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[LINK] New Professor Seeks Awesome Students for Research Adventures

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cfiesler:

Hi! I’m a professor of Information Science (at University of Colorado in Boulder). I’m also a fangirl. These things intersect more often than you might think. And if you or someone you know understands how these things intersect and think that’s awesome, then you or they might want to consider coming to school here – and in particular applying for our PhD program. (Though if you’re trying to decide on an undergrad or masters program, I’ll pitch the heck out of us for that, too!) Click the link above for the more dry explanation of my search for PhD students, but I thought I’d also pitch our department (and my research) with gifs. DID YOU KNOW THAT INFORMATION SCIENCE IS REALLY AWESOME? Here are gif-illustrated bullet points about who I am, what I do, and what information science is.

1. If you’re hanging out on Tumblr you probably think that online communities are awesome. So do I, and in fact I devoted an entire career to it! My research area in the broadest sense is social computing, which basically means the interactions that people have online and the technology that supports that. For me sometimes this has to do with law (copyright anyone?!), or ethics (did you know that a bunch of researchers are currently arguing about what we’re allowed to do with your tweets?), or fandom. I’ve done studies about Facebook, Twitter, and Archive of Our Own. Right now one of my students is designing a study about how people interpret gifs. Yes this is real life.

2. I’ve been studying (in part) fandom for over a decade, through three degrees. For an MS in Human-Computer Interaction I wrote a thesis about roleplaying games (you know, back when they were on Livejournal). In law school, I published a paper about copyright and fan fiction that won A Major Award. And for my PhD in Human-Centered Computing I wrote an entire dissertation about how laws and norms around copyright impact online creativity (largely fan creation). And last year I published a paper about the design of AO3 that was really well received (most importantly by you guys). I was always worried that this wouldn’t be accepted as a legit area of study in my field, but I was wrong. Yay!

3. If you’re wondering what information science is all about in our department, it’s anything that has to do with the relationship between people, places, and technology, and data that results from those interactions. It’s super interdisciplinary, which means that sometimes what we do looks a lot like social science (that’s me!) or sometimes like computer science or data science. Our faculty does cool things like information visualization, crisis informatics, social media analysis, creative learning, and like… a lot more. I fit in because of the work I do around information policy and ethics, and online communities.

(No, not this Data. But we do also like cats.)

4. Collaboration is awesome! If your model of a PhD is like in the humanities where you mostly do your own thing and your advisor might help you along the way, our model is really different. We have a “lab” culture where there is constant collaboration with both faculty and students, and PhD students here work as (funded) research assistants and occasionally teaching assistants.

Basically we solve problems by teaming up.

And I will leave you there! Please pass this on in case you might know someone who would be interested. Check out my blog post linked, and feel free to send me an email. I’m also happy to chat with interested undergrads! And if you’re already at University of Colorado and want to check out my research, even better!

[LINK] Free online course of interest to fans: An Introduction to Japanese Subcultures – Keio University

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From the website: In this course, together with three other specialists, Professor Niijima, Professor Takahashi and Professor Ohwada, we will explore girls comics, boys comics, the Hatsune Miku vocaloid, cosplay, and J-pop idols, focusing on the themes such as Love, Battle, Technology and Fan culture, in which you’ll learn about the different cultural creations that underpin Japanese subcultures. With materials for cultural analysis, you’ll develop a basic knowledge of key Japanese subcultures, learning the recognisable traits of each.

[META] transformativeworks: We’re recruiting staff for our Support, Communications, and Abuse Committees. Read on if you’re interested, or help us by signal-boosting! https://goo.gl/vlrCgY Want to help promote research on fans, academic and otherwise? Fanhackers is recruiting! From the official OTW post: Communications Committee – Fanhackers Staff: Communications staffers are responsible for the distribution of information internally to OTW personnel and externally to the general public, the media, fans, and other fannish organizations. Communications is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW. Fanhackers is a blog for the discussion of fannish meta topics and fannish perspectives on fan and media studies. The position of Fanhackers staffer would be a good fit for someone with an interest in reading and sharing academic works about fans and fannish meta, and who is familiar with the work done byTransformative Works and Cultures. Applications are due 21 September 2016

transformativeworks:

We’re recruiting staff for our Support, Communications, and Abuse Committees. Read on if you’re interested, or help us by signal-boosting! goo.gl/vlrCgY

Want to help promote research on fans, academic and otherwise? Fanhackers is recruiting!

From the official OTW post:

Communications Committee – Fanhackers Staff: Communications staffers are responsible for the distribution of information internally to OTW personnel and externally to the general public, the media, fans, and other fannish organizations. Communications is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW.

Fanhackers is a blog for the discussion of fannish meta topics and fannish perspectives on fan and media studies. The position of Fanhackers staffer would be a good fit for someone with an interest in reading and sharing academic works about fans and fannish meta, and who is familiar with the work done byTransformative Works and Cultures.

Applications are due 21 September 2016

[META] a-tmblr-book: CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: A Tumblr Book co-editors: Allison McCracken, American Studies, DePaul University; Louisa Stein, Department of Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College; Alexander Cho, University of California Humanities Research Institute We’re putting together a book to identify ways in which Tumblr has had an important social and industrial impact, both as a digital platform and a cultural forum.­ This volume will be multi-vocal and accessible to a broad audience, representing a variety of Tumblr users and commentators, including scholars, public intellectuals, activists, and fans. We are particularly compelled by Tumblr’s status as a social media platform known for fostering spaces for socially marginalized users, including youth, people of color, queer people, the disabled, and the poor. This publication will be in English, but we are committed to exploring non-Western perspectives and others beyond the US/UK. We are soliciting contributions that focus on various aspects of the platform, including any combination of: Tumblr’s affordances and limitations as an interface/platform and as a cultural space Aesthetic and linguistic traditions on Tumblr, including hashtags, gifs, images, and notes History and development, including the Yahoo acquisition Industry presence, marketing practices and goals Creative production and/or critical analysis Intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability Community development and support Politics and activism (including the “social justice warrior” discourse) Identity formation and affirmation Education and mentoring networks Transnational/transcultural studies Tumblr within the transmedia landscape Fan cultures and activities The centrality of sexually explicit content (“nsfw”), pornography, and pleasure Teaching, therapy and other professional uses (such as “social media director”) Ethical concerns Contribution Guidelines: We welcome proposals that address any of the aforementioned topics of analysis, and we are looking for work in a range of formats, including traditional academic essays, shorter think pieces, personal testimonies, interviews, video essays, art, GIF essays, and group discussions. This book will combine hard copy and digital components in order to incorporate multimedia contributions. For example, we are interested in community histories and activities (written by individuals or groups), critical discourses and discussion (including specific examples of such), and creative production we can reference in the book and publish digitally (such as fan art). We will use both illustrations and written excerpts with artist and author permission. It is very important to us to feature a variety of voices; please feel free to contact us for help in developing a proposal, especially if you are not familiar with the publication process but have an idea of something you’d like to contribute. Written work should generally fall between 2,000 and 7,000 words. Inclusion in the book will be based on abstracts of between 300-500 words and, for full consideration, they should be received by September 30, 2016. Contributors can use their tumblr or public names or remain anonymous. Please send this abstract and any questions or concerns you have to atumblrbook@gmail.com. Visit http://ift.tt/2bH0Krl for more information.

a-tmblr-book:

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: A Tumblr Book

co-editors: Allison McCracken, American Studies, DePaul University; Louisa Stein, Department of Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College; Alexander Cho, University of California Humanities Research Institute

We’re putting together a book to identify ways in which Tumblr has had an important social and industrial impact, both as a digital platform and a cultural forum.­ This volume will be multi-vocal and accessible to a broad audience, representing a variety of Tumblr users and commentators, including scholars, public intellectuals, activists, and fans. We are particularly compelled by Tumblr’s status as a social media platform known for fostering spaces for socially marginalized users, including youth, people of color, queer people, the disabled, and the poor.

This publication will be in English, but we are committed to exploring non-Western perspectives and others beyond the US/UK. We are soliciting contributions that focus on various aspects of the platform, including any combination of:

Tumblr’s affordances and limitations as an interface/platform and as a cultural space

Aesthetic and linguistic traditions on Tumblr, including hashtags, gifs, images, and notes

History and development, including the Yahoo acquisition

Industry presence, marketing practices and goals

Creative production and/or critical analysis

Intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability

Community development and support

Politics and activism (including the “social justice warrior” discourse)

Identity formation and affirmation

Education and mentoring networks

Transnational/transcultural studies

Tumblr within the transmedia landscape

Fan cultures and activities

The centrality of sexually explicit content (“nsfw”), pornography, and pleasure

Teaching, therapy and other professional uses (such as “social media director”)

Ethical concerns

Contribution Guidelines:

We welcome proposals that address any of the aforementioned topics of analysis, and we are looking for work in a range of formats, including traditional academic essays, shorter think pieces, personal testimonies, interviews, video essays, art, GIF essays, and group discussions. This book will combine hard copy and digital components in order to incorporate multimedia contributions. For example, we are interested in community histories and activities (written by individuals or groups), critical discourses and discussion (including specific examples of such), and creative production we can reference in the book and publish digitally (such as fan art). We will use both illustrations and written excerpts with artist and author permission. It is very important to us to feature a variety of voices; please feel free to contact us for help in developing a proposal, especially if you are not familiar with the publication process but have an idea of something you’d like to contribute.

Written work should generally fall between 2,000 and 7,000 words. Inclusion in the book will be based on abstracts of between 300-500 words and, for full consideration, they should be received by September 30, 2016. Contributors can use their tumblr or public names or remain anonymous. Please send this abstract and any questions or concerns you have to atumblrbook@gmail.com. Visit ift.tt/2bH0Krl for more information.

[META] transformativeworks: العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • dansk • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • 中文 The more players, the more fun, whether it’s in games or fanworks. Take part in #OTWDonate & help the OTW succeed! http://bit.ly/1HYg9fF

transformativeworks:

العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • dansk • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • 中文 The more players, the more fun, whether it’s in games or fanworks. Take part in #OTWDonate & help the OTW succeed! bit.ly/1HYg9fF

[META] transformativeworks: Transformative Works and Cultures editors Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson were interviewed by fan studies scholar Henry Jenkins about the book they published earlier this year, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (the book’s royalties go to the OTW). Said Jenkins, “And that brings us to the second thing that the focus on 1991-92 as the birth of fan studies may get wrong. The Fan Fiction Studies Reader is focused in expanding this time line in important ways, calling attention to the kinds of writing on fan fiction that existed prior to Enterprising Women or Textual Poachers, work that often came out of the second wave of feminism and was also embedded in the fan community itself. Many of these essays have been out of print or scattered across obscure journals so there is an enormous contribution in bringing them together again, reframing them for contemporary readers, and reappraising their contributions to the early development of this field.” Fan studies has changed a lot, but you don’t have to be an academic to be thinky about fandom.

transformativeworks:

Transformative Works and Cultures editors Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson were interviewed by fan studies scholar Henry Jenkins about the book they published earlier this year, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (the book’s royalties go to the OTW). Said Jenkins, “And that brings us to the second thing that the focus on 1991-92 as the birth of fan studies may get wrong. The Fan Fiction Studies Reader is focused in expanding this time line in important ways, calling attention to the kinds of writing on fan fiction that existed prior to Enterprising Women or Textual Poachers, work that often came out of the second wave of feminism and was also embedded in the fan community itself. Many of these essays have been out of print or scattered across obscure journals so there is an enormous contribution in bringing them together again, reframing them for contemporary readers, and reappraising their contributions to the early development of this field.”

Fan studies has changed a lot, but you don’t have to be an academic to be thinky about fandom.

[META] transformativeworks: Past donors to OTW made it possible for us to achieve a lot! Here are some things we need to keep going: http://bitly.com/ZRlmnb العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • Türkçe • 中文

transformativeworks:

Past donors to OTW made it possible for us to achieve a lot! Here are some things we need to keep going: bitly.com/ZRlmnb

العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • Türkçe • 中文

[META] transformativeworks: Our volunteers save fandom countless salary hours but everyone needs to do their part – make a donation today! العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • Türkçe • 中文

transformativeworks: Our volunteers save fandom countless salary hours but everyone needs to do their part – make a donation today! العربية • Bahasa Indonesia • català • čeština • Deutsch • English • español • français • italiano • magyar • Nederlands • polski • português • Русский • suomi • svenska • Türkçe • 中文