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Call For Papers

Journal of Fandom Studies: Disability, Pedagogy, and Identity in Fan Studies Classrooms

Disability stands as a unique category of identity and experience, as it has multiple entry points, and its duration varies from person to person. In the classroom, these disabilities, as well as the other gender, sexual, and racial identities with which they intersect become “identities-in-process” (Gray-Rosendale and Birnley 2011, pp 218). The popular culture, and by implication Fan Studies, classrooms in which these students learn become places to grapple with the questions born from the multiple, complex identities of students with disabilities.

As Fan Studies classrooms develop emerging pedagogies and consider how students’ identities impact their engagements with media texts, the question arises of how teaching fandom impacts the lived realities of students and instructors. For students and instructors with disabilities, this different representation and engagement may be particularly fraught.

  • How does a consideration of disability as a category of identity play out when teaching fan studies?
  • How can we interrogate the assumed “safety” of fan spaces?
  • How does such an interrogation impact our understanding of Fan Studies classrooms as “safe spaces” as well?
  • How do we as Fan Studies scholars and teachers resist the medical model of disability by avoiding diagnostic labels?
  • How do we explore and incorporate a pedagogy that critically examines disability and its intersecting identities in the classroom?
  • How do we study disability in fandom and in the media texts themselves and open our classrooms to that exploration?
  • How does fandom reveal the politicized nature of identity and disability in ways larger cultural readings do not?

This special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies aims to investigate the intersection of disability studies and fan studies. We welcome all explorations of this intersection, but are especially excited about discussions of how the pedagogy we employ, as well as the texts we teach and identities we embody, impact our students and our teaching.

We encourage you to define disability broadly as you examine your chosen text. Analysis of texts of all media are accepted and encouraged.

Submit proposals of 500–600 words by May 12, 2017 to issue guest editor

Katherine Anderson Howell

for July 2018 publication.

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Handy form which prompts you to fill in the accomodations provided for an event:

It's not perfect, but it's an excellent start. Could be useful when convincing other members of your group, since Oxbridge carries some credibility: "here's a Cambridge University resource for accessible event planning."
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Body of Work is an 11-day festival in Chicago this May 15-25, 2013, with scores of events across many venues. Films, spoken word, 2D art, theater, dance etc, check details at

The festival's access resources points to the best cultural access manuals I've ever seen:

This looks like the TL;DR summary:
which explicitly includes the 2010 ADA standards.

This manual provides backing (to wave in the face of US decision-makers: it's the law!) and also implementation details (how wide should the aisle be? minimum size type on signs?).

Awesome tool!
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In the coming months, I'm planning on hosting a big bang challenge dedicated to characters with disabilities. That is, characters with canonical (or arguably canonical) disabilities. No disability AUs here. Rather than give able-bodied characters disabilities and imagine "what if?" this challenge would put the focus on actually disabled characters and what it's like for them to do various plotty (or porny) things while disabled. This challenge is about giving disabled characters the attention they didn't get in canon. For participants working on original fic, this challenge is about making room for disabled characters in their canon.

Before this gets started, I'd like to gauge interest, and, more importantly, see how I can make this big bang more successful, accessible, and engaging than big bangs of the past. And for that I need folks to please answer this short survey.

If you have any questions/thoughts/ideas, I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
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The next session of the Crowdfunding Creative Jam will run January 14-15. The theme is "Disabled People (visibly and invisibly disabled)" based on a previous poll. Mark the time on your calendar so you can leave and/or claim prompts.

What is a Creative Jam?

It's kind of like a jam session in music, only with all kinds of creative material, and online.  (See previous sessions featuring "Inner Worlds" and  "Misfits" to see prompts and the works they inspired.)  This is a chance for writers, artists, fans, and other creative people to trade ideas and create stories, poems, artwork, music or whatever else they want.  If you don't think that there's enough fiction, art, etc. with disabled characters, or that disabilities aren't portrayed very well, then ask for something more awesome.  If you like to write, draw, or otherwise render people with disabilities, then drop by and look for inspiration among the other prompts.  Some of the material gets posted free, and some is usually available for sale, depending on the individual creators' choices.

Want to do some advance planning for this Creative Jam?

Torn World has a number of disabled characters including Rai (owned by me, blind), Marai (adoptable, deaf), Kalitelm (adoptable, dwarfism & club feet), and Ularki (adoptable, mentally disabled).

Here are some articles:
"Blind Characters: A Process of Awareness"
"Deaf Characters: Behind the Fiction"
"Depiction of Intellectual Disability in Fiction"
"On the handling of disabled characters"
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Fiction"
"Writing About Disability"
"Writing Characters with Mental Illness"
"Writing My First Wheelchair Bound Character Has Been Enlightening"
"Writing Realistic Disabled Characters"

"1001 Drawings"
"Disability & Art"
"The Disability Paradox: Ghettoisation of the Visual"

"Fantastic Films, Fantastic Bodies"
"Media Representation of Disabled People"
"Movies with Characters with Disabilities"
"Top 10 TV Shows with a Disabled Character"

"Famous Disabled People in History"
"Well Known People with Disabilities"

Also, I'm open to having other folks host the Crowdfunding Creative Jam in future sessions. If you'd like to volunteer, please let me know and we'll discuss which month(s) you want. The aforementioned poll listed a bunch of themes that people were interested in writing about, so you can pick one of those.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k help us spread the word about speaking up.

One of the goals of this year's WisCon access endeavor is to improve the con's experience for members with hearing impairments. We're supplying more mics for the panels. We reserve spaces front and center (marked with blue tape) which are handy for people who are speech reading.

But the crucial element is cooperation from all the members. I've come up with a wordy and sober statement. I'd love it if the collective wisdom could make this more succinct, more powerful, more impressive, more funny ... it just needs a whole lot of "more":

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It's important for all panelists to use the mics when provided, without hesitation, shyness, or complaint. What we say is interesting enough for the people without hearing impairments. If we don't use the mics, we're effectively preventing members with hearing impairments from participating. Since members in the audience don't have mics, we ask panelists to wait until the moderator has repeated the question before responding.
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Ideas? Thoughts?
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[personal profile] jenett is narrating the process of access planning for an upcoming con over in the [community profile] accessibility_fail community.

One element she's working on is real-time captioning, abbreviated as CART or RTC. SF/F cons provide a peculiarly challenging environment for real-time captioning: we tend to all talk at once; we talk over each other; we use plenty of made-up words, names, and acronyms; and our discussions swoop unpredictably between grade-school humor and post-doc details (sometimes in one sentence).

CART is created by a highly trained steno-captionist (court reporter) who uses a chording keyboard to transcribe what speakers say, sound for sound. Computer software translates this into text, which is projected on a screen behind the speaker. This phonic-based system means that CART transcribers do best when they can program in names, neologisms, and acronyms in advance. Without that advance prep, ER SUE LA LUG WIN and I SACK AS HIM OFF might be showing up in a panel discussion. On the plus side, the CART transcript is verbatim, which creates a good record of the event.

There's another approach to text-based transcription: "meaning for meaning" or "m4m" systems. At present there are two in the U.S.: TypeWell and C-PRINT. Both provide online training which prepares a transcriber in 60 hours or less. The transcriber uses a standard laptop with extensive abbreviation-expansion software, and basically liveblogs the event. The same concerns arise with personal names; the finished transcript is briefer and hopefully meatier. RTC stenocaptionists earn a minimum of $120/hour; TypeWell transcribers start at around $50/hour.

You can read a spirited discussion of the pros and cons of CART and TypeWell in the college classroom at Deafness section at Jamie Berke has been editing this section for decades, and she totally knows her stuff.

Finally, here's a good elevator overview of the assistive technologies most helpful for people who have hearing impairments.

Sign language interpreters is a whole 'nother post.

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