017
Happy Ada Lovelace Day from the OTW! Learn more about Ada Lovelace and her contribution to coding here.
Event  Women-in-technology 
9 days ago
MTAC is Moving to the AO3
MTAC, an NCIS fanfiction archive, is moving to AO3. Did you post there? Learn more about the move and claiming your works here
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Fannish-Histories  Television 
10 days ago
Fanhackers • Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the...
"Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the founder of LEGO fan group Schwabenstein 2x4]..." “Asked about his group’s goals, he [Daniel, the founder of LEGO fan group Schwabenstein 2x4] says, “The fact that LEGO is art and culture has not yet sunk in with people. And that is why I consider it important and the right thing to do that we founded this association, in order to make people aware of the fact that Lego is not just a toy, it is a means to transform your thoughts into buildings” (translated by S. E.).”
- Einwächter, Sophie Gwendolyn, and Felix M. Simon. 2017. “How Digital Remix and Fan Culture Helped the Lego Comeback.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
11 days ago
September 2017 Newsletter, Volume 117
In the OTW September newsletter: #OTW10 celebrations, upgrades to AO3, legal advocacy, and more! Read it all here.
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
11 days ago
Five Things SoyAlex Said
In FiveThings SoyAlex relates her glittery path to Fanlore staff & why there might be future restraining orders
Five-Things  Fanlore 
13 days ago
OTW Guest Post: Betsy Craig
OTW guest Betsy Craig talks Hannibal fandom & the learning curve involved in launching a fan run convention: https://goo.gl/3wuKYP
Fan-conventions  Television  Fandoms  Guest-Post 
14 days ago
The OTW is Recruiting Graphic Designers and Translators
Are you multilingual? Do you love making graphics? The OTW is recruiting graphic designers & translators!

There is particular need for translators who know Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Learn more and apply here!
Volunteering  Fanlore-Committee  Translation-Committee 
15 days ago
Fanhackers • It requires a certain cultural expertise and...
"It requires a certain cultural expertise and freedom to be able to arrange cultural fragments..." “It requires a certain cultural expertise and freedom to be able to arrange cultural fragments skilfully to new ends. This is reflected in The LEGO Movie, where the most prestigious characters are so-called masterbuilders, people who have the actual ideas for new arrangements and who can build their own creations (MOCs) without instructions. Interestingly, the crime of the film’s villain consists of gluing Lego bricks together so they can no longer be used by someone else or for different purposes. The narrative can thus be read alongside popular critiques of copyright like the one undertaken by Lawrence Lessig (2008) in his book Remix where he states that cultural production has always depended on the usage of existing material and that current copyright and trademark legislations increasingly hinder cultural participation. The glue in the Lego film’s narrative can thus be interpreted as a copyright not flexible enough for creative and out-of-the-box-thinking, a threat to the masterbuilders of our culture. While subtly criticizing a copyright not fit for the digital age of remixing, The LEGO Movie pays homage to older media and to the tangibility of Lego bricks through analog cues.”
- Einwächter, Sophie Gwendolyn, and Felix M. Simon. 2017. “How Digital Remix and Fan Culture Helped the Lego Comeback.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
16 days ago
West Wing Fanfiction Central is Moving to the AO3
West Wing Fanfiction Central, a West Wing fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Television 
16 days ago
Fanhackers • The collective nature of the event, with thousands...
"The collective nature of the event, with thousands of players convening on one digital space, has a..." “The collective nature of the event, with thousands of players convening on one digital space, has a disruptive effect on the gameplay of others, analogous to that of a sit-in or blockade…Players who are not aware of the event are often surprised as a large group of gnomes runs through their area; sometimes they join the event out of curiosity and learn about the charity cause along the way.”
- Collister, Lauren B. 2017. “Transformative (H)activism: Breast Cancer Awareness and the World of Warcraft Running of the Gnomes.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
18 days ago
Support the OTW by Reading!
Want to read about fanfiction? There are various ways to support the Organization for Transformative Works but this might be the most fun: https://goo.gl/g3DnBw
Books  Transformative-Works-and-Cultures  Financial-support  Anniversary  Academia  Studies  Fanfiction 
21 days ago
Fanhackers • New fan studies research post coming next week
New fan studies research post coming next week

We have to skip a week with our list of new/recent fan studies research because we’re experiencing technical issues. Apologies for the inconvenience!
fanhackers 
22 days ago
A Little Piece of Gundam Wing and Soul Circuit are Moving to the AO3
Coming to AO3: a little piece of gundam wing & soul circuit, fanwork archives for Gundam Wing and Koko Wa Greenwood. Find out more here.
Fanfiction  Fan-art  Anime-and-Manga  Open-Doors-Committee 
22 days ago
Fanhackers • [T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of...
"[T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of the Superman origin story as influenced by..." “[T]his essay (…) forwards an initial rereading of the Superman origin story as influenced by my own experiences of transitioning genders. Within the world of comics, an origin story typically refers to a canonized account that explains how a hero or group of heroes came into being. The assumption that one may be able to precisely locate the moment or moments during which the superhero identity began to take shape may ring familiar to trans readers, who may similarly be asked to continually locate the origins of their own gender identities—the presumption being, of course, that cis persons are not usually asked the question ‘When did you know?’ While the textual examples used in this article in some way entertain the idea that a point of origin is possible to locate, I wish to show how these narratives are perhaps the most malleable to reinterpret from a trans reading position given the overlapping and persistent preoccupation with locating identity within a specific temporal boundary.”
-

Vena, Dan. 2017. “Rereading Superman as a Trans F/Man.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.

Dan Vena’s essay intertwines his experience as a trans man and trans fan with his reading and “transing” of Superman, as well as theories of comic books, superheroes, and gender. His rereading of Superman as a trans character allows him to ask questions about ideas of boyhood, masculinity, and becoming a man - for both trans and cis men. Vena’s personal narrative of his experiences of transition and his relationship with SUperman as a fan object is a running theme throughout the essay, making it a very accessible piece of scholarship.
fanhackers 
22 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 63
This Week in Fandom: A victory for fair use, American Ninja Warrior inspired fitness, pop music stan life, and more!
This_Week_in_Fandom  Music  Theater  Television  Gender-and-Sexuality  Fannish-Practices  Intellectual-Property 
23 days ago
Could You Win an OTW Trivia Contest?
Would you like to find some OTW trivia? If so, we've got prizes for you! How many questions can you answer?
Books  Anniversary  Event  Communications-Committee 
24 days ago
Fanhackers • Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital...
"Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital in both publication and dissemination; it has..." “Contemporary fan fiction is overwhelmingly digital in both publication and dissemination; it has never been easier to access this subculture of writers and writing. However, fan fiction in print has likewise never been so accessible, as a slew of recent popular novels proudly proclaim their fannish origins and make claims such as “More Than 2 Million Reads Online—FIRST TIME IN PRINT!” Further, traditional fannish mores insist that fan work should never be done for profit, and yet numerous print works adapted from fan fiction have become best sellers. I would like to problematize how we consider form and content in both creation and reception, how the popular value of work waxes and wanes in relation to its fan fiction status. In other words, how can we read fan fiction as part of a continuum of historical publication practices by women, and problematize our hierarchies of value between print and digital?”
- Coker, Catherine. 2017. “The Margins of Print? Fan Fiction as Book History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 25.
fanhackers 
25 days ago
OTW Guest Post: Henry Jenkins
For our anniversary Henry Jenkins talks fan studies, students, fandom changes over the years & why it's worth fighting for: http://goo.gl/fm19m5
Guest-Post  Academia  Anniversary  Transformative-Works-and-Cultures 
28 days ago
Fanhackers • Beginning with a general overview of the...
"Beginning with a general overview of the historical roots of slash fan fiction and its theoretical..." “

Beginning with a general overview of the historical roots of slash fan fiction and its theoretical interest to feminist and gender studies scholars, we posit three waves in the relationship between slash and queer culture:

1. Initial woman-centric slash that consciously used male protagonists and male bodies to envision ideal relationships and fantasise about sexual experimentation, often within deeply committed romantic relationships.

2. A politically self-aware movement towards realism that confronted these fantasy men not only with the realities of male bodies and sexualities, but also with the cultural realities of gay lives.

3. Slash fiction that is deeply embedded within a self-defined queer space, neither fantastically creating nor idealising yet othering gay men, but rather writing multiple genders and sexualities as both reflections and fantasies of the complexly diverse community of readers and writers.


-

Busse, K. and Lothian, A. (2018). “A history of slash sexualities: Debating queer sex, gay politics and media fan cultures”. In Smith, C., Attwood, F. and McNair, B. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality. Oxon: Routledge.

This is a really neat essay that returns to and updates for the 21st century what I jokingly refer to as the Foundational Question of Fan Studies: why do straight women write about men banging? The breakdown into the three waves is a useful structure both for those who’ve been kicking around slash fandom forever and for those of us who joined somewhere along the way. Busse and Lothian back up their analysis with a range of examples of fan fiction from all three waves, and “which of these have I read” is a fun game to play with this essay.
fanhackers 
29 days ago
Fanhackers • New fan studies research - September 19th, 2017
New fan studies research - September 19th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

Also make sure to check out the new issue of Transformative Works and Cultures that just came out-individual articles will be included in next week’s update.

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access:

Andò, Romana. 2017. “Girls and the Media: Girlhood Studies Agenda and Prospects in Italy.” Issue: Gender/Sexuality/Italy, 4 (2017). http://ift.tt/2hipQxI

Marjuni, Nasrum, and Andi Bungawati. 2017. “The Perception of Makassar’s Teenagers toward Korean Drama and Music (Case Study on Makassar Korean Lovers Community).” English and Literature Journal 2 (01): 66–80. http://ift.tt/2hgHuFO

Morimoto, Lori. 2017. “‘First Principles’: Hannibal, Affective Economy, and Oppositionality in Fan Studies.” http://ift.tt/2hipR4K

Sieders, Kimberley Johanna Arendina. 2017. “Make Campaigning Great Again: Fan’s Appropriation of the Mythology of Drumpf’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.” MA thesis. http://ift.tt/2hf48hQ

Vojtíšková, Tereza. 2017. “The South Korean Body Factory: Celebrity Culture, Mass Media and Cosmetic Surgery.” BA thesis, Empire State College. http://ift.tt/2hipSpk

Not open access:

Biggin, Rose. 2017. “Fan Interactivity: Communicating Immersive Experience.” In Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience, 97–112. Springer. http://ift.tt/2heCWzV

Chen, Lu. 2017. Chinese Fans of Japanese and Korean Pop Culture: Nationalistic Narratives and International Fandom. Routledge. http://ift.tt/2hipTto

Hutchinson, Jonathon. 2017. “Alternative Forms of Participation in Media Organizations.” In Cultural Intermediaries, 175–200. Springer. http://ift.tt/2hfTQ1d

Jang, Won ho, and Jung Eun Song. 2017. “The Influences of K-Pop Fandom on Increasing Cultural Contact: With the Case of Philippine Kpop Convention, Inc.” 지역사회학 18: 29–56. http://ift.tt/2hipU0q
fanhackers 
4 weeks ago
25 Things to Know About the OTW
We've been around a while now, so as part of celebrating #otw10 here are 25 things to know about the OTW! https://goo.gl/FuuMWS
Event  Anniversary  OTW-Sections  Fannish-Histories 
4 weeks ago
Transcript of OTW 10th Anniversary Chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells
Did you miss our chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells? If so check out the transcript of their talk https://goo.gl/Q3Wu6P
Event  Books  Communications-Committee  Anniversary 
4 weeks ago
Fanhackers • TWC No. 25 is published
TWC No. 25 is published

transformativeworksandcultures:

Table of Content

Editorial
Editor, Copyright and Open AccessTheory
Catherine Coker, The margins of print? Fan fiction as book history
E. J. Nielsen, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies as reclamatory fan work
Lesley Autumn Willard, From co-optation to commission: A diachronic perspective on the development of fannish literacy through Teen Wolf’s Tumblr promotional campaigns
Shannon Howard, Surrendering authorial agency and practicing transindividualism in Tumblr’s role-play communities
Milena Popova, “When the RP gets in the way of the F”: Star Image and intertextuality in real person(a) fiction
Dan Vena, Rereading Superman as a trans f/manPraxis
Lauren B. Collister, Transformative (h)activism: Breast cancer awareness and the World of Warcraft Running of the Gnomes
Ludi Price and Lyn Robinson, Fan fiction in the library
Rachel Elizabeth Linn, Bodies in horrifying hurt/comfort fan fiction: Paying the toll
Victoria Godwin, Theme park as interface to the wizarding (story) world of Harry Potter
Sophie Gwendolyn Einwächter amd Felix M. Simon, How digital remix and fan culture helped the Lego comeback
Seth M. Walker, Subversive drinking: Remixing copyright with free beerSymposium
Kevin D. Ball, Fan labor, speculative fiction, and video game lore in the Bloodborne community
Babak Zarin, “Can I take your picture?“—Privacy in cosplay
Kelli Marshall, Milk and mythology in Singin’ in the Rain
Liza Potts, A case of Sherlockian identity: Irregulars, feminists, and millennialsReview
Bethan Jones, Post-object fandom: Television, identity and self-narrative, by Rebecca Williams
Amanda D. Odom, Role playing materials, by Rafael Bienia
Kathryn Hemmann, Anime fan communities: Transcultural flows and frictions, by Sandra Annett
Sandra Annett, Boys love manga and beyond: History, culture, and community in Japan, edited by Mark McLelland et al.Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works. TWC is a member of DOAJ. Contact the Editor with questions.
fanhackers 
4 weeks ago
Transcript for 10th Anniversary Chat with Christina Lauren and Catherine Roach
Did you miss our chat with Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach? If so check out the transcript of their talk! https://goo.gl/8DR1PG
Event  Anniversary  Books  Communications-Committee 
4 weeks ago
Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 25
TWC's issue 25 is out! Essay topics include book history, women's writing, Teen Wolf, World of Warcraft, Sherlock, cosplay, Lego, Harry Potter & more
Transformative-Works-and-Cultures  Announcement  Journal-Committee  Fandoms  Academia  Studies 
4 weeks ago
Five Things Naomi Novik Said
As part of our Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said series, we have a special anniversary edition with OTW co-founder Naomi Novik. She discusses its evolution during her 10 yrs volunteering for it: https://goo.gl/nJXJrY
Five-Things  OTW-Board  Fannish-Histories 
5 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 62
This Week in Fandom: The author of My Immortal and her story, the Not Now I'm Reading podcast talks fanfic and AO3, and more
This_Week_in_Fandom  Activism  Books  Fanfiction  Fannish-communities  Fannish-Histories  Podcasts 
5 weeks ago
Transcript of the 10th Anniversary Chat with Lev Grossman
Did you miss the chat with author Lev Grossman? If so you can check out the transcript of his talk at https://goo.gl/KGa7sw
Event  Anniversary  Books  Television  Communications-Committee 
5 weeks ago
Fanhackers • But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its...
"But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its anime not only saved dōjinshi fandom from near..." “

But in the middle of the decade, one manga and its anime not only saved dōjinshi fandom from near extinction but was responsible for its biggest boom yet. Takahashi Yōichi’s Captain Tsubasa (1981–88, Kyaputen tsubasa), about boys competing in the then-exotic sport of soccer, felt like a mixture of shōnen and shōjo manga in its depiction of both competition and friendship between boys (in contrast to thegekiga-esque martial arts manga that had formerly dominated the sports genre). From 1986, bishōnen soccer stars’ homo erotic and homosexual dōjinshi exploits stoked female fans and creators’ fantasies and shifted yaoi to the center of female otaku-ism, which today is known as fujoshi culture. Within a year, attendance at Comike nearly doubled (to approximately sixty thousand in winter 1987), and a majority of attendees were again women. Popular titles like Seint Seiya (1986–90) and the anime Ronin Warriors (1988–89, Yoroiden samurai trooper) held women’s interest after Captain Tsubasa ended serialization.

In contrast to the earlier aniparo phenomenon, the yaoi boom was dominated by young women just out of high school who—unlike their counterparts in earlier decades—now had everything they needed to create dōjinshi: manga drawing techniques and tools. Photocopiers had become common, and an entire rapid-printing industry had arisen, offering all-inclusive services from manuscript touchup to professional offset printing, to delivery direct to Comike for reasonable prices. New dōjinshi conventions appeared, and manga shops began selling dōjinshi on commission. Comparatively lush, custom-made, oversized dōjinshi with more than one hundred pages became common, and popular circles could now live on their fanworks’ profits.


- Fan-Yi Lam, Comic Market: How the World’s Biggest Amateur Comic Fair Shaped Japanese Dōjinshi Culture
fanhackers 
5 weeks ago
August 2017 Newsletter, Volume 116
In the OTW August newsletter: Election success, legal advocacy & the DMCA, updates to AO3, and more!
Newsletter  OTW-Sections 
5 weeks ago
The OTW is Recruiting Abuse, Communications, and Systems Committee Staffers and Tag Wrangling Volunteers!
Are you a Linux pro? Want to wrangle tags or help Ao3 users w/ issues? Are you a Comms master? OTW is recruiting! https://goo.gl/nmGdnu
Announcement  Volunteering 
6 weeks ago
Fanhackers • New fan studies research - September 5th, 2017
New fan studies research - September 5th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access

Möller, Jessica. 2017. “A Look at Improvement Possibilities of Online Dating Considering Personal Interests and Fandoms.” Accessed September 5. http://ift.tt/2vIRazk

Nugraha, Raindra Yudha. 2017. “Subtitling Strategies of Taboo Words Used in Fans Sub and Pro Sub in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Movie.” Dian Nuswantoro University. http://ift.tt/2wEDX7R

Pillai, Meena T. 2017. “The Many Misogynies of Malayalam Cinema.” Economic & Political Weekly 52 (33): 53. http://ift.tt/2vIwasB

Russell, N’Donna Rashi. 2017. “Make-up!: The Mythic Narrative and Transformation as a Mechanism for Personal and Spiritual Growth in Magical Girl (Mahō Shōjo) Anime.” Thesis. http://ift.tt/2wEktAz

Shepherd, Dustin L. 2017. “The Functionality of Reboots.” MA thesis. http://ift.tt/2vIr4N0

Yildiz, Buket Nur, and others. 2017. “K-Wave Experience in Turkey-Handling Subjugation in a Patriarchal Society.” http://ift.tt/2wEIA1O  

Not open access

Brown, Kenon A., Andrew C. Billings, Breann Murphy, and Luis Puesan. 2017. “Intersections of Fandom in the Age of Interactive Media: ESports Fandom as a Predictor of Traditional Sport Fandom.” Communication & Sport, August, 2167479517727286. doi:10.1177/2167479517727286

Brown-Devlin, Natalie, Michael B. Devlin, and Phillip W. Vaughan. 2017. “Why Fans Act That Way: Using Individual Personality to Predict BIRGing and CORFing Behaviors.” Communication & Sport, August, 2167479517725011. doi:10.1177/2167479517725011

Castellano, Mayka, and Heitor Leal Machado. 2017. “‘Please Come to Brazil!’ The Practices of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Brazilian Fandom.” In RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture, 167–77. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-50618-0_12

Jowett, Lorna, Stacey Abbott, and Bronwen Calvert. 2017. “Buffy at 20 - a Round Table Discussion with Some Senior Scoobies.” University of Huddersfield. http://ift.tt/2vIr67A.  
fanhackers 
6 weeks ago
Today is the OTW's 10th Anniversary
Today's our 10th anniversary but we have events planned ALL month. Check out our schedule & make some plans to join us:
Event  OTW-Sections  Anniversary 
6 weeks ago
The Alpha Gate is Moving the the AO3!
The Alpha Gate, a Stargate SG-1 fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3! Learn more here.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction 
6 weeks ago
Elections Statistics for 2017
Voter turnout statistics are now available for the 2017 OTW Board election. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/kRRFs9
Announcement  Elections  Report 
7 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 61
This Week in Fandom: The New Yorker's article on fanfic, New York Times bestseller scandal in YA fiction, "El Patito" & more.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Fanfiction  Fannish-endings  Gender-and-Sexuality 
7 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Shipping idols together is a common pastime in...
"Shipping idols together is a common pastime in Asian idol fandom. The first episode of SNL Korea..." “Shipping idols together is a common pastime in Asian idol fandom. The first episode of SNL Korea featured a skit recreating the events of a famous boy band fan fiction story. There’s international academic scholarship on idol femslash (Yang and Bao 2012). Idol shipping is fairly popular even outside of Asia. On the highest ranked international K-pop fan site, Allkpop (http://www.allkpop.com/), articles have titles such as “10 of the Most Popular K-Pop Fan-Fictions Out There,” “11 Ships You Wish Were Real,” and “7 Times Hani Proved to Be Totally Shippable.” On the J-pop fan forum site JPHIP (http://forum.jphip.com/), there are two forums dedicated to idol pairings and about half a dozen forums and archives dedicated to idol fan fiction. The lesbiansubtextinkpop Tumblr posted over 2,300 posts from 2011 to 2013. On the Archive of Our Own (AO3; http://ift.tt/1ffprbE), there are over 6,000 fan stories tagged J-pop, over 60,000 tagged K-pop, and several dozen tagged C-pop.”
- Lin, Elaine Han. 2017. “Unseen International Music Idol Femslash.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
7 weeks ago
Want to talk about Fanworks & Fan Communities?
The OTW’s Fanlore Committee will be holding an open house to chat about Fanworks and Fan Communities with you on Sunday, September 3 from 19:00 to 21:00 UTC. Come talk about your favorites and the ones you've known. Check out the pages for them on Fanlore and brainstorm suggestions for more information that could be added to the site!
Fanlore  Announcement  Event 
7 weeks ago
OTW Guest Post: Mel Stanfill
Mel Stanfill wrote about fan labor in 2014 and about femslash in 2017. We take a look at fandom then & now https://goo.gl/qiUhYL
Transformative-Works-and-Cultures  Academia  Fannish-Histories  Fannish-Practices  Guest-Post 
8 weeks ago
Fanhackers • In football, “no single game ever represents the...
"In football, “no single game ever represents the game for players or spectators”..." “In football, “no single game ever represents the game for players or spectators” (Hughson and Free 2006, 76), as each game is part of the narrative of the season or the tournament, and each season or tournament is part of the seasons or tournaments that came before it and that will come after. These games rotate around the comings, goings, and doings of the players (and managers) that perform in them. In combination, these two elements are what keep football engaging and entertaining to the majority of its fans. They are heavily discussed and promoted in all facets of the football media, contributing to an ongoing, long-term interest in the narratives by the fans who continually discuss and debate them. As a result, to truly understand football, one must look at not only the 90 minutes of the match but also the surrounding media, which function as necessary paratexts.”
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Waysdorf, Abby. 2015. “The Creation of Football Slash Fan Fiction.” In “European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation,” edited by Anne Kustritz, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 19.

In this paper, Abby Waydorf goes beyond the traditional conception of the authentic sports fan as someone who is not affected my the media spectacle surrounding the sport. She uses the case study of Football (soccer!) RPF to show how a range of authentic fannish engagements are possible, and how mediation of sports - like the marketing of individual star players, and wider narratives spanning multiple seasons - makes European football (and other sports) really attractive to fan fiction writers. In sports, we find characters and story arcs similar to those we love in our favourite TV shows. Players rise from obscurity to stardom, are traded and build relationships within their teams, retire in glory or back in obscurity. Teams have intense rivalries, they win and lose games, championships and trophies. Those are all classic elements that fan fiction writers can pick up on and take as the jumping-off point for fic, just like we use characters and plots from other media. These expressions of fandom are no less authentic (though they are frequently denigrated and marginalised) than attending games, wearing your team’s scarf, and cheering them on through their ups and downs.
fanhackers 
8 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 60
This Week in Fandom: Orphan Black and its Clone Club, legal issues with celebrity avatars in virtual reality, and more.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Television  Technology  Fannish-communities  Intellectual-Property 
8 weeks ago
Fanhackers • […] fans are well positioned for politicization...
"[…] fans are well positioned for politicization because they already have communities built..." “[…] fans are well positioned for politicization because they already have communities built around the kinds of intense affective investments that often drive political action, which has greatly facilitated the organization of HPA and the Nerdfighters. HPA is the most prominent of these civic-minded fan groups, with chapters in 300 community institutions nationwide and abroad; its members engage in a wide variety of cultural, educational, philanthropic, and more traditional political activities that often overlap and converge.”
- McCracken, Allison. 2017. By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism, by Henry Jenkins et al. [book review]. In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
8 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online...
"Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s..." “Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s may last longer than a story published online in the last six months. In fact, continual changes in publication preference and fannish infrastructure have impacted the accessibility and permanence of fan fiction: zines may have a much lower initial circulation, but hard copies have a permanence that newsgroup posts, mailing-list e-mails, or blog posts may lack. Even as fandom as a whole has become more widely accepted and openly public, distribution patterns have moved away from public archives toward individual fan archiving, which allows writers to maintain greater control.”
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Versaphile. 2011. “Silence in the Library: Archives and the Preservation of Fannish History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 6.

This piece by fan writer and archivist Vesaphile is a great overview of the technical challenges fannish communities have historically faced in the preservation of our fan works, culture, and history. Published in 2011, it covers everything from zines and bulletin boards to mailing lists and LiveJournal. It predates fandom’s big migration to Tumblr and only touches on the Archive of Our Own, but it also makes some quite prescient comments about the ways in which fannish online presence and archiving efforts might develop. Versaphile speaks from her own lived experience as a long-time fan archivist, and it’s great to see that knowledge recognised and preserved in an academic journal.
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 59
This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Television  Music  Gender-and-Sexuality  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017
New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access

Cavcic, Antonija. 2017. “Boys’ Love for the Love of It: Progressive Prosumers and the Proliferation of Queer Culture through Manga.” PhD dissertation, Murdoch University. http://ift.tt/2x1VvtE

Kolehmainen, Pekka. 2017. “Social Media Narratives as Political Fan Fiction in the 2016 US Presidential Election.” European Journal of American Studies 12 (12–2). http://ift.tt/2w7Pn6Q

Valero Porras, María José; Cassany, Daniel. 2017. “Translation by Fans for Fans : Organization and Practices in a Spanish-Language Community of Scanlation.” BiD: Textos Universitaris de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, no. 38

Yang, Benny Chen-heng. 2017. “Why Godzilla? The Factors for Global Fame of Tokusatsu Giant Monsters.” International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science 5 (5). http://ift.tt/2x1D34o

Not open access

Buozis, Michael. 2017. “Doxing or Deliberative Democracy? Evidence and Digital Affordances in the Serial SubReddit.” Convergence, August, 1354856517721809. doi:10.1177/1354856517721809

Carviou, James. 2017. “Modern Family and Family Guy: Representation and Relevancy among Twitter Fans.” PhD dissertation, University of Iowa. http://ift.tt/2w7Sb3V

Creekmur, Corey, Melanie Kohnen, Jonathan McIntosh, Lori Morimoto, Katherine Morrissey, Suzanne Scott, and Louisa Stein. 2017. “Roundtable: Remix and Videographic Criticism.” Cinema Journal 56 (4): 159–84. doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0044

Kyriakidou, Maria, Michael Skey, Julie Uldam, and Patrick McCurdy. 2017. “Media Events and Cosmopolitan Fandom: ‘Playful Nationalism’in the Eurovision Song Contest.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1367877917720238. http://ift.tt/2x1QRMq

Wu, Jingsi Christina. 2017. “Voting for the Next Super Girl and Political Talk.” In Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China, 89–130. East Asian Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-48264-4_3
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
2017 Election Results
The Elections Committee is proud to present the following new Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives. Learn more here.
Announcement  Elections 
9 weeks ago
The Fandom Haven Story Archive is Moving to the AO3
The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Announcement 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • During the 2006–7 television season, the...
"During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–)..." “

During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–) dealt with a series of unfortunate industry events that significantly affected the writers’ room, cast, and ongoing story lines of the show. An actor uttered a homophobic slur, which received wide media coverage, and which ultimately led Grey’s Anatomy to create a compelling, true-to-life lesbian story line.

This essay examines the discourse surrounding these events, including news reports and audience reaction to the story lines developed in response to the scandal. The LGBT fan community I examine here is Erica_Callie, a LiveJournal (LJ) community, which was highly active during the 2008–9 TV season, with over 1,800 individual posts and tens of thousands of comments.

The production response to real-life events relies on underlying production-culture knowledge of media concepts, such as authenticity, audience identification, and emotional realism, as a remedy for the damage inflicted by the scandal on both the show and the affected LGBT audience. The development of the lesbian story line in Grey’s Anatomy was an act of industry public relations; the story line was constructed to develop and resonate with LGBT audiences.


- Zuk, Tanya D. 2017. “Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industry Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Story Line, and Fan Action.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
Five Things Chien Said
In Five Things Chien discusses life as an OTW volunteer without wifi, & how her work can be a conversation starter
Translation-Committee  Five-Things 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience...
"Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms..." “Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms of genre identity. Is yuri the schoolgirl romance created by men for a male audience who consider love between girls pure, or is it the girl’s romance that has roots in S literature for a female audience who fondly remember their days admiring upperclassmen at all-girls schools? Or is it for lesbians, whose stories are nominally acknowledged in narratives of self-awareness of love for a member of the same sex or feelings of being different, without any use of the word lesbian? The heterogeneity of creator and audience causes difficulty in both definition and scholarship. Who gets to define yuri?”
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Friedman, Erica. 2017. “On Defining Yuri.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.

This piece looks at the history of and the different influences on yuri - the Japanese genre depicting love and relationships between women. Friedman’s main point is that the creators, publishers, and audiences for yuri are hugely diverse and frequently have diverging interests, resulting in a genre (or possibly collection of genres) that is difficult to pin down. Some works are aimed women (queer and/or straight), some are aimed at straight men, some depict love between women without touching on lesbian and queer identities, some are by lesbian creators, though many are not. The paper is relatively short and covers a lot of ground - I’d love to see a longer piece elaborating on some of the aspects this only hints at.
fanhackers 
10 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 58
This Week in Fandom: Betsy Rosenblatt & Francesca Coppa on podcasts, Mary Sues vs Gary Stus, and why you need to know your fandom history
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fannish-Practices  Gender-and-Sexuality  Podcasts  Fan-conventions  Intellectual-Property  OTW-Sightings 
10 weeks ago
Release Notes 0.9.194 - 0.9.198: Change Log
The Archive is now running on Rails 4.2! \o/ This took a lot of effort, and we want to thank everyone involved for their work (and our donors for allowing us to pay a contractor for part of it). We also fixed a handful of bugs, got closer to full https support, and continued improving our automated tests. Next up: Rails 5 and 5.1!

Please note: Starting with this release, you won't be able to submit a support request without supplying an email address. This doesn't have to be the address associated with your account, but our Support personnel does need a way to contact you if you have a question. Please help us help you!
Archive-of-Our-Own  release_notes 
10 weeks ago
AO3 Top History Pages - September 8 2013
Top 10 Histories

145,816 items
82,513 items
50,548 items
43,963 items
37,419 items
36,962 items
35,892 items
34,422 items
27,815 items
25,775 items
The average across all users is 492 items, or 25 pages. (Note: 6,590 users have disabled the history feature in their preferences. We currently have ~204,000 registered accounts.)
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
Archive Page Views and Stats - 2012
On Monday, we welcomed our 160,000th user, shortly followed by the 700,000th work uploaded to the Archive. On the weekend, we watched the official fandom count break the 12,000 mark.

The same weekend, we had our busiest Sunday yet, with 5,250,000 page views. The whole week saw a new record traffic of 32,600,000 page views total. This means that in any given minute, 3,000-5,000 pages (works, tag lists, user profiles, custom search results…) are simultaneously assembled for users
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
How many activated users the Archive has - 2012
We currently have 114,390 account holding users on the Archive and 3,747 more waiting for invitations in the queue. We invite 750 of those users every day, in addition to the invitations that our account holding users give away to their friends!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
How much email the Archive generates 2012
So far, in the first five days of the New Year the Archive has sent out over 313,000 emails! In addition, we send on average 1.5 million emails every month!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
AO3 Ticket Stats 2012
In this post, I’m going to summarise the types of tickets received, what categories they fall under, and the general trends we witness. But first, some explanation of the process.
Spotlight  Support-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 weeks ago
Posting a multi-chapter work 2013
Find the “This work has multiple chapters” option in the posting form, ticky the box, and a little form will appear that lets you enter an optional chapter title.

You can also fill in the expected number of total chapters. If you don’t know yet when your work in progress will be done, just leave in the question mark.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  AO3-Unlocked 
10 weeks ago
Traffic Stats March 2014
Daily traffic stats for March, with a vertical bar for each day, representing pages served per minute. The weekends are marked in red. Sundays are the busiest days, reaching close to 6,000 pages per minute on average. Thursdays and Fridays are the slowest, sloping down to 5,000 ppm. The overall effect for the whole month is a zig-zig shape with little valleys between the weekends.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
Share AO3 works and bookmarks on Tumblr
There’s also a Tumblr option for sharing bookmarks that will automatically include any notes you’ve added to that bookmark. You can find the Share button for bookmarks on your bookmarks page, right by the options for editing or deleting a particular bookmark (using the regular Share button on top of the work won’t copy your notes).
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  AO3-Unlocked 
10 weeks ago
July 2017 Newsletter, Volume 115
In the July 2017 Newsletter: Elections are almost here & OTW at ComicCon and on the air
Newsletter 
10 weeks ago
September of Stats 2016
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting charts and infographics showing AO3 traffic, work/bookmark/kudos stats, and overall growth of the Archive in 2014 and 2015, with a particular focus on international usage trends (where possible).

At the end, all graphics will be collected in a round-up post at the AO3 News, along with the raw data we used to create them, so if you’d like to get in on the infographic fun, you can!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 weeks ago
Support Tickets 2016
Our record month was January 2015, with 784 tickets. A year ago (August 2014), Support handled 541 tickets; in August 2015 it was 679.

Support collaborates with the Translation committee to provide support in several languages other than English. In the 12 months between August 2014 and August 2015, the Chinese team provided translations of user emails and Support replies for 34 tickets, followed by the Spanish team with 25 tickets, and the Russian team with 9.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 weeks ago
Traffic Growth from 2012 to 2015
The above chart shows all weekly page views, beginning in the last week of June, 2012, and ending in the last week of August, 2015. Traffic has grown considerably over the years! Significant traffic spikes can be seen in December and January, when a lot of users have more time to browse the Archive or post their fanworks:
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 weeks ago
Emails Sent Per Hour 2016
Most hours, we processed somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 emails, with a spike between 3am and 4am on Monday (when was that where I live?) when we sent out 22,219 emails. That’s 370 emails a minute, or 6 emails a second.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 weeks ago
The ten languages (other than English) with the most works on the Archive,
Russian: 30,512
Spanish: 16,164
Chinese: 8,817
French: 8,110
Italian: 6,186
Polish: 4,399
German: 4,296
Indonesian: 2,850
Portuguese (Brazilian): 2,493
Korean: 847
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 weeks ago
Countries By Average Sessions 2016
The country generating the most traffic is the US, with 17,500 average sessions during that quarter. The next few countries are the UK (3,180), Canada (2,010), Australia (1,450), and Germany (960). In South America, Brazil comes out on top with 237 average sessions, in Africa it’s South Africa with 82, and in Asia the Philippines with 369.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 weeks ago
Chart of Translation Teams Working with Support
Following our post on support tickets and ticket languages, here’s a chart of Translation teams that have worked with Support (in two parts for readability).

Listed are the number of volunteers in each team, counted after each recruitment drive since September 2013. As volunteers join or leave the organisation, team sizes fluctuate over time, but a general upward trend is evident. More languages, bigger teams, more to do!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Translation-Committee  Report  Support-Committee 
10 weeks ago
AO3 celebrated a new milestone: 20,000 fandoms!
At 3:30 UTC December 10, AO3 celebrated a new milestone: 20,000 fandoms!

Our 20,000th, Ghosts of Culloden Moor Series - L. L. Muir, couldn’t have done it alone – three other fandoms were added in rapid succession to help push the Archive over the threshold, with more still added since.
Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 weeks ago
Recent Changes to Canonical Character Tags for Tolkien Fandom on AO3
The AO3 Tag Wranglers have recently updated the canonical character and relationship tags in the various Tolkien fandoms to better comply with the existing Wrangling Guidelines. None of these changes will affect the tags you can use on your works; this will only affect the tags you see when browsing the Archive and the tags that appear in the drop-down when tagging works in Tolkien subfandoms. Read on for a summary of the changes.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Announcement 
10 weeks ago
Make sure your email is up to date!
Friendly reminder to check your AO3 account’s email address!

If you need to update it but notice the page is missing a place to enter your password, we’re sorry! This is a known issue, but there is a workaround:
Announcement  AO3-Unlocked  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 weeks ago
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