Francesca Coppa

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Name: Francesca Coppa
Also Known As: fcoppa, FC, Cesca
Occupation: former OTW board member (2007-2012), 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, serving from 2007 to 2012. She is a Professor of English and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College, where she teaches. Right now, she is writing and lecturing 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.

Fans sometimes confuse her with Franzeska Dickson.

OTW Biography

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 over the five years she served: 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] In 2016 she rejoined the OTW staff as one of the soliciting editors of Transformative Works and Cultures's "Symposium" section.


While serving with the OTW, Coppa worked with OTW Legal to petition the Library of Congress for a DMCA exemption for noncommercial remixers like vidders. The OTW and EFF got that exemption in 2009, and Coppa worked with OTW Legal again in 2012 and 2015 to secure the renewal (and also the expansion to hi-def and Blu Ray) of the exemption. She and Rebecca Tushnet have also lobbied the House Judiciary committee to have fandom's voice heard in any future reconsideration of copyright legislation.


Bibliography of Fandom-Related Work


  • "Vidding: The Art of Flow," MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition catalogue, Black Dog Press, 2016. p. 150 - 153.
  • Fuck Yeah, Fandom is Beautiful. Journal of Fandom Studies 2. 1 (2014): 73-82.
  • "Pop culture, fans, and social media," in Routledge Handbook of Social Media, edited by Theresa Senft and Jeremy Hunsinger (New York: Routledge, 2014) p. 76-92
  • "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.

Selected Media Appearances

  • Guest, "Fanfiction." The Why Factor, BBC World Service radio show, broadcast: 3/28/16.
  • "When Harry Met Frodo: The Strange World of Fan Fiction" for BBC Radio 4, broadcast November 26, 2012.
  • Inteviewed by Margot Adler about Pottermore for NPR's All Things Considered. Pottermore Brings Harry Potter To The Digital World. June 23, 2011.
  • 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

Director, "5 Questions with Kandy Fong," a short film for TWC, 2014.


Coppa has curated shows of fan vids for Spectacle: The The Music Video at the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati; Cut-Up an exhibition at the The Museum of the Moving Image, NYC; MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery; and for the DIY 24/7 Video Summit at the University of Southern California.

Class Syllabi


  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.)