Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 24

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 24, a special issue on Queer Female Fandom, guest edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng.

The essays in this issue focus on queer women as the object of fan study. Texts analyzed include Rizzoli & Isles, Grey’s Anatomy, The L Word, Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, and Once Upon a Time. In addition, authors discuss J-pop and K-pop musicians and independent Web series. A multimedia piece by editor Russo provides examples of queer female fan vids.

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5 Things a Volunteer Said

Five Things Rebecca Sentance 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 Rebecca Sentance, who volunteers as chair of the AO3 Documentation Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I’m a co-chair with the AO3 Documentation committee, also known as “Docs”, which handles the user-facing documentation for Archive of Our Own — things like FAQs, tutorials and screencasts. You can find our work over on the Archive FAQ page. Our job is to make sure that there’s clear and accessible documentation explaining the different functions of the Archive, which users can consult if they run into any issues.

For this we work closely with the Support Committee, making sure that our docs address the user queries that they’re getting; Accessibility, Design & Technology, to take interface changes and feature updates into account; and Translation, who make our documentation available in all sorts of languages.

I also wear another hat which is as a layout editor for the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, where I’m responsible for HTML tagging articles for publication in each issue. I’ve learned a lot about the world of academic HTML in the process!

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Whedon Con 2017

Join the OTW at WhedonCon 2017

Will you be in the Los Angeles area on May 19? Then join the OTW at WhedonCon 2017, the fan convention celebrating the works of Joss Whedon. The con will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California

Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Communications Staffer Claudia Rebaza will be presenting “Celebrating 10 Years of Serving Fans: Meet the OTW” on May 19th at 6pm. We’ll be in panel room C, in the Writing & Fan Projects track.

As our panel blurb said:

“Have you ever visited the AO3? Fanlore? Transformative Works and Cultures? A single fan-created and all-volunteer-run organization is behind all these projects and more, including education and legal advocacy in favor of fans and fanworks around the world! The Organization for Tranformative Works is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. Whether you’re completely new to our work or our sites are among your favorites, we guarantee you’ll learn something new during this panel. We cover how these projects began, what resources they offer, how fans can take part and be informed, and the relationship between fanworks and copyright law.”

We hope to see some of you there!