Here's my presentation for SGMS (Schoolgirls and Mobile Suits), which is going on right now in Minneapolis. On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement's possible legal threat to dojinshi exchange, and one of the solutions that are being tried in Japan - the dojin mark, a kind of license for fanworks. Which I will blog about as soon as I have a brain again.
My brief mention of fans' resistance to commercialization is a massive and slightly inaccurate generalization, of course. There are many valid and complex reasons for any resistance, and much variation among fans and fandoms in how people approach possible monetization of fic and other fanworks. I didn't have space for all that nuance on this poster, but hopefully I can talk about it more when people come to see it.
But I'll let our past selves speak for themselves. Here's a Storify with all the tweets from the #eurofandom tag, grouped by presentation as much as possible.
There were a couple of participants tweeting at least semi-regularly, and I'm surprised at how much of what happened at the conference comes across pretty well by looking at the tweets. With just a handful of Twitter-happy attendees plus Storify, it's very easy to leave a permanent record of the goings-on at any conference for anyone who wants or needs to see what was said there.
It's not a perfect system. The technology has to work, obviously; I attend plenty of conferences were wifi is still not assumed to be necessary, and even at this one, the network was a bit troublesome. Conferences with parallel panels also need at least a small group to cover everything more or less thoroughly. There were a couple of presentations during which all the really active tweeters happened to be in a different room, or temporarily comatose because of jetlag in my case, and these presentations are conspicuously absent from the timeline. Perhaps conferences should make a bigger deal out of live-tweeting to encourage more people to pick up the slack? And designate a conference historian to make the Storify later on.
(Crossposted from the Symposium blog)
I'm just attending, not presenting, so I can spend all free mental time learning and tweeting and enjoying jetlag. Bliss.
In short, it was fantastic, not in the least because the organizers had explicitly invited people from fannish backgrounds and created a very welcoming atmosphere. That enabled us to launch right into talking about fan culture and open stuff without any of the non-fannish people questioning whether we belonged at a "techie" unconference. Any fan who's even vaguely interested in open stuff should have the opportunity to attend an event like this. Your head will explode and it will feel great.
Fortunately for all of us, the Ada Initiative is holding a donation drive right now to bolster their long-term finances so they can organize more AdaCamps in as many different locations as possible. DC was the second AdaCamp. The first took place in Melbourne, and the organizers are hoping to branch out to Europe and India.
Holding AdaCamp in such disparate locations is the only way to really attract the sort of diversity that the Ada Initiative says it wants to achieve. There were travel grants to help attendees with the costs for AdaCamp DC, but even then, the number of such grants is always limited and they're rarely sufficient to allow people from truly far away to reach the conference. I only managed to attend because I was a panelist at another conference in Boston and my plane ticket to the US was already paid.
I'll post again when the next edition is announced. Donating is absolutely not required if you want to attend, by the way, and they'll waive the conference fee if it's keeping you from participating.
*An unconference is a conference where attendees decide what they want to talk about on the spot instead of speakers arriving with prepared remarks. The format has its downsides, but it's wonderful for making everyone feel enough at ease to contribute what they want to say.
**In general, the more energized I am by something, the less capable I am of sitting down and writing about it. In related news, I've decided to put data gathering and analysis on the back burner for a few months and work on communicating better about my research. Yeah.
I introduce the Japanese dojinshi market as a fanwork exchange system involving money that actually works (to a certain extent), and use Lawrence Lessig's concept of the hybrid economy that links gift and commercial economies to explain why the presence of money in this particular fannish gift economy isn't seen as problematic by fans or companies.
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(Note: this is just the condensed version of the talk, not a full speech text or conference paper abstract, although a paper based on this talk is in production and will be published sometime in the first half of 2011. I'll be expanding on this text in the near future, adding extra links and hopefully a couple of spinoff posts based on my favourite points of the talk.)
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Overall, I had a great time, mostly because I got to meet a ton of interesting new people and reconnect with those I'd already met at that other conference in Kyoto last December. ( Read more... )
ETA: Forgot to insert cut in post, is fixed now.
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Really stopping now. Part three will be on affect (still Kristina's keynote) and cute little kittens! (Edited for major html fail)
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Some final notes and observations following "Comics Worlds and the World of Comics" in Kyoto. I had a great time, learned a lot, and was quite impressed in general. The amount of fail was surprisingly small for an academic gathering (a few people excepted), and several presentations gave me some very helpful pointers and new ideas.( Read more... )
I'm having a great time in Kyoto at "Comics Worlds and the World of Comics: Scholarship on a Global Scale", the first international conference on manga/comics research at the Kyoto International Manga Museum, organised by Kyoto Seika University. Met a ton of interesting people with very interesting ideas that I'll write about in length later.( Read more... )
Comics Worlds and the World of Comics: Scholarship on a Global Scale will take place from 18 to 20 December at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto. I'll be doing a short presentation in Japanese on the 18th on the topic of what exactly "global comics studies" might study. First, the aims of the conference:( Read more... )