Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of July! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.
- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of global phenomenon, The University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England, will be hosting Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity, an academic conference from 3-5 September 2013. The interdisciplinary conference "explore Doctor Who's universal and timeless appeal."
- The Organization for Transformative Works was officially founded on September 5, 2007, so this year the OTW celebrates six amazing years of serving and advocating for fans.
- Programmers' Day (Russian: День программи́ста) is an international professional holiday that is celebrated on the 256th (hexadecimal 100th, or the 28th) day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years). It became an official holiday in Russia in 2009.
"Arrr!" Be sure to practice your pirate slang so you're ready in time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on 19 September. Originally celebrated in 1995, the day came to popularity following a mention by Dave Barry in his syndicated newspaper column in 2002. The day is an excellent opportunity to show off your pirate fandom.
Pirate Day information on Fanlore
- Hobbit Day celebrates the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from J. R. R. Tolkien's books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22. Hobbit Day is part of Tolkien Week.
- SGMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures is an internationally recognized conference explores the global innovations and creative and cultural implications of Japanese anime and manga. The enriched and unique experience combines the vibrancy of fan practices, the fashion show and anime screenings with the presentations and discussions of academic papers. The conference is hosted by Minneapolis College of Art and Design from September 27-29.
We have a call for papers this month.
LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, is "offering the opportunity for academics from across the globe to share their ideas with their peers and convention attendees. To reflect the history and population of London, the host city, the theme of the academic programme is ‘Diversity’. We will be exploring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of speculative fiction, whether in novels, comics, television, and movies or in fanworks, art, radio plays, games, advertising, and music."
Submissions are due 1 October 2013 with notification by 31 December 2013. A 300 word abstract should be sent to emma.england[at]loncon3.org.