Francesca Coppa

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Name: Francesca Coppa
Also Known As: fcoppa, FC, Cesca
Occupation: former OTW board member, professor
Medium: talks, articles, video, other
Works: listed
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Francesca Coppa is a long-time fan and also an academic. She is one of the founding board members of the OTW, and also Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of English at Muhlenberg College, where she teaches. Right now, she is doing a lot of work on vidding as a form of remix culture, but she has also written about: fan fiction, fandom history, dramatic literature, stage magic, and performance studies. She also directed a series of short films about vidding for MIT's New Media Literacy project.

OTW Biography

From the OTW website:

Francesca Coppa is director of film studies and professor of English at Muhlenberg College, where she teaches courses in dramatic literature, popular fiction, and mass media storytelling. Her writings on media fandom have been included in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet and presented at MIT's Media in Transition conference. Coppa has been attending conventions and buying zines since the early 1980s, when she and her friends wrote fanfiction by hand and circulated it by snail mail. She has been involved in online fandom since the mid-1990s as a writer, list administrator, vidder, archivist, and community moderator.[1]

OTW Tenure

She was the Secretary of the Board and served on several committees at various times: ADT, Communications, Open Doors, and Vidding. Like all Board members, she also served as the Board Liaison for several other committees at various times, including Legal and Journal. Coppa resigned from all her positions in the OTW at the end of the 2012 term.[2]

Bibliography of Fandom-Related Work


Roundtable, Fair Use as Civil Right: Expansion of Expression for Scholars, Teachers, Learners, SCMS, March 10-13, 2011.

Plenary Session, "Copyright and Freedom of Expression: Leadership in Communication Research," ICA, May 27, 2011.


  • Fuck yeah, Fandom is Beautiful. Journal of Fandom Studies 2. 1 (2014): 73-82.
  • "An Editing Room of One's Own: Vidding as Women's Work" and "How To Suppress Women's Remix" with Rebecca Tushnet. Camera Obscura 77 (26.2) September 2011.
  • "Girl Genius: Nyssa of Traken," in Chicks Dig Time Lords, ed. Tara O'Shea and Lynne Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press, 2010)
  • "A Fannish Taxonomy Of Hotness." Cinema Journal 48.4 (Summer 2009). p. 107-113.
  • "Vidding," for Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia, ed. Robin Reid. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008.
  • Writing Bodies In Space: Media Fanfiction as Theatrical Performance," in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, ed. Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse, (MacFarland, 2006) p. 225-244.

Other Writing

  • Guest Blogger, DIY 2010: Vidding, Confessions of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins; four part series of curated vids and interviews with vidders. Part One, Part Two, Part Three,Part Four.
  • Guest Blogger, Gender and Fan Culture Series, Confessions of an Aca-Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins. Debate with Robert Kozinets, York University. September 6 -7, 2007. Part One and Part Two.

Lectures and Conferences

  • University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies Faculty Colloquium, Dec 1, 2010. Talk: Remix Before YouTube: Analog Remix
  • “Fan Art as Counternarrative: Responding to Popular Culture.” Cooper Union's Interdisciplinary Seminar, November 9, 2010
  • "Minority Report: Fan Works and Multicultural Voices." Bard College, March 4, 2010.
  • "Theory of Remix: Part I," at Open Video Conference, October 1, 2010.
  • "Things We Don't Have in the Future...And How Fan Arts Can Help!" Keynote speech, ReMix, ReWrite, ReAct, University of the Arts, 2009
  • IP/Gender, American University School of Law, April 24, 2009.
  • "Women's Work" (with Rebecca Tushnet). Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law Triennial Symposium: April 10, 2009
  • "Music as a tool for analyzing visual media," at Mashup: The Future of Cultural Production and Ownership. March 12-13, 2009. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (in conjunction with the Wexner Center for the Arts).
  • "Fair Use and the Future of the Commons," USC/ Institute for Multimedia Literacy, October 27, 2008.
  • "Media Cannibals: A History of Vidding Women," IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, American University School of Law, April 4, 2008.
  • "Media Fetish: The Vidshow." Beyond Queer: The Spectacle of the Performing Body; Pride Event: Brown University, April 6, 2008. Partial Transcript.
  • "From Number One to First Lady: Trek's Christine Chapel and the Development of Fannish Music Video," Slash 3: The Final Cut (Leicester, UK; Feb 25, 2008)
  • "Geneology of Vidding," 24/7: A DIY Video Summit (February 8-10, 2008; School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California)
  • Panelist, Ad Hoc Vox: a discussion addressing the creation of fictitious identities in narrative. Bellwether Gallery. November 27, 2007.
  • "'We are controlling transmission': Female Video Editors and the Literary Music Video." "Creative Transformation: Specificity and Continuity in Unofficial Creative Authorship," MIT5: Creativity, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Digital Age (April 27-29, 2007)
  • "Media Cannibals: A History of Vidding Women," Inside/Outside: The Gaze and PsychoAnalysis. Feminism(s): Film, Video, and Politics Symposium. University of Hartford, April 21, 2007
  • "Embodying the Geek Hierarchy: Media Fanfiction and Theatrical Performance," Fantasy and Fan Fiction: Merging Modes and Genres in Appropriated Texts. ICFA, March 17-20, 2005.

Media Appearances

  • Invited participant, "Will Code of Best Practices Help Video Mash-Up Artists Stay Legal?" by Mark Glaser, PBS MediaShift. Email roundtable on the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Part one, including Francesca Coppa: July 30, 2008; Parts two and three: Aug. 4 and 11, 2008. Part One - Part Two - Part Three

Video Work

Director, Vidding, a documentary on remix culture produced by the Organization for Transformative Works in partnership with MIT and New Media Literacy, 2008. Edited by Laura Shapiro. Sound by AbsoluteDestiny. Segments include:

  1. What is Vidding? (2:48)
  2. Technology and Tools (3:09)
  3. Good Vids, Bad Vids (3:18)
  4. I like to watch (3:19)
  5. Collaboration and Community (3:03)
  6. Why We Vid (3:50)

Director, “5 Questions with Sandy and Rache of the Media Cannibals," a short film for TWC's history issue, March, 2011

Class Syllabus


  1. Who We Are. Organization for Transformative Works website (Accessed 2 December 2012)
  2. Board Resignations and Appointments for 2013. OTW news post 27 December 2012. (Accessed 4 December 2013.)